My daughter Lisa owns two German Shorthaired Pointers, Wager and Profit. These dogs love to hunt.
Although the season is now closed for hunting wild birds, the other option is hunting at a private club. I'm a member at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, IL and Lisa and I were there earlier this week.
Lisa doesn't hunt but being a dog trainer, she has trained her dogs in hunting as well as obedience and agility. She's competed in hunt tests with both dogs. But the real fun comes in with hunting for pheasants. It's something that I've done for about 35 years.
We've always had shortrhairs in our home. They're great hunters. I enjoy watching them work. Once one learns how to read his dog's body language, you can tell when the dog is getting close to a bird; "getting birdy" it's called. Then when the dog locks up on a bird and holds a strong and solid point, it's just the icing on the cake.
Their noses are good and you may doubt their points because you just can't see the bird. But you have to trust your dog and kick the weeds some to get a tightly hunkered down pheasant to bust.
Our dogs found four birds in just over an hour. I have a photo here of two that I took.
Private hunt clubs are great as they give you an extended hunting season. Good days like this one that Lisa and I had with the dogs makes it easy to say that "Great hunting is not that far away." tm