We define a break in hunting etiquette as “an action by one male to another male friend which violates understood social expectations, especially where the transgressor obtains a slight advantage in comparison with a relatively large inconvenience imposed upon the aggrieved party.”
The world of hunting is full of them. Here are some of the most egregious examples.
You and a couple buddies are pushing a patch of pheasant cover. Throughout the morning, one of your buddies misses a number of easy straightaway shots. He gets a little annoyed and discouraged. Later, a bird kicks up far out and off to the right. The bird does a quartering away crossover. You draw a bead, calculate a huge lead, and the bird drops from the sky just as your buddyâ€™s gun goes off. He then cries out, â€śI know I got that one! I was right on him.â€ť While your initial tendency might be to say no way, and cite the number of easy misses that heâ€™s racked up so far, itâ€™s better to treat his claim with little or no acknowledgement. Try saying, â€śWell, there, Sharpshooter, you best run over and get your bird.â€ť