Journal and Pictures from Hunting Trips (some training)
            October 19, 2003 - Feb. 22, 2004

               
               Top Gun & Open Pointer - Woods & Meadow (results link)                             

   October 19th - practice duck hunt at Hook Lake (review boat & blind manners), nice
   day, high sky, two high flying ducks = no shots, total time about three hours (door-to-
   door), relaxing day  on the bog


   October 20th - conditioning hunt and scouting at Prince's Point WLA in Wisconsin (1281
   acres of marsh, potholes, timber, farmland) very dry and low water, warm - started
   about 60°and ended at 75°, creek to cool off in. Taffey handled heat fine. Lick was
   pacing herself wisely, Both hunted well (the "roading" pays off) and were very
   responsive in the deep cover. Late in the hunt Taffey pinned a surprised rooster (we
   hunt very quietly) and he was flushed with a wild squawk. It was the last thing he did.
 

   
           Taffey with her first wild rooster of the fall at Prince's Point                                     
  
     Oct  21  quick trip to Avon Bottoms WLA, WI (24 miles away), 55
° with
     a cool breeze & heavy cloud cover, very nice! used same approach
     - walk areas adjacent to private crops, hunted half mile to corn through
     heavy cover and then parallel to the corn (20 yards out) for almost a
     mile, kicked doe out about halfway and then worked what turned out to
     be two hens, pushed on hoping for running roosters, finally one young 
     rooster couldn't take the steady pressure, he jumped up 10 yards inside
     the corn, cackled and flew straight away with the wind, one fast shot
     appeared (wasn't sure) to hit him just as he disappeared below the corn
     horizon, a minute later Taffey popped from the corn with the flapping
     rooster; long, tough shot and a very lucky one Wow! three very pleasing
     days in a row, what fun!
 
 
 
        Avon Bottoms (corn field in back)
            1528 acres - river bottom, brush,
             woodlots, marsh, farmland

        Lick & Taffey with young rooster
             (difficult cover, lots of nicks)
 
   Oct  22 road four miles, forget duck hunting this week - too warm!  
   Oct  23 day off! trip to vets for 6-month PRO-Heart injection and buy Frontline-plus
   Oct  24 mini-lesson - training with Brian (8:30-10:30 am)
               pheasant hunt/scouting at Footsville and Evansville Public Hunting Areas in WI.
               1st area - Footsville two hens and a rooster flushed wild (heavy hunting pressure,  
               but Taffey worked them well, the rooster used tree to shield himself = no shot!
               2nd area - Evansville - way over 50% of the so called leased land was bare fields with
               no fence lines, found one area and decided to hunt an isolate hedge row with
               harvested corn on each side, nearing the end Taffey pinned what turned out to be
               two roosters. she froze up on a nice point, way out of range (70 yards ahead), trees
               blocked any eld and after kicking the fence a rooster jumped up followed by another,
               perfect double chance, missed the far one and dropped the second, 15 minutes later
               got three more roosters up, but high weeds made for next to impossible shots, then
               Taffey "hooked" a runner and it flushed back toward me for an easy shot, Taffey's
               face is bloody around both eyes and her nose is raw, she never stopped pounding the
               cover--- slight breeze, 48
°, very dry & sunny, very tough cover except for the hedge
               row,  time in the field about two hours

  

   Oct  25 Blonhaven Tower Shoot - seven handlers and a 250 bird release, Taffey picked up
               twenty birds, several cripples with two very nice tracking retrieves (switched on four
               retrieves - too many birds falling for fair corrections), cleaned area #1 (four/five more
               birds) total 126 birds retrieved, tower shoot clients were to cover areas 2 & 3 later 
 
   
                Brad S.    Brian M.   Ron S.    Brent S.     Jim W.        Jim B.             Pete W.
               "Tonka"    "Daisey"  "Regal"   "Chance"    "Duke"       "Taffey"           "Ruger"
 
    
     Oct  26  day off!

