I got the dogs out on a solo hunt for another crack at pheasant and quail and went back to a public land spot that had produced with surprisingly good bird numbers the last time I hit it. Not nearly as good this time, but at least I got to hunt without rain this time. The plan was to hunt upland in the morning and then ducks in the afternoon in the corn field. Well, I got in deep and spent too long hunting to get back in time for the duck hunt. We only found 3 coveys of spooky quail this time and one shootable rooster. I ended up with 5 quail and almost didn't get the rooster but Rose made the best water retrieve I've even seen her make and was pretty much the highlight of the hunt. I have a sequence of pictures that depict the retrieve but by no means does it show the difficulty of the retrieve. The rooster flushed off the edge of the river and tried to escape across the river but I ended that plan for him. He fell dead in the water next to the bank on the other side but the current was raging in this location and actually pushed the pheasant under the ice line so I had no idea where it would end up or how Rose was going to get it. She swam to the other side but hit heavy rapids that actually took her under the water for a few seconds which was kind of scary for both me and her. Fortunately, she re-emerged and started looking for the rooster. She eventually found it in an eddy area of deep water surrounded by a fallen tree. It took her a good 3 minutes of searching to find it and she had to dive in from the tree to get it and then pull herself back on the tree to get out. Once she got back on the tree, she took several minutes to try and figure out the best way back out and she was not going to come back through the rapids. She eventually went down below the rapids and when she ran out of area to walk the bank, she swam back across through some pretty swift water to bring the bird to hand. I was blow away at her tenacity for a 40 lb. shorthair as I'm quite certain the water was frigid. Junior actually became very concerned about the situation and twice tried to go over and help. I had to call him back both times as he is a poor swimmer and probably would have drowned. Jock just stood there and whined. That is going to have to change as Rose isn't going to always be around and Jock is going to have to step up and make those kind of retrieves. Anyway, it was an adventure packed hunt and a little light on the harvest but it's the end of the season and it's tough out there in the uplands right now. Pic's attached.