Whew! What a looong day.

It started out hunting at 0700 north of I70 and working my way north toward Yuma. The hours rolled passed and the miles added up walking through grass, trees and wheat. Soon it was 1400 and the dog and I had yet to see a bird, even a hen in the fields or crossing the roads. I was beginning to give up hope...

I saw a group of hunters in a private field and decided to stop and ask if they also werent seeing anything. They said they saw a few but the roosters were really skiddish and flushing 100+ yards out. Thank god they wanted another gun and flusher so I tagged along with them for a bit. We all hit a grass corner and nothing flushed and then decided to walk a wheat stubble field. Not 20ft from the truck two hens flush and a second later a rooster! I was ready for him after watching those hens and bam! A hit, but just a wing, he went down hard and I thought he wasnt going anywhere but as I started heading to where he was the other guys saw it running up a hill...sigh. Without the dogs, we left them in the trucks due to a ton of stickers in this field, I became the dog lol 50yards later up a hill I could see the bastage running, zigzagging and jumping...man those things are fast! Anyway I was able to catch up to him and rung its neck after another 25yards. But I think it got the last laugh as iI put him in my pouch he was bleeding all over the place and I looked like an axe murderer, ha!

We worked that field and flush about five hens and five roosters, four of which flushed at 100+yards and the fifth was taken down by another one of the hunters...well all five of us that saw it thought it was taken down as it got hit and folded up and dropped like a rock. but yet again Mr. Rooster is smarter then we think, I guess he was just stunned as he just got up and ran down the wheat lol and all six of us couldnt find the bugger...

On top of that one, are these late season birds flying around with armor? For real, those two got hit and went down and later in the day I had a perfect flight path for another and when I shot, I saw feathers fall off and the rooster stumbled in flight but half a second later it caught its self midflight and continued on flying...

Im a thankful hunter that I found a group of guys that aloud me to hunt with them!


We'll see how Rocky Mountain Roosters goes this next weekend.