Friday, February 19, 2010

Quail Hunt, and Surprise, a Partridge!

Today was probably the nicest weather the midlands has had in quite some time. MidlandsOutdoors took advantage of it by doing some quail hunting in Sumter County. Watching the dogs work and not having to worry about following them through flooded fields was nice for a change. The birds flew well and tested the skill of a group of friends out sharing fellowship and some occasional good-natured ribbing when the birds outwitted man and beast. But we got our fair share, along with a surprise.

While the dogs were on point, a big bird started to run. "Chukar!" one of the guys shouted. After a few trips across a wide open field after the big bird, it finally held tight until we were close enough to get a shot at it. As it took to the air, it met its demise at the hands of a Beretta 686 Onyx. But when the dog brought the bird in, we saw it was no chukar, but instead a grey partridge. Another was spotted running a short time later, and despite the best efforts of a good pointer and a couple of sportsman, that one is still out there. Maybe next time....

PhotosByBrianCope: Blue skies, bird dogs, and good friends--a beautiful midlands day in the Palmetto State. Quail in the front, partridge in the back.

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