Youth Pheasant hunt
Today was my sportsman's clubs annual youth pheasant hunt. We had 17 young hunters, both boys and girls and 60 ring neck roosters to plant for them. We had half the kids in the morning and the other half in the afternoon after lunch. We roasted a deer on a spit and had a ton of side dishes to go with it as well as drinks and deserts. The morning group hunted and then the afternoon group arrived and they both ate lunch together. We broke both the morning and afternoon groups into 3 different groups and had members with pointing breeds take the three groups out to hunt in three different fields. It was a great day, it was supposed to be a washout and we were worried we would loose a lot of kids because their parents didn't like the weather report. As it turns out we only lost one due to a sore throat and it did not rain and we had a great day with no kid going home without at least one bird, most has two and many had several. All the parents and the kids were great. What could have been a washout disaster was a great day with kids, dogs and birds and good food. I think my setter may sleep for a week, her and her hunting partner a Vizsla, found and pointed and retrieved 20 birds, and I am not far behind her for the sleep department. Those hills at my club keep growing higher every year, I know they have gotten at least 20 feet higher than last year. Every year when we think it can't get any better, it does. Sadly I forgot my cameras so I don't have any pictures of happy kids, happy parents, lots of birds and tired dogs and owners so please take my word for it.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!