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Oct 26, 2011 at 12:58 am #5725
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…Oct 26, 2011 at 3:59 am #50374Jeff SmithMember
Cool story, your dog looks pretty proud of himself! Pretty determined to retrieve your bird too. Extra food tonight I’ll bet.Oct 26, 2011 at 11:48 am #50375Mike LivingstoneMember
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.Oct 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm #50376
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! 😀Oct 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm #50377
Very cool story, and a great looking dog.Oct 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm #50378
That is a neat looking bird dog Justin!Oct 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm #50379
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?Oct 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm #50380
The early season just ended Saturday.Oct 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm #50381Joel ThompsonMember
Great story Colin. I would love to see the look on peoples faces when youOct 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm #50382
Yeah, she definitely is not what you’d call purdy, but she gets the job done!Oct 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm #50383Zach MatthewsThe Itinerant Angler
What kind of shotgun is that?Nov 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm #50384
Zach, it is a remington 870 supermag chambers 2 and 3/4’s, 3 inch, and 3 1/2 inch.Nov 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm #50385AnonymousInactive
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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