Posts tagged: bird hunting
HUNTING — This is a note to the person who discovered a little public land quail honey-spot I've hunted for 30 years.
You apparently had a good day recently. I don't really care how many birds you killed or missed, but I found at least six of the red 12-gauge 7 1/2-shot shell casings you left littering the sage brush on just a few acres of land. I have no idea how many I didn't see.
I don't know who you are, but I have this vision of you being a pig.
Responsible hunters should clean up all of their litter, especially plastic shot shell hulls that will remain an eyesore in the field to give all hunters a black eye for decades.
HUNTING — Hunting dusky grouse with a pointing dog is one part bliss and several parts misery and despair.
Duskies — the name given a decade ago to the former “blue grouse” east of the Cascades — are notoriously fickle about holding to a point.
They might hold, as did the one pictured above, or they may not.
They might fly up in a tree and look at you or they may flush at the hint that you're coming their way and rocket downhill a quarter mile into the timber.
They like high ridges and openings at the edges of timber. Often the terrain is rocky.
It can be tough going — and tough shooting.
I liken dusky hunting to a chukar hunt with timber mixed in to increase the shooting difficulty factor.
I was one for three on Saturday with two other birds flushing a full 40 yards away from Scout's solid point.
HUNTING DOGS — Even if the pheasant hunting season weren't days away, Jack Dolan and his wife would be sick that their six-month old German shorthair pointer has gone missing.
The dog ran off after it was lightly struck by a vehicle late Sunday afternoon just west of Medical Lake and the Veteran's Cemetery near the Dolan's driveway at Hallet and Espanola roads.
The dog's name is Chip. His collar was broken off by the impact. He panicked and ran across a field and out of sight. Although there's no collar on him now, he has been micro-chipped and can be identified by a veterinarian.
The family points out that Chip could have covered a lot of ground, so they're posting signs in Reardan, Airway Heights and around the region.
If anyone sees, finds or hears anything that could lead to this dog, please call Dolan at (509) 389-8481.
Dolan, 72, was featured this summer in an S-R story about the extraordinary hunter education course he's been teaching as a volunteer leader for 26 years. This dog, shown in the photo above, is his prized possession.
HUNTING — I marvel at my English setter, and all the various faithful breeds preferred by my friends. Here's one angle on why.
If you can…
- Start the day without caffeine.
- Always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains.
- Resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.
- Eat the same food every day and be grateful for it.
- Understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time
- Overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours, something goes wrong.
- Take criticism and blame without resentment.
- Ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him/her.
- Resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend
- Face the world without lies and deceit.
- Conquer tension without medical help.
- Relax without liquor.
- Sleep without the aid of drugs.
- Honestly say deep in your heart that you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics.
….Then, you are ALMOST as good as your dog.
HUNTING — I had some interesting conversations over meals with a professor from Iran a few years ago centered on our common love for hunting chukars. We don't hear much about that part of Middle Eastern culture, but he was a solid enthusiast for walking the steep river canyons and swinging a shotgun for sport.
I made my gaffe when I expressed dismay that he hunted alone without a bird dog. He winced a bit but was polite.
Still clueless, I invited him to hunt with me and experience the excitement of hunting behind a pointing dog.
He respectfully declined and that was that.
Later I learned that buying and selling dogs is illegal in Iran. Iran’s parliament also passed a bill to criminalize dog ownership, declaring the phenomenon a sign of “vulgar Western values.”
Pursuing birds without a dog would leave a huge hole in my experience, so I'll be hunting my chukars here in the United States of America, which has the highest dog population in the world.
France has the second highest and some South American countries may rival our country for dog populations, except nobody seems to own all the strays that roam the streets.
HUNTING — A clinic for owners of pointing dogs of all ages and abilities is set by the Spokane Bird Dog Association for 8 a.m.-noon on June 8 at the club's Espanola training grounds west of Medical Lake.
Pro trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennels will present a clinic, after which participants can work their own dogs on pigeons and chukars provided by the club.
Cost: $20. Bring a lunch.
Preregister with Bill Colyar to assure enough birds are ordered, (509) 953-8682.
HUNTING – Although the signs went up on enrolled fields last fall, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s new Quality Hunt Reservation System didn't come online until today — just in time for the spring gobbler season that runs Monday through May 31.
Selected private lands enrolled in access agreements are available to hunters who can book reservations up to three weeks in advance.
By this fall, the agency expects hold drawings for reserving the most popular areas as hunters catch on.
