We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My self and my two dogs have been out for ptarmigan numerous times and hope to get out ago tomorrow. After tomorrow I am going to concentrate on getting a moose. If I am lucky enough to get one I will start hunting grouse (ruffed) with an occasional trip back to the open country for ptarmigan. The rain this year has been terrible Newfoundland is a wet place but I have never seen so much
The little kid at the back was the most enthusiastic picker up of the day, in fact he had a tantrum if he didn't have a bird or the bunny to carry.
A fantastic day up on the Marlborough Downs. To give you an idea of what the landscape is like recall the scene in Saving Private Ryan of them driving across the prairie to the family homestead. That was filmed up here where we shoot.
Waterfowl - what there is of it in Ohio. Only one decent weekend morning so far this season.
Saw some passing woodies too far away and too early to shoot. We were calling a dozen geese when a lone pintail cruised by but our attention was on the geese in the distance. It was our best shot of the morning and no one took it.
Mainly though, I spent time working with the dog after the birds quieted down late morning.
One day for grouse, no birds. A few days for elk, but not too seriously. Good time, though. One day for ducks, early yet, not many down our way in the southwest. Our fall started cool, but has held at "cool" not cold and, while nice to be out in, the weather hasn't been quite what we'd want for hunting.
Looking forward to lots more duck hunting, a bit of chasing quail, and an oryx hunt on the White Sands Missile Range come January.