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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2017, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Gone but never forgotten

Tom, this last bird of the season is for you. You would have enjoyed the dog work to get this bird pinned.


Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2017, 08:07 PM
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Nice touch with the hat in the photo. I enjoyed Tom's knowledge & insight and I had the pleasure of randomly meeting him on Catawissa Mountain while I was just getting back to my truck from grouse hunting with my then young Drahthaar. This was the January before he passed. I saw Knob Mountain Kennels on his truck door as he was driving back down the mountain and I flagged him down to ask him about maybe getting my dog in his wild bird program. He asked how we did and seemed impressed and a bit surprised when I told him we moved several grouse. I was floored when he asked if I had time to follow him to one of his training grounds. He went off a distance & put out a chukar or two and then had me release my dog to hunt 'em up. Afterwards he nodded affirmatively and simply said "I'll work this dog." Sadly, he passed only a few months later.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2017, 08:40 PM
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I really miss Tom also. 4.5 years ago, Tom gave me my little setter Hanna and this year we had our best year ever for grouse. I spent a lot of time driving up to Bloomsburg for a year, almost every week! When she was finally ready, Tom came up to my cabin to see her first hand in the grouse woods. He was truly amazed at her ability and couldn't believe the amount of birds we had seen in the time we were out. He was really proud of her! Hanna came from Tom's setter Riley, and a female from West Virginia. Tom really liked the area of my camp and had talked to me about bringing his string up there for a month or so in late summer/early fall to run them on grouse but he got sick again and passed before we could make it happen.

I think of Tom often, especially in the fall when Hanna finds me another grouse. I look up and see him smiling down with a nod of approval!! I miss you buddy!
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2017, 06:25 AM
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A fitting end of the season for you. You've had a pretty good one.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2017, 07:46 AM
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Fantastic posts gents. I didnít know Tom but he sounds like a special person. Really warmed my heart to read.

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Great way to remember your friend.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-24-2017, 08:37 AM
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Tom sounds like one in a million type of guy. You guys were fortunate to have known him.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 12:18 AM
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Really nice tribute Jeff. I'd leave Mabel with Tom when we went away for the winter and he'd run her on spring woodcock. Hunted with him a number of times. We were going to head for Maryland for a few days to run dogs on woodcock the spring before he passed. He got busy and I got busy and we decided we'd do it "next year". Good man!!

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