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dannypratt
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:04 pm  Reply with quote
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Wonderful pictures.

I have never looked into the Escanaba area for birds...I've always ranged in the Republic/Crystal Falls area. That's one thing about the UP, birds are found nearly everywhere, and not too much pressure. I think next year I'm going to go NorthEast to the Paradise/Newberry areas...always looked very tempting.

It's a shame to lose a field companion, especially a furry one. I wouldn't want to go through that one bit. Its excellent you kept him in the field as much as you both could spend, those are memories you just cannot replace.

The Great North Woods...sportsman's paradise.

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Gil S
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:01 am  Reply with quote
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Mike, sorry to hear about Drummer. We suffer the loss of all of our never to be forgotten loyal companions. Gil
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:57 am  Reply with quote
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Thanks for the kind thoughts and here is a tribute to Drummer, from a pup at a few weeks to his last grouse.

Drummer with his litter mate Diesel


Drummer a few days after pick up


Getting to know his big brother Aspen, who didnít look to sure about his little brother


Learning what a grouse wing smells like


Learning to retrieve from water


In the training fields
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An early season grouse somewhere near Ironwood, MI


Pointing in the young maples


Coming out of a favorite haunt


Taking a water break as a pup after pointing three grouse that my buddy and I whiffed on


A fine point while a friend and I were sitting on the tail gate of my Land Cruiser having lunch and we did bag that bird.


With one of my sons and a hard won grouse


A grouse along the Escanaba
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At a friends camp near Ironwood, MI along the Montreal River. I rented a cabin there for about 4 years and when he sold the cabin I moved my camp to Marquette where we lived for the 80ís and early 90ís
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The road in to a favorite covert


Itís a long drive to this cover


Almost there


The fruits of our labor and Drummerís last grouse on the last day of the season at the last spot we hunted.
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wj jeffery 16
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:12 am  Reply with quote
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Wonderful tribute to a Great dog thanks for sharing your memories with us , they always have a special place in our lives , Katie my 15 year old Cocker is beside me on the sofa as I type , thanks again WJ .
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Pine Creek/Dave
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Mike,

Great pictures of a fantastic Ryman Grouse Dog. Real nice tribute and fantastic memories. Cool Yooper hat in the last picture also. Mike how old was Drummer when he passed? Daisy my Ryman Setter female was 14, Penny my female Gordon Grouse dog was almost 17. Because of the way my dogs are housed with the family, my dogs usually become older than most before passing.

Getting another pup can be a good way to lessen the pain, it has for me. I am now starting to look for another Ryman Setter myself. Thanks again for the wonderful pictures of Drummer.

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The loss of a great Ryman Setter dog hurts the entire family, and effects the companion hunter/master greatly. Me and Daisy on one of her last Grouse hunts, in my child hood Grouse covert.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:54 pm  Reply with quote
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Pine Creek Dave,
He was only 8 1/2 and he passed far too young. We suspect Drummer had cancer.

All of my dogs live in the house and the last GSP I had lived to be 17. I have had some only make it to 10 but most have been about 12. The last two setters both went young with the other having contracted a tick virus that affected his nervous system - nasty business and before I discovered Seresto collars.

Regarding a pup, I have had deposits in for 6 or 7 years and we will travel to Idaho this Spring/Summer to pick up a pup. Too bad I didnít take a pup from the litter Birch sired this past winter, but we didnít know this was headed our way.

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Pine Creek/Dave
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Mike,

This cancer stuff in dogs is getting to be bad stuff, my Vet found that Daisy hand cancer also when he spaded her at a bout 7 years old. He believed he removed it all, however it is what finally took her life also.

Good luck with the pup you pick, I am having a blast with my Clearcut Gordon pup right now.

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3birddogs
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That didnt look like the Fence River Ford to me, but havent been thru it in a couple years. The last time I tried the water was a little high and scared me--decided never to try it again

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Chicago
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:27 pm  Reply with quote
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3birddogs wrote:
That didnt look like the Fence River Ford to me, but havent been thru it in a couple years. The last time I tried the water was a little high and scared me--decided never to try it again


Itís not the Fence River either and I am not giving up where this spot is. There are too many people there now. Very Happy
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Pine Creek/Dave
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:50 pm  Reply with quote



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Mike,

I agree, you can talk about the state or general area where you Grouse hunt, but never give away your covert locations. Even with the Grouse hunter numbers dropping off so greatly, it seems the hard core Grouse hunters travel around a great deal now.

Good luck to you on your Grouse hunts.

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