I'll check in now that we're getting close.
To be honest, my lab was killed in accident this year and I just can't get fired up for the season.
We do have a lot of local wood ducks and some teal, mallards and canada's here along the Elkhorn. I saw 50 pair of woodies the other day on a sandpit and two separate flocks of 25 geese.
I haven't had my heart in getting a new dog yet but I'm starting too, seeing the waterfowl while fishing lately and the cool nights has got me going a little more. Just too much this year, new baby and I still have an old dog that doesn't hunt anymore. It's pretty hard bringing home a new dog when the old girl is taking those last steps beside you.
If anyone hears of a started dog, 12-16 months old roughly, feel free to let me know. I'd be most interested in a black lab female or male, smaller stature (60-75#) dog. Otherwise I'm just going to wait for a litter that should be happening this winter and regroup for '09.
I'd never experienced losing a dog early in my 30 years or so of hunting, it's a devastating experience. I thought losing them in their senior years was tough. Losing a 4 yr old pup is just crushing.
Vegetarian - old Indian word for poor outdoorsman