     Oct  27  road four miles (rig layout boat)
     Oct  28  road three miles
     Oct  29 grouse hunt - leave 4:00 am and at 7:46 am (245 miles later) met Bruce at the
                "deer" camp trailer near Tomahawk, WI to hunt lumber mill properties. hunted
                a total of about six hours, got up 8 grouse and 4 woodcock, very brutal cover for
                this 63 year old body, way to sore to sleep well first night
     Oct 30 next morning started with a slow, cold drizzle;  a strong dose of Naprosin was
                fighting the total rigor mortis of the night, we hunted three/four hours - saw or
                heard nothing, went back to pack everything and the rain stopped,  hunted a small
                five acre area near the trailer and got up 8 grouse - with only one very "iffy" shot,
                then spent another few hours on public land, had the only  "fair" shot of the whole
                two days - missed! Physically it was almost too much (slipped or stumbled and fell
                several times, got "misplaced" for almost two hour once, stepped in a hole that
                went past my knee, jabbed thorns and stumps in just about every part of my body
                possible, but after it was over, I'd have to include it with some of the best times
                hunting I've ever had, Taffey was still going strong on day two, but 17 grouse and 4
                woodcock are still there for next time (and I now have a GPS)
    Oct  31 road two easy miles (scout out local farm for permission - late northern ducks)
                 got another NO!
     Nov   1   road four miles
     Nov   2   rainy day
     Nov   3   more rain
     Nov   4   thunderstorms!
     Nov   5   river duck hunt with Brad S. and "Tonka", cold, breezy and cloudy, left house
                   4:45 am, short ride up the river, decoys out ready to hunt at half-hour before
                   sunrise, lots of "Woodies" early, mallards later (missed ALL in a bunch of 8 right
                   in the decoys, geez!), missed an EASY goose, final bag - 4 wood ducks, 3 mallards,
                   1 gadwall, Brad "knows ducks", shooting left a lot to be desired, dogs did well and
                   had some tough swims in the current, once two ducks down with both dogs in the
                   water and Taffey was whistle cast off one duck to retrieve a far cripple in the
                   strong current (solid retrieve), home - 12 noon.........What fun!
 
 
     Taffey after a great river hunt with Tonka 
                (Wednesday, November 5th)
           
   
         Scanning the sky......No ducks today                     at Prince's Point Marsh
                (Thursday, November 6th)

