As usual we headed “North of the border” for some early season ruff hunting. It was the hottest opening day I could remember and we were drenched with sweat but it was still good to be back in the grouse coverts.
The colors of fall were starting to show themselves
The coverts were thick hot and nasty but we were determined to see what this season would bring
Despite the heat and thick cover the pups managed to find a few birds for us
FieldGrade aka “Rob” was kind enough to invite me on a hunt with his Britanny Chloe. It was still hotter than I would have liked but the cover was starting to look a little more like fall
Morgan and I managed to stumble into the slowest grey phase in the county
Chloe had many excellent points on woodcock and grouse but one point in particular will forever be burned into my memory. It was picture perfect with her leg up and such intensity there left no doubt a bird was close. Unfortunately I did not get my iPhone out in time to snap a picture and Rob took a beautiful brown phase over that point. It was a perfect classic moment of dog, bird and hunter and really made the trip a memorable one and made me want a “pointy” dog!
A great end to the hunt
Morgan and I made a solo trip on Monday which was perfect conditions as the temps finally came down the woods were damp from rain but the sun came out and the birds were busy feeding. We put 3 birds out from under this old apple tree.
Morgan managed to find this big grey bird on a reflush
I met a fellow UJr that day. It was great to meet you George.
We managed to find some more woodcock and another young grey bird before the day was over
I hope everyone is enjoying the season!