Well, first of all I want to apologize to all of my blog readers for not posting anything in a very long time. Hunting and this thing called “work” have taken up the majority of my time and as a result my blog activity was brought to a minimum.
The 2010 pheasant season has come to an end yesterday, and after two and a half months of chasing birds I am ready for a little break.
Here is a quick summary of our 2010 Pheasant season.
It all started back on November 13th in Burlington CO. Once again a few of us decided to join the rooster round up and secure additional bird hunting grounds for the season.
First Field of the season
It didn’t take long before birds took flight and shots were fired. Oreo worked very well considering that this was only his 4th time hunting wild birds. He worked hard throughout the entire season and the hard training has paid off.
First rooster of the 2010 season
My Pooch and I
Zach and Pete
Day one ended well for 6 of us, but not so good for the roosters. The next morning ice covered the ground and the temperatures dropped dramatically.
Zach has never hunted pheasants before, and our goal was to get him a bird over the opening weekend. He didn’t have much luck on Saturday, but Sunday proved to be an all around better day for my Wisconsin friend.
Zach and Oreo
End of the day
The last three years Mark and I have been going to KS the second weekend of the season, but this year it was my brother Amel and I. Mark had work obligations and couldn’t join us. Amel flew all the way from Missouri to hunt with me, and since he has never hunted wild pheasants before, I worked really hard to get him onto some birds. The trip didn’t pane out as as good as I planed. We saw birds, but no where near the numbers I have seen in the previous years. The cover was thick and my springer could only cover a small portion of it, but we had a good time never the less.
Amel getting ready to hunt
His first wild rooster
All of us worked very hard all day long but were putting birds up out of gun range. Amel got his first chance to shoot a KS rooster at the end of the first day. He took a long shot at this fast flying bird, and did a great job at knocking it down 45-50 yards away.
- Kansas Sunset
On day two, Amel managed to get a few more birds. I think my job of getting him hooked onto bird hunting is done. The adrenaline rush and fast shooting action took a positive effect on him.
Amel the Hunter
The Crew-Amel, Zoe, Oreo and I
We had a great time and it was nice to spend a few days with my brother out in the field. I really hope this will become an annual tradition and not be limited to one hunt a year. I am thinking about some woodcock hunting in Missouri in the fall.
After going back home to Missouri, Amel decided that he wants to take a trip back to Kansas and took his pooch Sparky out with him.
Sparky the Quail Hunting Golden Doodle
Sparky the Rabbit Hunter
Well deserved swim
Colorado – Holyoke
Holyoke was my next pheasant hunting destination. First weekend I hunted with my friend Dzemo and his son. I have never hunted Holyoke area before and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of birds and cover type.
First Bird of the day
On the next trip Saba decided to join us on a two day hunt and bring his Deutscher jagdterrier’s Dzoni and Morla with him.
Saba Morla and his first rooster
Oreo and I
Pheasants and smoked beef
End of the day
Colorado-Burlington The End of the 2010 season
Matt, Brian and I decided to hunt last Sunday and bring this pheasant season to an end. First was the “Field of Dreams” and after walking 5 miles trough dense fog and missing a few birds Oreo and I managed to get one at the end of the field 20 yards from the truck.
Oreo with his hard earned bird
Last Rooster of the season
Another successful pheasant season comes to an end, and it is time to gear up for a spring training session.
Hard hunted boots