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.