Sunday, April 30, 2006

good news, bad news

Well, Katie is nearly nine years old, and I don't have any decent photos of her pointing. So I decided Friday to take her and the black dog out for a walk on Friday in the hopes of getting a picture or two of her pointing a woodcock. We were able to accomplish that mission, and here are a couple of those pics. Can you spot the woodcock in the photos?

The good news was that we were also able to get the big dorky black dog to do a "sit, stay" during this whole process. Who knows, maybe I will someday train him to be my grouse retrieving backup dog for grouse hunts.

Bad news. Moments after these pics were taken she pulled up lame, and the preliminary diagnosis from our vet yesterday is that she's likely torn her ACL. Anyway, here we go . . . . I'm going to try and get her into the surgeon's office Monday for anesthesia and a more precise diagnosis. I'll probably also be calling Al Stewart in Michigan to enquire about that litter of pups Safari Jim told me about.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed.

Friday, April 28, 2006

dumb-ass tame spring grouse

hey everyone, take a look at this link, and if any of the real biologists among you can answer this guy's questions about this bird's behavior, please let me or him know . . . ANDREW.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Road chicken hunting in WI

Well, the posting rate is down, must be time to fish and shoot turkeys again……
Just something FYI : In WI they have been trying to look at how to manage for the long term future and recreation land was a primary concern, especially now that a lot of paper mill land (some foreign owned) and even some county lands are being sold/leased to stay current with the economy. Some big blocks of grouse land left the public domain while I was out there, and more is being lost all the time (same for MN). When I was there I put in my two cents for the lands I liked to see bought for protection from development – I hope my favorite places are still there when I give my shotgun to my son to go hunting, otherwise we have to shoot them from the roads again…….

Good luck in the spring woods.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Got lucky opening week

Got a good old girl during opening week of the trout season at the mouth of one of the tribs. on the south end of Cayuga. Was trying to catch it with a fly rod but had to resort to spinning gear in the end. She’s still in the lake, figured a pup like that is best left to make more trout for next time. Too bad there are always 6 guys splashing around the streams, this would be a nicer area to fish were it not for all the crowds…….

BTW – there is something wrong in this picture, lets see who figures it out first – one of the “smart guys” or Mr. Mike (my money is on Mr. Mike!).

Monday, April 10, 2006

I'm a poet and I didn't even know it

My haiku fame expands . . . . My haiku about the Ithaca Beer Company was selected by the prestigious beerhaikudaily as their haiku of the day.

So I got that goin' for me.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

one pellet, two pellet, three pellet, GROUSE!

So now for the next technical question: how many pellets of what size does it take to kill a grouse in the air (ground swatters are allowed to comment)? Must they be hit in the head and in the chest cavity forward of the diaphragm?

I often wonder about this when I see a huge puff of feathers at the shot and then need to spend an hour with the dog to catch the bird. The linked article (is the only thing I’ve ever seen about what is needed (looky here)) and although I don’t agree with a lot of what he says I see it as a starting place. I see lots of arguments that that 12 is far superior to the 20 because of the amount of shot it throws (Capstick makes this argument often), but often wonder if it is really all that necessary to carry the heavier loads – isn’t it just a matter of taking good shots? Anyway, if you subscribe to needing three #71/2s to do the job that means my 7/8 oz load from my 20 gauge need only put about 1% of the shot into the bird – which to me is an amazingly low amount!