Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween -
an albino deer comes
to the bait pile

Monday, October 30, 2006

smoked duck -
shot at sunrise and
cooked for lunch

Sunday, October 29, 2006

hunting season -
fast food breakfast wrappers
on the truck floor

Saturday, October 28, 2006

long morning
the mojo duck battery
winding down

Friday, October 27, 2006

frost melting
in early morning sun
hunting boots
left outside overnight
still mud-caked and frozen

Thursday, October 26, 2006

on the water
legs up

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

comeuppance -
a game pouch full of
empty shells

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

the absence of the beast -
one . . .
.....more . . .
..........hour . . .

Monday, October 23, 2006

after long hours
of waiting for ducks -
bucket butt

Sunday, October 22, 2006

field hunt
the thumps of ducks

Saturday, October 21, 2006

calm morning
from across the water a hint of
cigar smoke

Friday, October 20, 2006

duck opener
gathering before dawn
over coffee

Thursday, October 19, 2006

in the thicket
an old well

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

early morning ice -
flooded cow prints

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

in wet leaves
a woodcock probes for worms . . .
autumn pasture

Monday, October 16, 2006

cars and trucks
parked on road shoulders -
bow season

Sunday, October 15, 2006

cold afternoon
yesterday's woodcock
all gone

Saturday, October 14, 2006

dirty and exhausted
and foot sore
we follow our flagging tape
out of the forest

Friday, October 13, 2006

blustery day -
tall tales
from hunting camp

Thursday, October 12, 2006

blustery day -
the dead woodcock's bill
still muddy

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

from field
to frying pan -
rare duck

With apologies to, and inspiration from, Cagey.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

bluebird day
the glare of the sun
off the water

Thursday, October 05, 2006

holiday haibun

Well, as it turns out I won't be making the multi-state grouse odyssey this year. Numerous factors have converged to keep me from making the extended trip: namely the price of gas but also the condition of my setter, who is slowly recovering from knee surgery. Be that as it may, I am taking the long weekend to go up and join my hunting haiku brethren on a combined northern zone duck opener and grouse hunt. We'll be at Black Lake, north of Watertown. I should be back in haiku land sometime next Tuesday or Wednesday. While Cagey, Dr. Dirt, Mr. Bill, Frank Zappai, and I are all off playing, I leave Hunting Haiku Daily in the capable hands of the Texas Haijin and Mr. Mike. Have fun.

the note
on the office door -
Gone Fishing

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

bags under my eyes -
for a hunting trip

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

browse line -
deer hunters break
for lunch

Monday, October 02, 2006

first snow -
grouse tracks darken
in a low spot

Sunday, October 01, 2006

grouse opener -
looking for my bird knife
with the gut hook