>Palouse Country Pheasants and Crazy Pointin’ Dogs!


Wanted…crazy hunting dog needs crazy hunter…free to a good home!

This was an advertisement that I responded to in the Spokane paper when I was a 2nd year veterinary student at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

My very first pointing dog was a derelict Pointer named Jibbers! I grew up hunting with field bred English Springers, so pointing dogs were new to me. Jibbers was dang crazy about pheasants…almost neurotic about chasing them! The first week I adopted her from the Spokane couple, I took her to the Colfax, WA golf course and turned her loose…bad mistake! I didn’t see Jibbers for a solid week because she was chasing wild pheasants across the Palouse Country! Edison-Medicine change Jibber’s life and mine forever! I’ve been hooked on pointing dogs ever since! Jibbers became one of the best pheasant dogs I’ve ever seen. I hunted with a few guys from the WSU Chemistry Department…I suspected that they enjoyed my company on hunting trips, but they LOVED to hunt pheasants with my dog more! It was a pretty decent arrangement for me as well because they had a boat that allowed us better access on the Snake River breaks.

I still long for crisp fall days in Eastern Washington and staunch pointing dogs on the Palouse Prairie!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mike Spies says:

    >The Palouse is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have been hunting the snake River and Grande Ronde breaks for many years, and think of it often.Nice pictures Shawn.

  2. >Shawn: I used to drive up through central WA to get to the northern Cascades when I lived in OR. I loved that countryside. That’s a couple of great pictures of you (?) in action — makes me want to go back even more.bestA+M+M+J

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