After a good lunch, we tried another spot that supposedly held birds. We saw a few feathers but no birds so we headed to a state game lands that we had hunted 2 years ago.
Gary connected on a rooster first. According to my pedometer we had covered 4.8 miles before flushing our first bird. He made a nice shot on a bird that didn't want to hold and Jake ran him down. We continued uphill and saw pheasant tracks all over. Also saw coyote scat full of hair in a number of spots. As we headed back down the hill, a rooster crowed, so we headed in that direction. Jake got "birdy" right away and was working some pines in a field. A grouse took off through the hardwoods but Jake stayed on point. Russ told Mike to keep going and a nice rooster flew out of a pine and went straight up and toward the woods. After 9 shots, the pheasant continued on over the tree tops and headed toward the next county without losing a feather.
As we worked back to the vehicles, Jake got birdy again and we all lined up and headed down the hill. Jake locked up on point and it was a picture of beauty. He actually layed down, still on point but Russ couldn't find the bird. Gary came in and the rooster was hunkered down in a little patch of briars. Gary called me over and let me take a crack. I stepped in and the bird flushed and I fired twice. Missing on the first and possibly hitting on the second shot. Mike was there to back me up and bird number 2 was down.
Jake worked hard all day and covered a lot of ground. He is a beautiful dog that just glides across the fields. I wish I got a picture of him locked on point on the last bird.
I like to hunt deer and squirrel and of course bunnies, but I really like to shoot pheasants and hunt over a good bird dog.
Overall it was a good day for me. I got the opportunity to hunt with my friends, watch some good dog work, and spend a beautiful, warm day in the fields of PA. I logged 7.1 miles total on my pedometer and my legs are beat.
Thanks guys, for taking me out and I hope I get to do it again.