I took Mia out on a late afternoon hunt in what I thought would be perfect duck hunting conditions – the river is covered with ice flows and beginning to freeze over, and a stiff wind dropped the wind chill to just above zero, all of which should have had them flying.
However swans were about the only thing flying, and there were more hunters than ducks. I did flush three ducks but missed my shot.
Mia is really coming into her own as a hunter and knows how to change her style to the type of bird we’re hunting. When hunting Pheasant and partridge, she’s out there running big; with grouse, she heads for the thickest brush; and with duck hunting, she knows to heel or at least stay close by.
I do a lot of training with bird wings including duck wings, and believe that as a result, the guys point waterfowl as well as upland birds. Hunters generally don’t think of dogs pointing waterfowl but when you jump shoot ducks like I do and have Spinone that can take the cold, pointing waterfowl can be a real bonus.
Now if I can just do a better job of hitting my targets…