Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, September 23, 2007

One rainy Saturday...






It may have been rainy yesterday, but that didn't stop our fun. We joined our friend Rich and his dog, Strange, for an afternoon of bird hunting. Rich is starting up a bird range, so we took a test drive out there for some bird hunting. It's ideal for bird training because we planted some farm raised pheasants for the dogs to hunt. Now, it may not sound entirely sporting to plant the birds you are planning to shoot. Let me just say, it's a lot harder to refind the birds, as evidenced by only coming home with 3 of the 7 birds we planted.
Schatzi proved to be the star of the show, tracking and flushing more birds than any other dog. As a dog who hates to pee in the rain, abhors baths, and would rather die than go swimming, I have to say this is the happiest I've ever seen her being so wet.
Afterwards, we shot a few clay pigeons, but, as you can tell from the back of Joe's shirt, we were all pretty soaked, so we opted to warm up in the truck and ride home instead.

6 comments:

michelle said...

sounds like you all had fun... dogs included! Dumb question: what do you do with the pheasants after you catch them? I know the obvious answer but if you do cook them then I guess the next question is HOW??

Jen said...

Well, hopefully, we shoot them. However, a few of them didn't fly and the dogs caught them instead, so Joe and Rich wrung their necks (ick!). You can cook them like chicken. Joe cleaned them (I have no idea how to do that) and then made a pheasant broth and we had pho yesterday with it.

Amy said...

What a wet day! Your cogs looked like they were having fun even though they were soaked. Hope the same was true for the humans. :)

Steve K. said...

Glad to see you two are getting some good hunting trips in! Pheasant season doesn't open for a couple more weeks up here, so I am jelous of you guys.

Jen said...

I know! We're hoping to take the dogs out a few more times this fall...maybe we'll just have to come up north for a weekend. :)

Anne said...

Hey! I am now officially a 4H shotgun instructor after NOT getting knocked on my arse while shooting guns larger than necessary this past weekend. Jen, I now need some serious bird-hunting lessons - since there's a major difference in shooting clay pigeons and the real deal (and this is coming from someone that in Jr High PE everyone cheered when I hit a baseball ;) )