great story Bill!
great story Bill!
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
Stephen Patch was terrific and, even though he'll tell you so himself, David Butler is as good as they come at throwing a live bird. Trained for a week with Ben Vallin who threw and shot and every flyer landed on top of the one before it. But, like many have said, most of the Pro's are terrific throwers. John Russell, who's a strong guy, also does a fine job.
Jerry Collingham of Caldwell, Idaho (who raised and supplied birds to trials) was the best thrower I ever saw. What an arm!
Jerry was throwing a flyer at a trial and they were killing some birds to get started. First throw the guns were there and ready. Jerry said bird and then through two ducks at the same time and it was funny to watch the guns scramble. He's quite the character. Harry
"Sometimes we just gotta do what is right". Jerry 2006
See ya in the field. HPW http://www.sagaciouskennel.com/
Saw him yesterday. He is doing well.Yes... Jerry was very good. Is Jerry still around?
You can't know what you don't understand
We're doing a trial up here - AA stake - judged by a guy from Canada who would be as close as there is to a Roy McFall clone (knowledgeable & a successful dog guy) & a person who would shortly go on to judge a Natl. Am. Canadians in general do not like to call NO birds & the other judge was paying more attention to bonding with the gallery than the dog work.
It's the last series - 9 dogs back & my dog is in real good shape - points are hard to come by as our circuit has several very good dogs of similar age with good handlers, some more famous than others - Grady's dad, Cosmo, Lean Mac, etc - a triple with all guns up with the go bird being a gimme if the dog gets to see it - the dogs are being eaten alive by the other 2 birds - so my dog's turn comes - one bird down, 2 birds down & the flyer unseen but 2 shots - I look to the other judge knowing the Canadian will not give a NO bird, & find they are visiting with someone in the gallery (I want to emphasize, this is someone who will shortly be judging at the National level) - my dogs number is called & he proceeds to go to the upwind echo, a monster in what he believes the area, out of the area hunt & fortunately gets a friendly gust of wind & gets the bird, then proceeds to hammer the 2 hard birds. We get a 4th as a team.
The trial is barely done when Jerry is right there apologizing for the bird that never got as high as his head after leaving his hand - not his fault but it was a bad break -
My Collingham moment - but he could also be counted on to clean up all the left over worker's lunches. A really good guy!!
Everyone's friend is No One's friend
Someday your life will flash before your eyes. It's your responsibility to make sure it's worth watching!
Bill, I loved that story. It sure makes me feel a little better about some of my notable screw ups throwing in training or tests! If you can have that happen at a National and tell the story with such grace and humor, I sure don't need to hide my head. Thanks!
Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, SH
No dog to run, so I was throwing at the Canadian National in Kamloops, B.C.
Last test, water quad. I was throwing the last bird, a short 'breaking' bird from behind a wall of bullrushes about 20 yards from line. I couildn't see the other 3 birds thrown from where I was stationed.
John McMurtrie was running his dog, and when I threw, the bird stuck in my hand and went over my back! Judges called 'No Bird', and when John came back after three dogs, he nailed the marks.
When the trial was over, John came to me and hugged me......his dog hadn't seen the long retired bird thrown his first time on line, so I inadvertently saved the day for him.....and John won the National!