     Nov  6  late afternoon duck hunt at Prince's Point marsh, first time out in "Marsh Rat"
                 layout boat, long paddle upstream, needed to do this in daylight because it would
                 have been very difficult for the first time in the dark (had moonlight afterwards!),
                 Taffey did well in small space, cold (30's) with very clear, high sky - no ducks until
                 after sunset (very wise, wearing watches?), picking up the decoys (zero feelings in
                 thumbs), paddling across the marsh lake, portaging, paddling downstream to the
                 river landing, and finally loading the van took 1 hr. 15 min. (left home at 1:10 pm,
                 started hunting at 3:30 pm, hunted 1 hr 10min, home at 6:35 pm)  
                 note: bring less plus a  water proof bag, need only the large piece of "Fast Grass"
     Nov   7  Blonhaven Tower Shoot - 200 bird release (new this time - Hungarian partridge
                 with pheasants) - Taffey picked up about 25 birds (really wired after two straight
                 days in the duck blinds), clean-up afterwards worked like a truck, finding cripples
                 and picking up shot pheasants (10 in total0 in chest high cover (sore under left
                 eye still not healed and bleeding again, lots of small dings on chest and legs)
     Nov  8-11 days off! fun bumpers in front yard
     Nov 12 with predicted very high winds went pheasant hunting and stayed away from water
                 (Wisconsin public areas) - Footsville got up two hens (one by Lick and one by
                 Taffey), Evansville (hunted only with Taffey) got up five hens and two very spooky
                 roosters (no shots), later had a weird passing shot on an "incoming" rooster flying
                 back to the corn and flushed from somewhere else, with the 50 plus an hour
                 wind...............forgot to lead by twenty yards  Ha!
     Nov 13-15 work on yard OB and review 3-phase "whoa-go" drill
     Nov 16 two Blonhaven "Euro" shoots - Lick picked up about 25 birds and Taffey about 35,
                 cool, cloudy day with occasional drizzle, during short clean-up Taffey had several
                 nice points on the released Huns that were missed earlier during the shoots (250
                 pheasants and 50 Hungarian partridge released at each of the shoots - 600 birds
                 total with less than 400 birds retrieved, many misses; six other dog handles)
     Nov 17 took Brent S. and his dog Chance "shooting" today, lots of birds at Blonhaven and
                 the dogs were extremely busy, Taffey hit some very nice points, but needs to
                 "review" steady to wing and shot! 
     Nov 18 Lick and Taffey are two very tired dogs! 
     Nov 19-21 yard work - leaves, gutters, clean garage, cover fish pond, winterize bass
                  boat (all the things that couldn't be put off any longer!)
     Nov 22  one of those days that never happened
     Nov 23  marsh in south central Wisconsin - cold, raining off and on, not sure of where to
                  go in the dark, but set  up off a point where a permanent blind had been removed,
                  no getting our of boat today as marsh water was only a foot deep, but the muck
                  was "bottomless", pulled boat up on firm heavy bog island and promptly stepped
                  through with one leg, caught myself with an outstretched hand and had wet sleeve
                  the rest of the morning, no ducks, an old timer at the landing said yesterday they
                  were doing really well at Prince's Point which I passed on because of nothing
                  there a week before (duck hunting is so easy, NOT!), closed shop at 10 am and
                  since we were close to Horicon Marsh (25 miles) scouted the roads to find
                  Burnett Ditch landing (need motor next year, almost two miles to hunting areas),
                  deer hunters everywhere!, not a good morning to be paddling a layout boat down
                  a canal with a heavy tree line dressed in "camo" and a yellow dog sitting up front,
                  went home 
     Nov 24-27 "trapped" in Roscoe
     Nov 28-30 yard work reviewing "whoa"
     Dec   1  went to Blonhaven hunt club - training, bumped three pheasants in a row - none
                  shot, next three much better....but still doesn't want me to flush, the clipped
                  wing pigeons used in AKC MH blind training and the tall cover while hunting at
                  Blonhaven have really changed her mind set on holding point, she's pointing for a
                  long time (minutes), but as soon as I move past her to flush....she takes the bird
                  out
     Dec   2  day off to plan re-conditioning "rusty" bird handling rules
     Dec   3  worked with ten quail at Brian's, good cover and lots of dog/bird interactions,  got
                 at least 15 relocation points on top of the original 10 points, shot six birds for her
                 and made some progress, extremely intense points (with planted birds they were
                 generally too close), did a few quail walking in front of dog tests, the old rules are
                 not yet clear (having a tough time keeping quiet), basic mission accomplished....no
                 catches, no retrieves for "taking out" or breaking and no chasing, however, it
                 appears we are back to basic steadying work all over, balancing her intense, driven
                 retriever compulsion with her natural pointing trait is proving to be a challenge 
     Dec   4  repeat quail work under more control - yard work, eight intense points, with much
                  better results, finally realizing her pointing steady to wing and shot is going to be
                  just another "high maintenance skill" (Geez, I hate that phrase!)
     Dec   5   snow gone, four quail left to work with today & shots, enter Taffey in the Top Gun
                  pointing division of the Wisconsin Series to be run December 13-4 (run Sunday)
     Dec   6   big drill one hour run with no birds at "The Sand Ponds" (wear bell all week)
     Dec   7   repeat yesterday's drill -  "The Circle" area for 45 minutes, quartered really well,
                  100+ yards each side, excellent speedy pace, breaking out of grouse mode!
     Dec   8   work four pheasants - single sets at Gallagher FT grounds (shot one), two cold
                  blinds (150 & 175 yards), run big drill (good points,  getting more solid on me
                  flushing, but still way too close)
   
               Being a member of the Madison Retriever Club has provided superb technical
               training  areas with an abundance of exceptional water. This year the club has
               added three more great ponds (including another swim-by). I am proud to be a
               member. Here is a picture of the new west pond at Gallagher. Wow! I can hardly
               wait for spring! Master National Qualifier at Horicon, WI has a nice ring to it.


