I have ignored various pieces of good advice over the years (“Don’t quit your day job,” another writer said when I told him I aspired to be a freelance writer), but the advice I wish I had taken years ago was to keep a hunting journal. My friend Larry Brown kept – probably still keeps – a log of every hunt he has been on. I first met him on a grouse and woodcock hunt 25 years ago, and as we left each cover he took a few minutes to jot down which dogs we ran, what we saw, how many birds the dogs pointed, and what we shot at each spot. He told me that day that I should keep one, too. It wasn’t just to help him find more birds, though it did that, but it also helped him remember each day in the field.