I took off work Friday to hunt my after deer season lease in Throckmorton county. I wasn’t expecting many bird or planning on shooting any unless a pup pointed it. I unloaded at 8AM and hit my best spots from previous years and found no bird. A buddy of mine showed up at noon and we headed out to check some spots on the far north end of the 16K acres. We were running dogs with no luck in the heat until 3. We had enough and decided to load up and haul arse to west Texas. Drove the mule at full speed back to camp, loaded 9 dogs and a Mule on his trailer then hit the gate. I called an old friend of mine to see if we could spend the night at his ranch in Fisher county before heading south of Odessa. He lives in San Angelo and told me to make myself at home and he would like to meet us to hunt in the morning to hunt the Odessa place. After a short night sleep we met up at the west Tx ranch and had dogs on the ground by 9AM.
We couldn’t have ordered better weather for a bird hunt. We did all of this traveling for a great 8 hours of hunting. It was well worth it. We found 9-10 coveys of blues and killed a nice mess of bird. Two pups I’ve been training had different results. The shorthair pup looked like a veteran. He had several points and found a lot of dead bird. He dug one cripple out of a rathole that ran 100 yards. I was proud of him. The other pointer pup had never had multiple guns shot around her and I’m afraid she’s gun shy. I had high hopes for her but she’s always been soft and probably shouldn’t have been on the ground for a blue quail killing expedition. Unfortunately the gunshy pup is mine. The hero is a buddy’s.
My San Angelo pal hadn’t been bird hunting in years but was knocking them down like a pro. There’s more cover than I’ve ever seen in the Sandhills and the blues held very good for blues once we got a covey busted up. We had a great time and left Odessa at 5:30 this morning to come home. Next time we’ll plan it a little better and get at least two days of hunting in.
Wish I had some better dog pictures, but my lab was the only one loose at lunch break and decided to grab a bird and get in the photo: