Three weeks ago, I had to strip down to a T shirt hunting on one of our local rivers early in the afternoon.
Today the temp at 10:00 AM was 5*. It stands at 15* this hr, and there is the very lightest snow coming down.
Tomorrow, Jake will be going out on a water hunt with me. We have a spot we can drive to within 25 ft of the small river we will hunt. Jake's tranport kennel will be in our Bulrush blind with us. He will be inside on a woolen saddle pad, facing the decoys.
The river is such that you have to hunt to find water deeper than 6". Jake probably won't be in water over 2", as the water comes out from under a shelf of ice that we will be placing our resting, full body ducks and geese dekes on, with maybe three floaters in 4'' of water in front.
The moving water comes out from under the ice in a slot about 5ft wade and the 4" deep, then across a wide gravel bar 2" deep where the ducks will get hung up anyway. Jake's job is to get the ones out on the ice shelf.
He won't break through, but if he does he'll barely get the pads of his feet wet.
If he does, the transport kennel forces him to lay on his feet to warm them.
He will be wearing a vest. The truck will be close.
The conditions allow him to go with us, otherwise I wouldn't have him along.
The dog will not be denied his hunt, but from this point on, it will all be field hunts.
Last year's opening day hunt. Jake was 7 months old.