Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A little more February training.

Riley and I had another great day on the mountain. We had several encounters and I thought I'd share this set of photos with you. It gives me a chance to brag on his steadiness. I circled to Riley's right as I usually do and then move towards him thinking we had the bird pinned. At five yards I couldn't see a bird so I reversed directions and walked away from Riley figuring the bird was out a ways. After walking about thirty yards and Riley not budging I knew the bird had to be right there. So I started walking back towards Riley and sure enough, not three yards from Riley, a lone hun busted. I allow Riley to break on the flush as long as it's only a 10 to 20 yard chase until he realizes there is no shot. I have to admit, I'd rather have a shotgun in hand but the camera takes a close second place.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A little winter practice

The end to the chukar season was some what undramatic. Although we found birds the conditions were a little rough to say the least. Just getting up and down the hills was tough and both Riley and I ended up limping after the 31st of January. Although the last few hunts were only three hour hunts we managed 68 days hunting chukars this year. I'd say we're a pretty lucky pair. So, with the season done, Riley and I took 10 days off and than limped up the mountain again today hoping to find some birds that would hold good for pointing pictures. Luck was on our side. Here are a few of them to help get you into a winter practice mood with your dog.
I almost stepped on the birds as I took this picture.
I also enjoyed this series of pics on Riley before these birds exploded from above the rocks.
The fun doesn't have to stop when the hunting season closes.