July 2012 Updates Page 7

11 July

Last fall the upland bird hunting was spotty, but years like that are when the Association land pays off best. If a skilled upland bird hunter is given the opportunity to journey with bird dogs across 60 plus grain farming counties in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa success ought to be achieved.

Kansas quail hunting

Success to this particular hunter is finding a couple of coveys in a day and watching his dogs take turns pointing, retrieving birds and honoring each other. Lucy (left) is honoring Sadie pointing a single.

If Steve and his hunting partner were into numbers this photo would not have been possible.

Lucy making a smooth retrieve. Properly going through the motions on wild birds is a great method to build a bird dog. It requires mega hours in the field with harvest numbers a low priority.

Sadie creeping on a running pheasant in tall grass. A challenge for most dogs.

Sadie slowly worked the rooster to the edge of a wheat field to seal the deal.

A long day, but both the hunters and dogs ate and slept good that night.

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