Posted 11-04-2002 at 14:21:22
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I took one of our labs, the male Budweiser is his name, on a walk about yesterday morning. It is getting close to deer season here in Missouri, and I was just kind of looking at some stands, marking scraps and tree rubs, etc. Old Bud thought we were quail hunting! He is 4 and we have his litter-mate sister, her name is Michelob. They have both been to bird dog school.
A lab usually doesn't point, but they do get real "birddy" to let you know they are on to something. The trick is to get them to work in close to you, because they flush the birds normally. This was the first time I have had Bud out in a long while. He worked just like a pro. Unfortunately, we didn't flush any quail, but then again I didn't have a shotgun either. The season doesn't open until the 10th.
Bud didn't get more than 20 yards from me for the most part. When he did stray a few kind words got him back in close. The weather was cool and damp, excellent for holding scent. I could tell he got real interested in the wildlife food plots because they are attracting a lot of deer and turkey now.
Several times we would stop and just enjoy the outdoors, catch our breath, and of course a scratch or two behind the ears. We were at it a good hour and headed back to the house. He and I both took long naps that afternoon. What an enjoyable morning.
Next week its Michelob's turn. I work 50 miles from the farm, so this time of year it is dark when I get home. After next week we button up the dogs until deer season is over.