I've learned not every hunter is a suitable hunting partner. Some folks are fine, but many possess the unfortunate ability to render the worst day hunting less pleasurable than the best day working.
Those folks you actually look forward to hunting with are rare. I'd tell you to cherish such folks, but part of what makes them superb hunting partners is they don't require cherishment. It offends them.
You spend time following your dogs about, maybe killing a few birds, and then you get back to the rest of life, keeping in touch until the next time.