By Phil Bourjaily
Dave’s “Shooting Long Range: The Generational Theory,” which looked at the reasons behind the overwhelming interest in taking big game at long range, prompted me to think about whether there was a corollary in wingshooting. From what I can tell, the exact opposite is the case in wingshooting. Or at least in waterfowling, which is where you tend to find the young guns these days.
These kids – in their teens and 20s – spend a fortune on decoys, trailers, custom calls and Benellis. They put stickers all over everything; they post videos of themselves shooting ducks and geese set to heavy metal music; they have their own annoying jargon: “grinds” and “trainwrecks”; and they text constantly in the blind. (It’s all stuff I would have done at their age, too, but now that I’m a lot older than they are, I can disapprove. I will admit to texting in the blind, but only when I’m hunting alone).