Grouse

December 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Not too much to say on grouse hunting this year.  I’ve gone out a few times so far, and now’s the time to be hitting it hard – which is what I plan on doing this week.  Sean and I went out the other day and we had six flushes.  No bird in hand to speak of, but Sean found a couple of nice things in the woods.  A nice little buck skull (never ever have I come across one in the woods, lucky him!)  He has been getting into hunting lately, and here is his first European Mount!

I have been gone for a good bit of the fall, unfortunately for Max… sorry little guy.  His nose and patience for pheasants seems to be top notch, but not so much for when it comes to being in grouse territory.  For the first half of our hunt he ran around like a dumb idiot, any which direction about as fast as he could.  Sometimes you just have to boot a dog’s ass and they get the picture.  After that (I didn’t beat him or anything, jeez, Sean can vouch for me!), he realized that we were hunting, stayed close, and kept his range in check.  I had a perfect flush at one point, but my thumb got locked up on the hammer…dumb dumb dumb mistake.  Anyway, we went back out today with my brother and dad included and Max ended up doing pretty well as far as the way he worked.  Heading back out tomorrow morning!

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