Sweet Point’s Setter Tales (S1, E3)

Sweet Point’s Setter Tales (S1, E3)


On this episode of Sweet Point’s Setter Tales: the
boys and I head south to Peculiar, Missouri for a quail hunt with my brother and nephew. We
also bring along Grandad’s Browning A5 shotgun and carry it in the field for the first time
in many, many years. I’m Wade Kisner and I grew up hunting upland
birds. Nothings better than chasing a couple of English Setters called Sweet Lou and Adeline. Lou is a Master Hunter and Adeline is quickly
learning the trade. These are some of our tales… Rooster! … had a feeling the “thumbs up” would work. My Grandad Kisner had a farm down in Bates
County, Missouri. That’s kind of where my brother and I learned
to hunt. I would have been probably… about 12, he
was about 15. Theres always about 4 coveys of quail that
we could find on that farm. Grandad had an old hunting dog called “Jack”
and we would go down to that farm… that’s how we learned to hunt. There was a hunting preserve right by home
called Baier’s Den and in all those years driving by it’s legendary
fields we had never hunted there. Seemed only fitting that Baier’s Den would
be the perfect place to get back home and re-kindle some hunting memories. After a five hour trip in the truck, the dogs
were ready for a stretch. I hunt with two English Setters. One’s a male, Lou. He’s got a Master Hunt
title and he really has one speed in the field, and that’s full out. Addie’s a tri-color and she has a little different
style than Lou. She’s a little more methodical. She’s got
a great nose and she makes an excellent brace-mate. This was going to be a really special hunt
for me. I’d hunted with my brother Clint one time since… you know… the 60’s. It was kind of a short notice thing, but he
called and said, “Would you like to get this hunt?” I never, ever got a chance to hunt with my
nephew Ryan. Having my nephew Ryan and my brother in the
field with my boys at the same time… it was just gonna be something special. For me, I’m a little bit more… new to hunting.
This is my first time hunting Quail. Ah boy, it’s going to be a beautiful day! You ever hunted down here Clint, or Wade? Never have. Not at this… this place, no. Yeah, we’ve driven by it thousands of times
when we were growing up, but never ever hunted there so it’s gonna be kind of a neat deal
today to get a chance to… hunt five miles from home! From where we grew up. That’s true! (Ryan) The great thing about Baier’s Den is
kinda the story behind it all and the fact that we grew up right around here. We checked in with Wayne at the Sportsman’s
Lodge. Wayne and his family have operated Baier’s Den since 1953 and he grew up guiding
numerous sports and TV celebrities on those grounds. Walking in the door, the history was everywhere. After swapping some stories and getting our
permits, Wayne lead us out to the field. We got positioned and noticed that it was
kind of a combination of some grass… had a timbered kind of edge to it and then there
was this large fence-row. Looked like we were probably going to be able
to find birds in all those different places. So, at the end of the field Lou goes on a
point… They’re coming in the woods there! Whoa… Whoa, Lou… Ryan was in a nice position. Tyler was going
to go in and make the flush. We hoped that Ryan would get a shot. Get ready Ryan… get ready! (Tyler) I don’t want to break my 100% streak… (Wade) Alright… (Tyler) Kicking! We weren’t off to a great start. We crossed
the tree-line into the next field hoping our luck would change… and it did! (Travis) There he is right in front of you,
Dad! 12 o’clock! (Wade) Yeah, I see it! For the next few hours, it kept up. Bird,
after bird, after bird. It’s really amazing to see Uncle Wade’s dogs
work. They’re awesome to watch. There it is! There he goes! Fantastic! This is uh… this is lots of fun!
It’s a beautiful day. Quail are flying well, it’s just uh… getting
used to hunting quail again. It’s been many, many years. They’re a little
different bird than the pheasants we’re used to, but I think we’re starting to get the hang
of it. (Travis) How many did we get? (Tyler) We got ten. Ten so far. (Travis) I got two. (Tyler) I got six in mine. Even with all the action we were having I
still hoped somebody was going to get a bird with Grandad’s gun. Addie goes on point. Ryan walks in to flush
this bird thinking it’s gonna be a single one, it’s gonna be his first quail ever… Point! So, Ryan does the flush… Whoa! Whoa! (laughter) The whole covey erupts! We’re having fun now! Nice try Ryan, but it’s a good thing Travis
was there to back you up. Here comes Addie with it. Addie, come on! Come on, Addie! Coming through there. Addie come on! (Travis) What is this, a chukar? (Wade) Yeah. (Travis) … first chukar. Wasn’t long and ol’ Ryan got another chance. (Wayne) There’s a quail whistling ahead of
us. Sounds like on down… I just heard it. On point! Trav, you want to come in and take this one? (Tyler) You want to walk up there? It’s not unusual to expect these quail to sit
really tight, especially in that real dense grass cover like we were hunting. It wasn’t unusual that Ryan was gonna have
to work a little hard in that heavy cover to get this. Hunting Pheasants and quail is a little different.
The quail will actually sit a little tighter than the pheasant. The pheasant will kinda…
go until he has nowhere else to go, and then kinda flush. If need be, the quail qill actually
sit tight until… something forces them to… … to fly. (beeping collars) I knew there had to be a bird there. Because
Addie didn’t move off her point. I was right! Hit em’! Come on. Fetch! Dead bird! Dead bird! You gotta always trust your dog’s nose. Once he gets on it… he’s on it! (Wade) Got one finally! (Wayne) Good! (Wade) Yeah, took a few rounds. (Wayne) How many you standing at, Clint? (Clint) I only got one. (Wayne) One!? How many times you shot? (Clint) About three… (laughter) (Wade) Hey, we already ruined Grandad’s, “Only
three shells, that’s all you need!” (Clint) I used my three shells, I didn’t get
three birds. Nailed em’! So… gosh, I don’t know how many years. I
think… the last time I know that this gun was shot was probably 1989. But, I bet thats
the first quail this gun has killed since… probably Grandad used it. I mean, I don’t
know that Dad ever went quail hunting after… … after he inherited the gun? Yeah, so it was pretty cool to see the old
Browning bring uh… bring a quail down again. I think Grandpa’s gun has probably four or
five out of the ten already. Just on the one gun! I believe Travis carried it, uh… Wade carried
it, Clint carried it, and Ryan’s carried it. It’s got a lot more kick to it than I’m used
to, that’s for sure! It was a great afternoon and everybody got
to carry Grandad’s gun, which we had hoped. The best part is that my brother and the boys had gotten to use the gun and got some birds with it. Dead bird! Towards the end of the afternoon we got out
of the grass field where we had been hunting and we started getting into more of the timbered
edge. Whoa! Get that picture! Trav, get ready, he might come towards you… Whoa… whoa… (gun shots) Dead bird! Wow! Guess you got it after-all! Man… Some of my fondest memories are from hunting
in the field with family and friends. We had a beautiful day. 46 degrees… the
skys were blue without any clouds. I have to think that Grandad and Dad were
smiling down on us and were very pleased that we were carrying the old A5 and the boys were
able to get some quail with it. The gun has a way of taking us back in the
past so we can remember our family traditions and where we learned to hunt, and where we
came from. For me, I think we have to remember that we’re
sportsmen. We have the responsibility to pass on hunting traditions to the next generation.