Souris-Manon, my weim bitch and Quell Zum Laubwald, a longhaired weimaraner owned by my friend Sal were the stars of the show. It is always very difficult to get good video footage of bird dogs doing their thing, especially in actual hunting situations with wild birds, but Denis did a great job! There are some really nice scenes in the piece that will hopefully give you an idea of the kind of terrain we hunt in. You will notice that at one point in the video, a woodcock is flushed. There are not many of them in Manitoba, but we do come across one or two each season. They are not a listed as a game bird so we only "shoot" them with a camera.
In the scene, Souris is on point and it looks like Quell is backing her (both dogs are natural backers and a real pleasure to hunt together). Souris is actually pointing a ruffed grouse but Quell was not really backing her, he was pointing another bird..a woodcock! When the grouse flushed, my friend Ross fired and missed. Then, to our surprise, a woodcock flushed. I called out "Bécasse!" (that's French for woodcock) and Denis managed to "shoot" it with the video camera as it flew out of the woods.
You can view the video by clicking HERE (it may take a while to load, just let the download do its thing then view it when it is completely loaded).
Oh, one more thing...it's all in French. But don't worry, the action is pretty easy to understand for non-French speakers.