Last night I was outside building a seven-foot snowman with my four-year-old daughter and heard rustling just across the street. I looked up just in time to see three Hungarian Partridges land on the neighbor’s lawn. I grabbed my dog Cid and started to creep on the birds. That’s when she spied a single “Hun” that was only 10 feet away in a juniper brush. We froze, the bird froze, and for a moment we were stopped in time. Then a small explosion erupted and all the birds flew down to another neighbor’s place, hopefully to fascinate them as much as they did us. It wasn’t the prairie but definitely a gift from mother nature. Make sure you get out and enjoy the “holidaze” and enjoy this little rhyme!

The Twelve Days of a Sportsman’s Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Hungarian Partridge on the prairie,
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two hundred doves,
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three flying pheasants,
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a four point buck,
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN TROUT,
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six Geese a-landing,
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven teal a-whistling,
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a royal bull a-bugling,
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a nine weight rod,
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten smallmouth bass,
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven northern mallards,
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve-pounder walleyes!

Image courtesy Land Tawney

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