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I’m a public-lands duck hunter, and I’m insane

INDY STAR.COM From the Archives –  When my alarm went off at 2 a.m. on a recent Thursday, I was already awake. My chocolate lab, Gaddy, was too.

All night, I could hear her claws clicking on the hardwood floor as she made excited laps around the house before heading back to her bed to lay down with a frustrated sigh.

I was on the couch that night. My wife, Cara, has been through enough of these early mornings to banish the wandering dog and my tossing and turning and every-15-minute-alarm-clock checking to the living room.

Driving two hours to elbow my way into a crowded marsh well before sunrise, so I could spend the better part of the day with snotcicles forming under my nose while standing in icy swamp water up to my waist, a shotgun and duck call in my shivering, cold-numb hands.

This is what I live for. I’m a public-lands duck hunter.  [full article]

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