Bob’s Bird: A Pheasant Hunt

by Marla on March 22, 2013 · 26 comments

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Most of you are aware of my new hobby~interest~obsession. That would be shootin’ guns if ya didn’t know. I am learning how to aim, shoot and fire shotguns here in Colorado. You see living here you gotta embrace all aspects of the great outdoors.

I shoot clays not only because they are fun, but with a goal to make upland bird hunting my thang.

Here is my story about my very first field hunt…

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This is Bob. He is a pointer and he found us some Pheasants and Chukar birds.

You must be thinking that I shot that hen pheasant in the first photo…..well nope.

That is Bob’s Bird. That pheasant hen was a low flyer and Bob took ‘er down. I just posed with her. Just cause.

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Bob has way better aim & skill in the field than I.

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This is Matt. He was my trusted guide on this hunt. He was very serious. Thankfully I had him laughing quite a bit though.

He has to be serious because he was next to me and I had a loaded gun.

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Matt has 5 beautiful, wonderfully trained hunting doggies. I believe there are 2 pointers and 3 spaniels. Some flush, some point. It was fun learning how they seek and find the birds.

He sure loves his dogs and takes great care of them.

Pheasant Hunt in Southwest Colorado | Upland Bird Hunting | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Pheasant Hunt in Southwest Colorado | Upland Bird Hunting | FamilyFreshCooking.com

I won’t be bird hunting for quite a few months now as I have a newly torn ACL (knee injury) from a ski accident. This will in no way prevent me from being outdoors all the time.

Shooting clays will be what I do. This way I can venture out in the fall and hopefully get my very own birdie.

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Matt sure taught me a heck of a lot out there on the field.

I look forward to the next time we can hunt, hike and chew the fat.

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Practice makes perfect…right? And me, well I sure need lots & lots of practice out there.

I brought this hen home & now have an awesome pheasant recipe that I can’t wait to share with you soon!

Pheasant Hunt in Southwest Colorado | Upland Bird Hunting | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Pheasant Hunt in Southwest Colorado | Upland Bird Hunting | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Here’s a few things I have learned in the past month…

  • I will be purchasing my own 20 gauge break action shotgun. You will hear lots more about that adventure.
  • Keep yer gun pointed up when loaded.
  • Always assume a gun is loaded, until you are for certain it’s not.
  • Keep your gun really clean.
  • Break the action and take out those shells when in the car, not in use etc. (obviously)
  • Pay close attention to yer guides ’cause they have a wealth of information in their noggins & at their fingertips.
  • In order to hunt on public land you need very specific licenses for the creatures you wanna hunt. On private land different rules apply. I hunt at The North Rim Hunt Club, dats a private club.
  • To get those hunting licenses you must have proof that you have passed a Hunters Education Class. I now have my orange card, passed the test last weekend. Woot!
  • There are some really cool hunting clothes for ladies. My favorite places to shop thus far are Prois and FilsonCabela’s has lots of great things too.

On my way home I had to snap this awesome mural in the town of Hotchkiss.

Every part of these weekend adventures thrill me!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa March 22, 2013 at 6:01 am

A great way to enjoy nature, the stunning views and the wonderful weather! And the best part of hunting is bringing back home the birds you shot…

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

Love those blue skies!!

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3 Maria March 22, 2013 at 6:57 am

Caleb loves the dog:)

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4 Amanda March 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

Bob looks like such a sweet and helpful pup!

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5 Marla March 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Indeed he is!! Wish I could spend more time with Bob!

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6 Jenny Flake March 22, 2013 at 7:16 am

Look at you!! You are awesome girl!

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7 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

This is the coolest, Marla!! And what a handsome pup that is.

Did you eat your catch??

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8 Heather Christo March 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

cuuuute dog!

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9 Marla March 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I know it!! Need a Bob dog into life :)

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10 naomi March 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

um, wow. and yes, how did you prepare the catch?

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11 Marla March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

Recipe coming soon, can’t wait to share. Stay tuned….. :)

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12 naomi March 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

sorry, I hit sent to quickly and and realized I forgot to say, “hella cool”. :)

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13 Lori @ RecipeGirl March 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

I love that you’re enjoying your new environment and taking advantage of all of its fun stuff!!

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14 Marla March 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

Lori, it is sooooo freeing to live here to take advantage of all of this. ‘Tis the normal around here ;) XO

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15 Traci March 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

Watch out. Next you’ll be buying your own dog. :) That’s what happened to us. We have a beautiful little pointer named Chelsea who LOVES to hunt. She sits on our trampoline watching the birds and chasing them around our yard. But her favorite thing is to hunt in the outdoors–not the city. Good luck learning, it’s not my thing but my husband loves it.

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16 Marla March 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

How did you know that I TOTALLY want my very own hunting dog….we’ll see. Needs to double as a hiking partner which I am sure it could handle easily!

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17 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today March 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Ho, what a hobby, I could try it.

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18 Marla March 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Think you need to Marta ;)

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19 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Well, look at you, little Annie Oakley! Sounds like you’re having fun becoming a true Colorado girl – you and my husband would get along great, haha! He’s amassing quite a gun collection (taking up residence under the bed at the moment… grumble grumble) in an effort to be a true Texan guy! ;) Have a great weekend!

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20 Marla March 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi there Georgia! Sooo you sleep over a gun collection?! Oh my….sounds like he is also obsessed. Think I’ll find a different place to store mine when I get it though ;)

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21 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Wow! Bob is a natural hunter!! Love the scenery’s, Marla :)

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22 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Looks like you are settling in and enjoying new adventures. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can back out there!

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23 Marla March 24, 2013 at 4:51 am

Thanks so much Sylvie :) The well wishes from you guys mean so much! XO

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24 Marian (Sweetopia) March 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Wow! How awesome are you!
Hoping your injury heals quickly!

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25 Diane April 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Congratulations. That Bob is darn handsome.
I’m a pretty good shot myself. Had to learn to pick out those squirrels and magpies on the farm. Way to go gal!

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26 Marla April 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi Diane! That Bob sure was a cutie & I really wish I coulda taken him home with me. Not sure Matt would have liked that though ;) The magpies & squirrels sound like a good time!

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