Knocking around on the prairie

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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:25 pm

You guys are tearing it up! What a great day of dog work. Scary about your Buddy's dog and his rescue though. Expect you will be back at em tomorrow.
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:27 am

Awesome hunt, but wading in 14 DEG is no fun, glad it worked out. Forrest
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Willie T » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:16 pm

Well the truck is packed and we start drifting back toward Texas in the morning. This first pic is waterfowl feeding in a field that we located while scouting. We had a ball decoying ducks and geese in the fields.
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This pic is cricket working a runner. I have approached the point three times in hope of flushing the pointed birds. Each time Cricket came off point on his own using the wind to stay with them and point them again. We are working the lee side of a deep coulee out of the wind. You can see by my shadow I am doing my best to approach the point with the sun at my back. On the fourth approach, the birds held and turned out to be a covey of Huns. It was a nice piece of work on crickets part. He appeared to be skating across the wind with a high head and drifting the track to maintain contact.
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A few more pics coming.
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Willie T » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:49 pm

Today was our last day and we decided to split up and hunt roosters. I was hunting with my 20 gauge Citori. On the first drop Cricket got on a group of running pheasant. One after another he pointed five single birds. All hens. Still on birds and tracking another 400 yards in heavy prairie grass he pointed again. This time three cackling roosters broke cover on the flush. I balled up one on the first shot and swung on a second bird at around 40 yards. As I watched it fly away thinking I must have missed, at 322 yards per garmin it dropped out of the sky. This pic is cricket when he got back with it.
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On the second drop of the day, Cricket got on another group of pheasant. On the point he was standing tall. Nose and tail high. I knew he had them pointed at distance. As I circled to approach from the side, roughly 15 pheasant with at least 3 roosters flushed like popcorn. The close birds at 60 yards. Cricket worked it out looking for stragglers with no luck. About 200 yards down the hill was a catted up frozen slough. Cricket shot down the hill and dove in the cats and almost immediately went on point. When I finally got there and walked to him, two big pretty cackling roosters erupted off his point at about 20 yards. Cricket quickly rooted my third bird of the morning out of the cats and came to heel. God has smiled on us again.
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby J D Patrick » Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:56 am

that last one was a great day - congrats!
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby orhunter » Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:31 am

Too bad it’s time to go. The only upside is being warmer in Texas.

Thanks for the stories and photos.
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Willie T » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:59 pm

orhunter wrote:That’s a lot of Huns. Cool ya found them.

I’ve hunted Chukars in 50 mph wind thinking the dog would have trouble but everything was normal except the shooting. Birds stayed so close to the ground and was tough to pick up a target.

Glad your buddy made it back to the truck. That’s a long time to sit there waiting for the heater to kick in.


The birds and wind made for some sporty shooting and a lot of fun.
Yes my buddy is tough as a boot but I was relieved. He is a big man at 6’3” and 240lb. After he had warmed up some, I told him I was worried that if he locked up, I would have had to quarter him first to carry him out.

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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Willie T » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:18 pm

AverageGuy wrote:You guys are tearing it up! What a great day of dog work. Scary about your Buddy's dog and his rescue though. Expect you will be back at em tomorrow.


It was a good trip with a lot of options and enjoyable dog work AG.
I think as close to nirvana as it gets for a pair of V-dogs.
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:29 pm

Willie t , awesome hunt with a awesome dog, glad you didn't have to quarter up your hunting buddy.
thanks for taking us along. Forrest
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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Willie T » Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:59 pm

Drahthaar1108 wrote:Willie t , awesome hunt with a awesome dog, glad you didn't have to quarter up your hunting buddy.
thanks for taking us along. Forrest


Thanks for the kind words about Cricket. I really like him but hunting him does have its moments. He has killed a porky in the past and this is one of the quills I pulled out of him after tying up with one again this year. He hates those damn porkies!

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Re: Knocking around on the prairie

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:32 pm

Ouch, cricket sounds like my dogs, when they develop a hate for something their is no stopping them.
I think it was Gun Dog Supply has a tool made for putting in a dogs mouth to help remove quills. Forrest
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