When Nick and Jared Wayne of A Tavola Pizza first came to us about hosting a bird hunt for their managers, we were a little unsure since most of the young men had never done any hunting and very few had ever done any shooting. After a bit of head scratching, we came up with a solid plan to give the guys a great experience while keeping everything safe and fun. We decided immediately that Shags Run was the place to do it. Leading up to the hunt we were all a bit apprehensive, but I think it is safe to say, everyone involved had a great experience.
Instead of a normal upland hunt like those I normally host, we decided that an introduction to bird hunting might be a better solution. That gave us a great foundation. We agreed to begin the day with a gun safety lesson followed by clay pigeon shooting and a bird dog training demonstration. Of course, the predicted forecast for the day was super cold. Mark and I packed a bunch of extra clothes for everyone.
We me the guys at the restaurant in OTR on Vine Street before we caravaned down to the farm. When we arrived DD Gerwin had coffee, zucchini bread, and hot biscuits and sausage waiting. We tore into the food. It was a great start to the day. We loaded everyone onto the wagon and headed out into the fields.
Billy brought out one of the puppies that was born in early September and we were lucky enough to see this young guys make some of his first points. Billy explained to the group a bit of how he trains the dogs and what he is looking for in a young dog. After a bit of time with young Henry we brought out a few of the more experienced dogs.
|Even I found a friend|
After lunch I think everyone was ready for a nap, but it was time to shoot some birds. Billy got out a few of the dogs he has raised over the years. One of the dogs happened to be one my favorites. Billy calls her “Voodoo, Black Magic”.
In order to give everyone a good chance and to keep everything safe, we walked two guns up to each point while the rest of the group hung back and watched their friends either miss or hit the chukar as they flew away.
Delamere and Hopkins said
No I did not but I will probably be picking it up soon.
Great Story and pictures. Dod you bring the pup home with you?