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#2131207 - 02/20/11 12:59 PM 16 Varieties of bluestem
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Did you know that there were 16 varieties of bluestem. I learned that and a lot more than I ever thought I wanted to know about weeds and grasses as I hunted with Jim Willis Saturday. I also learned that he had some great Elhew pointers. Let's go straight to the pictures.

Here's Elhew Dixie with Jim doing the honors;




Here's a great Britt named Buddy pointing as Elhew Sue backing;



Elhew Dixie again;



Here's Sue pointing with Jim doing the honors;



Sue again;



I'm not making this up. Byron brought a Britt named Buddy and a GWP named Ranger. Here's Ranger pointing with Cracker backing;



Would you pick out ranger as a GWP?

I don't post many pictures of Cracker anymore, but she does point. Here you go;



I saved the best bird dog picture for last. Here's Yeats with ET doing the honors;



Jim liked to look at the guts. This crop was filled with a milo size weed seed;



After the hunt;



I mentioned ET's historic, restored farmhouse. It was built in 1910. Take a look at these 100 year old Live Oaks;


[img]http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa155/billoxner/024.jpg[/img]


Byron was headed south, and Jim is out somewhere burning pastures.



Edited by bill oxner (02/21/11 07:53 AM)
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#2131226 - 02/20/11 01:16 PM Re: 16 Virities of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Those are some great photos Bill. Nice looking EP's also.

The GSP has what they call the white factor; that's when they are predominantly white. Overall, the parent club does not like it but they have to deal with because of the field trial folks.


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#2131309 - 02/20/11 02:04 PM Re: 16 Virities of bluestem [Re: Charles Smith II]
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That's a GWP which looks like a GSP. Is there a limit to the number of pictures you can post on one thread? I kept trying to edit the house in and I got the image codes every time. Here you go;






Edited by bill oxner (02/20/11 02:06 PM)
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#2131352 - 02/20/11 02:29 PM Re: 16 Virities of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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nice report bill.

how many coveys does willis think he has on his property


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#2131434 - 02/20/11 03:20 PM Re: 16 Virities of bluestem [Re: blanked]
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He said that he had up to 20 coveys in some of the past years, but around 10 this year. He gets a bunch of invites, and said that this was really a good year. He said that the hunts have had produced a lot of birds after the first of the year. Truchard gets some help from him.

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#2131447 - 02/20/11 03:33 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Is Elhew Sue the dogs registered name? If so are they out of dogs at the Elhew Kennels or an Elhew prefixed champ, or now that Bob has passed are people using the prefix for any Elhew bred dog?



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#2131466 - 02/20/11 03:49 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: Chet]
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I have no idea what their registered names are. Jim said that they were both Elhew bred dogs. I made that Elhew Sue part up, but I didn't make it up about Ranger being a GWP.

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#2131706 - 02/20/11 06:01 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Hey Bill-

I love that old house.

Sandi's parents' farm and house went on the historical register in Oklahoma five years ago. The farm is located on Indian Meridian Rd. which is the eastern boundary of the Oklahoma land run.

The family farm has raised five generations of farmers and is still producing today.

Sandi gets the house, two barns, and the grain silos in the will plus somewhere around fifty acres...guess I could retire from construction management, moved to Oklahoma and take up farming when the time comes. I told Sandi I would get her cows to milk...that didn't set well with her.


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#2131714 - 02/20/11 06:05 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: Charles Smith II]
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yes truchard mentions him from time to time. willis is one of his hunters he says


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#2131787 - 02/20/11 06:43 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: blanked]
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Originally Posted By: blanked
yes truchard mentions him from time to time. willis is one of his hunters he says


In his dreams. Jim can hunt almost anywhere he wants to hunt.

Byron was headed down to the now infamous Armstrong ranch. He had some good tales to tell about that, but this is the best tale of all;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney_hunting_incident



Edited by bill oxner (02/21/11 07:54 AM)
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#2131935 - 02/20/11 07:33 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Those are some great pics Bill and beautiful country y'all are working.


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#2132010 - 02/20/11 08:09 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Great report, great pics!! Thanks

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#2134432 - 02/21/11 07:59 PM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: deaconspoint]
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#2138330 - 02/23/11 07:55 AM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: Duck Em' Woodie!]
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Here's the thread that ET started, about the hunt, on The Snipe Hunters Forum.




http://thesnipehuntersforum.yuku.com/topic/4131/Bird-Dogs-a-Bird-Pup-and-a-Retreiver

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#3963116 - 01/17/13 08:57 AM Re: 16 Varieties of bluestem [Re: bill oxner]
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Someone asked about Jim Willis on another thread. I didn't want to continue the hijack. Here are some more pictures of Jim. He's now working with the Quail Coalition. He told me last year that he had around 1 bird per acre. It's tough to count them this year because of the cover. One of the problems in his area is that there are no large ranches.
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