Last Sunday was one of the best days I’ve ever had in the field. My cousin Junior has been begging me to take him hunting since he was 4 or 5. At 18 I was finally able to get him in the field. After a little gun training Thursday he was ready. We drive down to Hunt’s Family Preserve in Lambertville for the annual charity hunt. Dr. Cacciola insisted we should let “the kid” take all the first shots and we’d back him up if he missed. As we’ve shot many birds ourselves, I agreed. It got off to a slow start but with every bird he gained confidence, by the end he barely missed any. In 3 hours Lucky found 25-30 birds and we got 15 of them. Lucky was on fire, he made some really impressive retrieves and was rock solid on point. After we came in as it got dark we had a great buffet while they cleaned the birds. Junior was glowing with pride and so were Doc and I. As proud as I am of my dog and younger cousin I can’t imagine how proud I’d be of my own kids.