A snipe hunt isn’t a summer camp trick

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I’m constantly surprised by the number of people who think I’m trying to put one over on them when I tell them I’m going snipe hunting. It’s amazing how strong those childhood pranks can hold on in a person’s mind, even after years of high school and college, when they’re supposed to be learning useful things like what actual animals there are in the world that are fun to hunt. And snipe definitely fit the fun to hunt description. Despite what you might have heard, they’re not furry little creatures that run along paths in the woods late at night, and they’re not fooled by people shouting, “here, snipe!” while holding an open pillowcase. They’re actually a fairly small, long-legged, long-billed wading bird that flies like a teal on crack. Instead of...

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