At von Lockridge Drahthaars we're dedicated to producing versatile hunting dogs for hunters. Dogs that will hunt all day and be family companions at night.
Von Lockridge Deutsch-Drahthaars was born accidentally on New Years Day 2012 when my wife and I picked up our pup, Izzie vom Millerhaus. We had no idea at the time of the journey and experiences that were ahead. Countless hours training in the summer heat paid dividends through solid points on wary birds and blind retrieves in icy waters. Forged by a passion for hunting and the knowledge attained through the breed testing system, the goal of Lockridge Drahthaars is to produce quality hunting dogs to hunt feather, fowl or fur in all conditions and great family companions.
Corey and I hunted hard yesterday. All four dogs got a 1 to 1.5 hour run. He managed 1 rabbit on 2 shots, I went 0 for 1 but did manage to find one shed and made this delicious shag bark hickory syrup from trees on the property we were hunting. Makes for a great post hunt breakfast.
We got into rabbits today. Corey and I put out 16 rabbits split over his pup Emma and my young dog Trixie. Connecting on two of the five we were able to snap shots at. He had to cut out around 3 and I went back out with Teca. She pointed 3 woodcock and I went one for one on rabbits. Total of 17 rabbits and five woodcock from 11-4. We put in some miles but had an awesome day.
Saturday was the youth hunting day in coastal NJ. I had two young guys out with me who were able to out a few birds down including a Brant banded in 2007. Bonus for the day was that with the big tide coefficient and stiff wind out of the west I was able able to find a 1.5 lb kayak anchor I lost a couple weeks ago. I never thought I would see it again.
Had a good pheasant hunt today. Teca showing a new meaning to blind retrieve and Trixie with her matching hen.
The end of the New Jersey duck hunting season for us had some less than desirable weather between high winds and rain/fog. We had one good afternoon shoot but had to make do with family, laughs and some decent sunsets over the marsh. Making a run for the youth season next weekend but otherwise an end to a tough but pretty good waterfowl season. Hopefully the snow geese make a decent showing.
The wind was whipping teca's ears around and not much wanted to fly this morning but we did manage a couple bufflehead.
Trixie carried the load in the afternoon but teca also managed a bird. Got our pheasants and put out two rabbits but no shots. All in all a great day and enjoyed pheasant parmigiana for dinner.
We took a break from salt water duck hunting this weekend and decided to do a combo goose and small game hunt. Teca had the morning shift unfortunately the geese did not cooperate.
The last day of the week we had some pea soup fog that kept most of the ducks from flying. We managed a couple but also lucked into a Canada goose that just happened to be sporting a leg band. Capped off a great week. Some slow days but some awesome highlights that I will remember.
A picture with my brothers reaction to my nephews banded black duck.
We had some poor days in the middle but we did have a nice day on Thursday. The Brant cooperated to our four man limit. This was also the day with the banded black duck. Teca had some awesome retrieves over 100 yards when we knocked down a couple birds.
Black duck from the first day.
The days harvest, one Brant, two buffle head, two drake red heads and a drake black duck. Hunt was cut short by a trip to emergency vet for stitches to a badly cut pad on the clam beds.
My attempt at capturing the feat with teca.
Trixie with her red head.
So a follow up in my week of NJ duck hunting. Overall the hunting was slow but we did manage a few highlights. One for me that I will remember for a long time was the first day. We got a late start with a late night of packing but out together a great first hunt with a near limit of Brant and ducks for me. Highlighted by me knocking down a double of drake red heads. I had both dogs with me and the birds fell in opposite directions. Teca toon off after the first one that hit the water and I sent Trixie on a marked retrieve for the second. Really cool experience as they are pretty rare in NJ and to have both dogs make perfect retrieves is something I will remember for a long time.
I have spent the last week plus hunting. Various rabbit, pheasants and goose hunts in the days around Christmas and then headed to NJ for a week long duck hunt. I haven't posted many pictures yet with more to come but my nephew shot his first black duck this morning and it was sporting some jewelry. Banded in 2015. Pretty sweet.
We had a good pheasant hunt yesterday. Last day before my departure for a week of duck hunting. Corey and his older dog Gunner did a great job on the roosters and Trixie held her own.
Just watching the sunrise and waiting on geese.
Belmar sunrise on our way togging.
Christmas came early for my wife. She got a new rod and reel. We decided to put it to good use on Sunday and catch Christmas Eve dinner. Fresh fried tog was delicious.
Post rabbit hunt sleepy Christmas puppies.
We had a nice Christmas Eve rabbit hunt yesterday.
Teca scanning for the next retrieve after bringing back my black duck.
Teca bringing my brothers duck into the boat.
My brother and I each with a nice drake black duck.
We had a nice duck hunt along the Delaware bay this morning. Set up before shooting time and got a decent sunrise picture. Not as many duck flying as when we were here a couple weeks ago but we had a couple decoy nicely.
My wife took this nice picture on our way back in. It is great to have a photographer on the boat.
Duck hunting was kind of slow, unless you wanted to shoot hen bufflehead which continually piled into the decoys. The last bird of the day was a single shot to fill my Brant limit. When Trixie was bringing it back I thought I saw a glimmer from a band. Low and behold it had a triple band. Awesome end to the day.
My wife came out with me on Saturday for a morning duck hunt. While she doesn't hunt, her assistance is greatly appreciated. In addition to helping set and pull decoys and hunt photographer....her primary duty of boat chef is essential on cold morning hunts.
One pic from a solo duck hunt on Friday. All set up and waiting on the ducks.
Action shot which is pretty impressive being taken on my wife's phone.
Teca's favorite vantage point.
We did manage a couple of ducks and also 12 plus pound goose that teca retrieved about 100 yards through mud that she would sink up to her belly in. It was truly an impressive retrieve as the crippled goose weighed 25% of her body weight and fighting the gelatinous mud. I wish I had gotten a picture.
My brother and I took a trip to a section of Marsh that we hadn't hunted in two years. When we first started duck hunting we hunted this area a lot and rarely even took home a single duck but we learned a lot and have since made some upgrades to our set up. Ducks or not this place always had some awesome scenery, beautiful sunrises and usually as many shooting stars as you want to see if you are there early enough.
I forgot to post this from last Saturday. We had a good pheasant hunt and these two young men were able to get their limit of pheasants. I forgot my phone at the truck so I did not get any in hunt pictures but a foot time was had by all.
My brother shot a triple and I instructed him of the proper way to display his birds.
My first black duck of the year.
Beautiful sunrise over the salt Marsh.
We had a nice duck hunt this morning. First one of the year and I was definitely not ready for the cold temps. Not that many ducks around but we scratched out a couple and had a good time.
We had a great day pheasant hunting yesterday. We had ten hunters total including five kids some of which were hunting over dogs for the first time. In addition to making some great shots the kids were all very safe and respectful. We ended up with fifteen pheasants and had a really fun hunt.
It was a little hot but had a good day at York Springs training day. One of the two girls waiting their turn and one after complete.
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