Pardon me while I depart a bit from writing about the escapades of the 2 brown dawgs and write a bit about my own. (Well it still involves the 2 brown dawgs!)
I am asked all of the time, “Why don’t you go out hunting? You have 2 brown dawgs and a husband who loves to hunt, yet you never go.” So this time I grabbed my camera and tagged along on a pheasant hunt. I have never done anything like this before and I certainly learned a lot that morning.
These are the top 15 things that I learned:
1. When you are trudging through waist-high cover, it is impossible to keep up with a tall guy and 2 brown dawgs intent on pursuing their prey.
2. That waist-high cover has a way of wrapping itself around the laces of your boots and untying them requiring you to stop and retie them repeatedly.
3. Leave the boots that tie at home.
4. It is impossible to get pictures of dogs working in high grass.
5. If the wind whips up to 25 mph those pheasants will sit tight in the grass and then move at jet speed once flushed.
6. They will then head straight for a corn field and disappear.
7. A good Chesapeake Bay Retriever will chase a cripple pheasant into the corn and flush it again.
8. It is impossible to see dogs, let alone get pictures of dogs, working in a corn field.
9. Getting a picture of a pheasant moving at jet speed is tough. If you are lucky, you just might get a blurry picture of a bird.
10. No matter how big the field, if there are any trees, you will crawl over the same pile of logs hidden under the grass at least three times.
11. Hawks don’t care that you’ve paid to hunt the field, if they get there first, they call dibs.
12. Have pond, the 2 brown dawgs will swim.
13. Trudging trough a field can sometimes only produce 3 flushes and 2 birds in the bag.
14. The 2 brown dawgs will happily work hard even if they only end up with 2 birds.
15. I am not a hunter, and if I ever try this again it will be in the dead of winter when all the green stuff is dead, (as long as the snow isn’t too deep ).