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Posted: December 02 2018 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote M700

My son John, our ten year old German Wirehaired Pointer Clark, and I enjoyed a nice, relaxed hunt at the Cooke Canyon Hunt Club, near Ellensburg Washington this morning. Clark enjoyed the easy hunt as much as we did. He found the six birds, dutifully pointed each one, then retrieved each one. I bought hens this time. It's not a demanding hunt, just a fun one.

Clark pointing a hen between two bushes:


My son and Clark heading out after another bird:


John with a bird, and his nearly 50 year old 20 gauge Ithaca (SKB) double. That gun was a present to me from Dad back in 1969. It still looks good and works great!


Some old "guy" and his Browning 12 gauge, with a bird he might have hit. Unless the young fellow with the 20 gauge shot it first! I'll never tell...


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Posted: December 02 2018 at 5:35pm | IP Logged Quote USA Joe

Looks like a GREAT time was had by all! Thanks 4 sharing
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Our upland bird populations here used to be real strong, but have declined very sharply over the past 10 or so years it seems. I hardly ever see pheasants anymore. I hear it's better in western Kansas, but I'm glad you still have good populations of them there.

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Posted: December 04 2018 at 8:57am | IP Logged Quote M700

richhodg66 wrote:
Our upland bird populations here used to be real strong, but have declined very sharply over the past 10 or so years it seems. I hardly ever see pheasants anymore. I hear it's better in western Kansas, but I'm glad you still have good populations of them there.


Well, we have a terrific wild population of chukar & quail. But pheasants... Not in most places. The WDFW raises and releases a lot of pheasants for us on public land, but they seldom last long.

This is on the Cooke Canyon Hunt Club. The birds are all raised and released to be hunted. After traipsing the Big Steep Ridges for chukar (a notoriously evil bird!) I like to indulge in an easier pheasant hunt a few times every year... So, I just make sure there's enough money in the hunting budget to afford a few trips over the hill to the pheasant club. This trip was great for ol' Clarkie. His self-confidence had faded, but after finding, pointing, and retrieving a couple of birds, he was back to his normal exuberant self!

So... We don't really have much of a wild pheasant population anymore. Worth it to me to buy a few hunts every winter after most other hunting is done.

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Mighty fine looking experience there Guy!

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Posted: December 05 2018 at 1:44pm | IP Logged Quote M700

The_Shadow wrote:
Mighty fine looking experience there Guy!


Thanks. Not sure about again in December. But will likely make a trip there in January and another in February. It's fun to get out with my son and the dog.

We'll go for roosters next time! They make for prettier photos.



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