Pheasant Hunting with Vizslas in Colorado
‘Twas two days before Christmas and all through the Colorado fields
Not a rooster could be seen stirring, stealthy running they would not yield
The shotguns and Vizslas were prepared with great care
In the hopes an abundance of pheasant would really be there
Frosty cold temps could not keep the hunters in bed
They had sweet visions of cackling roosters in their heads
They donned blaze orange caps
And laid forth a plan for the upland birds they would soon trap
They moved through the switchgrass
Prepared for the clatter
But step after step they began to wonder what was the matter
Then out of the cover burst a bird with a crash
Shotguns were shouldered, beads set on in a flash
The sun sparkled on the new-fallen snow
Setting the plentiful kochia aglow
When what before their hopeful eyes did appear?
Certainly not the horns of a rooster so dear.
“Whoa Kosmo! Whoa Crush!”
“Whoa Amante and Tej!”
“Whoa Kaylee! Whoa Trip!”
The hunters quickly called
“Don’t dash away! Don’t dash away!” they all squalled.
The Vizslas broke pursuit and came back around
With hopes another bird would be found
Field after field the dogs moved out ahead
But eventually the hunter’s hearts filled with that familiar dread
They spoke not a word as their Vizslas worked
Surely a rooster nearby lurked?
Foiled and tired, not a ditch-chicken even out-of-sight
The hunters packed it up, went back into town
and (with the help of margaritas) called it a good night!
~ creative license taken by Mel Reveles of Fusion Vizslas
The photo below was taken at a Mexican restaurant after we had put a few unproductive miles on our boots. Margaritas enjoyed with good friends Erica and Spencer Sparrow blunted the sting of going “roosterless” after an all day hunt in Colorado. :-)
For another take on hunting pheasant with Vizslas in Colorado check out “A Vizsla to Hunt With“.
Written by Mel Reveles and Aaron Davis of www.FusionVizslas.com. All content is original with the exception of key words/phrases as quoted from the AKC’s Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds.
Note from the authors: We understand the use of “who” in reference to a dog is grammatically incorrect but we’re just not able to refer to dogs, our beloved companions as “things”. :-)
We are proud to be founding members of the Rocky Mountain Vizsla Club–”The Specialty Vizsla Club of Colorado”, and members of the Vizsla Club of America. We are also members of the American Kennel Club’s Breeder of Merit Program.