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Old 09-04-2012, 06:55 PM
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it's all about the dog.........bring her, she was born to hunt.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:09 PM
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My thanks to all of you! I was just losing my focus a bit I guess. This helpped me! Now I go tomorrow to a cardiologist to get checked for a murmur. If they will cooperate with me and find nothing real serious I might just see some of you out there. Oh yeah I did forget about that colonoscopy as well. Got to get by both doctors. Then I will get serious! No that is not true! I am already serious. You all are really special folks, thanks again.

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Old 09-05-2012, 12:32 PM
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Go hunting. It's better to be out there giving it a try. You never know what you might learn or what new contact you might make. Even if you cover a lot of ground and still get skunked it will help you appreciate the good days to come even more. I just keep telling myself "this is why they call it hunting instead of shooting".

But if you are inconsolable and your cracker jack bird dogs and high dollar shotguns are just making you more miserable, I'll man up and let you drop them off at my house.

Hang in there!
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:27 AM
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I focus less on the end result and more on the means of the journey.. IE - I do not care if I end up with my daily limit or only see one bird.. It is the journey that means the most..you, your dogs, your friends, a cold beer, the sunset on a prairie..That is what means the most...and no roadside report will ever keep me from going out with my friends and my dogs.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:34 AM
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BK, You sure sound down in the dumps! Sorry to hear you that way. You MUST go, because the only feeling you'll have if you don't is regret and regret sucks. You never know what you'll uncover if you go.

When I was a kid growing up in SE Wisconsin, a good day pheasant hunting was that we got a bird. Going to SD can spoil a person real fast, as happened to one of my brothers. One down year and he'll never go back. Too bad for guys like him, cause I've been back again and again, and I've had some great hunts.

You aren't living if you don't take the opportunity to take the next step. Sitting home on the couch wondering "what if" is no way to live.

I'm sure after reading posts from our friends on here you'll change your mind and go, and most likely be very glad you did.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:36 AM
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By the way... I don't put much weight into the entire road survey data, etc.. Populations fluctuate, even in good times. Having to work at it makes it hunting. If you want a sure thing, pay for some one to stock birds for you at a hunt club. Me, I'd rather take my chances in the wild and enjoy it all the more.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:55 PM
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Got good news from the cardiologist today! Had made up the mind to go yesterday, but if the Dr. had said you gotta have a bypass I guess it would not have worked out. Thank God my ticker is good. Still need to get with a GI man, but I believe that will be ok as well, although sometimes one gets fooled. All of you helped me decide especially the thing about dogs only have a short number of good years! So true! You guys probably won't be surprised when I say that I think she already KNOWS the decision is made! Sadie has been sticking to me like glue today! I hid a couple of pheasant wings in the yard today and she went as if on a string to them both. Then I placed one about waist high to me, in a tree. She smelled it on the first pass downwind of it and searched the ground quickly ,but didn't come up with it. I kept telling her to find it and she went to the trunk standing on her back legs , reached up and retrieved it! I've had her point quail sixteen feet above the ground before, but of course there has to be some wind current bringing her the scent. The slightly cooler air is getting her fired up! Again thanks for the nudging! I needed that! Thinking about NW Kansas or SW Nebraska. I kinda shy away from SD because I know it will spoil me. I don't want it too easy! LOL! However I do want to see enough birds to keep the dog encouraged.

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Old 09-07-2012, 07:33 AM
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awfully dry in those areas you picked, my humble advice is look at the drought maps and adjust if you can.....although you can find pockets of birds anywhere.....good luck, glad to hear you are coming out!
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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BK: Glad to hear the good news from the cardiologist. I speak from experience that hearing the good news is a huge relief.

This morning was session 4 working the pup on quail. He is so fired up when we go out to the training field. Man! Is he ever pumped! The second and third day he knew there were going to be birds out there, hunted for them very hard, scented and bumped them without pointing. On the second bird this morning he locked up tight and held for quite a while. I'm getting more and more excited with each session. Can't wait for the next. This is going to be a fun hunting season.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:37 PM
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I wasn't going to hunt last year either because of this and that, but finally decided to give the Yakima Indian Reservation a shot. Terrible results but Gus and I had a great time. BTW in the last year I've lost my only two friends that lived near me in Washington. One was an old WWII field promoted Lieutenant. His loss was the worst for me as he became a father figure for me. Bill was a wonderful man. He'd been through hell but never complained about his problems. The other gentleman was a Lieutenant Colonel and like Bill had been through hell in Viet Nam. This last gentleman suffered greatly from Agent Orange, radiation poisoning from his work as a nuclear engineer both caused cancer to spread and eventually took his life early. Both loved to fish, hunt and be out and about. I miss them greatly and when I am out hunting or fishing I always try remember them with a prayer and hope that they are with me in spirit.

Diesel is expensive this year again and I know I should probably stay home but nope I'm heading to Montana...may the gods and goddesses of the Hunt Bless Gus and I.
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