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Duck Season 2017-2018: 2nd Split (my pictures from the season)... #7248879 08/08/18 06:03 AM
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Went into this season assuming it was going to be my oldest dog Paxton's last season. She turned 14 in late November. She has been semi-retired the last couple of seasons. With her body failing, being half blind and half deaf but still having the desire, she has been regulated to fair weather hunts and easy retrieves. Whipple would pick up any and all slack with pleasure and without any hesitation.

What I didn't expect was that this was going to be my youngest dog Whipple's last season. She turned 7 in late November. She has been taking over most of the duties since Paxton has been slowing down. She was rushed into emergency surgery in the wee hours of May 22nd. She passed away during recovery later that day.

Paxton has a lot of drive but Whipple would turn the dial up to 10 and then proceed to twist it off. She was a quick study and picked up on a lot of things naturally. She had that "it" factor. The only thing holding her back, if anything, was me. She was a firecracker in the field and cuddlebug around the house. She was just a joy to be around. We had a lot of fun together.

If I had known what I know now, I would have spent more time in the field letting Whipple have more time doing what she loved. I thought we would have a lot more time together.

They say the blows you don't see coming hurt the worst. I'm a believer.

Ladies and Gentlemen, hug your pups.

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This season was slow with the ponds completely empty or on the verge and a lack of birds. The suck mud really put a damper on how and where we could hunt. Didn't go on any early season teal hunts. Never put on a pair of waders. Used a dwadr all season long. Paxton didn't go on a hunt all season due to the mud. Whipple was all in.



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Birds down...



Whipple chasing a cripple...



Whipple hiding in the weeds...



Waiting for more birds...



The decoys...



Pond shriveling up...



The birds...


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Dove on the muck...



Whipple waiting...



Dove flying around...



Pond is shrinking...



Whipple being bored...





Dry pond work...



The birds...



More dry pond work...



Oops...


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The start of the day...



Whipple waiting for the word...



Whipple picking up some birds...









Cripple shot...


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Whipple picking up more birds...















The birds...



Nap time...


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Whipple getting after a couple of birds...



Whipple waiting for more...





The decoys...



Whipple putting in some work...












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Whipple wanting more...



"Good shooting, Sir!"...





"You going to shoot some?"...



"Probably not."...



Little muddy out...


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Whipple cleaning up...









Sup...



The birds...



Time to rest...


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Finished the zipper off...



The decoys...



This gal hung out for awhile...





Whipple waiting...


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Had to work for her but finally got her...



Whipple picking her up...





Whipple waiting for more that never came...



The bird...



Whipple...


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Originally Posted by Phil Robertson
Don't let your ears hear what your eyes didn't see, and don't let your mouth say what your heart doesn't feel
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The decoys...



Whipple watching...



This dude hung around for a bit...



It's a little damp out...



The bird...



Whipple with the bird and gear...


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Whipple waiting to carry the bird to the truck...



Did I say it was a little damp out?...





Whipple enjoying some heated leather after the hunt...



The aftermath...


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Water needed...





Boredom set in for both of us...





The only bird shot flew off hurt...



Whipple messing around afterwards...


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The sunrise...



The back pond finally has some water...



Some bellowing taking place...



Whipple doing work...











Snipe...



The bird...


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Some geese passing through...



Mojo...



Whipple waiting in the weeds...



The setup...



Whipple picking up a bird...





A bit gooey out...


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More geese passing through...





Goo aftermath...





The bird...



The big pond caught just enough water to get the suck mud wet...



The little pond finally has some water in it...


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The decoys with birds down...



Whipple heading out...





A bit foggy out...



Whipple heading back in...






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Whipple retrieving the other bird...











Shutter broke...



Whipple wanting more...



The birds...


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Whipple with the first bird of the morning...



The decoys...



Whipple watching...



Kingfisher...



Yellowlegs?...



This guy came in and hung out...



Back up...


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Whipple getting antsy...





Called it but Whipple is still looking...



Catching some water...



Whipple with the birds...



Tails...



Fun retrieve...



Relaxation...




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Brrr...



Whipple with some birds...





The decoys with some steam...



Had some ice...





Whipple waiting...


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Whipple nabbing a bird...



Tic-tac-toe...



Whipple with the birds...





Sup...



The birds...


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Whipple with a bird...



Mojo...



Bonaparte's Gull?...



Snipe...



Whipple waiting in the weeds...



Whipple came to cuddle...



And get closer to the water...



These dudes were at odds...




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Whipple not too happy with the lack of birds...



Whipple with the lone bird of the day...



This is what we dealt with all season. Perspective from the usual blind...



The bird...



Layers of moisture or the lack of...



The little pond caught some water...



Whipple checking it out...



The back pond...



Whipple enjoying running around...


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