Patty had a chance to hunt with another setter the other day. Jay and his twelve year-old son Jared are regulars at Hastings Island Hunting Preserve and their Gordon Setter Percy has hunted up a lot of pheasants for them there and on annual trips to South Dakota.

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Percy hunting ’em up!

We arranged a late-May chukar hunt together and, since Hastings is closed in June every year, it would be our season ending hunt as well. Patty and I were happy to have the chance to hunt one more time and to meet new folks and a new dog too.

Since Jarad was not carrying a gun, he agreed to be our cameraman for a while. He was a pleasure to hunt with, was always thinking safety-first and got some good shots too! Thanks Jarad.

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It was great fun watching Patty and Percy together in the field. They were both all business and complemented each other well. Percy tended to work a little closer while I let Patty range a bit further out. Throughout the day we saw both dogs display good noses finding birds. We saw honoring and double points too. On a couple of occasions we had dogs simultaneously pointing different birds.

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Two noses are better than one!
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Percy honoring Patty’s point.

Jay and I managed to knock a few down so we saw the dogs “hunt dead” and some fine retrieving work too.

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Jay and Percy combined on this one.
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Patty makes a retrieve.

Good dog-work and good company; all in all a fun way to end the long season at HIHP.

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Percy and Patty after a great day and a great season.

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