It's not for lack of trying on Jake's part or walking my tail off on my part, but the lack of any kind of moisture creating very tough conditions for a dog's nose. Jake has already busted more birds in the first few weeks of this season than he did on the previous two hunting season's. He seems to be right on top of the birds before he get's any scent and at the end of the day his snout is caked with dust and pollen. I'm even constantly blowing my nose to clear the sage pollen from my nostrils.
Bob Mcmichaels post, "Dry as a Bone", nails conditions right on. The birds are out there but finding them with good dog work is tough. I believe most of us are out there to get birds behind good dog work. If not, these conditions seem to be just right for hunting without a dog.
Hunting deer with Conner this weekend is a perfect example. We hunted Saturday afternoon and Sunday and saw at least a dozen covey's of chukar that we could have gotten shots at had we been carrying shotguns. At times they were scurrying up the rocks 10 to 20 yards away, seeming to have no fear from us.