Walter Bruning

Walter Bruning's passions are pointing dogs, shotguns and upland birds. He has lived in California since 1992 but spent 17 years pursuing ruffed grouse and woodcock in Minnesota before that.

Let Me Introduce Myself

Posted by: Walter Bruning Updated: October 12, 2009 - 10:38 AM

In 1992 my wife and I moved to California.  I had spent 17 years pursuing ruffed grouse and woodcock in Minnesota preceded by a decade of pheasants and quail in Nebraska.  California seemed right for us then; I'm not so sure now.  More of that as the blog unfolds in the weeks to come.

I am back, sort of, in a "virtual" way.  The blog is the vehicle.  I never really got the Minnesota woods out of my system.  I made several trips back for grouse/woodcock hunting during the 90s but eventually a series of severe problems with my eyes brought shooting to an end.  Through the efforts of some super-skilled surgeons in Alabama during 2004-2006, I regained sharp vision once more.  Three years ago a Marine pal took me to the skeet and trap field at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA to try a few clay targets.  I was hooked again.  Now, with four shotguns, reloaders for three gauges, a passel of new hunting gear and a wonderful English Pointer bitch named Pride, I am back in business.  The only thing lacking is a set of 30-something legs to make me go!  Nearing 71, I don't roam the fields quite the way I did way back when.  But, I persevere!

What can I bring to Minnesota bird hunters and shotgunners from the Left Coast?  Remains to be seen, but maybe I can put a little perspective on bird hunting from my experience, sound a few alarm bells regarding the steady erosion of gun rights out here--they are coming after all of you too-don't be mistaken.  And, share a little thinking about the beauty of our outdoor heritage.

Some of you may remember me from the skeet/trap clubs around the TC area, my early days on the board of Pheasants Forever--I was present at the start--and the early Ruffed Grouse Society banquets.  I remember the first ever in the TC area at the Lafayette Club many moons ago.  I also remember when clear-cutting and controlled burning to improve habitat weren't dirty words and there were really good populations of grouse and woodcock.  We'll recall some of those days.

Stay tuned.  I hope to hear from some of you as I toss out a few bones to gnaw on.

Thanks, Dennis, for the opportunity to be here.

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