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#5591046 - 02/09/15 03:13 PM Had a great weekend in West Texas
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9743
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
We were the lucky ones to get chosen to come run our dogs for a great bunch of guys at The Shin Oak Ranch in West Texas. Let me just say, What a ranch! Beautiful lodge, great guys, great cover and lots of birds! Me & my buddy didn't shoot, just ran the dogs and we had a blast! We hunted just a few hours on Friday afternoon and found eleven coveys, hunted a few hours in the morning and only a couple of hours Saturday evening and I think we found 13 or 14 coveys (was 82-83 degrees Saturday!) Then just hunted a couple hours Sunday morning and found four coveys I believe. (they were running big time and flushing wild Sunday)

We saw more deer than you could even imagine, a Crapload of Turkeys & hogs and rolled up on a buck fight Saturday morning that was the most brutal buck fight I have seen. The big one of the two, was a very big deer.

I think with the extreme conditions that we had, the dogs did pretty darn good. This has been the kind of season dreams are made of, if it stayed just like it has been this year, I would be happy. Gary, I know you will read this so I want to say thanks for the invite and we look forward to running dogs for you next year. And tell Glen I can't find him on Facebook either.








More pics will be in a reply.
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#5591055 - 02/09/15 03:16 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE





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#5591059 - 02/09/15 03:17 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Edited by CCBIRDDOGMAN (02/09/15 03:19 PM)
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#5591063 - 02/09/15 03:18 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9743
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
Anyone know what kind of cactus this is? Some of the worst I have seen for the dogs to deal with.
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#5591088 - 02/09/15 03:31 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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WOW! Glad the bobs are back. Looks like a great weekend.
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#5591312 - 02/09/15 05:50 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: bill oxner]
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Thanks for the pics Kevin. Someday soon...........
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#5591314 - 02/09/15 05:51 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Registered: 10/21/08
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Did it have a barb on the end of the quill?

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#5591393 - 02/09/15 06:52 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Originally Posted By: CCBIRDDOGMAN
Anyone know what kind of cactus this is? Some of the worst I have seen for the dogs to deal with.



CC,
This is called Chula cactus and it is bada$$! I was taught to take a plastic hair pick comb in my vest for both me and the dogs. It works great!

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#5591508 - 02/09/15 07:55 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
texas wetlands Offline
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 249
Thanks Kevin and Paul for a lot of great pictures and memories. The dogs were awesome and look forward to it again someday!

P.S. Keep Paul in good shape, he's one of the best (human) bird dogs I've ever seen.

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#5591581 - 02/09/15 08:28 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: texas wetlands]
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Registered: 09/12/09
Posts: 183
Loc: east side of Houston
Looks like a great weekend indeed. Above my pay grade.

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#5591663 - 02/09/15 09:10 PM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Registered: 08/20/07
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Cool...power of Texas Hunting Forum at work to hookup guys with land/birds with a guy with good dogs and a good camera smile

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#5591928 - 02/10/15 04:30 AM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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#5591997 - 02/10/15 07:01 AM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I noticed from one of the pictures that you used 2 UTVs. I'm helping in the guiding of a Quail Coalition donated hunt next week. We'll use 2 UTVs. How did you divide up your hunters and your handlers?
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#5592089 - 02/10/15 08:17 AM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Bill.....The handlers used their UTV and the hunters used theirs. Even though there were four shooters we rotated quite a bit. It really helped rotating especially when the birds were moving and we had to follow them a good ways. This would allow the person rotated out to catch back up with us in the UTV and keep the hunt moving along at a good pace.

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#5592090 - 02/10/15 08:18 AM Re: Had a great weekend in West Texas [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9743
Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
All four hunters / shooters were on their Polaris Ranger, we followed behind in the Mule. They just took turns shooting, there was a couple of points that all four shooters did go up but they were in a line & spread out.
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