I had just started pheasant hunting when Gus flushed a nice rooster. He stayed low then cut sharply behind us when suddenly Mike’s gun shot folded and dropped him into a large patch of weeds and grass. We started calling “dead bird” out to the dogs as we all hustled over to the location. The bird was gone, nowhere to be found? The four dogs, 2 dads and 2 boys started looking under the growth. After 5 minutes, enlarging our search area with each pass, we all came up empty. It was then; I noticed that Sheila wasn’t present in our search party. I called out to Mike to see if she was over in his area. “Not here” he replied. I then called out to the boys to see if she was over where they were looking? “Not here” they replied. After a couple of whistles she suddenly appeared about 30 yards away bordering an adjacent hay field separated by a barbed wire fence. In her mouth was what we were all looking for. I stood in amazement for a minute wondering what happened. As near as we could deduce, her mark was precise, after arriving at location she began hunting the bird which quickly ran directly away from us. She found the scent and run him down in the adjacent hay field. Is it genetics or training? Both? Why do some dogs just get the hunting part so well? It has been my observation that good hunting dogs don't always make hay in Field Trials and Hunt Test but its equally true that titled dogs don't always hunt the bird. True hunters are rare indeed. There is no right or wrong, just usage goals.