As you know, I have been training Roxie to hunt and last year I got my hunting license and spent the fall hunting and the spring doing hunt tests. As the hunt test season went on, Roxie passed one Senior Hunt test and failed three more. I decided to finally listen to my trainer (and a few others) and work on getting more experience in the field actually HUNTING, not testing. I had previously been “teaching to the test” instead of giving a well rounded education and then coming back and “acing” the test.
Then Spring came and it was time for breeding and then puppies (still one puppy left) so all hunting was on hold. Now that Fall is upon us, so is hunting season. I vowed to leave my gun at home and only work with Roxie. Our first time out was back in September where we volunteered for the California Waterfowl’s Women’s Hunter Camp. This is where I got my hunting license this year and I decided to give back to the organization and volunteer Roxie for the pheasant hunt for the newly licensed huntresses. It was so fun to get out and help these ladies get their first birds! I also met a few ladies that I have continued to hunt with.
Since then, I have volunteered at several Apprentice Women’s Hunts that the Department of Fish and Game puts on (last year I actually hunted at them all). Two at Nelson Slough, one at the Sutter Buttes with California Deer Association and another at Grizzly Island Wildlife area. This year I have been fortunate to be able to also work with BAGC friends Lindsay and Trisha. This year, Trisha has a dog of her own, a German Wirehair Pointer, that has been working with the same trainer as Roxie and we have found, they hunt well together. I’ve also been able to get out with my friend Chris (pictured bottom row, far left on the CWA photo above) with his dog and continue to learn new hunting techniques. Below are some photos of some successful hunts:
It has been a lot of fun and Roxie progresses each time we are out. She is learning that the rules are the same now matter where we are, who we’re hunting with and how crappy the birds are. Until I am sure that she is 100%, we will hold off on future hunt tests and I will leave my gun at home.
In other news, I’m still jobless and searching for work. My Premier Designs Jewelry business is keeping me busy but I still need full time work. So keep me in mind the next time you hear of an Office Manager/bookkeeper job available. I am also availabe for website design as well.
Oh, and at this year’s Dolphin Divers of Sacramento Christmas party, my photo of the cabin at Belinda Point, Ft. Bragg tied for first place in the Above Water at a Club Event category. I am VERY PROUD!