In typical Gundogdoc fashion I had hoped to bring a stream of consistent new content, only to have my real responsibilities take over, causing the website to take a back seat. I’m still planning on making regular updates; however, I think they will be more sporadic over the month rather than weekly.
I don’t want to give the impression that it’s been all work and no play around here. Earlier this year I mentioned that I was going to take up decoy carving, which I did. The new hobby is not progressing as quickly as I had planned, but I am hoping to have a few decoys to hunt over this fall. Here is my first attempt, from start to finish, on a mallard:
I had grand plans to chase the snow geese this spring, and the snowline to the north and conditions around here were setting up to make that seem like a productive proposition. Unfortunately just as the birds were starting to show up, Mother Nature delivered one last burst of subzero weather, which send the geese back south. When they finally had the weather to allow them to move north they just kept going, beyond the areas I typically hunt.
All was not lost, as I kept the vacation time and used it to train Lily and Belle for five straight days. Andy Schoeberl of High Caliber Labradors recently relocated to the area and we’ve been helping each other out with the dogs. Lily has been progessing unbelievably well, and as a result I haven’t been carrying the camera when working my dogs…it’s been another story when the Labs are in the field though:
If all goes as planned, and the weather cooperates, we’ll be back out this week and hopefully with pictures of my girls. Until then stay tuned to the site, as I’ll try to get back on track before the end of the month.