Tuesday, February 28, 2006

end of grouse season
February 28th . . .
seven month sabbath

michigan 2005

autumn alder swamp
Indian prison nearby
- holds wild cagey birds

Monday, February 27, 2006

lying in muddy corn
among goose decoys -
season over
shotgun in the corner

Sunday, February 26, 2006

2003 grouse odyssey

author son hunt
pair of German shorthairs -
Yanks beat the Sox
dark autumn woods
an owl
glides silently past

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Michigan campground -
pan fried jerked venison steak
baked beans on the side

Friday, February 24, 2006

passing of a life
one moment vitality
then sudden stillness

Thursday, February 23, 2006

every morning now
goose pairs flying
looking for homes

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

fall tranquility -
setter barks at big bull moose
moose just walks away

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

golden tamaracks
cornered grouse bursts into flight
shower of needles

Monday, February 20, 2006

classic hunting haiku

Hunting haiku from Issa, one of Japan's foremost haiku poets of the nineteenth century.



kari goya no yoake nari keri inu no suzu

at the hunting shack...
the dog's bell

(translator's note) Or: "the dogs' bells."

There are just under two dozen such haiku (based on a preliminary search at haikuguy). Translations are by David G. Lanoue, who includes the following note: "Translations based on Issa zenshû (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 9 volumes. Some of the translations first appeared in Issa, Cup-of-Tea Poems and Pure Land Haiku: The Art of Priest Issa."

I will plan to post some of these classic 'ku on this blog in the future, from time to time.
quaking sphagnum bog
shortest distance between points
but a wet shortcut

Sunday, February 19, 2006

duck dog icy plunge
icicles hanging from hair
winter wonderland
into a fall breeze
back side of an alder swamp
the dog goes on point

Saturday, February 18, 2006

bird hunt with Vicar
while looking for a buck rub
grouse flushes overhead

Friday, February 17, 2006

cold front rolling in
grouse season nearly over

Thursday, February 16, 2006

despite our presence
a mink swims across the pond -
the dog eyeing it
abandoned old farm -
pastures grown up in thorn bush
noise from the turnpike
snow turned to water
lone pair of geese circles in
their honks echoing

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

back woods spoil pit
remnants of target practice
the shooter long gone
Big Foot goose decoys
spread around a dozer pile -
sentries standing guard
base of a pine tree
a heap of fresh grouse droppings
above, the dropper

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wisconsin grouse camp -
venison masaman stew
warmed over for lunch
logging roads in Maine
slash and vandalize truck tires -
take two spares at least

Monday, February 13, 2006

crisp fall morning's dew
so cold and wet to the skin -
that and spider webs!
O Multiflora!
bane of hunting existence
Who sings your praises?

Sunday, February 12, 2006

as the bird hunter
kennels up his muddy dog
snow begins to fall
after a missed shot
lingering smell of powder
haunts one's memory
Heavi-Shot for ducks -
even at twenty bucks a
box it's still worth it
on grouse odyssey
Munising Michigan has
the best breakfast place

Saturday, February 11, 2006

behind the willow
a hunter waits for a deer
which never arrives
what beavers hath wrought
a section of creek flooded
now a wood duck roost
on routine business
like it happens everyday -
two wolves cross the trail

Spencer Lake

hunt rocky slope up
pause and admire scenery
hunt old skid trail down

Friday, February 10, 2006

caved-in cellar holes
here and there lie old deep wells -
treacherous terrain
deep in the fall woods
where no one has ever been -
I find a spent shell
flooded duck marsh -
morning stillness broken
by otters swimming
deer tracks in the snow -
a pause to eat dry catkins
tastes great! less filling!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

samurai boar hunt
chasing feral pigs with swords
the old fashioned way
in the dark we hear
wood ducks whistling past the blind -
too early to shoot
hot October day
mosquitoes in the balsams
itchy sweaty hunt

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

all of a sudden
two teal appear from nowhere
- where did they come from?
autumn odyssey -
closed Forest Service campground
perfect place to camp

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

errant shot -
feathers floating
a pang of remorse
dense doghair aspen -
fighting for the elbow room
just to have a shot
predawn in the swamp
a coyote premonition -
when I turn he's there
full thermos bottle -
an indispensable piece
of duck hunting gear

Monday, February 06, 2006

pre-season tuneup -
dog running through goldenrod
and spittle bug spit
in the swamp
skunk cabbages
but no skunks
a deer's insides
is like no other place
I've been to
despite blaze orange
twenty or thirty turkeys
walk right on by me

Sunday, February 05, 2006


faded black and white
vintage hunting photographs
who were these hunters?
proud men with shit-eating grins
by now of course they're all dead
November blizzard
biggest buck I ever saw
loaded with 8 shot
my grouse odyssey
every year in October
three states in three weeks
the backwoodsman's
pinned to his chest
noisy gulls
the crippled duck
head to toe in green
tensed up against a blowdown -
a gobbler calls back

Saturday, February 04, 2006

November vision -
antlers above goldenrod
then disappearing
Michigan two track
camping out under the stars -
cold October night

Friday, February 03, 2006

sophie's birthday -
what does she want for dinner?
venison steaks
deer beds in the snow
a clear vantage point to see
men who wish to kill
lost while hunting the
infamous Andy's Ramble -
not far from the truck

Thursday, February 02, 2006

woodcock redux

October woodcock
inches from a setter's nose
corkscrews outta here!


October woodcock
inches from a setter's nose
a contest of wills

October woodcock
inches from a setter's nose
remains motionless
hound crosses a road -
houndsmen arrive carrying
hound divining rods
venison sausage
only thing my kids would eat
when they were little
bought an SKB
double gun with Mr. Mike -
sold it to Vicar

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

geese overhead circling
the vvvrrr vvvrrr vvvrrr of wingbeats
closer . . . closer . . . NOW
buying a gun safe?
plan for future expansion
and future gun "needs"