Very nice pictures, and I know how you feel about your old boy, got one myself and every time I think he is about to hang it up, he hunts another season. Granted it's just a couple hours at a time but the old man gets me a Grouse or a Turkey. I try very hard not to miss for him, he has been one heck of a hunting dog. Took my only Scotch Double behind him, he has produced many true doubles for me, and he retrieves to hand everything I have ever shot over him. Last season I actually had a chance at a Turkey and Grouse mixed double that he pointed and put up for me. Got the Grouse but missed the Turkey, I stills see that big bird flying away thru the trees, in my sleep. Can't believe I missed her, the pine tree she got behind as she rose, was just big enought to take my shot and safe guard her escape. I may never get that chance again, but that old SM dog gave me my chance at it. I will miss him big time when he cashes out, we are both old men now. Its been a heck of ride, I would like to turn back the clock and do it all again.
Pine Creek Sampson looking at one of his true doubles, over his life time he has produced 4 for me to shoot at,
3 of which I have taken, the 1st was a true Grouse double, the 2nd was a true double Grouse and Woodcock, the 3rd was true double on Woodcock, the 4th at age 15, was the Grouse and Turkey true double, that I only got half of. I hope he forgives my shooting. I know every time we get to hunt together may be our last outing, and I realize the gift, I have been granted by God.