Lil' Joe arrived last week. We got acquainted over a few chukar then went to the mountains for ptarmigan. He wasnt impressed with the chukar but did okay.
He hunted and handled very well. He made quartering casts, covered objectives and took advantage of the wind. He checked in just enough. I never had to say word one to him. It was late afternoon before we actually found birds and he was the one to find them. He bumped a pair of ptarmigan and that fired him up. He bumped and chased a couple single and then after we made a big loop we came back to the original pair. He bumped them again. Pie was able to pick up one of the singles with a sight point and Joe was nearby to "assist" with the retrieve. He had been pointing and retrieving Huns and pheasant in Montana. I am not disappointed even though he bumped and chased. He really didnt chase far before he came back to investigate the point of contact. He is only 15 months old and had only been in state for three days. He will pick it up if I can get him into wild birds. He will be a fun little project and I look forward to time with him.
He is the one on the left....
PS his cleft pallette is almost completely closed and does not affect him in any significant way.
Hope the picture posts correctly.