On the drive home, we discussed the fact that The Hunting Partner would keep this day's catch - something that we always do no matter what the quarry is that we have pursued. Some days he'll take the whole bag, other days I will, and still others we'll split it based on who caught or killed it. Its a tradition we started since hunting together; but I'm not really sure why.
Sometimes I think it is an expression of hunting companion appreciation, an offering of friendship if you will. A guys version of saying, "Hey, thanks for hunting with me partner, it was a good day in the field." Or, perhaps one guy drove the last two times, so he is offered the quarry as a caveman type of 'payment' system. Not that a couple of additional birds in the bag will make up for a tank of $4/gallon gas, but it is the sentiment that counts, right?
On the other hand, sometimes it is a matter of practicality with me. If I am the one on the end of a bent barrel day, I just don't want to fuss with cleaning one duck or pulling out the FoodSaver for one fish. Let The Hunting Partner have it for his bag and that will give him a nice complete meal for his family.
Do any of you that hunt with other people practice this tradition as well? If so, why do you do it?