Overall we had a good season and got a lot done with the dogs. Our Sage Grouse season remains closed so our hunting began in Wisconsin in October. We found plenty of Grouse but most were still in broods, which was a little odd for this time of year. Our focus was on the youngsters we started the last couple years and they continued to develop nicely. Here’s a pretty poor shot of Feather pointing a Grouse:
And Misty with the first Grouse she’s had shot over her:
On this trip Misty developed a unique style when handling birds. When she smells birds she goes straight to them like a laser beam. She crouches and does kind of a fast stalk, very intense, no side to side motion – just straight to the bird. Very positive – no messing around.
OK, we can’t resist a puppy photo. Heather came from Thorn Plum Kennels in NY. She’s a nice pup we’re hoping makes a good addition to our crew.
In December we headed to southern Idaho and spent a few days in some of our old Hun covers that we hadn’t hit in years. The birds were still there and they were spookier than ever. Small coveys that ran a lot and didn’t put up with any mistakes. A great challenge for the dogs and they were up to it. It was really nice to see the dogs handling tough birds like this even when we didn’t get shots at the flush.
We arrived in Kansas on New Year’s Eve for another RymanSetters.com Gathering and some Quail hunting. Birds were way down this year but we still managed to get some good hunts in. The RS.com Gathering was fun and informative as usual and we had quite a crowd this year.
A highlight for us was what we called a “parade”. We got together one morning for kind of a show and tell session before dispersing to hunt. Breeders present broke out their dogs and described the breeding and qualities of each dog. Very informative.
We switched our focus to getting pups started and had fun watching them discover what life is about.
Since we weren’t finding many birds we headed back to Idaho to finish out the season on Chukars.
Bird numbers weren’t spectacular but it was good enough to get a lot done with the dogs. Not to mention it’s beautiful country.
We had great weather and lots of good dog work to wrap up our season. Memories that will carry us through until next year.