Roger. We exchange versions of the afternoon so far. I tell the woodcock
story and he's telling me about the bird he shot. We both agree to work
the part of the center he did not cover back to the truck. There's birds
here he tells me. Rock got a little wild on him and moved some birds too
far ahead for him to shoot. They flew my way and the fact that those woodcock
delayed me so, left me thinking they must be ahead of us for they didn't
land in the area I went through. I told Roger so and we agreed to take
it easy and cover the expanse ahead of us carefully.
We spread out and
moved forward and it wasn't long before Rock flushed a bird and Roger
tagged it. That's when Parker's collar announced she too had found a bird.
As I moved in a bird flushed off to the right of Park. Wild I thought,
must be one of those that Rock had flushed earlier, so they are spooky
now. Quickly now I make my way to Park, spotting her I try to move in.
The bird flushes and I attempt to make a long shot. Once, then twice the
little gun barks saluting the bird as it flies off. Okay I say to myself,
time to reign Parker in a little. "Hunt close" I command as
she sets off again.