Well Grizz, I am impressed that you found hunting on your own. Not much like the explosion and cackle of a rooster from at your feet!
I try to share these experiences with my kids and hope to have the ability to do so with the Grandkids, too. Time will tell…
I lost my GSP just before Memorial Day and haven’t been interested in chasing pheasants without her yet.
I was fortunate enough to have some good bird hunting at the dairy farm n the orchard I worked at. My 1st ring ringneck was 200 yards from the house I lived in at the orchard. The dairy farm by the river wax paradise. More pheasants than most people ever saw. Fair amount of quail n plenty of dove. Plenty of squirrels along the river. Wish my grandson could have experienced bird hunting. I never had the pleasure of hunting behind a good bird dog. A couple of great rabbit dogs. Standing on a rise watching them bring a rabbit back to you was awesome. 👍 Never got a grouse but had a few scared the crap outa me deer or squirrel hunting. They are FAST 😁