  
 

     Dec   9  rain today, ran big drill, no birds - at "The Circle" area in the afternoon, threw in
                 two cold blinds - 200 & 175 yards needed only one whistle for a slight angle back
                 on each and she ran very hard and straight right after big quartering hunts on a
                 ten acre field (switched modes seamlessly!)
     Dec  10 rain followed by ice and snow storm, day off!
     Dec  11 worked four pheasants (singles - at "Macktown" forest preserve dog training area),
                 after big runs, four excellent points "off" of birds which made steady to flush on
                 the first three much easier, last one ran into short cover & became too tempting,
                 got controlled break, did four "whoa" steady to tossed dead pheasant retrieves,
                 finished with a forty-five minute run big drill, very cold and windy with snow on
                 the ground, strong flyers, excellent day!  
     Dec  12 worked four pheasants (single sets - across from Wisconsin Ottawa Field Trial
                  Grounds with Brent) four points - all way too close, steady for two, broke on one
                  and controlled break on another, shot two (plenty of drive & still on the "edge")
                  this will be OK for the "shoot to retrieve", but not near the desired standards,
                 did a 20 minute run big drill and then ran 200 & 250 yard cold blinds from top
                  of hill on the field trial grounds took all  casts and ran hard 
                  (15
°, windy with snow on the ground)
                            
It will be a big surprise if we even come close to a clean run on Sunday.
                             Which dog will show up?
     Dec  13 run big drills, no birds for Taffey -  "The Circle" area in the morning & "Macktown"
                  area in the late afternoon (Blonhaven private "Euro" cancelled)
     Dec  14 Wisconsin Championship Hunting Series at Woods & Meadow Hunting Preserve    
                  running in Top Gun Pointing Division (goals - learn, time is not
                  the primary focus, maintain standards, avoid mistakes)
                  Taffey finished 4th, nice plaque, four very nice points, four birds in the bag and
                  only four shells, unfortunately the younger guys can just move faster than Taffey's
                  handler so time was our downfall
                  two roosters and two hens were planted in a full 10 acre field with sorghum,
                  switch grass strips plus three/four inches  of snow, the run big drills worked
                  quite well and she really covered the ground. the points came after winding birds
                  from 70 to 125 yards out and she held them for me to flush, she turned once on
                  the wind and with her head high went about 125 yards to point a rooster,
                  excellent scenting conditions and her nose impressed the judge
                 1st was seven minutes, 2nd -9+minutes, 3rd - 11minutes 33 seconds and
                 Taffey was 11 minutes 45 seconds (note: first three all ran twice and their other
                  scores were below Taffey's - she ran once, the 2nd&3rd dogs finished 1/2 in the
                  Open Pointer class
                  final thoughts - to win I have to move faster and not cover the whole field, grab
                  birds and run quickly away from the areas of a retrieve, it helps if the guy in
                  front of you does not get all his birds or you get a "close" plant and find them
                  Today went very well, learned much  and I know she can compete with the best.  
                  Went grouse hunting on public land after morning run - saw no birds or signs in
                  the snow, but my GPS worked! I need to exercise more and loose thirty pounds!
  Top Gun Pointer Results - Woods & Meadow      December 13th & 14th

NAME(S)

DOG

 OP

TME  MIN

TME SEC

16 PT FIND

10 PT FIND

SHLS

FULL RET

BIRDS

PEN

SCORE

DOY PT

Jeff Pearson

Rosie

 

7

36

4

 

4

4

4

 

309.20

10

Mike Dunn

Bud

 

9

19

4

 

4

4

4

 

304.05

9

Scott Kusel

Huntz

 

11

33

4

 

4

4

4

 

297.35

8

Jim Boyer

Taffey

Y

11

45

3

1

4

4

4

 

290.75

7

Jeff Pearson

Rosie

 

15

30

4

 

4

4

4

 

285.50

 

Bill Steeno

Montodal

Y

14

16

4

 

2

4

4

1

268.20

6

Bill Steeno

Klein

Y

19

60

3

1

4

3

3

 

224.00

4.5

Jeff Pearson

Flusher

 

19

60

3

 

5

3

3

 

224.00

4.5

Jeff Pearson

Flusher

 

19

60

3

1

4

3

3

 

224.00

 

Mike Dunn

Bud

 

19

60

4

 

3

3

3

 

220.00

 

Scott Kusel

Huntz

 

19

60

3

 

2

3

3

 

194.00

 

John Slais

Jake

 

19

60

3

1

5

1

1

 

150.00

3

 
   Open Pointer Results - Woods & Meadow

NAME(S)

DOG

OP

TME  MIN

TME SEC

16 PT FIND

SHLS

FULL RET

PRT RET

BIRDS

PN

SCORE

DOY PT

Scott Kusel

Huntz

Y

12

26

4

4

4

 

4

 

