Mia enters cattails on her duck search
The difference that a couple of days make. Saturday morning was warm and windy, hunters lined the ponds and ducks filled the air, but Monday was 20 degrees colder, perfectly calm, few birds flying and fewer hunters shooting.
I missed several opportunities on flyovers and a couple of ducks that we flushed, much to Mia’s disappointment. We had been hunting awhile when Mia went on a nice point and I flushed a rooster Pheasant. Unfortunately, Pheasant season wouldn’t open for a couple of weeks.
Mia on point
I dropped a hen Mallard on the far side of a large patch of cattails. Knowing it was asking too much of Mia for a blind retrieve through acres of cattails, I took her around to the opposite side to begin our search.
Mia with a flotilla of ducks behind her
It was about a quarter of a mile to where we could cross, but once we came to the general area where the duck fell, I sent Mia in to find it.
Mia with the duck she found and retrieved
Mia is a very cerebral hunter and has developed an interesting way of searching. She would wade through the cattails a few feet then stop, sniff, listen, and proceed a few more feet. I enjoyed watching her work the cattails in that manner and it wasn’t long before she burst out of them with bird in mouth.
Elvis works into the wind.
This past Friday I took Elvis partridge hunting, it was the first time I had taken him to that area since he was caught in an illegal snare several years ago.
One of the owls we encountered
I haven’t seen partridge there for a few years but it was a conveniently short drive. We found no sign of partridge, but ran into a parliament of 11 owls. I’ve seen parliaments of this size in December and January, but never this early in the year.
Doc partridge hunting
To catch up with Doc’s hunting, I took him partridge hunting to another area where, again, I haven’t seen birds for a few years. We saw no sign of partridge but Doc went on point and I found fresh Sage Grouse droppings nearby.
Doc checks out a lava tube
Several hail storms dumped on us while hunting so we didn’t stay long.
Pirate (hiding a donut) with baby
Witches, wizards, Hobbits, aliens, superheroes, even actors and those in the writing and film making industry converged at the Red Lion Inn for the first annual Snake River Comic Con.
Paparazzi catches Green Arrow at lunch
With presentations on everything from wand making to film making, plus a special gaming room for gamers, it had something for everyone.
The dog costume was most authentic
Although I wasn’t an attendee this year and stuck with the free stuff, it’s something I may attend next year, as organizers are already lining up guests.
Costume repair room for attendees