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Better days will come this season for bird hunters

Rich Landers moves in to flush a pheasant pointed by his English setter, Scout, at the edge of thick irrigated cover at Pheasant Valley Preserve. (Dan Hoke)
Rich Landers moves in to flush a pheasant pointed by his English setter, Scout, at the edge of thick irrigated cover at Pheasant Valley Preserve. (Dan Hoke)

HUNTING — I took Scout, my English setter, out for two, short, early morning hunts this weekend to celebrate the opening of the quail and partridge seasons.   Emphasis on short.

It's simply too dry and warm out there to be working a dog too hard.

In case you missed it in the Sunday Outdoors section, dog trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel near Cheney has some excellent early-season tips for hunting with bird dogs.

But I did see enough birds on my short hunts to be optimistic that late hatches produced a decent crop of quail, Huns —  and even pheasants.  (I saw two young roosters that still weren't feathered out.)

November and December will be prime time.




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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