|The Merkel 147SL With A Very Appropriate Sidelock Engraving.
We worked several fields with Kaiser giving us two points but produced no flushes. The birds must have run on him. Driving to some new areas for me, I was beginning to see more hunters in this area than I have ever seen. With the mercury rising we found a field of shallow alfalfa around 11am. Within this area were a flock of large unidentified shorebirds, Kaiser began to get bridy, thinking that these were the cause I half assed my way toward him. As the large flock flushed so did a cock pheasant. It took a few moments for my brain to process the information and finally took the first shot at about 40 yards. In all the excitement I miss about two feet behind the bird. This caused me to overcompensate with the second and the bird flew never to be seen again.
|Kaiser's First Pheasant Retrieve.
This is Kaiser's first taste of pheasant and I'm sure it was sweet. He has been on pheasants several times but I've never been able to connect with them. I've always felt guilty about it but I finally got him his bird. While Kaiser was retrieving the pheasant two hens flushed in front of Ed but of course he had no shot.
|The One Inch Spurs.
|Just Some of the Magnificent Feathers of this Asian Import.
|We Wait For Dove.
Convinced I could get some doves for Ed, we worked a few productive areas. The first was a bust. The second was already occupied and we needed to work in a nearby area. While there were several doves in the area none were within the shotgun range of Ed's Browning. I had one which I hit, creating a big puff of feathers. Despite this, the bird only flinched turned around and kept flying. That was it for us and in typical fashion with us while we were packing up several ducks and doves flew overhead. Typical. These roosters are now safe from Kaiser and I until next year.