HUNTING WITH A VERSATILE VIZSLA
Lagniappe's Blazing Star "Blaze"
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2005 - 2006 First year of hunting
April 18, 2005 - First Rabbit Hunt
Pictures from Blaze's first real hunt under the gun. This was the first of three walking hunts along Fish Creek near Graham Texas. We had done a lot of tracking training with a frozen rabbit beforehand and it paid off. She did point a couple Wild Quail and a couple of the rabbits during these hunts, but mostly when she scented the Rabbits from downwind, the rabbits had already seen/heard her. So the chase would be on! Blaze would run and gain on them so fast I was only able to shoot one out of every three rabbits. She would not let me stay out of her sight for long so she usually broke the chase and came back. Sometimes I could get her back on the track, but usually the rabbit ends up in impenetrable briars or a den. Still she was not doing too bad for her first three hunts at less than 7 Months old.
I was also Turkey hunting one of those weekends. I did at one point heal Blaze and stalk to within rifle range of a Turkey on the edge of a wheat field, but turned out to be a hen. Teaching her to heal for future stalks on stock tanks and creeks for ducks has been something I have been simulating with her. Blaze stayed right at my knee the entire time just as I trained her. She will be fun jump shooting stock tanks with her come duck season.
Here is a nice Short Music Video of my Son Weston and Blaze singing " I Love my Little Blaze "
August 24, 2005
I have been taking blaze for training now at the lake instead of a pond. About three evenings at the lake now. Temp of 102 degrees today, so can't
This is a short movie of Blaze making a water retrieve.
August 26, 2005
Blaze in training for her first Teal and Duck hunts.
September 1st, 2005, The First Dove Hunt - Opening Day
Opening morning I hunted on a sunflower field at my hunting lease. It was calm, dry and hot. Dove would not fly unless we walked them
That evening I went to a separate dove lease, Greens Outfitters. My field was about 15 minutes from my main hunting lease. Perhaps a half section of land, maybe 3/4 of it in sunflowers, Rows had been cut a month before criss- crossing the entire field which was nice. I was the only lone hunter amongst two corporate groups. Total of 40 hunters, only about 30 showed. My plan this time was to set up on a fence line under a shade tree with a mojo dove decoy 20 yards out.
With hunters moving dove and dove looking for a safe place to land, the decoy was a success. I actually set up where no other hunters considered which was on the tree line along the farm road. I sat with my back to the road. I had my six birds to finish my days limit in maybe 20 minutes. Phenomenal for dove hunting! Blaze was fresh from napping earlier in my air conditioned camper and she did outstanding. The first few minutes she was overwhelmed with intent to catch every one of the thousands of big grasshoppers in the field. I let her figure that out on her own and get it out of her system. I sat her next to me under the tree and sent her out as needed. If she did not mark the bird I would heel her to the general area I saw itfall and tell her to "hunt it up-go fetch". The only bird we lost was a cripple that she chased probably 200 yards before giving up. She looked like a kangaroo bouncing through those sunflowers after it.
After shooting my limit, I offered to help another hunter "John" by offering my dog to retrieve his birds. Good opportunity for me to do some training. I kneeled with blaze next to the hunter and kept Blaze at attention, I could hold her back, point her in the direction of the bird and keep her excited. She really figured it out, finally watching the birds flying in or flying past, marking the location of the bird, and groaning with excitement when she would see the bird fall. She did not embarrass me at all, she was outstanding. Though sometimes difficult to find a bird, with a lot of searching, sometimes calling her back in and sending her back out in the right direction or heeling her to the area, she did find and retrieve
Picture of day one's limit.
September 2nd, 2005, Day two of Dove Hunting
Blaze and I went back to the Dove lease field on day two. Hunting not as good, less hunters, but a few dove flying early. Blaze having figured this game out, really excited all morning, ears perking up with every distant shot. I shot 6 dove this morning. Most retrieved without my help this
The hunting became slow real fast so the few hunters on the property left early. That gave me an opportunity to take blaze for a walk through the mesquite flat on the property to see if she would point some wild quail. She busted two covies, but did not point them. Pouncing on crippled dove had her in a different mindset. I did have a scare and strange moment. I turned and saw her nose to nose with a baby skunk in a large clump of prickly pear cactus. Neither threatened, just smelling each other. On top of that, there was a rattlesnake rattling in that clump of cactus and a
We then loaded up and headed home. Things I did: I carried a squeeze sports bottle of water for blaze. Very often I would give her a drinks
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