I'm still getting used to having one of my GoPro cameras along with me as I hunt. Good thing I had it on me and turned on when I recently put down my 4 year old Brittany Charlie one afternoon on a friend's farm. My intention was to do a bit of training with the dog 'cause I often let things slip a bit when I'm in predator mode. As it turned out he nearly immediately found a covey of sharptails hiding in a wide windrow. Hunting by myself the grouse always have the upper hand if they choose to run as these birds did. If they flush within the windrow the leaves and trees do nothing to shield them from this ol' ruffed grouse hunter and doubles are often taken on the rise.
In this quick video you'll notice I had some decisions to make: did the birds stay in the windrow? did they move to my left? or did they move off to my right, back past the dog's position. As you'll see, the birds ran through the windrow to my right and all but one flew through the windrow and out the end. If another hunter had been with me those birds would have provided easy shots.
Sorry for the second shot on a "gimme" bird, but my alibi is a good one: I had to hold my head up off the stock in order to keep the camera looking in the right direction. I should have fit it better to my head - and had planned to re-adjust the camera if we hadn't come upon these birds so quickly near the truck- but I still managed to redeem myself with a second shot. My young dog had to go back into training later that day due to his breaking at my shots. No matter how well trained a dog is he will need tuning up all the time. But what a great job he did finding a dead bird he hadn't seen go down followed by his typical fine retrieve.
I hope you enjoy it. I hope I downloaded it correctly.