I'm hoping I can find someone out there in VA (I'm in the Culpeper/Warrenton area) that would be open to a new Duck hunting "buddy"! I have been searching for months to find a fellow female duck hunter; I haven't exactly been "accepted with open arms" by the male duck hunters I know.
I have a 3 year old yellow Lab who is a finished gun dog and has titled in AKC, HRC, and NAHRA hunt tests. He is a true working dog and lives to perform. He is part of the package and I offer him and his skills, to make up for all that I still have to learn.
Without getting into the painful details, I’m no longer able to go duck hunting with the person that was my duck hunting coach and mentor... and now that I’ve been introduced to “real” duck hunting (outside of the hunt tests I run my dog in) I have realized that I can’t let myself give up something I love so much because I am forced to do it on my own this year. I am no stranger to guns and hunting, but never had the pleasure of hunting waterfowl until last year. Now I am addicted – there is no other time that I feel more like myself, and more at peace, than when I am out there with my dog witnessing the pure ecstasy he gets from retrieving a duck for his master.
So now, in addition to my trained gun dog and all his ribbons, I have my first shotgun (I was purely a rifle and handgun gal before now), my hunting clothing, and gear, and am desperately searching for someone interested in taking on an eager, and devoted, protégé. I think I just need help getting out there so that I can gain some confidence and shake the fear of doing it on my own.
PS - Not to mention that I really need someone who is a better shot than I am!! I couldn’t bear the disappointment I would see in my dog’s eyes if I went alone and my “newness” kept me from being able to provide him with a single duck to retrieve!