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I had an interesting (to me) situation at yesterday's shoot. I had sent Thor on a bird to our left that landed over a small ridge, he had to go through some brush. While out of sight another bird was dropped to my right. It was a cripple which I kept an eye on and watched it walk up and over a ridge and out of sight. This was in a lightly wooded area. Normally I would walk over and ask Thor to "Find a bird". My experience in trying to run a blind in this stuff has been pretty negative---lots of bird scent, dog may not see the handler clearly, dog immediately goes into hunting mode because that is how we hunt---we approach cover and nose goes to the ground. However I saw an opportunity here plus my knee hurt. We have done what I will call "hillside blinds". So..."Dead bird, good, back" and Thor approaches the hillside with a fairly good line. He approaches the hillside and disappears up over the ridge and is now out of sight, no handling possible. I see his tail pick up speed just as he goes over the ridge. Three minutes later he comes back over the ridge with the bird. SCORE!
Must add---handler must stay alert for stuff like this, got to know what the bird is doing.
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