Personal record…an unbelievable day.

It seems like years since I have done any bird hunting. November is a drag. For us, the rifle season for deer was bittersweet. I did manage to fill the freezer (grumbeling the whole time of course). The one bright spot in the birdless month was the opportunity to watch my bird dog’s reaction upon […]

THE OUTHOUSE COVERT

great journal and well written experiences. Stellar photos to boot.

3rd Wild Birds (3 hunts in 6 days

  The aftermath: One VERY  tired bird dog!   We took another stab today.   After hours of deliberation and pouring over Google earth  photos, I decided against some of my familiar haunts, and opted to try some unproven ground.  I took another shooter with me today.  It was the same friend that hunted quail […]

2nd wild bird hunt

I wish I had some great pictures of all the birds I killed…but I’m still working on photoshoping a few in.  The man that tells you he is good at hitting grouse, is a liar.  No question about it….These things don’t get hit easily.  I firmly believe that 90% or better of the birds killed […]

Wild Birds…The big moment

When this all started it seemed simple enough.   Get dog, train dog, hunt grouse.   That was it right?   Well things are rarely that simple.  Granted  I think the dog probably did not need as much as I myself needed, but regardless, I am 8 months in, the owner of a fine English Setter, bird launchers, […]

Hunt #3 Bragging rights

After proving to myself that I hadn’t been bragging for no reason, I invited another shooter.  Brian is a lifelong hunter (one of the best deer hunters you’ll ever meet) but has always loved grouse hunting.  We try to go a couple of times a year up to this point dogless.  We’ve been excitedly talking […]

2nd hunt

I have to admit. For all the bragging, I’m a little nervous about hunting with the folks I’ve been bragging to.  Maybe it’s this insecurity that has led me to do another quail hunt a week BEFORE taking one of my hunting partners out to hunt over Gus.  I ordered up 12 quail and took […]

The first hunt…the day has arrived

After some mild coaxing on my part directed at my father I finally managed to convince him that the dog was indeed ready and that a bird hunt would in fact be good for him.  Let me just say this- my father is unshakeable in his practical sensibilities.  From the beginning of my bird dog […]

7 months approaching the first hunt

Well….the time has come.  It has been a long summer of training, obedience, conditioning, and anticipation of the coming fall.  The plan all along has been to take Gus to a preserve about 30 minutes down the road as soon as they start hunting in October.  The preserve officially opens in September, but hot temperatures […]