The only thing I can do to keep me in some kind of shape is hike the hills with the boys. I could go to the gym, but I like the quiet mountain and they won’t let the dogs in the gym. I mention quiet, but as you’ll soon see, I drown out the quietness with my heavy breathing. I usually edit the sound off the camera but I thought I’d keep these short clips real with what an old man sounds like on the hill, plus the thoughts that go through my head on a hunt.
I cut a lot of the film out of our 3 hour hike to make these five short clips to show what the dogs and I get to do on a late season hunt. Also I cut the parts out where the camera goes into never never land because I can’t see the screen. I need glasses to see it but glasses fog up, so I just point in the direction I’m headed and hope. It’s a little different but I hope it’s somewhat entertaining.
This area is a little closer to home and not the steep chukar hills west of here, but it still shows the wandering of an old fart and his dogs.
The first clip is shortly after we started. I had a great point and honor and when I couldn’t find the birds I encouraged the dogs to help me. When they wouldn’t budge I knew they were definitely there. Of course I hit the wrong button and missed the flush.
#2, I’m getting higher on the hill and Grady is out there somewhere on birds. Jake honors, but a sitting honor. He’s had a lot of miles on him and I accept any position he wants to be in. I had to cut a lot of the stumbling out and when I turned to film Jake honoring the birds flushed. This is hun country and all the birds we saw were huns.
#3, Another point, but this time Jake has the birds and once again I miss the flush.
#4, The sanity goes away after a while and I start mumbling some while on the mountain.
#5, One more chase on Grady and finally get the flush on video.
So, that is what I get to do on a normal hunt but usually on a chukar mountain. When the snow melts, I’ll be heading to those mountains and checking out the birds left for seed for the upcoming season. I’ll be on “no tellem mountain”, “I don’t know draw”, and “the over there ridge”. If I get many hits on this video I’ll make sure I try and film some of those chukars minus the heavy breathing.