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!
Carl woodcock hunting with his Boykin Spaniel in NC. Carl has spent many training days with Todd at our farm in GA. All of Carl's hard work is coming together to make a really nice hunting team.
Terry with family and friends bird hunting with his Springer Mitch and Setter Callie in IL.
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!!
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!
Dudley and Rennie did a fantastic job the other morning working a pheasant shoot together. It was a very good training day for Rennie as Dudley had more of the pick ups while Rennie learned to sit and watch.