A break in the weather sent Winchester and I up to the ptarmigan country on Wednesday. Nice four mile hike up to 3500 feet. Hunted along a scrub willow choked crick bottom that drained into a beautiful mountain lake. Winchester found a covey of whitetails, unfortunately while he was sparrow hunting, which was the main reason for going so early in the year. He caught a sparrow the day before the opener and since believes he is an awesome sparrow hunter, and he is but not exactly what I am looking for in my setter.
Once the covey flushed and scattered we headed into the rocks and shortly Winchester had one on point, which I took and then realized how immature that particular covey was. Decided not to take anymore but did let Winchester go find a couple more and point them up. I deliberately missed them on the flush just to reinforce what it is we are doing. He was still hunting sparrows on the way back down but I think it can be worked out of him with more time on grouse and ptarmigan.
The ptarmigan is laying on top of the vest, hard to see so small, like a quail.
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