Sunday, October 30, 2011
For some reason, the antenna on my Tritronics Classic 70 G3 EXP disappeared. I admit it had been some time since I checked the security of the antenna. WARNING! When you are in the field, it is a bad time to lose an antenna, with no back up. My options at this point are: I can order one from Tritronics and get it 2 days later or drive to Bismarck (240 mile roundtrip) to purchase another one. Two mistakes I made: one is not checking the security of any antenna I have, pre-hunt or every day. Second, I should have extra antennas on board for the eventually of loss or damage to one. Actually, I did have an extra....last year in MN, I sat on a rock and heard a "crunch". It was the antenna on the TT which had been dangling from a secure holder on my belt! Oops! But, I had a backup antenna in the truck and all was well. Do you think I would order another set? Of course not..... I have double backup antennas for my Garmin... and today I will get another Tritronics antenna at Scheels, in Bismarck, when I go to get my wife at the airport. Dude, it's cheap insurance. Do not go in the field with out extras of everything- any part that can break, wear out, or get lost..
Saturday, October 29, 2011
We worked hard all morning and finally hit the jackpot. Lots of birds and some great dog work from my top dog! It was the "perfect storm" of all the variables coming together- weather, birds and experienced dog. Bobby is one fantastic shot, too. There weren't too many of the ditch chickens that flew out from under his gun. Pretty much, when I saw a rooster get up in front of him, I mentally was putting it in the vest already.
die off. That's is probably true, based on what we are seeing. However, the birds are still available, with a good dog or two. It took us most of the day to harvest our 6 roosters, and we are seeing a lot of young birds from a second hatch. One very pleasant surprise (for a dog man) is the hunting performance of one of my young dogs, Cap! What a joy to watch and hunt over. He's bold, quick and thorough. When he points, it is intense and staunch. He listens and I can see the wheels turning as he looks for cover and thinks things through. I used to worry that he was too quick on the draw, that he was too bold. Now, even at 16 months, I see a little thread of thoughtfulness in him. If his development is parallel to his half-brother, Bandit, he will develop in to a wonderful bird dog. My wife would like me to say that Cap is HER dog and I am only borrowing him. I must admit he is the only dog that will "sit for a treat" in my kennels (WW III almost came about when I saw her asking him to sit with the house dogs for a bone!). Obviously, he isn't hurt by that at all- perhaps he's even more attuned to me because of it.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Two young dogs and one experienced campaigner and I will tackle however many birds are left in the SW North Dakota wheat fields. Reports vary from, "More than I've ever seen!" to "Walked all day and moved 2 roosters." I suspect I'll find the middle ground. My pups are ready for the running demons- they've been on Sharptails, Huns and Ruffs the past year. These birds won't mess them up now. I would like to just watch their faces when the big rooster comes out of the grass, but dropping the thing is more important right now. Travel day tomorrow and Wednesday. By sunrise Thursday, Mountain Time, you can mentally watch me turn a pair of Brits loose, shoulder the old 20 ga. and step off in to the grass for another adventure with my buddies.......