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Tue., Sept. 25, 2012, 10:39 a.m.

Being a geezer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Scout, Rich Landers's English setter, points a pheasant at Fishtrap Lake with the sun glowing orange through smoke from the region's wildfires. (Rich Landers)
Scout, Rich Landers's English setter, points a pheasant at Fishtrap Lake with the sun glowing orange through smoke from the region's wildfires. (Rich Landers)

HUNTING -- Although I wasn't old enough to be allowed to carry a gun, I took my English Setter, Scout, out for some training at the Fishtrap Lake pheasant release site this morning, the second day of the new Geezer Pheasant Hunting Season.

Scout found one cock (above) in the first 15 minutes while the sunrise was still glowing orange through smoke from the region's wildfires. Then we worked for another 50 minutes without a find.

Birds had been released for las weekend's youth upland bird seasons and hunters reported roosters leftover after the weekend season closed.

But it's very dry out there. Survivial of pen-raised birds is notoriously short. 

I met a legitimate senior hunter with his chocolate Lab, having a good time but they had found no birds by 8:30 a.m.   He had other places to try.... and of course he had time to do it.

Being a non-geezer, I had to go back to work.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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