Birdy (aka Peanut) is already hunting in Montana and Lucy left Monday. Ed Nicholson is here for a few days and then is headed out with Ruby. Rich Claxton is coming up today and taking Maggie home tomorrow. Cider went to Henry and Dave McCarthy a couple weeks ago. Max and Jagger leave next week with Bruce. That will get me down to five of my own and Brandy, Sam, and Pete.
Yesterday was a puppy day with Jagger making a breakthrough and holding two different woodcock finds until I got to him to tie for day dog with Brandy who found two grouse and two woodcock in a cover that is pretty tough running. Glo and Ruby each had woodcock finds and I ran Sam in a spot that doesn’t have many birds to try and rein her in a bit. She’s definitely a hand full.
Already been out this morning and ran Pete and Max. Both had finished work on birds. Pete had a really nice limb find on a woodcock. Max had a good woodcock find and then dug in deep and stopped. I went into him and he was still high and tight when I got to him. When I got in front of him a grouse lifted and then another and another I fired and he stayed tight. More grouse lifted and just to tempt him to screw up I fired again and then again on the last of six grouse. That was too much and he finally broke. I set him back up and did a little training but I was pretty easy on him as I had forced the issue so I could get a correction in.