Bay took me aside last night. Had that sad look on her face. Said she wanted to talk to me. She says she is bored and wants to go to camp.
It was hard to understand her but after a few tries looking like a quarterback I knew she wanted to hike up to Fourth and Goal.
Who am I to argue?
So tomorrow afternoon should find us roaming some white oak flats that have been so good to us in the past. See you at 1,000 feet.
The turkey are on the move.
Spotted 4 toms on the drive to camp Saturday. These two were heading to Camp Mountain.
Two years old from the spur length.
So we get to camp about 1:30 PM. Before we went to 4th and Goal Mountain we did some yard chores. I'm standing in the camp yard at 2PM and the goose bumps rise on my arms. There are two gobblers sounding off on Camp Mountain. We'll take a walk up there tomorrow morning.
In the first couple hundred feet of our 4th & Goal hike we saw tracks of two hens and one tom. The red oak acorns down low litter the ground. It is a 45 minute hike to our white oaks. Expectations are high.
Here we are only a couple hundred feet from the summit of 4th & Goal in my white oak flat.
We found no acorns and only limited old scratchings. Maybe this year the birds will be down low?
Bay is eight months old and this is her third summit. I bet that dog ran three times up to the summit and then back to me waiting for this old guy to get a move on.
Turkeystalker79's mountain from 4th & Goal. Bay never saw the porcupine. When I ride with Bay I say words like porcupine and then badddddddddd. I am hoping she will associate this when and if we do ever run into a quill pig on our adventures.
Bay's Labrador retriever instincts are starting to surface. Maybe it is was the heat but for a dog that avoided getting her feet wet all winter she tested every brook and woods pond. At one very large seep with standing water Bay made her first water retrieve. It took three attempts and wasn't very pretty but it is a start. I was very proud of my little girl.
One thing I did notice is she is not afraid to get her head wet. If she felt a stick on the bottom she would stick her whole head underwater and retrieve the stick.
We got back to camp about 5 PM. I still had some energy and putted around cleaning up the camp yard. Bay took a nap.