Cooper was accomplished in a number of venues, but the one that provided the most satisfaction for both dog and human, was bird hunting. Take one part pedigree, add another part training, provide the opportunity, and the results are a happy bird dog.
Hunting in the west is typically spending the day in photogenic territory. But this photographer likes to carry the shotgun and not a camera, so photography always was a second tier priority. Not all hunts with Cooper were documented photographically, but all are etched into our memories.
Here is a selection of photos of Cooper in his element.
Cooper sees his first waterfowl
Cooper’s first bird hunt, November, 2009.
Patrice and Cooper heading out to hunt upland game birds
Mt. Hood and the Irish Water Spaniel
Retrieving a chukar
Cooper, handing off a successful flush and retrieve
Cooper and Russ admiring their hunting partner
Checking out a Washington state pond for some ducks
Stealth Spaniel waiting for ducks
Cooper and Matt on Sauvie Island
Ready for a pheasant flush
Cooper bringing back the bird
A day of pheasant hunting in Washington
Cooper and his young protegé, Tooey
Southern Oregon pheasants in the rain
Cooper, taking a break with Mt. Hood in the background
Cooper and Patrice in central Oregon
With Russ in the duck blind
Cooper and a novice hunter scour an oat field for the elusive pheasant
A November hunt in Oregon (2013)
A cold December day, 2013
Cooper and his mature protegé, Tooey
Cooper and his class of new pheasant hunters
Cooper on the cover of Rat Tails
Near Monmouth, Oregon, 2014
Cooper with a spring time rooster (his final bird, March, 2015)
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