Type of hunting: Upland for pheasants, which are his favorite because it involves the most running. Hun's (Hungarian partridge) are a close second and Willow has become an expert at finding them. Prairie chicken (sharp tailed grouse) are also on the menu. We've also gone duck hunting a time or two (see Moment I'd most like to forget).
Favorite place to hunt:** There is no shooting done in our favorite place, as it is within the city limits of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. We have a wide-open space full of some prime time upland habitat, and we go there everyday for two months before the season to hone the skills of both dog and hunter. This could explain why Willow's retrieving still needs a little work.
Moment I'm most proud of:** Last year while hunting pheasant Willow locked up hard on three birds that we would have walked over if not for his nose. Willow is truly the first hunting companion that I've known who gets more excited than I do to get in the field.
Moment I'd most like to forget:** Well, I assumed since Willow retrieved the dummy in water and on land without a problem fetching ducks wouldn't be an issue. I learned my lesson on Willow's first duck hunt as he whined and shivered beside me in a make shift blind beside a great duck pond. When I shot the first duck Willow went charging in the water, and as he approached the duck everything was looking great. He picked up the duck and turned around. Then the duck wiggled just a little twitch and Willow promptly spit it out. He spent the next 30 minutes standing behind the duck looking at it as I yelled "fetch" and some other words I won't mention. Eventually I have to give Willow credit as he came to a compromise and pawed/pushed the duck the whole 25 yards to shore, right to me but without having to stick the icky thing in his mouth.