This is a difficult decision for me, on one hand you have bikes and beer (2 of my favorite things) on the other hand a tradition I have not missed in 39 years. Yep, that's right I have not not been home (my parents place) for opening day of pheasant season for 39 years. I would really like to take part in Schnoctobeerfest it sounds like a great ride and I think it would be a lot of fun. It's always a good time to meet with old friends, make new friends, get a little riding in and of course sample a few beverages. Then there is opening day of pheasant season, if your not from the heart of pheasant country, small town South Dakota you probably don't understand, but it is really almost a holiday all its own. People come back from all around the county, classmates I haven't seen or heard from since last opening day make the pilgrimage back to tromp through the countryside to try to bag a few birds. When it comes down to it its not about the birds but about the tradition of getting together with family and friends. Anyway with that all being said I will be once again head into the fields to do a bit of hunting that weekend. The main reason for me is that I don't know how many more of these weekends are still in the future for me. My Dad is getting up there in age to be trouncing around the fields so I feel I should take every advantage of each opportunity I get to do this tradition with him. Mr. T. would also be pretty upset if he didn't have to chance to go after a few pheasants with his sawed off broom stick. A 7 year old is a little young to tote a shotgun so he walks along with his broom stick, a hunter in training. To all those heading to Schnoctobeerfest have fun, ride safe and have a beer or two for me.