Hi Ken & Janet:Just wanted to send a couple of photos from a Hastings Island hunt yesterday. Of the six birds Brandi was lead point on two, backing on the others, and retrieved two as well. I did not get any photos of her on point, with only two guns, and the propensity of pheasants not staying around long after being located, my focus was on a clean kill for her hard work. Will attempt to capture her on point before the season is over. Her points to date are very stylish, high head, stretched out, and a high tail. Very classy! She is a very aggressive (pursuit) on chasing shot birds, and made several very nice retrieves on our Kansas hunt. On the other side she has not been strong on the bird finding side until yesterday when she put the entire package together. She is still a pup and definitely has all of the tools to be a great hunting partner for years to come.
Brandi is a big runner on our daily outings at Dinosaur Point, and could definitely be hunted off of horse back.
When we switch to the hunting fields she hunts at a good range with no direction from me. I think she watches and mimics Missy, although she doesn't follow Missy, preferring to hunt her own area of the field, making for very good coverage of the areas hunted. If her litter mates are like her, then they require little if any input while in the field. Many hunts I never have to hit her whistle, and only had to use the e-collar, at a low level, once in KS. Her nose appears to be excellent with one of her points yesterday being on a bird that was at least 25' upwind from her. She held her point as I walked past her, and never moved until the bird flushed. We love her to say the least, and are glad that she is a member of our family.
Hope that all is well with both of you.
Don & June