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 Post subject: First Pheasants for Maverick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:19 pm 

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Location: Washington State
Today's walk was only about a mile and a half... But oh so fun!

Maverick's first pheasant hunt. He did well. I stacked the odds in his favor by hunting at the Cooke Canyon Hunt Club - so these are not wild birds. But we found eight pheasant, brought home five, and had a wonderful time. He hasn't had a lot of actual hunt training, but did a wonderful job of finding and pointing the birds, then retrieving them for me. He's not to blame for the pheasants that I didn't hit. Sigh...

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I think we're going to have a wonderful time hunting together for many years. I sure hope so.

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 Post subject: Re: First Pheasants for Maverick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:34 pm 

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He certainly looks eager as he eyes that bird. Good work, Guy.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:15 pm 

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Guy you will have a lot of good times hunting together. (y)


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 Post subject: Re: First Pheasants for Maverick
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:29 pm 

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Well done


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:38 am 

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Thanks all. He was so danged excited.

The photos were taken after we were done, about 30 yards from where the Jeep was parked. I took one bird over to the grassy area along with the dog. Left the shotgun safely unloaded and in the Jeep.

Getting him calm enough to hold still briefly for a couple of cell phone photos took some patience! He was all squirming & jumping and bouncing around. So proud of himself!

On the drive home, he napped the whole way. Completely spent, mentally & physically. He discovered his new love yesterday - hunting birds! Now it's making sense to him.

I'm proud of the little rascal.

Little? He's up to about 65 pounds now, was about 53 when we got him a few months ago. We walk almost every day and he's put on some muscle!

Guy


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:23 am 

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Great idea to make the bird hunting real!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:41 am 

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Ya know - I think this explains why I wasn't all that excited about deer hunting this season. I was working with the dog a lot, trying to get to this point, where we could hunt together.

It was a hoot! (y)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:27 am 
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Great experience and he heared his calling!
My Münsterländer retrieved a winged duck with 10 months from a cold lake and loved bird-hunting ever after. She even tries to follow them, when they are diving...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:18 pm 
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Guy- that is fantastic! Just something special about hunting behind a dog (so they tell me). Glad that he is coming into his own for you. Hopefully, more learning and many years of enjoyment to come for both of you. CL

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:54 pm 

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Glad you and your new dog are bonding and he loves to hunt. Hope it's just the start of many more fun times together. Dan.


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