Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vizsla Hunting in the Arizona Desert

Another wonderful sunrise over the Lazy Daze group camping area in Quartzsite, Arizona in mid-January.
The full moon was setting as we got ready for our morning desert hike.
The dogs had slept well in their crates, had a good breakfast and were ready to go.
The cover was perfect for birds.  We came across many dove, and a few quail.
 At one point Chloe, my gun shy bird dog, went on a perfect point facing into a big bramble of a bush.  As she was on point, Bailey came around and honored her point!  Both those things were a first.  As I watched, a group of quail ran from the back side of the bush and then 10 more took to the air.
 A little later in the hike it was Bailey's turn and went on point on another bush. Out popped six more quail.  I made a loud clapping sound as I carried no gun in this part of the desert.  The area was much too close to motor homes.
The dogs ran from bush to bush watching and smelling the air.  At one point a cottontail rabbit popped up and Bailey and Chloe took off at full tilt.  
 They were so happy in the desert.  The smells are everywhere and the air is fresh and clean.
We did this type of hike each and every morning.  All three of us loved it.  We plan to do it again next year.

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