Wednesday, January 24, 2018
New tricks for Jake
Jake took me on a challenging hunt today. He decided the birds were up high, so we went up into the snow and gave it a whirl.
Yes, that's Jake in the middle of the picture. Yes, the snow was that deep up there. Yes, I was on my butt quite often. Yes, I can see those bare slopes way down there. After several exciting points, falls and misses I finally got a double. One of the birds dropped quickly and fluttered in the snow and my second shot hit a bird that traveled about two hundred yards down the slope. Jake quickly gabbed the first bird and then dropped it in pursuit of bird two. It was fun to watch him try and figure things out. Half way down the hill he stopped and started back up towards bird one when the lower bird started flapping. That was enough to encourage a retrieve on that bird.
Jake returned to where the first bird was and placed number two next to it. He looked up at me like I should come down and pick them up.
He finally picked one bird up and then the other and tried to pick them both up a couple of times before finally bringing them to me one at a time.
Jake gave me several other opportunities but my eyes must have been crossing because I missed a bunch. We took a picture of our birds and decided that this was our two bird personal limit day.
To add to my woes, Larry Semmens sent me a picture of the Scaled quail he was hunting down south. That does seem a little more fun than I was having in the snow today.