After a tough morning of trying to find some willy roosters to cooperate, we finally found some pay dirt. In this case, the dirt was a section of CRP that had slight rolling hills, thick grass cover and a dry creek bed. I drove by this cover many times before and just last week entered it for the first time. We put up a few birds, but the cover was too big for just a few guns. So today we entered it with 6 guns and we devised the plan to pinch, circle, loop and work the birds into the wind. A great plan for some late season birds.
The plan was fluid as we spent the next few hours chasing these crafty birds. In the end, we scratched down eight hard-earned birds. The dogs (3 Springers, 1 GSP, 1 French Brit and 1 Lab) used the rolling contour to flush the birds in range of the guns. Many more escaped out the side and back. As always, we could have, should have, taken a few more. But in the end I was truly impressed with this giant sea of grass.
|Adam, ready and alert in the Field of Dreams|
til next time....