Just a reminder that if your planning on attending this years Roger Moore Chapter banquet the tickets are going fast. With tickets limited to only 150 last years event sold out and this year we are expecting to do the same. Feel free to message me for info. #ruffedgrousesociety#uplandlowlife
Long post, apologies. This was the day Wilson got bit by a cottonmouth. Late January of this year. While taking off our boots after a good hunt I noticed Willy favoring his front left leg and that the whole leg was pretty swollen. My friend has owned and trained hunting dogs around here his whole life so I called him over to get his opinion. We watched Will for a minute and started our inspection at one spot he wouldn't stop licking and discovered two distinct puncture wounds. I knew what it was as soon as I saw it. Snake bite. My heart sank. It was late on a Sunday afternoon, I was a good ways from home and in the middle of nowhere so I called my vet to see which emergency clinic I should head to. Doc answered, asked a couple questions, and told me he would be at his office waiting for us.* After checking Wilson out and running blood tests Doc said it was a cottonmouth bite and that the tough bastard would be fine. He thinks the snake got him as he was running by and didn't inject much venom. In hindsight I remembered seeing Wilson react to the strike; I should have stopped the hunt and checked him out then and there. Doc gave me some antibiotics, an NSAID for the pain and swelling and sent us on our way. Overall we were very lucky. Here's a few things that I'd like to share and I hope that no one ever needs this info.
Snakes are part of our environment here in the deep South. No matter how cold it is/was, assume snakes are out.
Be prepared. Keep a good first aid kit with (at least) an antihistamine (benadryl), rubbing alcohol, gauze in your bird vest.
Time is the enemy. Get your dog to a vet if you suspect a snake bite.
If you notice anything "off" about your dog, stop and inspect thoroughly.
Keep a local emergency animal clinic phone number saved in your phone. Even if it's just to call and ask for advice. **Doc is a life long friend and hunting buddy and has always gone above and beyond for me and my dogs. I am extremely grateful but I realize this is uncommon.
I'm so happy to have received my @pheasants_forever lifetime membership package in the mail the other day. I've been a pheasant and upland hunter my whole life, running dogs on public land. I was fortunate enough this year after being deployed to have some cash on hand so I could put my money where my mouth is, and join for life. I've hunted stocked birds in PA, and am extremely happy with work they've done with the Wild Pheasant Restoration Areas within the state.
A funny picture I took of my grandpa in 1998. That afternoon I had shot nicely handled birds over both my setter on the left and his shorthair on the right. They decided that neither of them wanted the other in the picture with “their” Grouse and started to fight just as I was taking the pic. Which breed of dog is best? The one you are hunting over. #uplandlowlife#thenorthwoodsr#settersdoitbetter#shorthairsaretheshit