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Re: 2022

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:13 pm

Moon's getting an excellent education!
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Re: 2022

Postby weimdogman » Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:52 am

Average Guy is everything ok? Always enjoy your posts. When you left Gundog forums I slowed way down on checking in there.
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Re: 2022

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:05 pm

weimdogman wrote:Average Guy is everything ok? Always enjoy your posts. When you left Gundog forums I slowed way down on checking in there.


Hey Happy Thanksgiving! Yea all good this way. I'm Blessed. Interrupted bird season for some hot whitetail rut hunting with bow and rifle, dogs and I will be back on the birds next week.

How's things your way? Good I hope.
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Re: 2022

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:08 pm

Buddy sent me some photos of Spud and I in action.

Spud had tracked this running covey of Huns and finally got them pinned up against the edge of the canyon. His body language said they were close and they were. Got one shot off and one bird down before the rest dove straight down into the canyon never to be seen again.

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Me cashing in on another covey of Huns Spud got pointed over on the right.

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Gunning chukars over some stellar dog work from Spud, tracking, pointing, relocating pursuit eventually got the covey stopped 450 yards up above me. He was still holding them when I finally arrived and this photo is the covey rise.

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We interrupt this bird season for the Whitetail Rut and it was totally worth it. Dogs and I are back on the birds now.

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Re: 2022

Postby weimdogman » Fri Nov 25, 2022 9:12 pm

Nice deer ! Glad all is well.
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Re: 2022

Postby weimdogman » Tue Nov 29, 2022 1:38 pm

Sunday was nice 25° with a 6mph wind. Hunted just 1 dog as I wanted him to be able to run a little bigger in lighter cover where I hoped to find some pheasants. Got multiple points and 1 long point track trail that ended with a long wild flush. Did bag a rooster and get a nice retrieve. Dog is now at the vet with a hole in his leg so he will get some rest and be able to put some weight back on.
Vet said you are lucky that hole in his leg is right over the top of a large vein. If he cut that he may not have made it here. Said as he cleaned the wound it was amazing to see.

Nice point on a hen he overran.
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Re: 2022

Postby weimdogman » Tue Nov 29, 2022 1:41 pm

Here he is.
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Re: 2022

Postby weimdogman » Tue Nov 29, 2022 1:44 pm

I can and do run all 3 or 2 dogs together quite often especially if I have other hunters with me. Getting out in open country it is too difficult to keep up with dogs in opposite directions. Hens hold well enough but those roosters are a different story.
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Re: 2022

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Dec 04, 2022 1:55 pm

Glad things turned out well for your dog. The way they go at it it's a wonder they are not injured more often, especially their eyes.

No way I can enjoy running my two dogs together on pheasants. Pheasant hunting to me means having to hustle and keep up with my dogs on track, point, relocate pursuits that often go a long ways before a terrain change allows us to get the rooster stopped long enough to get him in the air. Way too often the dogs get on separate roosters going different directions.

Now hunting two good dogs together, each with their own handler is wonderful. Have done alot of that.

Had a day last season where a good hunter and his nice GSP, and my Spud dog and I were hunting the same big native grass pasture in KS. We started out together but the running pheasants took us in different directions. We met up at the truck some time later, each with a limit of 4 roosters. We could hear each other shoot but ended up hundreds of yards apart.

That is the typical experience hunting running roosters in grass for me. They go where they go and you either follow your dog or miss out on the opportunity.
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Re: 2022

Postby AverageGuy » Sun Dec 04, 2022 2:04 pm

Dogs and I were on the Prairie last week. 10 degrees and 30 MPH wind made me mostly uninterested in taking my gloves off, thus not very many photos.

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There were big flocks of sharptails and prairie chickens around but the weather was such that they flew into grain fields at first light, fed and then flew back into pretty much naked low grass cover to loaf. Completely unapproachable and I was not interested in sitting and pass shooting them. The last day however the wind laid down and the temp climbed into the high 40s. I ran Tess in a couple of spots and we scored a couple of nice rooster pheasants.

Put her up and dropped Spud in a spot that looked promising for a third rooster and sharptail or prairie chickens (yes both are present, often in the same flock and I have also taken several hybrids over the years).

Spud did some beautiful point and relocate work and we scored our third rooster. He also had 6-7 points on the grouse but everytime I needed to be 10 yards closer when they flushed. We hunted til the end of shooting time, I unloaded my gun and we headed back to the truck exhausted and happy.

This was my view as I cleaned the roosters at the truck.

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