The Hunting Dog Podcast!!!
Springers!!! Finally Some Flushers!!!
The Hunting Dog Podcast!!!
Springers!!! Finally Some Flushers!!!
I love getting updates about my girl Clair.
Here are some notes from Grier and Camille about their morning dove hunt with Clair down in TX. Thank you so much for the notes and for taking such great care of Clair. Y'all look like you are having so much fun. Keep the notes and photos coming.
Notes from the field - Opening weekend of dove season in Texas. We shot our limit and Clair retrieved them all even in 90degree plus weather. Clair was such a big hit on the hunt, and was admired by all the hunters. She also helped the other hunters find their birds. What a Fun day! We love Clair so much!
The Dove season has started and we really enjoy the notes from the field on our dogs. Sully from KY had a great day in the field and his owner Steve is very pleased as to how Sully was working during the hunt. As you can see Steve used the place board with Sully in the field. Great thinking Steve. Why not help the dog with place during the hunt.
Thank you for sharing and keep the stories coming we love them.
Southwest Kansas 2009
As most of us are dealing with the heat and humidity this time of the year, I just thought that I would remind all of you of what is to come this fall/winter. Wild Pheasants, Grouse, Woodcock IA/KS/ME/MN/ND/SD/WIS, cold temps, wind, rain and snow!
Oh yes, and those wonderful Spaniels working those wild birds so they can flush them up into the sky for us so we can take aim and hopefully the birds come to the ground. Then that trained hard working Spaniel can retrieve to hand for you. Just a thought!
So get those dogs into shape and trained don't wait till the last minute!
The most picturesque are the SD Public Lands pics. Kermit and I went out by ourselves. We put up some praire chickens but that is all we saw all day long. Vast beauty and desolate. Not a soul around but us. Great time.
Two roosters and a quail! Heavy cover. Can't even explain how good Lincoln did on the second rooster. He was on and off it for what felt like 5 minutes. I knew he was on something and we didn't move that much because of the cover and then he kept working it out and finally beat the bird because it was determined to lose him in the thick grass and not fly. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had with him. Then to top it off he flushed a covey of quail and I actually shot one. Miracles never cease.
Here are a few photos from Scott and Rich with their dogs during the resent pheasant hunting trip in the Dakotas. This trip for Dibbs and Indie was very special as it was their first time hunting wild pheasants with their owners. As you can see Scott and Rich are pretty happy with their dogs. Great job!
Indie has been amazing and I really had a great time with her on this road trip. I can see why John Goode hasn't been home in a few months. Attached is the first South Dakota pheasant I shot over my dog.
Scott and Dibbs!
Dibbs had an excellent run today.
Believe it or not, places like Grouse Creek and Ptarmigan Lake aren't always as productive as their names imply. Additionally "They're everywhere" and "I always see them up there" are officially my two least favorite phrases spoken by non-hunters.
Though it's never a bad idea to prey on local knowledge in hopes of finding a honey hole, the fact is, most non-hunters have no idea where to find game. Yes, they may stumble upon a grouse or two here and there on their morning hike, or spot a few resident greenheads dabbling around in the cattle dugout they always drive by on their way to work, but rarely do they ACTUALLY know where to find what you're looking for, i.e. the massive coveys that shake the earth when they erupt or the oxbow lakes that hold enough ducks to black out the sky.
After hiking around ten thousand vertical feet this past week, I feel I have finally learned this lesson. While local knowledge can sometimes be helpful, there's nothing that puts birds in the bag like boot-leather and good ole fashion location scouting.
Here are some photos from this week:
(Allie with her first Blue grouse)
(A nice days limit of blues)
(Allie in what the locals promised was Ptarmigan Country)
(Allie and I in a place we heard the Ptarmigan "littered the ground" - no such luck)
(Allie is a lot more excited to run down this 3,000 ft avalanche shoot than I am)
(Allie in the frozen tundra that actually holds birds)
(More of above)
(At the cost of an e-collar remote, half a box of shells, and Allie's pads, we finally found some!)
Though we wasted a lot of time chasing "tips" from non-hunters, at least we got to do it in the high country. Sure beats the sage plains!
Today was a another fun day chasing birds in the mountains. For those of you that know Todd when he see's a place that looks like it has birds he is going. Well, this dirt road we took soon turned into big wet puddles with big rocks all over the place. He finally decided to stop and just take dogs out to see if there were any birds. After a few runs with different dogs, Todd said we had better get out of there because clouds were rolling in. We made our way down the same bad road and soon the snow started to fly. Todd said good thing we decided to get out. It was going to be a 2 hour ride back out to camp.
During our drive down we came across the sheep herders and owner of all those sheep. We had a really nice chat and moved along. This was a different batch from the other day, I believe the owner said there were 1000 sheep in this herd.
The storm clouds were following us all the way out, but I had to stop to take photos at the Deep Creek overlook before we left the park. We didn't hit anymore snow but did get rain down at the bottom.
We arrived this morning at the flat tops to start our hunting. We were at 10,000 feet most of the day.
Todd coming back with Dibbs, Rennie and Dudley. The boys are heeling so nice.
Todd coming back with DJ and Kate at heel.
This is what I was doing while Todd was working Kate and DJ.
Lunch time with the puppies! Where did you have lunch today? I bet our lunch was a lot more fun than yours.
Kermit having some fun with Todd during lunch.
The view from my chair at lunch time.
At the end of the day we came across a herd of sheep that were moving their way down the mountain. Following them were at least 3 working dogs that we could see. As I moved closer to the sheep to take photos the working dogs moved closer to me. They stayed near the sheep but had a eye on me and Todd the whole time. This was really awesome! A great way to end the day...
So that's what we did today.
We finally rolled into camp in Colorado late this afternoon. It was a long trip and all of the dogs are happy to be out of the truck and stretching those legs. Here are a few photos of what we look at while at camp.