Todays after work hunt started off with some action pretty quick. About one minute after letting the dogs out of the truck they ran down the edge of some woods and then went on point a few feet into the wooded area. I entered about 20 yards away from the dogs and walked towards them. A rooster then flushed and I was able to make the shot today. Things are starting off pretty good today. We worked a swampy area for a little and the dogs start to work a running bird. They work hard for a while before two roosters flush about 75 yards away. It was good to watch them work the area. We kept hunting the swampy area with no luck. I then head towards an area with more tall grass and less swamp. Before we get there the dogs start working another running bird. The work beside and in the hedgerows, through some shorter grass and around a pond. The dogs keep working and get to the taller grass I was heading to in the first place. Nittany and Blitz keep working the area and finially go on point but nothing is there. They work a little more before both dogs lock up. They are facing each other about 10 yards apart. I walk between them and a rooster flushes from under a small cedar tree. I was able to connect on this one as well. I then head back to the parking area and start talking to an older guy. He said he didn't see a single bird. After talking to him a little more about hunting and things like that, I offer him my two birds. I had good luck this year and didn't need them and since he didn't have any luck this year I figure he would enjoy them. He was very thankful for the two pheasants and I was pleased with the dog work. It was a very nice late afternoon.
wow! great pics and great story. sitting here reading it with my 9 wk old gsp who is too young to hunt and my 9 yr old chessie who is resting up for saturday.
im used to chasing running cockbirds in kansas and montana with a single pointer which oft makes for frustration...what is it like with to dogs who work well together?
The two dogs work well together and at times they are able to pin a running bird between each other. One is better at tracking a running bird and the other is a better retriever. It is nice to see them work together on birds and that's the reason I get out as much as I can. But it is tough hunting fence rows when the birds tend to flush out the opposite side of me over half the time.