Sure, same old story about north Texas duck hunting in the 2019-20 season - warm and no wind.
Most shot were pass shooting wary birds that were more than just a little reluctant to check out or spread.
As a result, there was that one shot at around 50 yards that connected but the resilient duck did not give up the ghost until 110 yards on the top/back side of a steep briar infested embankment.
Luci is my black lab and she was locked in on it the entire time so I released her on the retrieve. Half way through her swim she started to veer a bit to the left so I sent her side-kick Blaze for support.
Once they arrived on the opposite bank they had to fight through flooded overhanging branches that were defending the hill and then the ensuing briar infested underbrush. Luci found a solid egress point and dove headlong into the briars. She let out a small yelp but soldiered on up the hill.
While Blaze was still fighting to find a good access point Luci had gone over the hill and returned with the gadwall.
I was super proud of her marking ability and determination through adverse conditions. It wasn't until she returned and we headed to the truck that I noticed blood on my yellow dog Blaze. Quickly searched her for wounds but found that is was actually Luci that had split her ear a good 2" . Quick visit to my vet Jason, 3 staples and some glue and she was almost good as new. Too bad it knocked her out for the last day of the season tomorrow. Her and Blaze had tag teamed on every trip this year.
Wonderful day, clients and dogs!
Till next year Luci.