“Belle’s Birdie”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A traditional black powder hunter watches his dog work a pine grove.

David Graham watching his English Setter, Belle, work a Tennessee red quail in grassy cover. On that pleasant morning, Graham hunted with an 11-gauge, Civil War era percussion side-by-side. East of the Straits at Mackinaw, late 1860s…

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2 Responses to “Belle’s Birdie”

  1. Rancocas says:

    Well now, ah roamed the Mi-chee-gun backwoods for nie unto 15 yar. ‘N down har in the Cherokee Tenasi hills for nie unto 18 yars now. ‘N sev’ral outher terr’tories ‘n ah ain’t nevar herd of no Tenasi red quale.

    Ah reckon maybee it’sa local name for somethin lik a grouse.

    Ah ran some o’ them Englis Springer Spaniel dogs after grouse ‘n thet new imported pheasant bird when ah called Me-chee-gun home. No pheasants down har in Tenasi, and durn few grouse up on the mountain tops. No red quale neither. Just the reg’lar bob white kind, but not many ‘o them eny mor neither. Ah surely do miss my dogs and bird hunt’in.
    Ah’ve been chasin’ turkey lately, but all ah’ve seen is hens.

    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

      That particular hunt was on a game preserve near Rogers City as part of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association summer conference. The red quail look like a cinnamon colored bob-white quail, and because they are a non-game species according to Michigan hunting regulations, they can be imported and hunted all year long on a controlled preserve. Not terribly period-correct, but we sure had a great time that day.

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