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    Colin M.Colin M.
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    Neat little story about a man and his “bird dog”.  Friday the second to last day of the PA southzone Duck season was a memorable one for myself.  I got out for the evening hunt at a local swamp which is split by a small stream roughly 6 feet deep if you include the mud.  Crossing is impossible so you need to pick your side and stay there.

    After hiking about a mile in, my hunting dog and I set up on a nice dog leg that sees a fare share of duck traffic.  

    At about 5:40ish pm, a small flock of woodies passes through, a few dump in out of range, and a few others split off to check out the dekes.  I ended up hitting one of the bunch, although he didn’t fold up.  As i watched him fly further and further up stream i just prayed i had missed and that he’d fly away, but after laboring a bit he inevitably crashed down into a really thick edge of the swamp about 300-400 yards upstream and across the channel.  Legal shooting time ends at 6:11 so i had some prime time left and decided to wait it out.  

    Nothing else happened so i had to embark on the journey back to the car to move so i could begin hiking back up the stream in the dark to find the duck.  After seemingly endless searching for feathers or any sign of the duck in the pitch dark, i called my buddy and gave him the bad news about not being able to find the bird.  After i hung up i realized i hadn’t seen my dog in a few mins, as i turned around with the flashlight there he was sitting proudly with a woody drake in his chops.

    Ordinarily i feel like this wouldn’t be that neat of a story, however certain circumstances make Charlie’s 1st duck retrieve a little bit more out of the ordinary…

    #50374
    Jeff SmithJeff Smith
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    Cool story, your dog looks pretty proud of himself! Pretty determined to retrieve your bird too. Extra food tonight I’ll bet.

    #50375

    That is a good story. I’ve had my labs show up with an unexpected retrieve and it’ pretty neat. What kind of dog is that ? Not what I expected to see. He does look proud.

    #50376
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    He’s a pitbull that i’ve spent some time with training to retrieve birds.  Not only can he retrieve quite well, but he keeps other hunters away also!  😀

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    Justin WittJustin Witt
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    Very cool story, and a great looking dog.

    #50378
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    That is a neat looking bird dog Justin!

    #50379
    Justin WittJustin Witt
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    She gets the fox comparison a lot, which is kind of bad news down here since there’s a bounty on foxes all year round.  She does have it much better now than she did out where I found her, but breaking her of her chicken habit after we got her cleaned up was quite a task.  To be honest I got some good hackles out of it last year, but I had to stop and pay a few neighbors for their losses in the process too.  Good luck with the rest of your duck season; I guess it’s just getting started up there isn’t it?

    #50380
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    The early season just ended Saturday.

    #50381

    Great story Colin. I would love to see the look on peoples faces when you

    #50382
    Justin WittJustin Witt
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    Yeah, she definitely is not what you’d call purdy, but she gets the job done!

    #50383
    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Colin –

    What kind of shotgun is that?

    #50384
    Colin M.Colin M.
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    Zach, it is a remington 870 supermag chambers 2 and 3/4’s, 3 inch, and 3 1/2 inch.

    #50385
    Anonymous
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    Zach,

    The Beretta is a sweet gun.  A guy I goose hunt with has one.  VERY nice.  I am not sure they make the 3901 in camo.  At least I don’t see it on their website.  But they do have the AL391 in Max-4 camo. (at twice the price)

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