Officials also say they want to hear your comments by email at email@example.com.
HUNTING — Yep, a good bird dog pup can be a handful for a few months, but he'll be worth his adult weight in gold for a hunter, as a companion and a working dog.
I saw this handsome three-week-old German shorthair pointer at Dunfur Kennel off I-90 near the Four Lakes Exit.
HUNTING – “I hunt therefore I am (what)?”
Everyone might have a different word to fill in the blank in that phrase: condemnable, capable, cold-hearted, complete….
Fill in he blank as you see fit, but not before you give me a shot at explaining why an animal lover and wildlife conservationist would chose to be a hunter.
I’ll be giving a program on the topic Wednesday (Feb. 13) for the Spokane Audubon Society’s open meeting, 7:30 p.m., at Riverview Retirement Community, Village Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave.
Sportsmen are among the most ardent year-round wildlife watchers and they contribute generously to wildlife conservation.
Moreover, animals are delicious.
But those are just a few of many reasons I hunt.
CONSERVATTION — Quail Unlimited president Bill Bowles has announced on QU website that the nation's oldest quail advocacy group has folded .
Mismanagement in the national conservation group's operations has been charged for several years.
Bowles advised members to turn their allegiance to Quail Forever and related organization, Pheasants Forever, to continue the fundamental work of advocacy for upland bird habitat preservation and restoration.
That's a good recommendation. Quail Forever/Pheasants Forever have a 4-star Charity Navigator rating.
HUNTING — I wrapped up the chukar hunting season today scrambling around the slippery slopes of the Snake River canyon with my buddy Jim Kujala and my trusty English setter, Scout.
The dog was pretty iced up from finding birds in the morning frost with temperatures in the teens, but by noon we found some sun breaking through the fog for a lunch break.
We packed away some chukars for the dinner table and great memories of another season.
Tip of the hat to six-year old bird dogs. They don't get any better than that.
HUNTING — It was cold and dreary Saturday and my friends all had excuses for not going chukar hunting.
But my English setter was more than ready. With temps in the teens, the footing was good and a dusting of snow helped in the search for birds.
It's good to have a friend willing to go any time, any day … especially a friend who runs his butt off finding birds and lets you do all the shooting!
HUNTING — If you were running away from your troubles, the Palouse was a good place to be pheasant hunting on Tuesday. Visibilty was minimal. A good place to hide.
Hunting partner Torsten Kjellstrand caught a photo of me (photo above) through the fog cruising the edge of a wheat field trying to catch up to our dogs.
Unlike planes at the Spokane airport, pheasants have no trouble taking off in the fog, but we're using the visibilty issues and lack of instruments for our limited success in getting many roosters to “land” for our dogs to retrieve.
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.
HUNTING — Daniel Kuhta, 15, ended his career of participating in youth upland bird hunting seasons Sunday at the BLM Fishtrap Lake area with a limit of pheasants, and a good weekend with his dad, Scott, their yellow Lab, Luby, and the family's new Lab pup, Max.
“This was the last year for my son to take advantage of the youth hunt weekend,” said Scott, marking just one in the series of changes of teenagehood.
“He turned 15 in July and today was the first time he drove ME to our hunting spot.”
HUNTING — A nice, easy, fulfilling start to the hunting seasons.
Scout and I have three and a half months to go!
HUNTING — Ouch. The first week of June is prime time for the first hatch of pheasant chicks in southeastern Washington. Once again, it's being greeted by rain and cold weather, which is a sentence to death by hypothermia for the young birds.
Quail and pheasants have a built in response to nest again if their first brood fails.
Keep your fingers crossed.
BIRD HUNTING — The fog was packed into the Snake River valley today. Steelheaders were scattered up and down the river.
But Scout, my English setter, led up up above it all and nearly to the rim to find this first covey of chukars.
A great day in the field, and we're both bushed.
Must be time to go back to work after a great holiday.
BIRD HUNTING — I've been hiking a lot of miles of trails the past few months and I've clearly seen the progression of dusky grouse into higher elevations.
Males tend to be at higher elevations earlier in the year, while the hens with their broods don't move up until mid September or so.
Yesterday I hiked (in the rain) on a couple of high mountain ridges in northeastern Washington where I'd seen only a couple of scattered grouse a few weeks ago. This time I saw two broods of grouse — an adult an 3 and 5 chicks in each group.
The chicks were not full grown. They were about the size of chukars. I'll give them another week or two before heading out with the shotgun and English setter.