Upland Bird Hunt

The Howard County 4-H Gun Club Hunts With Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor, Henderson, MD

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It was a beautiful November Sunday.  We had a mixture of sun, clouds, a spit of rain and both warm and cold breezes.  Our guide Greg and his English setter, Sadie were our hosts for the day, and they took us to some great old-field habitat for our upland bird hunt.  Tom puts the bead on!

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Josh and Mark.

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Josh and Mark.

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Knock down!

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The autumn colors were rich and vibrant, as the sweetgum shows.

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Mark drops a rooster!  Mark, Tom, Mark and Josh.

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Working the meadow.

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Fast flyer . . .

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. . . but Tom was able to take him down.

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This chukar was holding tight to the grass cover.

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He’s flushed, up and away.

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Josh with the take down.

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This rooster pheasant had absolutely beautiful colors.

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Tom D’Asto and Joshua Burchick pose with our birds, while Mark and Greg go after a downed chukar.

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Greg’s dog Sadie was a great field dog.  It’s quite a treat to watch a well trained dog work at what they do best.

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The English setter is a do-all dog, point, flush and retrieve.

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Fetch-em-up!

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You can tell from the photo, Josh is all over this bird.

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Josh with the take-down.

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Greg watches as Sadie comes on point.

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Ok, time to flush the bird into flight.

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Sadie brings the bird back and asks for help in removing feathers from her mouth.  Greg kept her well watered, in that the dog needs her nose moist for enhanced scent pick-up.

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Working a meadow strip.

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It looks like Queen Anne and Caroline County have not yet had a hard, killing frosts that the western shore, Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties have.  The meadows still had occasional flowering plants and were quite diverse.

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Thistle.

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This field had lots of sweetgum seedlings, which is the primary red color.

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The aspect dominant plants were a mixture of upland broomsedge, switchgrass and Indiangrass, mixed with other grasses and forbs.  Outstanding upland bird habitat, and which is much more natural than hunting over corn stubble, sorghum, milo or other grain crops.

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Tom watches the dog and gets ready for the flush.

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Tom D’Asto, Mark, Josh and Mark Burchick.

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Who’s idea was this?

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Upper:  Tom, Mark & Mark.  Lower:  Josh, Kevin and Kevin Lancaster and Chuck.

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Background:  Joshua, Mark, Chris Grim, Chuck and Ed Grim.  Foreground:  Joe Murphy, Mark, Kevin, Cory Mullineaux, Tom and Kevin.

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Kevin and Mark check out the sporting clays course and the 3-D archery range.

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3-D eastern shore moose.

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All of the guides of Schrader’s were great guides and hosts.  The entrance sign into Schrader’s.  They have wobble, 5-stand, 3-D archery and sporting clays.  They also have deer, rabbit, cast & blast, freshwater pond fishing, concessions, a Manor House and Lodge House.

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Tom, Chuck, Ed, Chris, Kevin, Mark, Josh, Joe, Cory and Mark.  Kevin was inside buying shells.

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A field of Andropogon, our upland, native broomsedge.  We pushed a few rabbits too.

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Tom and Mark watch as Sadie comes on point.

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We all waited just a moment, so that the bird could get a little distance, so that we did not “over-shoot,” and paper-out the bird into a puff of feathers.

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Sadie with the retrieve.

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Greg has done a greatr job with his field dog.

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Josh with a pheasant hen.

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I call out ROOSTER, just like on the Versus TV show Pheasants Forever, but I still think that Dez Young’s Hunting With Hank, with his new Llewellyn Setter, Dash, is still the best upland game bird show on TV.

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Greg and Sadie watch as the flushed bird gets whacked.

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Josh and Greg.

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Rooster!

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Tom and Mark.

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A semi-controlled fall, as feathers fly.

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Goldenrod.

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Mark.

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Tom.

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Josh.

I wish I had the ability to take field photos of the other two 4-H parties.  I’m sure however, that their morning hunts were as enjoyable as ours.  Thank you Ken Schrader, his wife, and other staff including Janice, and especially our guide Greg and his dog Sadie for a great day in the field.

 

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