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Thread: Yesterday's Sharptail Near Death March!

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    Default Yesterday's Sharptail Near Death March!

    Had the distinct pleasure of hunting all day yesterday over something like 159 miles - give or take- with Alaskan Woodsman and his French Brittany Gal. With all that walking we were, of course, in pursuit of sharp-tailed grouse. Doesn't appear to be a good year for sharptails, but they live in gorgeous country and make the long walks worth all the effort.

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    My 4 year old Charlie, and American Brittany, with a sharptail.



    Good hunting!

    Jim

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    Gal and I had a blast! Hope to do it lots more...thank you!

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    Outstanding, great photos! I know it was a grand time.
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    Man you guys covered some ground, the dogs and you two look happy as can be in those pics and good job with the photography Jim!

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    I suppose we walked around 10 miles. Pretty much the rule with me...while I can still barely do it. I went back out there today and did even more walking behind two of my dogs. Not many sharptails around this year. I've been spoiled for many years, but I'm really working hard for sharptails this season. Seems to be a lot of ruffs around though, and I'm first and foremost a ruffed grouse hunter.

    Just got through cleaning today's birds and I've got to admit how the brown liquid over ice sure has made me forget the pain in my bumb right knee for awhile!

    Jim

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    Very nice!
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    not sure where you were,,,, but we did jump about 20 of them over the weekend down in the wooded area below where we spotted a rather large flock of ptarmies ... took me a bit to recognise them as sharpies as we dont see them often while we are out and about... we ate one and let the rest fly...
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    Good for you, Vince! There's a whole lot of space around sharptails no matter where you hunt. Nice of you to let the others fly on. Lots of us still trying to unravel the many mysteries of Alaska's sharp-tailed grouse, and ptarmigan as well.

    Good hunting!

    Jim

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    Charlie always looks so happy to have a bird in his mouth. Congratulations on the successful hunt, both (all) of you!
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    Thanks! Charlie is indeed a happy dog, especially when he's hunting.

    Jim

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    Nice photos ~ thanks for sharing.

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    Great pics Jim, although I'm a GSP guy through n through, I sure admire the looks of them Britt's, fine looking hounds for sure,,,, look forward to all the up-coming threads from you and all the other bird hunters up there.
    Good luck this year.......

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    Thanks for the kind words, friends! I think what my dogs and I do throughout the 9 month upland season must be illegal 'cause it sure is a lot of fun!

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