The Puppies Going For A Swim!

The puppies had such a long run in the grasses they needed a drink. It was so great to see all of them have so much fun somewhere in Iowa.

 

The Puppies and Dixie

This was an awesome run for the puppies and Dixie. The puppies were-Alice, The Ferg, Bonnie, Clover, Trigger and Maggie. Todd was walking to me and Dixie was up front pushing a pheasant with the puppies right behind her. Watch the video and listen to what Todd is saying. Many more photos and videos to come. #spanielsinthefield #uplandhunting

First Day In The Field Somewhere In Iowa!

No photos as Christina organized the house after we did food shopping this morning, and it was low 40s today. There is a lot of water and a lot of crops in the fields but we still pounded cover today and found some birds.

Here are a couple of highlights...

Gracie worked a moving bird in the grasses for about 25 yards and then the bird lined out. I saw her in a dead run about 80 yards away going over a hill. She returned in about two minutes soaking wet but I never saw the the bird.

Georgia worked a bird in the canary grass for about 25 yards before it ran into some woods for about 25 more yards. She pressured it back into the canary grass and put up a rooster another 25 yards out...pretty cool.

Dexter ran tight in canary grass through some woods and brush along a water way. He put up a woodcock and gave good chase until it finally flew across the water.

Whaley, Bailee, and Gunner ran well in various cover but the birds won.

Alice, Maggie, The Ferg, Trigger, Bonnie and Clover all ran together and missed out on pheasants but did jump about a dozen ducks!

Old dogs get to work tomorrow.

Something To Dream About!

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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!

Riot 2nd Place In Kansas

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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 Wins Keystone Trial!

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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.

Allie & John First Year Hunting Together!

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.

 

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Alan & Kermit SD Wild Pheasants

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.

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Two Roosters & A Quail With Lincoln

Notes from Scott in NE!

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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.   

Dibbs & Indie Wild Pheasant Hunting!

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.

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Scott and Dibbs!

Dibbs had an excellent run today.

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Minnie Places At The Rolling Rock Field Trial

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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!!