First Run of Spring

Rudy doing what he does best - pointing!
Finally the snow pack is withering away here in northern New Hampshire's grouse woods. We had some of our warmest weather in six months this past week, and it was much welcomed. Yesterday offered the opportunity to get the dogs out for some work in the woods, as they were only able to see grouse flying out of their snow roosts all winter.

Look closely - that's a grouse in that tree!
Bode was a bit ragged at times, showing his exuberance to be out on bare ground for the first time in a while, but he hunted hard and under control. Rudy was, like normal, the "old pro", pointing one grouse in our time out there. Unfortunately, we moved three grouse and a woodcock in total, so the dogs have some work ahead to pick up where they left off last season.