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Gentleman I've been upland hunting for decades with great hunts and memories , but what happened the other day will surely stay with me . We've been hunting in Pa. since the opener with good success and decided we would take a trip across the state to one of our favorite areas that still has wild birds. It was very windy and the area had some recent flash floods, it was a mess. Every field had a few inches of water in it and the wind was getting worse . I was getting ready to call it a day when Chipper my springer got on hot scent, the wild bird tried every trick in the book but Chipper was able to flush him. I made the shot and figured after the bird was in hand we would head back to the truck, the wind was at 40 MPH with even more gusts! Chip rushed to the bird, no retrieve, no bird ! My son , I , and Chip started looking for the downed bird . After a few minutes my son said dad where's Chip. With this wind I knew this was not good . After 15 minutes of calling still no Chip.....we are 3 1/2 hours from home !! My son then hears a VERY distant bark. I told him to go to it .  He found Chip 1/4 mile a way WITH THE PHEASANT no exaggeration honestly 1/4 or more . He must of heard our calls and barked so we could locate him . 

 

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That's an incredible distance to track a bird ! It also shows the tenacity of wild birds. I hunted with Chip when he was just months old, I knew then he would be something special.

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3 hours ago, Mink said:

That's an incredible distance to track a bird ! It also shows the tenacity of wild birds. I hunted with Chip when he was just months old, I knew then he would be something special.

Thanks Brian, Chips is a good one for sure . I didn't elaborate on hunt trying to not be long winded, but when my son reached Chip he was in the process of retrieving the bird, dropping him every 10 yards or so and sounding off . Like I said I've NEVER seen anything like it.

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Good story and what a great dog! You should cook that bird up for him.

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