Well things in the North are getting pretty cold all minus temps in the mornings and ice on the way, well there already has been ice for a bit. Great news is on the weekend Gauge got to break 100 birds this season, I went out Saturday morning and shot my limit 8 but that brought us in at 99 birds lol can you believe it? So I heard some shots off not to far from me drove over had found two guys hunting, no dog, no canoe just hip waders. They said they had 4 birds down in the taller grass but couldn't find them. I offerd Gauge and they obliged, We went out into the lake just before the grass I lined her up and called dead bird, where's the bird hunt'em up. A few mins later out she came with a live mallard lol. We did the other three patches of grass and got all 4 birds. They shot 4 more for her putting her at 107, they were pretty impressed and never hunted with a dog before and loved watching her work.
Sunday we went out again and got 5 more, to make her total 112
We were hunting with anohter older dog, no real training to speak of and not to knock the other dog but Gauge out marked her on every bird. I was disapointed in myself and Gague on the first bird of the day however, the other dog was about 30 yards away and the owner shot a bird. His dog slowly started walking out and kinda in the wrong direction, Gauge after 5 mins of staring at the spot the bird landed broke from her dog stand and was off before I knew it she was past the other dog bee lining the bird. I let her go
only becasue I knew the other dog was not in the right area. I should have called her back and then sent her but I didn't ..........lesson learned. I apologised to the other guy and he said don't worry about it my dog was off any way.
Later I got permission to send her on a double that was shot by the first gunner who was about 40 yards down from us becasue Sako was a bit off the mark. The one bird landed just to his right about 50 yards from us in the lake and Gauge marked it spot on, picked it up and took it to Chris, we hunt together a fair amount and she will listen to him pretty good. The second was a winged bird that sailed off into the field behind us and still had lots of life. We went to the field and I calle ddead bird hunt'em up and she bounced around in the grass for a long time and then the nose went down, tail straight up and she started, I said Gauge go the bird and the other guy said no she doesn't, I just said give her a couple mins lol. About 400 yards from where it was shot she drives her head in the snow coverd grass and comes trotting back with a fine shovel head with one broken wing, alive as can be. I must say that was a pretty proud moment for me. I hope to get a few more days in before we totally freeze off. I do have a trip for pheasnats and ducks later in November planned for Southern Alberta so that might give us 150 for the year I am hoping. That would be a good number for a first year hunting.