Afternoon hunt with Mia

 

Mia in the late afternoon sun

Mia in the late afternoon sun

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.

Trumpeter swan fly over. They're protected, so the only thing I could shoot them with was the camera.

Trumpeter swan fly over. They’re protected, so the only thing I could shoot them with was the camera.

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.

Mia waits while I check the stream for ducks

Mia waits while I check the stream for ducks

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.

Mia pointing ducks, 12-29-14.

Mia pointing ducks, 12-29-14.

Now if I can just do a better job of hitting my targets…

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4 Responses to Afternoon hunt with Mia

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Sounds like she’d made great progress. Love the photos. Happy New Year!

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  2. Fantastic pictures. A very belated Happy New Year to you!

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