Friday, December 18, 2009
End of Season Report
I hit the high country for Blue Grouse once and ran into a crew working on the roads. They told me they had only seen 2 Blues all summer so I wouldn't have shot one even if one could be found.
Happy had a good season for an old dog. His point on a covey of 10 and the big male ruffed I got over his point were highlights of the season. Mickey and Blackie had some spectacular moments as did Jack and Annie and several other Gordons that spent some time in the woods with us. It's always nice to see some of our pups put on a show.
We finished the season with 174 flushes and 25 birds in the bag. Far short of a good year. All my pals shot really well this year and Steve's new 20 ga. proved deadly. Dick shot great and Mike got several birds too. Tim has a new Remington RGS 20 ga. o/u that needs breakin' in. I got shots at 9 birds and got 8 of them. I have never shot that well on Ruffed Grouse in my life and may never again.
The Guns are oiled up and the dog crates are unloaded. The snow is building up and the cold is settling in. We'll load up the van next fall and start the whole routine all over again.....Some new dogs and some old dogs. Some old friends and new friends .....and more great adventures.