My early season has been most definitely a tad strange this year.
Opportunities for classic dream shots over solid points:
Pheasant great..... best year ever
Grouse fantastic... more than ever
Pheasants Bagged... 12
Grouse Bagged......... 3
Now for the strange part. Nearly every time out for Grouse I have been running into Hen Pheasants in my favorite Grouse Covers and I have never had this happen before. As any excuse for my poor shooting is as good as any, the Hen situation has me now hesitating a second or so for conformation prior to taking the Grouse Shots as I normally would. Most of my Hunting is in Rooster only areas and I do my best to respect the PGA's game regulations. Even though the UN-mistakable sound of a Grouse's Flush has me already sighting in on the sound, I still find myself hesitating just a tad too long before taking the shot.
I have asked a few of my friends if they had ever experience my dilemma and most have replied with an affirmative no!. They all just smile and say "Perhaps You Need a Therapy Session at the Local Sheet Range".
Now, don't get me wrong this year had been fantastic for both "Link my Britt" and myself, I will cherish the memories of this early season for a long time to come. I am extremely lucky that Link is doing as well as he is. He is getting closer to 10 years old than 9 and I find myself missing him even though he is still with me.
So those of you who are waiting as impatiently for Deer Season to be over with as I am, join me in a toast to a great late season and hopefully many more.
Will this one be a Hen or Grouse? I just really don't know anymore!