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Lauren and Theo graduated from Obedience school last week in Colorado! Way to go gang. Obedience is such an important part of owning any dog. Everyone benefits from obedience. Thank you Lauren for what you are doing with Theo!

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Rainy Day Crane Hunt

While hunting in Saskatchewan the first week of October it rained for 40 hours straight making the fields very wet and not drive-able by vehicles unless you knew someone with a bigger vehicle to pull you out. We didn’t want to chance anything and surly didn’t want to leave big ruts in the farmers fields so we didn’t drive in the fields after it had rained until they dried out. Since we couldn’t drive in the fields we had to plan a light hunt because we would need to carry in the decoys we needed and our gear for the hunt. We decided that crane hunting was the way to go. You don’t need many decoy’s for crane hunting so it would only take us a couple trips to get everything out in the field for the hunt.

Once again I got to hunt with Guilty so she got to retrieve a couple crane’s that I shot. There isn’t a season for crane in WI so this was her first official crane hunt as a young girl and she did awesome. She picked them right up and brought them back to me like she was a pro. We do eat the crane as we feel if we shoot it we eat it. It really is a good tasting meat when you get a young one. We had fun this day.

Pompass Grass Portraits

I just love the fall of the year when my patch of pompass grass turns brown and the top heads out in a nice white feathery fluff. It makes for a great backdrop for taking pictures of the Sand Spring gang.

Guilty:

Glory:

Gman:

Go out and have a great Hump Day!

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Guilty In Saskatchewan 2017

Here are some more photos I took of Guilty in Saskatchewan when we were there hunting the first part of October. I hunted with Guilty all week so I got to take lots of pictures of her.

She was such a doll to hunt with, she was all business when it came to retrieving. 5

Fun With Filters In Saskatchewan Prairies

When we got to Saskatchewan our first stop was to meet up with a friend of ours. While waiting I just had to take some pictures of the gang while we waited. I edited them with different filters.

As you can tell it was a bit windy but overall such a beautiful day and beautiful subjects to photo.

Have a great day!

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Saskatchewan First Hunt 2017

September 30, 2017 was our first day of hunting snow geese in Saskatechewan. There were 5 of us hunting with 4 Sand Spring dogs. John was double teaming the birds with Glory and Gambler on each side of him while hunting, I had Guilty and our friend Mike had 10 year old Pearl. Pearl is out of the first litter we had with Nellie. She is doing awesome for being 10, you wouldn’t know she was that age by the awesome job she did out in the field. She gave it her all, she was just a bit sore but no worse for wear. I was hunting next to Ron so Guilty got to retrieve my birds as well as Ron’s. This day she retrieved 20 geese. She was loving life for sure. All the pictures in this post today are of Guilty.

We ended up with 58 birds. 48 snows and ross’s combined, 3 canada’s and 3 mallards. A pretty good day for our first day. The dogs sure were tired at night time and so was I. When we go hunting we set our alarms for o-dark thirty which correlates to 3:15 a.m. we leave the farm house at 3:45-4 a.m. get to the field by 4:30 a.m. start setting up decoys and put out what we can leaving enough time to park the trucks away from the field and walk the dogs back which turns out to be about a mile walk, get our blind’s set up and then wait for shooting hours to start which was around 6:30 a.m.  When the hunt is over, we walk back to get our trucks, drive back out to the field and start picking up decoys which takes about 2 hours as well. We then head back to the farm house and clean our morning birds, eat a little lunch and by that time it is 3 p.m. At about 5-5:30 p.m. we get in the trucks and head out to scout looking for a field to hunt in the next morning. That can take 10 minutes up to a hour or more. Once a field is locked in it’s supper time and then bed time as o-dark thirty comes pretty darn quickly.

 

 

Pheasant Opener And Some Ducks For Guilty

Yesterday was the WI pheasant opener. Hunting started at 9 a.m and you are allowed one bird on the opener. It was a raining morning so John and Guilty took off to go duck hunting while Glory, Gambler and I stayed in bed until it was time for us to go hunting. I didn’t know where John was hunting until I pulled into the public hunting lot and saw his truck.

