Doc and Mia work the reeds for Pheasants
I braced Doc and Mia for the first time this year. I waited until after lunch to go hunting, after the morning rush of hunters had left and before the late afternoon crowd arrived.
Doc and Mia work into the wind
We came onto a rooster just after starting out and the guys caught it out in the open as it was crossing some very thick deep mud. Maybe that’s why it didn’t flush at first, instead it hunkered down and tried to hide.
Doc honors Mia on point, the Pheasant trying to hide in the open
Mia was returning from some cattails she was hunting and went on point, which Doc honored nicely. They held the bird well enough for me to take several pictures before flushing it, and Mia made a nice retrieve.
Doc leads Mia back on her retrieve
We hunted for another three hours with no sign of birds. Even though the temperature was in the upper 50s, it was sunny and the guys were becoming hot so Doc cooled off by taking a swim in the drain ditch that we were hunting.
Doc cools off with a swim in the drain ditch
I was glad that I sprayed the guys down with ShowSheen before hunting because they really got into the cockle burrs and mud, but grooming them out was relatively quick and painless.
Doc and Mia pose with their Pheasant
The guys enjoyed a lazy Saturday evening, Elvis from his therapy visits, and Doc and Mia from their Pheasant hunt.
Elvis doesn’t want to get too close to the skeleton dogs
Mia, Doc and Elvis tired from a busy weekend