We are up on the prairies of North Dakota for a few weeks to work dogs with Dr. Boser. The bird count is down this year, but we are still getting 6 to 8 contacts per hour on the average. The weather is unseasonably cool, with temperatures in the 40s and lower 50s in the early mornings, and sometimes never getting higher than the 70s. Most of the wheat crop is still green, and ranchers are saying the harvest is about 3 to 4 weeks behind schedule. We are seeing both pheasants and chickens, in about equal numbers in our area (southwest of Bismarck, in the Flasher area).
Here are a couple of videos I took this morning... sorry about the quality... its hard to ride a horse and hold an ecollar and camcorder all at the same time!
One of the areas this morning where we worked both pheasant and chickens
Roger Boser and Al Fazenbaker work a couple of young dogs on a pheasant. The yellow collar dog is a derby of Dr. Boser's... the darker dog is Roger Ramjet, who will be a 1st year SD with Al.