DH got a couple of sharptailed grouse!
I haven't seen this many wild birds in my life. We saw nearly a hundred birds. Someone must be keeping the coyotes down.
Unfortunately, Casey was not in the mood to hold point, and spent most of his time flushing and chasing birds.
But overall a fun day, lots of pheasant, grouse, and hungarian exposure. DH will be going again tomorrow, hopefully better luck this time.
We ended up canning the grouse, looking foward to seeing how they taste.
A check cord is essential to a dog like ours that likes to chase away and sometimes kill birds. We should have brought it the first time. These wild ones fly far, likely that's why he chases after them. Just frustrating when there are ones being shot at, and he's off in the distance. Try again.
Slow cooked the grouse this time with a can of mushroom soup. Very tasty!
In hindsight, our success rate with birds has increased at least two or three times(or more) with the check cord on the dog.
Sure it gets tangled and caught, but it extends the control I have over the dog to thirty feet. I consider it an essential tool, it's rushed to forget it. We want him to be around for the shot & retrieve, to bring things to full circle.
It's become a true art walking and maneuvering that cord!
Mushroom soup makes anything tasty. Mind you, the sharp tailed grouse here eat lots of sage brush, which can be tasted in the meat, a nice addition.
I thought I said good stuff apparently I didn't ! Sometimes I think being early in the morning instead of hitting the go button I hit the cancel by mistake ! Love to hear & see these guy's in action ! & after all this is "their " season
Good stuff !