New Kid On The Block by Gary Adair
First, I would like to send a BIG Kentucky hello to all the fellow outdoors persons of this wonderful Online Magazine. (Don’t want to exclude the ladies here.) I hope my future contributions enlighten and entertain everyone or at the least make you say hmmm. Now a little about myself.
My name is Gary Adair and I am a 38-year-old resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Married for sixteen years to my wife Sara (boy is she understanding!), we have a beautiful, fifteen-year-old daughter (who thinks she’s thirty!) named Carry.
Although some may lay claim to being bird-hunting fanatics, I literally live and breathe it. With my two Chesapeake Bay retrievers (yes, I upland bird hunt with waterdogs) we log no-less-than one hundred days in the field annually. And this doesn’t include training; conditioning or any field trials, if I do so chose to compete. Cinnamon, my eight-year-old female, has successfully hunted eight states for fifteen different species of game birds (not including waterfowl), while Sage, her two and a half-year-old son, is only behind a state and three species. Although woodcock are our favorite bird to pursue, each species that we hunt is adored and held with the highest regard.
In addition to the copious amounts of bird hunting that I/we do, I also write for outdoor publications having credits in Retriever Journal, Pointing Dog Journal and Quail Unlimited, to name just a few. And, I was just recently bestowed the award of Honorable Mention in the Feature Article category of Writer’s Digest 72nd Annual Writing Competition — a feat that shocked even me.
Well, I hope this gives you a little insight as to what will come in the months ahead. In addition to how-to and where-to ideas, I will also include reflective stories of past hunts that I hope you find, not only interesting, but helpful as well. Also, I hope to do some product reviews on upland/waterfowl gear that will protect you from the elements and save you money to boot.
Until next time, be safe in the field and shoot straight.