One Last Time

maxx

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I went through a good 5-6 year period where my primary hunting was waterfowl. I was blessed with a hell of a dog. The last few years I have gotten back into Archery hunting for deer. Deer hunting in Iowa is fantastic and ducks are not so much, it helped that we had very little water for a bunch of years.

I always set aside a few weekends towards the end of the year to chase some ducks. I have a young yellow girl that has all the drive in the world but is a little bit of a pain in the @#$# in a duck blind. She makes a fantastic pheasant dog.

My buddy and I hunted on a Saturday, the ducks didn't want in much but they sure seemed interested in the corn field behind us. It happened that it was a public field. My old girl doesn't have the strength to get in and out of the boat easily but I figured we could have one last hunt in this field.

Here are some photos. We only scored the one Hen Mallard but I was pretty excited for her. She turned 12 in June so this very well may be her last bird.



 

jcneng

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I just retired by third retriever this year, they age way too fast! It is a sad time when you take them out for the last trip and they have no idea it is the end of their fun!
 

schmalts

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Pretty dog. She doesn't look that old. Too bad she could not meet this goofball old dog of mine. Took this picture last weekend. He is 11
 

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maxx

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Thanks for the well wishes. She is a hell of a dog. I have kept her in shape and skinny her entire career which I think is huge for dogs health.
 

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That is great. Love seeing old dogs get some hunting in. Thanks for sharing
 

okie archer

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I have a black lab who is going on 7 years old. His early career involved akc field trials. I won a Qualified All Age trial with him when he was 2 years11 days old. I got out of that game and he has been a great duck dog. I dread the day...
 
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