A pup no more.

There come days in every bird hunter’s life where the memories come flooding in.  Maybe it’s the end of a great season, or at the inevitable end of a season too filled full of bad weather days, good weather days wasted on deer hunting (or worse yet raking leaves).  Today it occurs to me that […]

After a brief hiatus…

Well, there’s been a few hunts to report in the last couple of weeks.  I finally broke loose for some much awaited grouse hunting.  Made one quick afternoon trip up the road to a spot that I hadn’t been to this season.  Bad weather and not a lot of time meant we had to be […]

Need some birds….NOW

Anybody else sick of deer hunting?  This year has been especially torturous to me due to terrible acorn crops in the woods and the fact that the 3 deer I passed up early and the one that I shot that dropped on the other side of the property line I hunt were the only deer […]

Sportdog 2525 review

Ok…so following the review that’s not a review for the SportDog 2500 here is a real one for the 2525. Customer service came through and without question replaced my defective 2500 taking the other one back on their dime. I ended up with a brand new collar at 50% markdown all said and done…not bad. […]

Hunt #2 of 2013 Grouse Season

Not a lot to report today.  Took a little jaunt to a new spot I’d scouted a little in the preseason with Gus today.  It was as much of a training expedition as a hunt.  Gus really needs to figure how to take it down a notch when appropriate in the field.  The whining, howling, […]

The dogless days….

Late grouse opener this year.   It’s like torment.  I know…It’s only 10 days later, but it’s killing me.  Leaves are turning or turned depending on where you are, the air is getting brisk, and I’m  still hunting squirrels like I was in September.  The one upside to this whole ordeal is that I’ve logged […]

a point, a swing, and a miss…and another miss

We took to the field yesterday for the second tune up session of the season before the grouse opener on the 26th. It was a picture perfect fall day with the temperature just around 70. we ordered up 12 quail and took off. Gus had some great points through the day, but also showed room […]

Another first in the life of a birddog

    We did a little more hunting today.  Months ago I was fortunate to find a generous fellow not too far from me who had taken to raising quail.  He seemed as enthusiastic as I was to hear that his birds were being used in training a legit bird dog, so in return for […]

The first two skunks of the season

It had to happen sooner or later.  My father came down for Christmas, and we were both excited to get the dog in action.  It seemed almost poetic…He was there for that first bird hunt  with the dog, and now quite possibly to kill a wild bird over him.  But alas…It was not to be. […]

Another day…Another grouse hunt report

As is getting to be our normal Tuesday morning habit, we took off to some of my recent hot coverts and a couple of new ones. We had a solid day of cold drizzle on Monday, and the day Tuesday started off with partly sunny and calm. It proved to be kind of on and […]