Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Quick Trip West


At the end of the month of May Rich and I took a few quick days for a road trip out West.  I have never seen the Black Hills of South Dakota, or Mount Rushmore.  We packed the gear to camp a couple nights, and I sprang for a special night at an Airbnb in Spearfish.












































Monday, April 30, 2018

Sisters Visit


On the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 22 my sisters came to visit.  My sister Jennefer, in the middle above, has been to my home many times.  This was the first visit from my sister Janet, on the right.  She lives in Texas and is not very cold tolerant.  We had a rather nice weekend for their visit, weather wise, even though we had gotten many inches of snow just the week prior, but the Spring sunshine was abundant and the snow was quickly melting.


I will return soon and finish the text to this post . . .
































Saturday, February 24, 2018

Before the Storm


There is a late winter storm expected here in the Upper Midwest.  Before it got going, I got going and took Ruby out at a recent location that I have been given permission to hunt.  It is a good area with lots of cover for bunnies.  Ruby's weight was a bit high today, which showed as she didn't keep a really close trail on me, and missed many opportunities that I flushed but she just wasn't close by.  However, in the end she did shadow me, and I moved a bunny that she caught in very thick cover.



The clock is ticking, and the 2017 / 2018 season is about to come to a close.  I will try to get her out as much as I can in the next few days before we end the fun.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pictures from Recent Hunts


Ruby is really starting to click with this whole falconry thing.  She is following great and fly-offs don't happen as much anymore.  I think she has started to figure it out that she needs to stay nearby me, as I'm the one kicking up the game.  Most times when I do, she catches it.  She is not the biggest bird I have ever flown, but apparently that doesn't matter.  She is flying at about 1040 grams, and that is plenty big to bring the game to the bag.  It is quite possible that "she" may be a "he".  The weight on this bird is solidly in the "tweener" range.  Either way, the hunting season is quickly coming to an end, and she has certainly done her part to put some chow into the freezer for the off season.


I really do wish the falconry season was longer at the end of it.  March in Minnesota is still plenty cold, and there is snow on the ground, and more to come this weekend.  My bird is hot, and it all comes to a stop within a couple days.  I definitely plan to keep this bird through the summer molt and see what she can do next year.