I took Mountain and Gideon to a small farm to see how Gideon would do off-lead, and if he'd be interested in exploring a few settes.
It was a drizzly day, but only projected to hit 88 degreess which counts for cool after the suffocating heat of the last two months.
Gideon was terrific off leash -- he stayed with me and was interested in what Mountain was up to, but not to the extent that he forgot I was his first charge. Perfect.
We busted a Great Blue Heron and a Great Egret in the creek bed; I always enjoy seeing these large birds take flight.
We hit a lot of holes, but Mountain never opened up except for one sette underneath a massive hollow tree (top picture) which cannot be dug and where the groundhog always escapes by climbing up inside the tree. Some places really are fortresses.
All in all a good, if blank, day. We were only out for a couple of hours. Next week, if it's cool, we'll get in some real hunting.
Gideon listens to Mountain inside trunk.
Gideon slides in to check a sette.
Another blank hole. The plastic pipe at left protects a newly planted tree from deer damage.
Gideon checks another sette hoping to find.
Where are the groundhogs?