|Dog Den 2|
Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
After my next hunt in New Mexico, I will be attending and speaking at a seminar at Pheasant Fest 2011 in Omaha, NE. Two friends and I (sponsored by Rancho Caracol, a wild bird hunting resort in Mexico) will be giving talks about hunting quail in the southeast, Texas and New Mexico. Come on by, enter the dog runway competition and join the festivities. Also, come and hear about how to plan for, set up and execute a successful hunt to New Mexico- as well as information about Texas hunting and hunting quail in the Southeast. click HERE to go the website.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
|Ruby and her 5 quail|
Two covey finds and numerous singles on the follow up. She was too excited to retrieve the first one, but settled down to locate and bring back the rest. My little Pixie is coming along!
One of the most gratifying things a bird dog man can do is see the results of countless hours of work, patience, worry and training pay off. Today, I saw that in my 9 mos. old Brittany puppy, Ruby. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to get a picture of her on point, telling me "This is a covey, Boss, not a single.....dang, there is a lot of scent here!"
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
So, I'm sitting around the estate, you know, all the workers are off cleaning the stables or stocking the fishing ponds, or counting the wild coveys out in the back 10,000, and I suddenly realize I haven't been on the road in more than a month (well, almost)! I buzz up a few friends and got the readings on Kansas. They all pretty much say the same thing- some good days, some bad days, but any day in the field with a dog is better than any day at the office. So, I ran the possibility of a kitchen pass by the Old Ball and Chain and managed to get a signed pass for one week commencing on the 14th of Dec.! (Didn't cost me much more than a Lexus LS 460 delivered by Christmas!) My pups are ready for some wild birds and my broke dogs are ready for something more than field trials. By the way, my two pups, Cap (Brit/M) and Ruby (Brit/F) and really progressing nicely with solid points and OK retrieves. I wish I could get more pictures of them, but I'm training alone and carrying a camera is tough. I really need to video Cap when he hits scent- wow! Yesterday, he acted like a broke dog twice his age as he worked with me to find a bird that moved after I planted it. It was a picture for the books!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
|I call these "Shooting Balls"|
Then we moved on to the shotgun. I pulled out my trusty SKB 20 ga. Model 100 that I field trial and hunt with. James immediately noticed the gun was too small for me, so we put a rubber, removable kick plate from one of my other guns on it. The fit was better. We worked on stance, smooth movement, head and foot location and focus and concentration. Then he started throwing the clay targets.
|The Training Cabin on the Lake|
I started breaking them. I missed maybe one out of 25. James was saying to not just break them, but powder them, "And here's how you do it", he would say. I took his advice and I've never powdered so many clay targets in my life. I mean, they were GONE! He threw them from behind me, high and low, 45 degrees to either side of straight ahead, curving and straight. After 4 boxes of shells, James says I only missed twice, but I'm pretty sure I must have missed about 4 times. I did all this in the space of an hour and forty five minutes!
|I shot this quarter. IN THE AIR! Check the dents.|
This is the bottom line. This works. It is for real. I used my own gun and I wished I could have stayed all day. I've never shot 4 boxes of shells so productively in my life. This method is perfect for the field trialer and quail/pheasant/upland hunter! Click Here for James Rutland Instinct Shooting School Website