First a disclaimer: I am a participant but in no way is this an official report. I walked four of the seven braces and talked to people who walked the others.
The weather was clear blue skies, light wind temperatures went up into the high 50s. The worst weather for finding grouse in Marienville.
Brace One Wild Apple Jack ran a race that was probably too big even for Marienville. He was also a little rough. His brace mate Grouse River Ace had a bird right off the breakaway then ran a respectable race.
Brace Two Neither Needlepoint Tiger Lily had a bird.
Brace Three was the big excitement of the day with Tehaar’s Elvis and Autumn Moon having two divided finds with a pair of grouse on each find. Elvis had a third find on a single grouse to earn day money. Moon had a third find but didn’t get credit for it as the grouse flushed as Dave and Scott headed into the cover and neither of them saw it.
Brace Four The two Sadies (Quail Trap and River’s Edge) ran around well but neither had acceptable bird work. River’s Edge Sadie encountered a grouse but failed to point it.
Brace Five Neither Wintergreen Max nor Bloom’s Old Dollar went birdless.
Brace Six Neither Tehaar’s Rogue nor Moss Meadow Traveler had a bird.
Brace Seven Neither Upper Cove Desert Devil nor Upper Cove Billy Babe had birds.