HUNTING -- Washington's upland bird hunting seasons are winding down, and I've been in the field in less than ideal conditions to end the first chapter in the bird-dogging life of my 10-month old Brittany pup, Ranger.
He hasn't been perfect, but then neither have I.
It took some determination to be out today postholing in wind-slab snow that was like a highway for quail but a death trap for a hunter.
Dog trainer Dan Hoke likes to point out that his two German shorthair pointer pups born about the same time as Ranger are kicking butt in the field.
I tell him he'd be out of business if all dogs learned as fast as that litter of pups.
But as he pointed out when we were first introducing ranger and his pups to birds at about 12 weeks, "Patience."
Ranger is coming on. Spring training is around the corner. We're both already getting pumped for next season.