Back to pointing

Doc and Mia returned to training on honoring and I worked with Elvis on his steadiness, but I’ll let the pictures do the storytelling.

 

Doc honors Mia with their first bird of the training session.

Doc honors Mia with their first bird of the training session.

Doc honors Mia with the first bird of their training session

Doc honors Mia with the first bird of their training session

Mia and Doc remain steady-to-wing as the pigeon flies away

Mia and Doc remain steady-to-wing as the pigeon flies away

Doc honors Mia on the second bird  of their training session

Doc honors Mia on the second bird of their training session

Mia honoring Doc on their last bird of the day

Mia honoring Doc on their last bird of the day

Mia honoring Doc

Mia honoring Doc

Mia honoring Doc on their third bird of the day

Mia honoring Doc on their third bird of the day

Elvis on point with his second bird

Elvis on point with his second bird

Elvis beaks on his first bird.

Elvis beaks on his first bird.

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Tracking the elusive Pheasant

Mia honors Doc on point.

Mia honors Doc on point.

When I saw a big rooster pheasant wandering around on our ditch bank, I saw a golden opportunity to put Doc and Mia on something besides a pigeon.

Doc goes on point a second time while tracking a rooster Pheasant.

Doc goes on point a second time while tracking a rooster Pheasant.

I didn’t necessarily want them working up the scent cone but wanted them to hit a good strong scent where theoretically, they’d go on point. However with a stiff breeze blowing, Doc hit a solid point and Mia honored nicely – no “whoa”ing necessary.

Doc climbs up on the ditch bank and remains steady-to-wing as the Pheasant flies away.

Doc climbs up on the ditch bank and remains steady-to-wing as the Pheasant flies away.

They were at least 150 feet from where I’d seen the Pheasant, so after taking a couple of photos, gave them my “track” command. They tracked upwind and along the ditch bank where Doc, who was ahead of Mia, went on point and once again, Mia honored nicely.

Mia remains steady-to-wing as the Pheasant flies off.

Mia remains steady-to-wing as the Pheasant flies off.

I once again told them to “track” and they worked their inside the ditch until flushing the Pheasant, which had climbed back up on the ditch bank where they couldn’t scent it. Once it flushed, they both did a nice job of remaining steady-to-wing.

Work and play

 

The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Convention Center at Fort Hall, Idaho.

The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Convention Center at Fort Hall, Idaho.

Friday was our day for making therapy visits, and both Sophie and Elvis made some new friends along the way. Saturday was playtime for me as I attended the Lewis and Clark Gun show where I drooled over thousands of guns along with hundreds of other attendees.

The gun show was held at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Convention Center, a new state-of-the-art facility that I highly recommend if you happen to be in the area. I spent a lot of time talking guns and learning a lot, and had the opportunity to handle everything from the newest assault weapons to the first flintlocks and hand cannons.