309.70

10

Bill Steeno

Montodal

Y

10

36

4

3

4

 

4

 

305.20

9

Bill Steeno

Klein

Y

15

0

4

4

4

 

4

 

302.00

8

Bob Garrity

Albert

Y

13

13

4

3

4

 

4

 

297.35

7

Bill Garrity

Albert

Y

14

41

4

2

4

 

4

 

282.95

 

Jim Hensley

Oscar

Y

21

58

4

3

4

 

4

 

271.10

6

Matt Raebel

Stash 

Y

20

30

4

3

2

2

4

 

267.50

5

Jim Hensley

Oscar

Y

16

39

4

1

4

 

4

 

267.05

 

Matt Raebel

Coco

Y

24

60

4

4

3

 

3

 

230.00

4

R.J. Teune

Rebel

Y

24

60

4

3

2

1

3

 

216.00

3

John Holder

Watson

Y

24

60

4

2

2

 

2

 

168.00

2

Matt Raebel

Stash 

 

24

60

4

1

 

3

3

 

188.00

 

    Dec  15 Day Off!   January 10-11 is at Wern Valley with five chukars
                  review bird handling & self "whoa" maintenance, work on her self control 
                  with bird interactions this week, five chukars Thursday & five more Friday 
    Dec. 16 Sleet & snow
    Dec. 17 run big exercise at "Macktown" - 45 minutes  (with Lick)
    Dec. 18 worked with five chukars at Brian's - reviewing self whoa steady to wing and
                shot, zero tolerance for motion, ran two cold blinds (150 & 175 yards),
                one simple double (live flyer chukars) and bird handling drill
   
Dec. 19 worked five more chukars at "The Quarry" (shot four), focus on behavior during
                 dog/bird interactions (reduced verbal involvement on my part)
   
Dec. 20 Day off!
    Dec. 21 Day off!
   
Dec. 22 run big exercise at "Macktown" and "The Circle" (morning & evening)
                 enter Top Gun Pointer Division - Wisconsin Open Partridge Championships
                 at Wern Valley (Jan 10-11) 
    Dec. 23 ran big run drill with Taffey & Lick at "Macktwon", then laid out permanent five-
                 legged pattern blind using range finder (left to right with 40
° spread - 200, 75,
                 300, 175, 165 yards), run "left set" 200, 75 & 300 yds with three chukars per
                 pile at each (center first, then left & right), used rattle stick to maintain strict
                 bird retrieving rules (lined first two on last run, two whistled the 300 yard on
                 last run, 15 mile per hour cross-wind, cloudy at 26
°)
                 note:
faded with wind on long blind, trouble casting into wind initially, much
                          better on last
   
Dec.  24 ran all five legs of pattern blind with right two first (as cold blinds)
    Dec.  25 Christmas! ran all five legs of pattern blind (left to right)
    Dec.  26-30 four days of R & R
    Dec.  31 ran pattern blind at "Macktown" (really close to lining all in tough cross winds)
    Jan.   1 ran pattern blind at "Macktown", three long two dog "poorman" marks
    Jan.   2 trip to Tennessee (stayed overnight)
    Jan.   3 picked up "Kooly", 1275 miles round trip (super weather) 
    Jan.   4 day off! (snow started in the afternoon)
    Jan.   5 puppy and the rest to vet's at 11:20 am, run pattern blinds at "Macktown"
    Jan.   6 ran pattern blind at "Macktown"
    Jan.   7 worked three chukars at "Macktown", ran the pattern blind & did run big drill
    Jan.   8 worked three chukars at "The Circle" after big run drill, three nice points and
                 solid on letting me flush, did not shoot any (gunning not possible in this area)  
    Jan.   9 worked five chukars at Blonhaven in the morning, shot the last two for Taffey
                 Lick (my six year old flushing lab) was able to scratch hunt for an hour, got up four
                 pheasants with a surprise point (held it for much longer than ever before) found
                 two more pheasants shot by another group nearby. The heart murmur seems to have
                 had little impact on her desire, not moving as fast......but what a nose! 

   





   Taffey pointing a chukar while
   training at Blonhaven Hunt Club
   in Wisconsin.  Fine tuning for Wern
   Valley Top Gun Pointer Partridge
   Championship Series.

