Friday, February 26th, 2010...10:06 am
Quail Hunting – Last week of the 2008-2009 season
Last trip of the 2008 – 2009 bird hunting season. Texas starts on the last Saturday of October and runs to the last Sunday of February.
I made this trip with our head buyer, Jonathan. Jonathan owns a female German Shorthair named “Chick”.
She gets to go with me more than Jonathan does (since she doesn’t mind riding in the dog trailer) but every once in a while we take him along with us.
We headed over to my Aspermont lease first. The drive to Midland is pick much for one haul, so I like to head to Aspermont first. We run dogs there a day or two and then head southwest.
While Midland has mainly Blues with a few Bobs, Aspermont has Bobs with a few Blues.
We get many more of your traditional “covey rises” at Aspermont and the birds don’t run any where as much. It is a little more relaxed.
We first ran Em and Chick. Chick found one covey and two singles.
Next we ran Click and Richard. Both ran well but we didn’t find any birds. Johnny walked up two singles.
The next brace was Sage and Stud. They found 6 coveys total. Sage found three of them and Stud found two. The last group got up wild.
Sage did a real nice job on his coveys. He also had 2 singles.
Stud ran well. When he streched out he found two coveys. Held both until we got to him. Very Em like….
Ran Chick and Richard on the hill close to camp. We have really bad sandspurs in this area and we had to boot the dogs.
Richard found 1 covey. He also nice job on finding a winged bird.
We ran Sage by himself north of 448. No birds. Early afternoon it got to hot to hunt and we called it a day. We packed the truck and headed southwest.
Ran Em and Chick first morning. Em found a nice covey. Both dogs found singles and worked them well. Killed 1 bird. Walked up 3 more coveys. It was very windy and the dogs were having major issues locating birds.
Ran Sage and Click next. Click had a nice find. Killed one bird.
Ran Stud and Richard. Both did great. Stud had 3 covey points and 4 singles. Richard had 2 coveys and 4 singles. Killed 6 birds.
Ran Em and Chick. Wind was blowing about 35 mph. Really had no plan of seeing anything so we checked a new spot.
4 coveys later and 11 birds in the bag we headed back to the truck. Both dogs pointed nultiple coveys and singles. The found all our dead birds and did a really nice job. Chick is doing really well for a dog with very little experience. She has a lot of natual ability and is a good overall bird dog. Our GSP’s come from Wildrose German Shorthaired Pointers and I have been really pleased with all of them.
Stud had a really good day with mutiple finds on coveys and singles. He needs some work on ”steady to shot” and “steady to kill” issues but he is finding birds. I can fix his manners in the spring.
Richard and Sage also had a really nice round. It was a really good day.
Last day of the 2008 – 2009 season.
Ran Em and Chick. Em made a 800 yard cast and went on point. By the time we got there the birds had moved.
She relocated and found them again. We killed 2 on the rise. She picked up one. Good way to end the season with her.
Richard and Click have hurt feet and are done for this trip. The sand has been tough on them this year.
We made the last round with Sage and Stud. Sage found 1 covey. Stud found 2. Both did really well.
We had a really good season. It was nothing like 2007 – 2008 as far as number of birds, but it was easily in my top 5 of all time.
We ended on a high note with this trip. I have a bunch of training to do in the off season and I am ready to get it going.