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Forty Shortcomings of a Pointing Dog and a Gun Hunter

Reporting the attached notes on the shortcomings of the rifle hunter and the pointing dog, the notes instilled in me by many years of experience, I am far from thinking that I “exhausted,” as they say, “my task”, and only wanted to point out the most important of these shortcomings.

Turgenev Summarizing the attached notes on the shortcomings of a gun hunter and a pointing dog, notes inspired by my many years of experience, I am far from thinking that I “exhausted,” as they say, “my task,” and only wanted to point out the most important of these shortcomings. If anyone comes to mind asking me why I did not list the merits of a hunter and a dog, I will answer that these advantages are indicated by the very shortcomings: you just have to take their opposite side.
HUNTER DISADVANTAGES

1. Does not like to get up early.
2. Tired of hunting soon.
3. Impatient, easily irritated, annoyed by himself, loses his composure and inevitably starts to shoot badly.
4. He walks badly, does not circle, inadvertently seeks out game, does not persistently persist in the once accepted direction.
5. Too long treads on one place.
6. Does not know how to dress according to the seasons.
7. Does not take proper precautions against rain, wind, etc.
8. Misses and becomes discouraged when there is little game.
9. Not noticeable, does not pay attention to the habits of the game, to the conditions of the terrain and time – or wants to rearrange everything: the game, the dog, the weather, and nature itself.
10. Does not constantly follow the dog’s eyes.
11. Too masturbates her, does not trust her, makes her search as he thinks best, confuses her.
12. In a hurry, babbles: “Apport! Shersh! ”When he wants the dog to find as soon as possible a dead or shot game, and does not direct the dog to the intended place silently.
13. He yells at the dog, whistles, yells when, for example, she chased the hare and already does not hear anything and cannot hear anything.
14. To no avail punishes the dog or does not punish her at all; inconsistent and illogical in his behavior with her.
15. Shoots the dog in the ass when she chases – barbarism is unforgivable!
16. He does not observe dog food himself, which is why most of the dogs are poorly fed. Oatmeal is an excellent dish, but only on condition that it is well brewed.
17. Indecisive; easily embarrassed. When the game appears suddenly – you need to shoot … and he just gasps.
18. Spares ammo: stingy. This is the very last thing.
19. Shoots too soon from both trunks and without aiming so if it gets into the game, it turns it into a rag.
20. Aims too long – lets go of the game too far; trying to “direct” the gun, which is no good.
21. It does not have a “butt”, that is, it does not know how to quickly and deftly throw a gun or throw it badly: it rests on the shoulder with one end of the butt.
22. Does not know how to shoot without seeing game (for example, more often), – for consideration.
23. Not quite fast when shooting, which is especially important when you are on a narrow path in the forest.
24. Does not know how (on a round-up) to vigilantly and clearly look around on both sides.
25. When, having shot, he loads a gun, does not keep a dog with him, releases it; black grouse and partridges rise from the brood, frightened by the dog, and the hunter can only grind his teeth.
26. It shoots worse at game running or flying from left to right than from right to left.
27. Does not know how to take forward game at a long distance; He doesn’t know how to raise a gun, aiming at a bird flying directly at him, or lower his target when he shoots a game flying over his head and receding.
28. Shoots in 100, in 200 steps. There are those who roll around 300, even 400 steps, and even small fraction.
29. On a round-up, he inadvertently shoots in the direction of the beaters, then in the direction of his comrades.
30. Do not be ashamed to shoot a lying rabbit or a sedentary bird.
31. Inadvertently wears a gun with cocked cockes, with a muzzle directed against his comrades, meanwhile one should always remember the wise saying of one French athlete: “There were examples that simple umbrellas suddenly shot”.
32. Falling with a gun, he does not inspect immediately whether the ground has hammered into the barrel, which may cause a rupture of the barrel,
33. Not able to refrain from firing at a game, when for any reason it is impossible to shoot at it; or shoots game, which is sent to a friend.
34. Shoots without permission from under someone else’s dog.
35. He lies down under the bush and, as soon as a friend finds something, is immediately running for a shot.
36. When nothing comes across for a long time, shoots at jackdaws, at small birds, at swallows – useless cruelty!
37. Does not know how to get shot game.
38. Complains about his misfortune to comrades who do not care.
39. Noisy and talking where you need to be silent.
40. Superstitious: attaches importance to omens, speaks of “luck”, “failure”, etc.

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