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What went wrong on your hunting trips this year?

And what  can we learn from it?

Here is my story.

An early Montana snowstorm dumped 2 feet of snow on us.  I had a 1st season Pointer.  Visibility was very limited.  He jumped some deer and was gone in a flash.  The shock collar did not stop him as he disappeared.

I went looking for him in my Dodge Dually with a full size camper.  My locator collar told me “about” where he was.

Roads were snow covered and it was hard to tell the better roads from the ones that I should avoid.  As I traveled down one road, it got worse and worse and I realized I should not be there with a rig this big and heavy.  (Keep in mind I was driving in a field of white using fence posts as my guide).  Alas, my realization came too late.  As I tried to turn around, I backed into a snow filled ditch with a rig that weighed 12,500 pounds and was miles from anyone and I still had a lost dog.  I was stuck like a bug on a windshield. No cell coverage and a lost dog. Oh Crap!

How I got Unstuck:

1. I had chains, but the rear ones were no good because with a Dually you must drive on them.  My rig was stuck so I could not use the rear chains.

2. I had a 3 piece shovel.  A shovel is a must.  I dug a less steep path from the ditch.  Still not enough as I was still stuck.  But thank God the ground was not yet frozen hard.

3. I had dog-food.  I placed a 20# bag of dog food under each wheel.  That did the trick.  I rocketed out of the ditch and did not slow down until I was on a decent road.

BUT MY DOG WAS STILL OUT THERE AND LOST!

I had an ASTRO on him and knew about where he was.  Despite the advertisements, in mildly hilly country the range is less than a mile.  But when I was on top of a hill, and he was on top of a hill, and we both stood still for 2-3 minutes, the Astro could locate him.  He was 2 miles deep into a rolling hills plains wilderness with 2 feet of snow on the ground.

I walked in and found him but only thanks to the ASTRO.  In the end, I walked about 6 miles.  It was a long and hard day.

Lessons:  

1. Don’t go down a road with a BIG rig unless you know the road.

2. Have a shovel at all times

3. Be prepared to spend the night (no cell coverage)

4. Have cat litter (Best) or dog food at all times.   Dog food will not work as well if temp is above freezing as it will soften up.

5. Chains are great, but not always.

6. Astro Rocks, but carry the external antenna.  I spent a lot of extra time looking for a signal that the external antenna may have picked up.

What’s your story?

Here were the conditions shortly before my young pointer ran off.  I found him 4-5 hours later.  The weatherman said 2 feet fell that day.  All I know is that the wind was blowing like hell.  The tops of the hills were snow free because of the wind but the valley's had snow up to my ***

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I had a shooting slump from hell over a 2 week period, 1 for 32 on grouse.  Broke the slump when the moon and stars aligned and shot 3 for 4. Good thing there were plenty of birds to shoot at! :<img src=:'>
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gungho,

sounds like an adventure.  

The lesson I might have taken from your story is that it is best to have a dog that doesn't run off in the first place?

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I started the season off without much of a clue of how to hunt the new area I moved to.  So I got hooked up with this forum and found out I don't have much of a chance to get prairie chickens since I don't have a dog.  So I put many miles on my boots and finally decided to try something else.

After a bunch of turkey, deer, new shotgun, and a trip to Arizona for doves, I'm in the hunt for my first prairie chicken again.  

Walked too many miles this morning without seeing anything to shoot at.  I did come across a creek with a small hole in the ice where I could see some carp so I went home and got my bow and stuck a fish.  When driving out I saw a big covey of chickens fly into a soy field.  They were too smart to let me get within howitzer range so I'll try setting up there tomorrow morning and pass shooting any incoming birds.  

Hopefully I'll have a triumphant ending to this story tomorrow.  Wish me luck fellas.

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Well we had a 2 of us going to make a push 4 others heading to post up all of a sudden my shots rain out and my partner yells I have been shot and BB's start to rain down on me well when I got to him blood was running from his hand which was covering his left eye after flushing with water the BB missed his eye by 1/4 in. After 2 specailist's they say leave it in there the BB is behind the eyeball now out of all 6 of us he is the only one who does not wear glasses. Well it end up it's his brother who shot the wrong direction...
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I've never had a bad hunting trip  ???  However what I  called an adventure , my wife Katie called a wreck.  :D
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One time, I was quite aways from the truck and realized I had cigars...but, no lighter.

Worst hunt of my life...

Glad ya found your dog...that can be some scary stuff.  Being a pointer, how did he hold-up in the snow and cold?

 Brian.

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With a Lump Sum pension, nearly fully invested in Wall Street, the Fannie Freddie meltdown caught me in the U.P.

I cancelled the trip, took time off to save 80% of my lifes savings/IRA. Lucky I reacted in early October.

Spent the rest of the season licking my wounds so to speak.

Next year, watch out..

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