I just got back to Alaska from the mid west. My hunting partner TH, Paxson, and I braved the rain today. He did pretty well. He bumped some, pointed some, and even caught one (not ideal, but had some nice points afterward, so what can you do?) Paxson still has work to do, but I saw some nice stuff from him. My partner took a young ruffie over a nice point from Paxson. To end the day, I took a spruce grouse over a solid point. Paxson did great retrieving (even the bird he caught). I did miss one ruffie that Paxson pointed. I think at this point, he just needs to hunt, and to get on as many birds as possible. I think I need to shut my mouth more, and let him figure the birds out. He hunted hard from start to finish. Everything else seems to be there. The young birds held tighter than the old ones. Even in a pretty steady rain, it felt great to be out looking for birds!