Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Post Holing

This past weekend I was "back East" visiting family and had one free day to hunt.  My brother and I ventured out into depths of a Western New York winter in search of some late season Ruffed Grouse.  The weather somewhat cooperated as we hit the woods behind Phil's ESS, Mollie.  I say somewhat because while there wasn't 5 ft of snow on the ground, there were two layers of snow: one crusty and old and one fresh and light.  This made for a hard hunt.  As the diehards know, we "post holed it."  We hit several covers over the late morning but it seemed the desolate woods wouldn't produce as we worked hard to go only a few hundred yards.  Maybe we weren't in the right covers for the late season, but we were in good cover that only a few months earlier had produced birds.  We didn't mind that no birds were taken or even flushed, I guess that's how we grouse hunters are, we're just happy to be out of the house.

Rocket Ship Mollie

Planted Red Pines: a true sign of a New York State Land.

The Cabin still stands!

An Amish sleigh ride anyone?

Good looking fall cover.

til next time...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

No Rest for the Weary

So much for a break.

Since our Upland season closed on January 31st, the girls and I have been logging the miles on the truck and in the training fields.

Abby is on a tight schedule to be ready for her, and mine, first field by mid March. We spent the last two training sessions running braces in preparation for the trials.  She's coming along but we have our work cut out to get ready. Little girl will have healthy dose of birds to get her up to speed.  Since Mia is still recovering from her TLPO surgery on her knee, she is just along for the ride. 

til next time...