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Remy, the author's 18-week-old German wirehaired pointer, gets to work munching on a sharptailed grouse, which had been lined up with the rest of the day's harvest that included a goose, some ducks and a Hungarian partridge. Tyler Shoberg/The Pioneer

Open Season: Waterfowl opener slow, but still worth remembering

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"You know what we should do next year?" my uncle, Paul Drechsel, asked before biting off another hunk of deep-fried duck. "Bring a bottle of wine."

There was a murmur of approval as the rest of the hunting group got to work digesting both the morning's success and gastronomical delights already in our bellies.

"We should bring lounge chairs, too," he said.

"Yeah," Paul's younger brother, Jay, agreed, "and maybe a table with nice, white linens - and an umbrella!"

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