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Season rounding into form...

Postby mtlhdr » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:32 am

For a multitude of reasons, it had been the slowest start to a season since I've had Chancey. But the weather (one of the reasons) turned in late November and so did our fortunes. We managed a single quail on our first trip out, with some better shooting and luck, we could've done better (a recurring theme no doubt).
Many times the dog finds where ya ain't gonna shoot em.
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Ended up with 3 birds this trip out of 4 coveys.
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Other times the dog finds em and they bust early on ya.
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Fortunately, we were able to chase singles around for a little while.
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Ended up with 5 birds this trip out of 3 coveys.
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The last trip out might've been our best together. We got into birds practically right out of the box, and a couple of the coveys we found were in areas we could chase them around a little bit.
This was a single we found after busting up the first covey.
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This was a group of 4 birds out of the second covey we found, hunkering down in an oak deadfall.
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This was the last covey. Everything was perfect and I shot a double off the flush out of a mostly dry creek bottom.
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We were running short on time so we called it a day. And what a day it turned out to be. By the end we'd seen 7 coveys and managed 8 birds. We had some good fortune in finding birds where we had a shot at em, and some not-so-good (having not shots on two coveys and no birds out of a third that we flushed out of some oaks trees). Bird numbers seem good this year, the third year in a row of decent precip following three dreadful years of drought. Feel very lucky to have the opportunity to chase wild birds on public land and rarely see anyone, can't wait to get back out there...
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:15 pm

Wow are those beautiful photos. Nice job dog and handler! I should have moved much farther West. Keep em coming.
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby Drahthaar1108 » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:03 pm

Beautiful photos, Beautiful dog, thanks for taking us along. Forrest
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby ANick » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:20 pm

A fine day! Great pics!
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby mtlhdr » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:44 am

Thanks for the nice words. Now if I can figure out how to post pictures that fit when viewing from cell phone...
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby Willie T » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:44 am

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing what the bird hunters from various parts of the country get into with their dogs. A far more striking quail than the bobs and blues we chase in Texas.
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby mtlhdr » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:05 pm

Willie T wrote:Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing what the bird hunters from various parts of the country get into with their dogs. A far more striking quail than the bobs and blues we chase in Texas.
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I agree. I love seeing other parts of the country and other birds, and swapping hunting stories. We all love the outdoors and love our dogs, that's a meaningful bond worth sharing. I ain't a trainer, Chance is my first dog and we only did the natural ability test so my experience is limited and I can't really meaningfully contribute to many of the other posts (tho I read most of em). But I can share pictures, so that's what I do.
(I think I've got the picture formatting squared away now)
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby RowdyGSP » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:26 am

I have been wondering where you and Chancey were.... looks like a nice time in CA hills. Thanks for taking us along again. Keep on posting.
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby mtlhdr » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:09 pm

RowdyGSP wrote:I have been wondering where you and Chancey were.... looks like a nice time in CA hills. Thanks for taking us along again. Keep on posting.

Thanks. Hope you and Rowdy are well and getting after them birds.
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby jlw034 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:57 pm

Looking great!
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby J D Patrick » Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:57 am

wow - thanks for sharing the photos and your hunt,,,

I'm with averageguy - I need to move further west (yeah, right - wife would kill me),,

that is some pretty country in northern CA
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby orhunter » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:46 am

J D: I could change the word, "west" to east and the rest of the sentence would remain the same. I envy those who have it made right where they are.
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Re: Season rounding into form...

Postby RowdyGSP » Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:33 pm

mtlhdr wrote:
RowdyGSP wrote:I have been wondering where you and Chancey were.... looks like a nice time in CA hills. Thanks for taking us along again. Keep on posting.

Thanks. Hope you and Rowdy are well and getting after them birds.



We have been duck hunting quite a bit. Got after some chukar last weekend with my buddy. I shot 4 chukar and a hun. Hunting back home in Oregon this weekend.
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