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While Buster Wants To Fish is primarily a flyfishing blog, several of the guys who post are, apparently, bird hunters. One of them shared the pic below of a shorthair on point from the watering tub. It’s a great reminder of just how intense and single-minded a dog becomes when it gets a big snootful of bird scent. We all have our favorite funny point memories, and mine is one that ironically had nothing to do with hunting.

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My old pointer, DP, was running around our back yard one day just goofing off when she suddenly locked up near the fence on a rock-solid, tail-at-12, no-mousing-this-time-boss-there-be-birds-here point. I looked around the yard: no quail, no songbirds, no nothing.

I thought there might be a cat in the alley, so I opened the gate and stepped directly into a covey of quail that exploded at my feet. I have no idea where they came from, where they went and what, exactly, they were doing in the alley behind my fence. When I eventually recovered from the mild heart attack that ensued, I resolved to henceforth always take my dog’s nose at its word.

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