It looks like we are going to have some wet weather in the next couple of days. As I get older I find I melt when I get out in the cold wet weather so the dogs are going to give me a break through Christmas.
I hope your Christmas is very Merry and that the rest of the season brings you and your dogs plenty of points and some feathers in the mouth. I know me and the boys will be out there giving it hell. We’re still seeing plenty of birds almost everywhere we go. Yes, they are a lot more skittish but that challenge makes it even more rewarding when it comes together.
Our last hunt yesterday was full of surprises. Not only did we get some chukars, we got a couple of bonus birds. One was a hun and the second a bobwhite quail. The boys pointed a small covey of bobwhites and when I first saw the heads of a couple of them, I thought they were huns. The flush surprised me but I decided to try and take one anyway. I just hope the rest will multiply. It would be great to have another species to chase around.
No bird can compare to the chukar but those chukar hills are getting steeper. Those little rascals could provide a great challenge.
One other surprise was this coyote who seemed oblivious to me and the dogs. He stood around long enough for me to get a few pictures and than trotted off in search of it’s prey.
So, Merry Christmas to all. Yes, we love our dogs and hunting, but it’s family time. Love them like you have never loved before and don’t be afraid to tell them so. Even tough guys can say I love you. Hug them like it’s the last time you’ll ever see them. You never know when the last time will be the last time. Family is the most important thing in this world and when you lose a member it is the most painful experience you’ll ever feel.
I’d give up all my chukar days just for one more day with my daughter.