Republished in late 2018 by Strideaway, this book is a must-have for the field trialer and bird hunter alike. In this book, the now late, Ed Mack Farrior reflects on the great handlers and bird dogs of a bygone era, resurrecting them in narrative form for our reading pleasure. It's a hard-to-put-down read with a ton of great illustrations. The book is available at www.strideaway.com.
Both Indian Head Pistol (Pete) and Indian Head Intrigue (Jill) are coming along nicely. Although not completely finished on their birdwork, both have the necessary ground game to be competitive at the derby-age level; which is approximately two-years-old and younger. At a recent field trial Pete and Jill placed 1st and 3rd respectively (the second place dog is not shown in the picture). Derby's are not required to be steady to wing and shot in the fall, but come spring they should be "broke" and act mannerly at the flush and shot; which is to say, they don't break and chase the bird as it's flushed and a shot fired, they wait to be released.
We covered a lot of familiar ground last weekend in chukar country and as is the case more often than not, the birds won. The birds we came across were hard to get pointed and were flushing wild. Scenting conditions were great, allowing the dogs to be well off the birds when contact was made, but the birds were spooky and blowing-out at the twitch of a whisker. Of the 6 dogs we put down, 4 are less than 2-years old. They are covering the country well and we are very happy with their application, but they need more bird contacts; those dogs need to know why they are out there. Hunting chukar with young dogs can be frustrating because contact with birds can be pretty sporadic. Guess we just have to keep going back for more!!
Life is short Quit your job. Turn off the TV. Go outside and play.
The photo behind the title header was made by Clair Kofoed in NE Oregon several years ago - Jesse pointing, Huns flushing, and me thinking about the camera and shooting behind.
This century's quotes
"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
- Stewart Udall, 1970
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"
Ted is a from Crockett/Sunrise lines, with some Cover Dog blood from his dam's side. Ted has earned eight shooting dog placements in his career, and has a lot of wild birds shot over his points.
"Cody" - Wenaha Code Red
Cody is from Jetsetter X Johnny's Jewel. He has wins at the Western Open AA Derby Classic, the Oregon Shooting Dog CH AA derby, was R-U CH in the 2015 Pacific Coast CH and the 2015 California Quail CH.
"Andy" Wenaha Black Storm
Andy is 16 months old - a son of Tekoa Mountain Patriot X Iron Mistress - a daughter of Grid Iron.
"Buddy" - Wenaha Strongheart
Buddy is from Robertson's Kennel - a son of Audubon Americus X Sunrise's Last Hope - a direct daughter of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise. He was whelped in June of 2016. A really nice pup and I am having fun with him.
"L.J." Wenaha Little John
L.J. is by Cody and Crockett's Prairie Breeze, a daughter of Crockett's Deep Freeze. He is now living in Oklahoma and enjoying life as a family bird dog.