Author: Curtis Howard
One bird shy of a three-man waterfowl limit and Hunter (my yellow lab) continued to show the same anticipation as with the first retrieve.
Hunter’s neoprene vest had performed flawlessly in a demanding, ice-covered environment. We hunted on the North Platte River in Western Nebraska at the junction of a cornfield and hayfield - a prime location for waterfowl, but a trying area for dogs. The swift current of the Platte was open, but floating slush for the first hours of shooting. Ducks wanted the open river after their still-water sweets had iced over. This, combined with some good shooting, sent Hunter on several lengthy water retrieves.