Most of you are aware of my new hobby~interest~obsession. That would be shootin’ guns if ya didn’t know. I am learning how to aim, shoot and fire shotguns here in Colorado. You see living here you gotta embrace all aspects of the great outdoors.
I shoot clays not only because they are fun, but with a goal to make upland bird hunting my thang.
Here is my story about my very first field hunt…
This is Bob. He is a pointer and he found us some Pheasants and Chukar birds.
You must be thinking that I shot that hen pheasant in the first photo…..well nope.
That is Bob’s Bird. That pheasant hen was a low flyer and Bob took ‘er down. I just posed with her. Just cause.
Bob has way better aim & skill in the field than I.
This is Matt. He was my trusted guide on this hunt. He was very serious. Thankfully I had him laughing quite a bit though.
He has to be serious because he was next to me and I had a loaded gun.
Matt has 5 beautiful, wonderfully trained hunting doggies. I believe there are 2 pointers and 3 spaniels. Some flush, some point. It was fun learning how they seek and find the birds.
He sure loves his dogs and takes great care of them.
I won’t be bird hunting for quite a few months now as I have a newly torn ACL (knee injury) from a ski accident. This will in no way prevent me from being outdoors all the time.
Shooting clays will be what I do. This way I can venture out in the fall and hopefully get my very own birdie.
Matt sure taught me a heck of a lot out there on the field.
I look forward to the next time we can hunt, hike and chew the fat.
Practice makes perfect…right? And me, well I sure need lots & lots of practice out there.
I brought this hen home & now have an awesome pheasant recipe that I can’t wait to share with you soon!
Here’s a few things I have learned in the past month…
- I will be purchasing my own 20 gauge break action shotgun. You will hear lots more about that adventure.
- Keep yer gun pointed up when loaded.
- Always assume a gun is loaded, until you are for certain it’s not.
- Keep your gun really clean.
- Break the action and take out those shells when in the car, not in use etc. (obviously)
- Pay close attention to yer guides ’cause they have a wealth of information in their noggins & at their fingertips.
- In order to hunt on public land you need very specific licenses for the creatures you wanna hunt. On private land different rules apply. I hunt at The North Rim Hunt Club, dats a private club.
- To get those hunting licenses you must have proof that you have passed a Hunters Education Class. I now have my orange card, passed the test last weekend. Woot!
- There are some really cool hunting clothes for ladies. My favorite places to shop thus far are Prois and Filson. Cabela’s has lots of great things too.
On my way home I had to snap this awesome mural in the town of Hotchkiss.
Every part of these weekend adventures thrill me!