Pretty slow weekend as far as production goes on the birds. Darin and I hit the greater Pomeroy area on Friday for an upland hunt. We were after roosters and huns and possibly chukar. Didn't find many roosters, in fact we killed the only 2 we saw in range. Found 6 coveys of huns but the first 3 didn't cooperate for good shooting opportunities, but the last 3 made up for it. We ended up getting 9 huns and ran out of time to get the other 3 in order to get back for the last football practice of the year. The dog work and cooperation with the last 3 coveys made the day, but the lack of roosters was disappointing. Pic's attached from that hunt. Kyle had his last football game of the season on Saturday morning. It was a playoff game against a team that beat them up pretty good earlier in the season and this time they played them much more respectably, but the outcome was still the same. As much as I would have loved to see them win, it's nice to have football off the schedule now to move on to other things like....hunting! Darin and I went towards Walla Walla to hunt pheasants and quail that afternoon and knew the property probably got hunted earlier in the day, but we thought we'd give it a go anyway. Darin had opportunities to shoot a couple roosters and some quail and I had one long poke option on a rooster, but we ended up empty handed. I can't remember that ever happening, but it may be something I have to get used to this season. I did manage to get another flat tire on my truck, though. That makes the 4th one in the last 2 years. Recommendation for anyone who buys a new truck with 4 ply Goodyear Wranglers on it - just put new tires on it and get those worthless POS's off. We have thicker ply toilet paper out our house than my truck tires. What a scam! Obviously, no pic's attached from this hunt. On Sunday, against my better judgment, Darin and I headed to what had been the faithful pond hunt all season so far. The farmer's relatives and buddies had hunted it all day on Saturday and pretty much pressured the ducks off the place. We managed to get 5 ducks in a very slow morning of duckin'. The one highlight was finding out my young shorthair, Jock, is a pretty good duck retriever. I haven't used him much on waterfowl, but decided to give him a try and was pleasantly surprised at his blind manners and retrieving skills. We might have finally found his calling! He found 2 of my ducks that fell in the thick stuff that I would have never found and made the other water retrieves with ease. I took some photos of him doing the duck thing (attached). We tried to get some roosters on the property after the duck hunt, but they had been pressured the day before as well and we missed the best opportunity in the morning to get them while they were still in the roost areas. We watched several pheasants fly from the roost areas that morning into the standing corn and didn't have any success getting them out when we went after them. Darin did drop one in the corn but it had legs and got away. We did find a nice covey of huns that was very cooperative after the initial flush and took 6 of them. Darin managed to get one on the initial flush as he was holding my gun as I crossed a fence. He shot one hun with one arm while he held my gun in the other. Tom Knapp would have been proud until he saw him on the next 3 opportunities. I almost managed to get a limit of huns that afternoon, but fell one short. The only picture I snapped was of Rose pointing a hun that I shot that tried to run off in the corn. She tracked him and then pointed him to make the retrieve. (Pic attached). Overall, a scary weekend of pheasant hunting. I don't think I've ever struggled to kill roosters this much this early in the season.