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!
There was some really tough conditions at the Kansas trials. We had high winds, which started a grass fire, that stopped the trial for a bit and the fire department was sent our way. They have had no moisture out that way for some time now.
Riot had a great run at the Central Kansas trial. We are very pleased as to how he is coming along in his training. Keep your eyes on this guy!
Lone Star brings home the blue! It was a crazy trial with high winds and very cold temps. Todd and Lone Star had a fantastic day at the trial. Lone Star's owner Betsey was very happy to hear the news of Lone Star winning and wishes that she was there to see her run. This makes 3 dogs qualified for this year's Open National.
John and Allie had a great hunting season in 2017 together. They had many adventures in many different states. Here are a few photos of their travels.
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.
Notes from Scott in NE!
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.
Minnie ran in the annual Rolling Rock Field Trial and tied for first place! Unfortunately, the other dog was 23 seconds faster flushing her first bird so we lost on the draw. Minnie did us all proud - she was in control on the walk to the field ( yup!), worked the field beautifully, listened to whistle commands, and flushed three of four birds on a hot, no wind, dry day. Brought all to hand on the retrieve. Several dogs never found a bird at all. The judges loved watching Minnie work and her enthusiasm! What fun and we are so proud of her.
Minnie and I owe it all to Todd's training!!
Well, here is a result of my Baby Girl I was floored when she had it figured out what to do. This is my Grandson CJ "Bear" with her and they are Buddies. Maddie would not leave his side and slept with him. WOW AWESOME!
Photos and video from John.
John and Allie went to Kansas to hunt wild Pheasant and Quail before the season ends tomorrow. They went on their own, no Todd looking over them. There were a few phone calls from John asking Todd some last minute dog and field questions. As you can see by the photos and the video they are having a great time. The video really expresses John's excitement. Can Y'all tell?
Allie's First Wild Pheasant!
The Pheasant Retrieve!