I never would have fallen for the classic summer-camp "snipe hunt" practical joke (in which the victim is given a sack or pillowcase, brought into the woods at night, and told to say "Snipe!" or clack rocks together to attract the birds), because I always knew you hunted snipe with a shotgun. I remember my father coming home muddy, tired, and happy when I was very young, with four or five long-billed, brown-and-white birds in hand. Snipe were the first bird I ever limited on--and the first bird I ever doubled on, that same memorable day. Years passed before I shot another limit on snipe (I'm still looking for that second double), but it hasn't been for lack of opportunities. Snipe have brightened duckless duck hunts and added variety to marshy pheasant hunts.