 

 

 


  Jan. 10 ran the five legged pattern blind at "Macktown" then worked four chukars, four solid
              points and steady to flush and shot, then relocated a chukar after tracking about
              100 yards, held solid on point as it started to run on the ground when I tried to flush
              it, her pointing "rules" are now back to the way they were before the clipped-wing
              pigeon "modification", excellent training session with consistency (four straight days
              and demanding correct standards on a diet of 15 chukars seems to have worked,
              Brian suggested a dog that "gets off" on being high learns how to deal better with it
              if you can duplicate the "feelings" on a regular basis (interesting idea as
              desensitization comes to mind)
  Jan  11 WI Partridge Championship Series at Wern Valley - Well, we got our "lunch
              handed to us" today. With a huge area of chest high cover, snow on the ground,
              25 mile an hour gusts and running chukar (everywhere), Taffey and I were just
              not prepared. Out of 30 runs we finished 19th. Without a beeper collar we were
              at a huge disadvantage.  In both runs, she started off with a terrific find and
              point....steady to wing/shot and looking good. Then the high cover and running
              chukars took their toll. She hunted really well as I struggled to keep her in sight.
              The judges were impressed with her search, run and point, but not so with the
              running chukar issue. Pretty obvious...........get a beeper collar on her and
              tighten up "the rules" on visible running birds. The clipped wing pigeons used
              on blinds is coming back to haunt us. All in all, we are learning and the ability
              is there. On a sour note, someone quietly and tactfully informed me several
              pointer handlers were a bit miffed (no.......really pissed off!) that a pointing
              Lab was messin' in their "stuff", and don't be surprised if there is a specific
              rule change next year. Lots of work to do!      
 
Top Gun Pointer Results - Wern Valley, WI      January 10th & 11th
                                                                                     
(see Feb. 8th)

FINISH

     NAME(S)

  DOG

TME 
MIN

TME SEC

16 PT FIND

10 PT F I ND


SHELLS

FULL
 RET

PRT RET

BIRDS

 

SCORE

1

Skydance Kennels

Ringo

4

32

5

 

5

5

 

5

386.40

2

Jeff Pearson

Flusher

7

31

5

 

5

5

 

5

377.45

3

Tim Callahan

Bubba

6

35

4

1

5

5

 

5

374.25

4

Jeff Pearson

Rosie

10

36

5

 

5

5

 

5

356.20

5

Skydance Kennels

Ringo

12

38

5

 

5

5

 

5

362.10

6

Jeff Pearson

Rosie

12

42

5

 

5

5

 

5

361.90

7

John Klein

Deion

9

52

4

1

5

4

1

5

360.40

8

Alex Vla

Gracie

7

46

2

3

5

5

 

5

358.70

9

George Kane

Star

14

23

5

 

5

5

 

5

356.85

10

John Klein

Candy

15

37

5

 

4

5

 

5

343.15

11

Scott Kusel

Huntz

15

57

4

1

5

4

1

5

342.15

12

Jack Heim

Dusty

19

25

5

 

5

5

 

5

341.75

13

Dave Williams

Keeper

19

60

4

1

4

6

 

4

306.00

14

Bill Steeno

Mondtal

17

16

4

1

1

5

 

5

302.20

15

Mike Dunn

Bud

19

60

4

1

6

4

 

4

302.00

16

Mike Dunn

Bud

19

60

4

1

6

4

 

4

302.00

17

Jack Heim

Dusty

19

60

4

 

6

4

 

4

292.00

18

George Kane

Star
Taffey
Taffey
Huntz

19

60

4

 

6

4

 

4

292.00

19

Jim Boyer

19

60

3

2

6

3

1

4

292.00

20

Jim Boyer

19

60

3

1

4

4

 

4

266.00

21

Scott Kusel

19

60

3

1

7

3

 

3

254.00

22

Matt Anderson 

Kodie

19

60

4

 

6

2

1

3

246.00

23

Jeff Pearson

Flusher

19

60

5

 

8

2

 

2

244.00

24

Joel Peterson

Dixie

19

60

4

 

4

3

 

3

230.00

25

Tom Strunz

Molly

19

60

4

 

5

2

 

2

198.00

26

Tom Strunz

Molly

19

60

2

 

8

2

 

2

196.00

27

John Brandt

Hubert

19

60

3

1

5

2

 

