Aspen and I were hunting late season, public land pheasants in Kansas in 2014. The birds were educated and running like hell and were doubling back. Aspen started trailing and turned this way and that way. His tracking tail was going the whole time as he slowly unraveled the trail. Eventually he came to a stop and low-headed point in a place where the cover seemed short. He was bug-eyed as he looked to the right. I could see that the cover was not short but actually folded over. Aspen was still locked up but I didn’t see sign of a bird. I walked closer. As I came up behind him I looked hard. A couple of yards off his point I spied the tail of the rooster. I couldn’t believe that bird could hunker down and hide in that low cover. The rooster felt made and exploded out, cackling a warning to the brethren. Despite knowing he was there, I was startled by his flush and didn’t get on him right away but I caught up with him at a pretty long range. The jaunty escapee powered on before gliding into the cover at the edge of the water. Aspen overshot the fall and worked back into the wind and located the bird and appeared as seen in the photo.
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