Glory

Glory, Gambler and I headed off to look for pheasants. The dogs were super excited since this was the first time they got to go hunting since we got home from Saskatchewan. They ran and ran and ran sniffing every blade of grass trying to locate a pheasant.

While led walking through the marsh we came across John’s canoe. Of course the dogs had to check it out and Gambler had to let him know it was his.

We we stopped by John and Guilty to see what they were getting. They have gotten four ducks and Guilty was not sharing them.

So we said our goodbyes and finished our hunt which turned up no pheasants for us this day. It was nice to get the dogs out for a run and to see how well Guilty did on her duck hunt.

Have a safe hunting Sunday.

Gonna Get That Feather

The Sand Spring Gang wasn’t only getting feathers in the field they were getting feathers in the lawn back at the farm house after the hunt.

Do I have something stuck to my lip?

I don’t know if you do Gambler but I think I do?

This one taste’s like a snow goose.

Let me try chewing it and get a better taste.

Maybe if I smell it I could tell who it is from.

na na I can’t figure it out.

Let’s take another taste.

Whoo wee look at all the feathers.

I gotcha.

Nom Nom Nom

Momma getting in on the feather action.

Come to momma.

How you like my mustache?

Jump jump jump to get the feathers.

Ah Guilty it’s over here.

Yup right here, momma’s got it.

You snooze you loose all the feather fun.

I had a great time and so did the dogs trying to catch a feather in the air.

Have a great day.

Those Ears Silly Girl

We all like blooper photos and I usually end up with enough of them when trying to get the gang in a nice photo shoot. Guilty hates sitting for pictures so she is usually the first one to take off, Glory will sit but usually can’t get her ear to lay right and Gambler will sit like a pro but will squint or close his eyes a lot.

 

I did manage to get a couple of decent picture out of this shoot but none of Guilty.

I enjoyed using different filters to see how the photos would turn out.

Have a great Wednesday!

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Saskatchewan Bird Jewelry

You may have heard waterfowl hunters say after a hunt “I got some jewelry while hunting today” or “this one has jewelry”, that means they shot something that was banded. What does banded mean?

Bird Banding Laboratory 

Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The North American Bird Banding Program is jointly administered by the United States Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Their respective banding offices have similar functions and policies and use the same bands, reporting forms and data formats. Joint coordination of the program dates back to 1923.

9/30/17 I shot this Ross’s Goose while hunting in Saskatchewan. Guilty was my pick up dog for the birds I shot. I didn’t realize until after the hunt and I was gathering up my birds to haul them to the truck that I had shot a banded bird. Our hunting party has only recovered 5 banded birds in the 35 years that some of the hunters have been hunting in Saskatchewan. This was my first banded goose in the 7 years I have been hunting there. Once I got back to the farm house and uploaded my pictures I took out in the field this bird was the second bird I shot that morning. I was pretty excited to have gotten a banded bird. The bird appeared to be an adult goose in really nice condition so of course I had to take proper care of it so I could bring it home and have it mounted to be displayed in my house along with the other special birds that we have shot.

Once you recover a banded bird you need to report the band to the Bird Band Laboratory by clicking here. You enter the information that is asked and the number that is on the bird band.

Once entered you hit submit and it will generate a certificate telling you the history of the banded bird.

They also send you an email with the information that you provided and information on the band.

INFORMATION YOU ENTERED:
About your Band/Bird
Band number: 1847-89353
Species: Ross’s Goose
How obtained: Shot.
Status of Bird/Band: Dead/Unknown
Date of recovery: Sep 30, 2017
Location of recovery:
Coordinates: Lat/Lon 54.00000 -106.00000
Wynard, Saskatchewan, Canada
INFORMATION FROM OUR FILES:
Species: Ross’s Goose
Date banded: 08/08/2013
Banding Location: NEAR IQALUIT, NUNAVUT, CANADA
Age: WAS TOO YOUNG TO FLY WHEN BANDED IN 2013
Sex: FEMALE
I then looked on the map as to where this bird was banded and the correlation to where I shot it.
Links (some really interesting information on bird banding and migration of birds):

U.S Fish & Wildlife Services: Bird Banding

Environment and Climate Change Canada – Frequently Asked Questions: Bird Banding 

This is a hunt that will be in my memories forever, a special hunt indeed with my Guilty girl.