Thunder spied the hunting stuff being readied so he camped out in front of the door. There was no way that girl dog was going this time. He has always camped out on the hunting stuff, even as a six month old pup. It is a wonder the stuff could ever leave without him.
Unfortunately for the Thunder, what is likely to be the last the weekend of waterfowl hunting turned out to be a bust. He spent a lot of time on the dog stand with nothing to show for his efforts. The hunters were able to get decent spots up next to the Reserve, and supposedly the Reserve was holding 13,000 ducks, but they weren’t budging off that Reserve.
There probably won’t be another chance for waterfowl as the season closes in a couple of weeks. This is the in between time with several species now closed for hunting. Early goose season closed in September. Woodcock closed the beginning of November and Grouse is temporarily closed until December 1.
Unfortunately, no walks in the woods either for the two brown dawgs because it is still firearm deer season until the end of the month.
There aren’t many ducks in the freezer, but from what I heard, the dawgs and hunters had a blast this waterfowl season.
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Thunder and Storm took a little break from all of the hunting they have been doing. But Thunder and Tules’s pups have been busy. Beau did some hunting last month. He looks so much like his father with the duck in his mouth (of course he is just a little bigger!). Smokey took Winner’s Bitch both days at a show this past weekend. Better still, Beau and Smokey got to hang out and play together. It is hard to believe the pups will be two on December 1.
Many thanks to Beau’s people and Cindy for the great pictures.
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Storm got a chance to hunt on Harsens Island. This is the same area where she ran a couple of Hunt Tests last year. The hunters had a decent draw and were able to select an area of flooded corn which is reserved for hunters who are hunting over a dog.
Storm loved taking a boat ride out to the hunting area. She enjoyed sitting on a pile of decoys and smelling all of the good smells in the air. The weather was cold, but the morning turned bright and sunny. The wind was blowing down the corn so although the hunters would have prefered to set up with the wind at their backs, it was not possible. They set the decoys as best they could. In the next picture, the sign in the upper right marks the start of the Reserve. Dogs may retrieve in marked areas on the edge of the Reserve, but hunters cannot enter.
For this hunt Storm would be required to stay on a dog stand. She was a good girl and waited patiently for the ducks to show up. She heard the hunters she was with calling, as well as hunters from nearby hunting areas. She could also see ducks fall in nearby areas. But she sat there and waited for her hunters to down some ducks and to be released to retrieve.
The hunters shot their limit of American Black Ducks (a drake and a hen) early on. Unfortunately that was all that seemed to be flying. Storm ended up with two retrieves for the day, both falling inside the corn. She found her birds and brought them back.
All had a great day. Thunder was a bit beside himself for being left at home, but he will get his turn in a couple of weeks.
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