We have been finding it hard to locate birds again this year. This is the least productive year for ptarmigan since I moved to Alaska 8 1/2 years ago. It is unfortunate for Lil' Joe since he really needs wild bird contacts. He was pointing and fetching Huns and pheasants in Montana before joining me here. Now a days he bumps and chases more than he holds point over. He is pointing, but it doesn't last long enough for me to get in for the flush. Although I was close enough on Monday to verbally whoa him as he made his way in on a a small group of four birds. He held till I shot on that one, but refused to retrieve.
However, I am not discouraged, because this is typical behavior for an adolescent male dog. Kind of like the terrible twos in human children (or so they say). He is starting to take few more liberties in the field and test the limits. Joe will become a good bird dog with more time. He needs yard work and more wild birds. Plus, we have only been working together for two months.
Despite the low numbers of birds and Lil' Joes escapades, we are having fun in the hills. Here are a few pics of the pointless trio...pun intended :-)
Not really totally pointless...