10 Grouse flushed
3 Woodcock flushed
7.2 miles walked
The morning started off with the hopes of getting to our first spot before the day became overcast, this was a successful plan of action as many Grouse were out close to the trails we were walking drying their feathers and feeding. Oakley was enthusiastic and cooperative with multiple good points, unfortunately only one Grouse was bagged today before the clouds and wind rolled in. She has held up well to multiple days of long hunting, which I am thankful for every time we get back to the trailer and she is unharmed. .
A second endeavor for the pair of young dogs was also successful with Pearl locating a Grouse and both dogs locating Woodcock. A single Woodcock was bagged and Pearl found the downed bird and delivered it to the area where Brian was standing outside of the brush where it fell. The male Woodcock was a nice mature bird and I look forward to adding him to the three Woodcock bagged by the fellow camp members for a meal when I return home. The feeling of pride seeing Pearl locating and following scent and then finding downed game is especially sweet considering that one of the biggest names in upland dog training told me that “no one will ever be able to train that dog” and that she was “gun shy, bird shy, basically a coyote on a string”. Anyone who has ever met her knows that every word that man said was ludicrous, she may not have handled the pressure of force fetch as I had hoped but she has been shot over since she was 11 weeks old and has never once shied. She is the most loving dog but still has a fear of men that developed while at his kennel. Perhaps I should send him a photo of her first Grouse harvest from yesterday and simply write “the untrainable dog” on the back.... .
Located a beautiful Butler’s Garter Snake in the roadway and I was excited to make his acquaintance. I informed him of the forecast for tomorrow and sent him on his way with hopes that he heeded my advice to find cover until the winter mix passes through.