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#7214088 - 07/02/18 03:52 PM Gene Hill quotes
Choctaw Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 6636
Loc: Grayson County
Here are a few hunting quotes for those of you who read Gene Hill. The man really understood what hunting, guns and dogs were all about.

At home a friend will ask, “Been bird hunting?” You will say that you have, and when he asks,” Have any luck?” You will think of what you have held in your heart instead of your hand, and then answer that you certainly did—without a doubt.

And what will we take from November? To some of us, the pheasants will seem smarter, the quail and grouse faster, the ducks a little higher than we remember. It is not important that we do especially well; it is important only that we went.

You know what the ideal dove gun for any-given day is? Your other gun—the one you left at home.

A hunting camp is one of the few places left to us where we can dream of a near-perfect tomorrow. Where the harsh realities of lost riches and faded glories can be forgotten and the dreams of what might be come down to a delightful day with not too much wind, a crisp morning silvered with frost, and find us—at long last—with the right gun, shells, dogs, and friends who will be pleased forever to remember the day we “did it all.”

Our greatest trophies are not things, but times.

If in a single day we smell coffee, dawn, gun oil, powder, a wet dog, woodsmoke, bourbon, and the promise of a west wind for a fair tomorrow—and it’s possible for us to reek “happy”—that’s just what we will do.

Soak it up, go into it softly and thoughtfully, with love and understanding, for another year must pass before you can come this way again.

We’ve hunted together before and we’ve hunted together since, but the talk always takes on a softer, special tone whenever one of us starts a sentence, “Remember that day in the rain . . .”

What friends I have, what days I treasure most, what places that I think about and smile . . . they are because shotguns are. Without them I would have been empty. They have made my life full.

But the truth, to my way of seeing it, is that those who love the bits and pieces of being there—the sweetness of a singing lark, the way one whitetail can suddenly fill up a clearing, the fearsomeness of a sudden storm, and the almost unbelievable sense of relief when we’ve gotten out of a very sticky situation—have to have a sense of the magic of it all, a belief in the intangible and unknown, and no small degree of unquestionable wonder.

Good fires make good friends.

A grown man walking in the rain with a sodden bird dog at his heels who can smile at you and say with the kind of conviction that brings the warmth out in the open, “I’d rather be here, doing this, right now, than anything else in the world,” is the man who has discovered that the wealth of the world is not something that is merely bought and sold.

Remember when time was cheap? The songs we sang about it told us that we had time on our hands, that time stood still, that tomorrow would be time enough. And now we find it was not. Suddenly times to come have become times past, and we must hoard it and spend it cautiously as the tag ends of a small inheritance . . . which is what it really was all along—except no one told us.

#7214094 - 07/02/18 03:57 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
bill oxner Offline
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 47255
Loc: Katy-Fulshear
But, but, but, I thought it was about cheap meat.
Quail hunting is like walking into, and out of a beautiful painting all day long. Gene Hill

#7214106 - 07/02/18 04:14 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 10375
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Thanks for posting Choctaw. Great stuff.
...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28

#7214115 - 07/02/18 04:30 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
bill oxner Offline
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Katy-Fulshear
"Our greatest trophies are not things, but times."
Quail hunting is like walking into, and out of a beautiful painting all day long. Gene Hill

#7214139 - 07/02/18 05:13 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: bill oxner]
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Registered: 07/22/07
Posts: 3186
Loc: Sanger, Texas
up up Awesome!
Bobby Barnett

#7215007 - 07/03/18 03:47 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
reeltexan Offline
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Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Ovilla - TEXAS

Time. The one thing none of us can get more of.

He was right.

"Count that day lost whose low, descending sun
Is not, in part, obscured by powder from my gun"
B. Spiller

#7215057 - 07/03/18 04:42 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
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#7215758 - 07/04/18 12:32 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
Flashprism Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 489
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
A man who fully understands the priorities of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!

#7215765 - 07/04/18 12:41 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Flashprism]
SnakeWrangler Offline
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Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 36463
Loc: Over yonder.....
Originally Posted By: Flashprism
A man who fully understands the priorities of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!
"You're statistically more likely to be killed by Hillary Clinton than an NRA member. - PolitiDiva

"Death is permanent...everything else is temporary!"

"You Cannot Simultaneously Be Politically Correct And Intellectually Honest!"

#7215943 - 07/04/18 04:23 PM Re: Gene Hill quotes [Re: Choctaw]
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Registered: 06/12/11
Posts: 2954
Loc: Clairette
clapLove Gene Hill, awesome writer and a man who understands the connection between a man, his dog, and the game birds he hunts.


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