Paired off now Jan 21, 2014 20:42:50 GMT -5
Post by 1coyotemaster on Jan 21, 2014 20:42:50 GMT -5
After blowing it on a couple of dogs in the morning I located these two sleeping in the afternoon. I misjudged their position in the field and ended up way closer than I wanted to be. When I peered over the rise in a bean field there was a pair laying side by side sound asleep at about 100 yds. I could see them when I stood up but not from kneeling and surely not from prone and I hate shooting offhand if I can avoid it. I took a chance and let out a couple of squeels on the diaphram call that is a constant companion when I am afield after dogs. They were hungry and jumped up and came at a run, when they topped the hill and saw me kneeling there they knew I wasn't a rabbit. They were a little puzzled and started that sideways bouncing that usually precedes a stop for another look. The male stopped at about 75 yards and caught a Nagel 30 right there. The female took off flat out and ran a big circle trying to get downwind of whatever that was that was barking at her. She slowed to a bounce and I was already laying flat with the gun on the bag. She was just trotting and I hoped I had time to get the cap off before she decided to leave for good. I dialed some elevation in hoped my guess was close as far as range went. I hurredly dialed up some magnification for a little better picture. She was trotting again and I howled as loudly as I could and she stopped for a look at whatever was making the racket. I held about midway on her and hoped the quartering wind wasn't too strong across the bottom. At the shot she dropped hit in the chest, about 6" drift and the 400 yard estimate was pretty close--she ranged at 365 with the Leica where she fell. These two are darker in color and will bring a better price than the red one I shot. They are both pretty young dogs probably last years pups in the 25-28# range.