Sept 1 Sunday - Illinois Early Goose Season - very pleasant weather......Therefore, I decided to not hunt this morning and let the geese develop some sort of pattern. Once they become comfortable not getting
shot at on Thorson Pond, they will be more predictable. The best situation would be several small groups arriving at different times. This time of the year, they are still flying in family groups. Two or three hunts during this brief time frame of about two weeks would be the most productive. The plan for each hunt will be in and out quickly.....when the wind direction is best.
note: Today Gigi began phasing in her adult diet dog food - Eagle Pack Lamb & Rice. She is
nine months old.
note: WEB proof reading and corrections is an ongoing process with a lag time of 3-4 days. At
the end of each month, all entries are glanced over one final time (usually).
Sept. 2 beautiful day...geese simply not moving...normally, several small family groups are stretching their range...another day off from training for all three of us......other things to do
Sept 3 brief scouting trip, garage storage alterations, swimming pool issues to be repaired in two weeks
note: Pounce will be going south for training with a pro during February/March in 2020.
Sept 4,5 too many other things to do....Gigi and Pounce had another two days off from training
Sept. 6 This morning KwickLabs shot one hundred rounds at The KAP Gun Indoor range to prepare for tomorrow's range segment of the renewal of my Illinois Conceal Carry permit. This afternoon. Pounce and Gigi each ran two doubles at the Thorson Pond east grassy area. Pounce's were mostly for the exercise. However, Gigi's were for practicing several different skills - heeling, steadiness, marking and retrieving. The key component of this combination was enhancing Gigi's desire to return retrieves to heel. Throwing simple doubles provides the incentive (she gets another retrieve.......quickly). The lush, green grass has not been mowed recently which means the area of the falls are hidden quite well until a dog is right on top of it. The angle between the doubles was wide (about 120 degrees). They were thrown left to right and then right to left. Gigi had no difficult stepping on the memory from a steady line. Pounce is an excellent marker and she pinned both of her exercise doubles. She is five years old and has had quite a bit of practice at marking. Gigi at nine months old was just as fast and accurate (nine months old). The best part of her practice was willingly delivering the retrieves with eye contact responsiveness. The next phase is to move on to wide, slightly longer, remote winger thrown doubles. Also, Gigi will soon begin the process of basic handling and working a pile.
note: It is time to begin working on her sit whistle response when in motion........she is fast!
Sept 7 passed Illinois Conceal Carry renewal test (class and shooting range) good for another five years
Sept 8 Sunday - no training today...did scout the pond for geese Drove into the Riverside Park DTA and geese are everywhere......along the sand banks of the Rock River and grazing in the lush, green, not mowed grass of the park. It is too pleasant to fly much and with plenty of easy food available they are just not moving. note: Gigi is now on adult dog food and being fed once a day (the same as Pounce).
Sept 13 more heavy rain early this morning....as I was typing this entry at 12:40 am a thunderstorm warning was sent to my I-Phone (the weather map is ugly orange and fast moving)....total rainfall for
the last two and a half days has been 3.5 inches.....it will be several days before driving near Thorson Pond will be doable and the Riverside Park DTA will probably be closed again.
Sept 14 Pounce & Gigi did not train today...worked on indoor swimming pool and did another round of garage cleaning......need to make room for the new snow blower (coming soon)
note: My Conceal Carry license renewal is beginning to be a pain in the donkey. The class
was straight forward and have the certificate . The shear number of renewals has
overloaded the system (too many at one time).
Sept 15 pool was finally ready and Lylah had fun for about an hour
Sept 16 worked on the Conceal Carry license renewal from 8:30 am until 1 pm in the afternoon. It was necessary to be persistent. After talking to the instructor yesterday, there were a few "snags" that required inserting. Some of the issues were sequencing the steps which is simple to say.
In the afternoon, the final step to full use of the pool was completed - a new thermal blanket (which saves on the heating costs and greatly reduces evaporation). The overhead Modine heater handles the winter temperatures and humidity is controlled by the use of the thermal cover plus a very large cattle barn dehumidifier.
note: This indoor area provides a warm place to train in the cold winters of northern Illinois.
Sept 10, 11,12 rain plus working on indoor swimming pool - no dog training - two inches of heavy rain
Thursday completely flushed all the duckweed out of Thorson Pond
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duckweed before hay field impact flushed clean
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Sept 9 Monday - rain limited training to the Roscoe Riverside Park DTA...Gigi warmed up with a handling, whistle sit drill (2" bumper). After the prey drive management phase, two remote wingers were setup to run a schooled double. This meant Gigi ran two singles and then two doubles. Pounce did a double in between Gigi's. There are hundreds of geese remaining in the park loafing on the nearby Rock River sand bars. On the way home. Thorson Pond was scouted for geese, but there was just a pair of teal in the pond. This pond is five minutes from the house. Turning into the driveway there was a momentary pause to take a photo of a few of the many turkeys seen every day in this area.
*It Begins Again"
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Sept 17 Pounce and Gigi took turns retrieving singles from the technical pond in the Winnebago County DTA. Pounce then ran several hand thrown singles out into the knee high cover in the upland area. She was literally lining and stepping on each mark.....not easy, large area. Need to step up her
training skills to include walking singles and eventually stand alone/send back singles.