I thought I would share a couple of photos of my training grounds. Those of you who are familiar will recognize them. I would say there is still about 6 inches on the ground. About the only bare ground is where the road in was plowed. The snow is frozen and to run a dog on ice is foolhardy. I know this ice will tear up their feet. What I really fear is joint injuries. It won’t be long, though.
I am thinking about heading south next week to get a jump on some woodcock work. When Jane and I returned from Florida on Sunday there was no snow until we drove into Pa. I have reports of birds just to our south so I am thinking about heading south again. I’ll have to make some arrangements but maybe I can make it work
Well, I just couldn’t work dogs so last week Jane and I took off for south western Florida. For fear of retribution I won’t mention the temps. I will tell you the skies were blue all week. Here are a couple of photos that sure beat the looks of my training farm right now.
1935 Remington model
32, 12 gauge, double triggers, 28″ plain barrel. Gun functions perfectly. 14 7/8
LOP with the Galazan pad, 13 1/2″ wood. I think that pad is solid rubber so it
could be cut off at the back and shortened without refitting. 1 3/4″ DAC, 2 5/8″
DAH. Barrels are marked Imp cyl over Cyl, and that is what they measure. The
bores are perfect. The chambers will take my gauge to 3″. Gun weighs 7 lbs. 13 oz.
There is a bit
of pitting on the barrels (outside) near the front hanger. My local gunsmith
(hot tank blueing guy) said they were too deep to take out completely at a
refinish. A traditional double gunsmith looked at it and said they could be
struck off at a reblack. They didn’t bother me enough to touch what I think is
the original barrel finish.
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On Saturday evening Jane and I were guests at the RGS South Mountain Chapter’s annual banquet. I believe we have been going there 5 years now. The chapter raises quite a bit of money that goes right into habitat improvement. Eric Miller from the PGC gave a presentation of the local project that is ongoing. As I understand it RGS is putting chapter money into this PGC project in a cooperative effort. Eric had a slide presentation that showed the results. It sure looks like good woodcock cover that is being created. Interestingly, it is in an area that I trained in years back. Back then there were lots of woodcock but the numbers have gone down. With the good size habitat project I would think that numbers will soon increase.
It was also great to see and renew some friendships from guys that have been visitors here at Knob Mtn Kennel over the years. I hope I don”t miss anyone but with me anymore anything is possible. Rick Ober, Kevin Weaver,Sayhlor Weaver Jeff Keller, and, of course, Eric MIller all were present. We had a good visit.
Here is what happens when we have a snow storm and can’t work the dogs.
Its about 8 hours of shoveling and blowing. Its necessary to get right at the runs. If they get stomped down and then freeze they are unusable since they can’t be cleaned. The problem always is, not getting the snow out of the runs but shoveling or blowing it away from the huge pile that ends up in front of the runs. Of course, all the other walks and paths and driveways have to be done too. It makes for a long day when the snow is as heavy and wet as it was from this storm.
Tomorrow we’ll go to the farm and hopefully find that the road up the hill is plowed so we can take care of the birds and see if its possible to work some dogs or if the snow is too deep.
Now that the cold is gone we’re back on the hill dodging snowstorms. I haven’t been saying much about Lilly lately. It was back to basics with her. I had her on the whoa barrel for awhile and I felt I was getting negative results. She is back on the ground and I believe that her whoa training is progressing well finally. She is really paying attention to the whoa command and is leaving me walk in front and do whatever I want. It will soon be time to put some birds back into the picture.
Waffles got no photo today. He did demonstrate a really great nose today. He picked up a bird from at least 30 yards if not more. I wish he would have pointed right there. He did however, stop and point a decent distance back so I am really happy. I guess we were so impressed we forgot to use the camera.
Duncan is a newcomer and is a year old puppy. I am trying to get him standing birds and used to hunting so he can be part of the wild birds program. Pointing and standing doesn’t seem to be a problem. This photo is of his first stop on a bird in a launcher. He just got better from here on. By his last bird he almost left me walk in front of him and his tail was at 11 o’clock and poker straight. Duncan is another dog out of Bob Watt’s Pennstar breeding. http://coverdogsetters.com/ Hopefully on Thursday we will be able to get some good photos of Duncan on point. He looks great!
Time to go home.