Doc and Mia did a great job at this year’s Family Outdoor Festival as they welcomed junior hunters to the joy of hunting. I was told by one of the organizers that several people asked to hunt with the “dogs with the funny name” so they’re getting a following.
We hunted with three groups this year, and you couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. I handled Mia with the first group and although they didn’t bring down any birds, everyone had a great time.
Doc went out with the second group and this time a girl dropped her first bird. Talk about an excited kid!
It was a blind retrieve for Doc due to the tall grass and slope of the hill. He cast very well to the bird but when he found it, went on point rather than retrieving it. Knowing when to retrieve and when to point will come with experience.
After lunch I braced Doc and Mia with our last group and we really got into the birds. A runaway German Shorthair from another group chased a Pheasant across our area. Upon returning to it’s own group, the Shorthair went on a beautiful point just ahead of us, and Doc and Mia honored nicely.
A kid from our group flushed and dropped the bird, the Shorthair was collected by his owner, and Mia made a nice retrieve. One of our hunters limited out while another got one bird.
Twice during the day, Mia went on point but we were unable to find the bird and the group continued on. Undaunted, Mia returned on both occasions to find and point the bird for us. She is one very smart and determined little hunter.
Regardless of whether the kids got a bird or not, everyone had a great time and they loved hunting over the “dogs with the funny name.”