Spinone retrieves on final hunt

 

We left to go hunting before sunup, so I put SportDog Locator Beacons on Doc and Mia. The locator beacons also helped keep track of them in the heavy fog, but Doc lost his halfway through the hunt.

We left to go hunting before sunup, so I put SportDog Locator Beacons on Doc and Mia. The locator beacons also helped keep track of them in the heavy fog, but Doc lost his halfway through the hunt.

Friday was probably my final bird hunt of the season, giving Mia her first goose retrieve and Doc a long water retrieve. But I’ll let the videos and photos chronicle what was intended to be a short hunt but turned into a 6-hour marathon that left us all stiff and tired. The fog was so thick that you could often hear the geese and ducks flying overhead but couldn’t see them.

The fog wasn't too heavy when we arrived.

The fog wasn’t too heavy when we arrived.

On the way back to the truck we encountered a hunter who had dropped 2 geese, and while he was able to find the first, he gave up searching for the second goose. I offered Doc and Mia’s services and we were able to find his second goose which made him quite happy; in searching for the goose, he had walked within 5 feet of it without knowing it.

Waves of heavy fog rolled in throughout the morning.

Waves of heavy fog rolled in throughout the morning.

Mia listens to hundreds of ducks and geese down on the river.

Mia listens to hundreds of ducks and geese down on the river.

We went through some good Pheasant habitat. Mia wouldn't come when called so I went looking for her to find her on point. Doc immediately honored.

We went through some good Pheasant habitat. Mia wouldn’t come when called so I went looking for her to find her on point. Doc immediately honored.

 

Mia on point with Doc honoring.

Mia on point with Doc honoring.

Doc and Mia at the top of a deep lava fissure.

Doc and Mia at the top of a deep lava fissure.

Mia and Doc on the hillside below Duck Point.

Mia and Doc on the hillside below Duck Point.

An owl watches us from a lava cliff.

An owl watches us from a lava cliff.

Doc and Mia pose with their retrieves, a Gadwall and a Canadian Goose.

Doc and Mia pose with their retrieves, a Gadwall and a Canadian Goose.

 

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8 Responses to Spinone retrieves on final hunt

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Wow, what a swim for Doc! Love Mia’s retrieve as well – that goose was as big as her head:) Love the owl photo too – that’s a very beautiful place you have for hunting.

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  2. Nice job both dogs. Very nice water retrieve for Doc and nice goose retrieve for Mia!

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    • It’s fun to watch a dog try and wrestle their first goose, Sophie and Dakota had problems with their first goose as well. Doc’s retrieve was a long one and his first retrieve in a stiff current, but he did great.

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  3. Shirley Bauer says:

    Loved the videos Robert. I am so proud of Doc! What a long retrieve for him. Loved that he found that hunter’s goose for him as well. Mia was fun to watch as she tried to figure out the best way to bring that goose in. Very nice, both of them!

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