Search and retrieve

Early in the season, I dropped a duck on dry land but Doc refused to retrieve it (although he pointed it beautifully). Friday’s duck hunt was a whole different story and Doc did an excellent job of both duck search and retrieve.

Doc waiting in a blind

Doc waiting in a blind

I took him on an early morning hunt to an area called “duck point”, a finger of land that is in the flight pattern of ducks and geese as they travel up and down the river. I was surprised to find only one other group of hunters and while they were doing a fair amount of shooting, they weren’t hitting much.

Doc at the foot of a lava flow

Doc at the foot of a lava flow

I don’t have a lot of patience for sitting in blinds so after a few minutes of no ducks flying over, I took Doc on a quasi-partridge hunt while hoping to wander under some fly overs. With snow covering the ground, I avoided the lava flows as much as possible since it can make them extremely hazardous.

Doc searched out and retrieved the duck

Doc searched out and retrieved the duck

We were about to climb a lava ridge when a large flock of Mallards came over and flared upon seeing us. My gun was loaded with BB shot for geese so I decided to take a long shot and dropped a hen Mallard out of the flock. It fell over the ridge so neither Doc nor I saw where it went down.

Doc with his duck

Doc with his duck

I sent Doc a little downwind of where it appeared to go down and followed him. There is no doubt that I would have lost the bird had it not been for his determined searching. After several minutes of searching, Doc rooted it out of a thick sage brush and made a very nice retrieve.

Doc tells me all about it while driving home

Doc tells me all about it while driving home

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4 Responses to Search and retrieve

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Aww I love that last picture! Doc is quite the determined dog.

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  2. He is at that, and he had to tell me all about it.

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  3. Excellent job both of you! We have no snow yet. 😦

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