Once again all is right in the world! Dove season is open here in South Georgia and the Luckie boys hit the corn fields this weekend for an early season shoot. The weather was overcast and rainy, which allowed me to take Josey the Wonder Dog with us. The temperature was in the mid to high 80's, but the wet weather and plenty of drinking water kept Josey from getting over heated as she earned her keep picking up bird after bird.
It was a good shoot and I got my limit in pretty good fashion. It was the first time I burned any powder this season and I shot fairly well. I missed some I should have hit and hit some I should have missed, so it all worked out in the end. We finished the day cleaning birds and I fired up the grease out in the shop. We watched and listened to college football and enjoyed eating the days harvest while Josey took a well deserved nap on her bed under my work bench.
As as was cooking I received a call from an experienced bird hunter and dog handler that had been on the same shoot. He called to tell me how impressed he was watching Josey retrieve birds. I told him that she was no where near a "finished" dog, but he said that he was most impressed at how well mannered she was and how well she did at staying with me and not running all over the field. Josey is very good and staying at "home" near the blind and will quickly come "here" when she is called. She wore her e-collar but I only had to give her a reminder beep once. She did really well on her first hunt this season and I was a very proud Daddy after that phone call!
I'm looking forward to cooler days and more dove shoots this fall and winter! There is nothing better than hunting with my son and father and watching a good dog do what it was meant to do!
Here Josey! Good girl!!