Well I took Lilly out last weekend for her first hunt, I was very nervous to see how she would perform, mainly since I couldn't get my hands on some live birds for training....Well The first bird shot was a blue wing teal, it was coming in on my right and closing the distance fast, I was shooting a full choke and I didn’t want to turn the bird to mulch so I aim right next to it and let it rip, it came down hard but was more than still alive, she surprised me and stayed on her platform. I sent her and off she went, the bird stayed just outside her reach the whole time, but in a comical turn of events, the bird turned and swam right to the boat! It swam right up to the edge of the boat and if I didn't know any better I'd say it was trying to get in the boat! So, bird #1 was under her belt.....kinda.
From then on she only broke before I released her twice out of the almost twenty retrieves she did that weekend. She also did two retrieves that were over 100 yards into 20 mph white caps. She made two retrieves on land in the reeds. The first she had to swim across the channel to get to the reeds, just as I thought she wasn’t' going to find it, here she come out of the reeds with it.
On her other land retrieve, I think was her shinning moment. I had dropped a large Mallard drake deep into the reeds behind the boat blind. I took her into the reeds were I thought it fell, and released her. She took off like a bullet in some of the thickest reeds I have ever seen in my life, you could only see about afoot in front of you. I could hear her crashing threw the reeds as she kept getting further and further away I started to get concerned, I started yelling for her, for fear she got turned around and couldn't find her way in the thick reeds. Well about five minutes later, and me no longer being able to hear her she was so far away, I started to hear something coming threw the reeds sure enough here she comes with the fat old mallard. I just couldn't believe it, I wasn't even close and she knew it. To say the least, I couldn't be more proud of her. We are going to hit again hard this weekend, and well polish her technique some, even though she acts like he knows everything there is to know about retrieving! Thanks for all the help and putting up with my questions guys....-Chris
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
Hunters are alot like Birdwatchers. Only after watching while, we start shooting!