Spent a rather frigid day yesterday hunting high-country Appalachian ruffs with Ronald Phillips. It was close to zero in the morning and eventually warmed up to almost fifteen degrees. Birds were huddled in the morning and, with the six to eight inches of fluff, hard to find. Scent was locked up, no tracks indicating movement were evident, and the dogs would have to be on top of the birds to scent them. At specific elevations the snow was still piled up on every bowed and weighted twig and branch, large or small, and much of it wound up in my collar as I navigated it. We put in a solid day and finally got into some bunches as day waned. I rarely lose a shot bird of any species but, sadly, one bird I hit curled back high and out of sight and we were unable to locate it. not a track or feather. Anything that dropped into the snowy maze was extremely concealed from the eyes and nose. We made as good an effort as we could before reluctantly moving on.
Ron's youngster, Briar, acquired a case of gelidus castaneae--OUCH! As always, elevation was high, the footing sketchy and my safety thumb was frozen. But it's always a good hunt with hard core groused, Ronald Phillips. Until I return.
VC Elk and I in the snowy covert.
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