2

192.00

28

Joel Peterson

Dixie

19

60

2

1

6

2

 

2

186.00

29

Bill Steeno

Kleine

19

60

4

1

7

1

 

1

186.00

30

Dave Williams

Heidi

19

60

4

 

7

1

 

1

 176.00

 

Jan. 12-14    R & R days off
  Jan. 15 run big drill using beeper collar (first time) took about a half hour to get over the
               distraction, being responsive to whistle commands to change direction made the
               "beeps" from the collar confusing (range cut way down, but could see some
               relaxing taking place)
  Jan. 16 day off
  Jan. 17 do a "beeper run" (ranging better and less distracted) and then run pattern blinds
               at "Macktown", decided to not run at Little Creek (near Green Bay) because of
               possible weather problems - too far, run Illinois Upland Series Northern Regional
               Amateur Pointer at Rock Hollow Cons. Club near Freeport, IL Feb. 7-8 (enter
               before Feb. 1)
  Jan. 18 "beeper run" at "Macktown" & ran pattern blind
  Jan. 19-22 couch potato time - bitter cold,  sign-up for Illinois Upland Series in Amateur
                    Pointer (two runs Sunday Feb. 8th)
  Jan. 23 run at "Macktown" (Lick & Taffey) plus ten 2-dog walking "poorman" marks
  Jan. 24 day off Taffey is definitely in heat (earlier hints were true)
  Jan. 25 two Blonhaven "Euro's" - Lick went and did a really good job (two 400 bird
              releases with 75 ducks in each one)
  Jan. 26 training hunt at Blonhaven (morning) - got up at least 30 pheasants, excellent
              day to train (extra birds from previous day's tower shoots)
  Jan. 27 day off!
  Jan. 28 run an hour at "The Circle"
  Jan. 29 guide a 15 bird release at Blonhaven (afternoon) - cancelled because of bad
               weather, so day off
  Jan. 30 couple fun dummies in the front yard
  Jan. 31 day off, cold!
  Feb.  1  run at "Macktown" spent the whole time searching for rabbit M&M's, should
               have had the collar on
  Feb.  2  day off, cold!
  Feb.  3  ran for 25 minutes at "Macktown"
  Feb.  4  ran at Blonhaven scratch training - pointed three pheasants, I flushed and
               shot the primer pistol, five other pheasant would not hold and flushed wild
               not a good day to work on pointing protocol
  Feb.  5  planted four pheasants for training -  #1 pointed well and held for flush, shot,
               next bird g0ood point, but it wouldn't fly (^%$#@), heeled her off this bird,
               bumped a walking hen from the upwind side (20-25 mph and six inches of
               snow) and the last one flushed wild, put her up, Taffey in heat is not too
               tightly wrapped & the scenting seems distracted?
               took Lick up and she quickly found & retrieved the non-flyer, flushed two
               roosters and pointed another (three in the bag), got up four other birds which
               I missed (tough day to shoot)          
  Feb.  6  work easy on OB front yard - five more inches of snow, wish I had not entered
               Sunday's "shoot to retrieve" - full blown in heat and don't expect much 
  Feb.  7  ran Taffey for scratch birds in area #11 at Blonhaven, one wild flush on a
               rooster
  Feb.  8 
Illinois Upland Championships last runs of the day, first one found only
               one bird and pointed second after time up (8 inches of snow, cold and
               windy), made a spectacular retrieve...but not much else to write home about
               second - first bird flushed as she turned to point (didn't shoot - good choice
               for dog standards, but cost us a trophy), then she nailed three very nice
               points, I had three shots and three birds were in the bag, if that first bird
               had "cooperated" we'd have completed the run in under 10 minutes which
               would have been good enough for 2nd (IF!), still finished 6th (one place out
               of a trophy & very happy with both of our performances)
  Feb. 9-19 ten days of couch potato & some easy yard work, did not enter "shoot to
              retrieve" near St. Louis - too far away 
  Feb. 20 run pattern blinds at "Macktown"
  Feb. 21 work five chukars at Steve's place, three good points, jumped in on one
               and excellent correction, nice place to train and a helper is tons better
               than training alone 
  Feb. 22 Blonhaven tower shoot, Taffey picked up 47 pheasants with some tough
               cold blinds, afterwards ran poison bird, remote launcher three blind
               KRD (rusty, but not bad)