Ladies & Gentlemen,
Its the 22nd of October on a Monday morning and although it was quite warm after 10AM the training on wild birds was just fantastic, Heston our Ryman pup is just starting to come into his own and with a little help form his mentor, he set both a woodcock and Grouse for gunning this morning. Using my 28 Gauge L.C. Smith double gun, the gunning was quick and very challenging. Hestons work on the Grouse was exceptional for a young dog on a warm day, the 2nd bird, a Woodcock actually flused back in my face and I dropped her with a nice rising head on shot.
The Grouse was a runner that Daisy helped Heston set up, the younger Setter got a lesson in how to be a professional Grouse dog, and he learned by cutting the mature Grouse off without spooking him into flight, I flushed and took him rising up thru the Hemlock trees. Daisy did not let Heston retrieve, so he followed her in as she presented me with the Grouse. A great training morning in the Potter/Tioga big woods, hope your morning was just as enjoyable as mine.
Heston with his Grouse & Woodcock on the front porch after the hunt.