Very slow day in terms of shooting. Ended up with 4 dove, missed another one, but only had those 5 come within range. Bird's weren't flying so I did a bit of hiking to find them. Despite the slow shooting the day was highly successful and very fun in terms of getting Rowdy exposure to hunting/birds, and that's what it's all about. He didn't actually see any of the birds fall, or I'm confident he would have retrieved them, so I had to show him where they were. Once he caught wind/saw them he was very excited. First he kind of mouthed at the feathers gently, then picked it up. I told him to drop, since I was right there and praised the heck out him. Very fun day and I'll be introducing him to more dove, grouse and sage grouse in the next two weeks.
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I've always wanted to get up to MT to hunt sharpies... that's one grouse I've never hunted. Our hun/chukar season doesn't start until October 6th, so I have plenty of time to prep him for that. I'll post pics when I take him sage grouse hunting on September 12 and then blue and ruffed grouse after he gets acquainted with SG. How hot is it up there that your GSP can't hunt in the heat?
I really appreciate the offer. Guess I missed the part about your GSP being hurt. I'll let you know if I go out Wednesday and the same goes for you, if you come out this way. We've got prime chukar and hun hunting and decent pheasant and quail hunting. Good luck with both your dogs.