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Welcome Home, Willie!

The day had finally come to bring our Irish Setter home.  Throughout all the setup and research we were feeling prepared but still a bit anxious.  Pickup day at Point Proven Kennels arrived fast and driving home with Willie was a bit surreal.  I love interacting with dogs, especially working dogs. But heading back with a pup I purchased, family in tow, was novel and almost a bit foreign but it was a truly amazing memory. Willie was coming home and would share a lifetime with my boy, Finn. Willie settled in to our home quiet quickly.  He didn’t appear to miss his 14 littermates at all (sorry).  We still had to set up a few final things, like his...

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Makin' Hay Opening Day

As unpredictable as elk usually are, I was fortunate enough to pattern a small herd to be feeding across a stubble field between heavily treed pasture and standing corn.  Having eyes on them morning and night for 3 continual days before the season, I was able to identify the two main points of entry which they were using in and out of the timber.  Although 12 elk nonchalantly crossed the field opening morning, I unfortunately chose the wrong trail to set up on.  Sitting in anguish, but knowing there was really no other choice, I decided to not pressure.  Admittedly I did at first take a few steps closer, but soon thereafter my brain sent a clear message to not mess...

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