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Gunner Clark,
German short-haired pointer

Owner: Adrion Clark, Kennet, Missouri
Dec. 20, 2015, on a walk, working on sitting and staying.
Oct. 28, 2017, on Pennsylvania state game lands during pheasant season. My buddy’s Brittany Chester would range out to point the birds, and Macy would come in for the flush. Chester left the retrieving up to Macy. I have pics from when she was a puppy and retrieving a ball
Nov. 19, 2021, a quick hunt before work on Pennsylvania state lands. We limited out in about 15 minutes in the first field. On the way back to the car, Macy flushed three more birds from the hedgerow and was disgusted that I didn’t shoot them. She did not want to leave!
June 1, 2017, at Pheasant Valley Farm in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, during Macy’s second training session. She was waiting for me to throw a dead chukar in the pond so she could cool off a bit, as it was hot that day.
Nov. 4, 2021, on the last day of our hunt in South Dakota on 100% wild pheasants. Macy tracked this bird for over three minutes back and forth, back and forth. I just tried to keep up, hoping I would/could get a shot at it. She finally caught up to it and flushed it about 15 yards from me, and I dropped it. As she retrieved it, I could tell it was a big bird! Not gonna lie. I got a little emotional thinking about the journey the two of us had been on over the years, to be questioned and made fun of for getting my Labradoodle trained to bird hunt, to wanting to go to South Dakota to hunt wild pheasants, to now be holding a mature wild rooster.
Jan. 27, 2022, a beautiful morning even though it was cold, 6 degrees.

Tom Carney

About author
UA Editor Tom Carney has won over 100 awards for his journalism, books and photography in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. He lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife Maureen and their English setter Jack.