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  1. Labs And Water Training

    Wow. He really is a special kind of stupid. A mistake like that can really have other negative effects. I recently learned that letting my pup playfully chase the hose stream around the yard can be a problem when one pisses in the woods.
  2. Looking For A Book

    No. The book I'm looking for was about 90% illustrations. Each page had a number of drawings on it. It almost looked like someone had published a sketch book. That looks interesting, and I may need to give that a look. Thanks.
  3. Looking For A Book

    Some years back I stumbled across an interesting book, and I'd like to look into buying a copy. Naturally I've forgotten the name. Perhaps someone here will know the book I'm looking for. The book covered all the shooting sports and other field sports, and was almost entirely illustrations. The illustrations seemed to be done in pencil. The book had sections on driven bird shooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling, stalking, ferreting, and much more. Ring a bell with anyone?
  4. Show Us Ya Gundogs

    I would have to say that depends on certain variables, but if the dog is well bred and the handler knows what cover to hunt the success rate is the same. Some years ago I decided to get a Setter, and put a lot of time into him. He was a great dog, and very exciting in the grouse woods, but we neither killed nor saw more birds than with a spaniel. A couple years ago I was up north staying in a friend's camp which I was sharing with other friends of his I'd not met before. One of the gentlemen, a pointer trialer, had never shot grouse over a spaniel. We decided to hunt together for a bit to see each other's dogs in action. We put each dog down in different cover, each for an hour, and each dog had 6 grouse finds. And, he shot his first grouse over a spaniel, which he especially enjoyed seeing it retrieved to hand, as in pointer trials they are not expected to retrieve. The biggest difference, I've found to be the leg work involved. With my Setter I could often walk a small trail, or cut area through cover while the dog worked it, only busting cover myself to get to an established point. With a spaniel I must get into the cover to insure we work all of it. Unrelated side note; while the Setter was the dog that absolutely put me back in to the spaniel camp, my Setter was an absolute gentleman and always a pleasure to be around. I'd be happy to have him back again if there was a way. Look carefully at the pic and you'll see the woodcock holding tight.
  5. Show Us Ya Gundogs

    Is that pup a Springer? Do many folks work spaniels in the US? It is a Springer pup. Spaniels are a minority breed, but not uncommon. Everyone knows someone who works one, but more people hunt with pointing breeds, GSP, Setters, and Brittanies probably being the most popular. Then there is the retriever crowd. Lots of them, too. They are predominantly used for waterfowling, but there are quite a few in the uplands. Amongst the spaniel people Springer are the most popular breed, but cockers are coming on strong. Other spaniel breeds are extremely rare to find in the field, and if you do prepare to be disappointed. There are enough spaniels that throughout the country there are 100+ Springer field trials each year, and probably about the same number of hunt tests. Good to hear that! It's funny, we don't often hear of spaniel work outside of the UK.Probably should have included a pic of my girl Ginger, too. She is the mother of the pup.
  6. Lab Doesn't Want To Pick Up Anymore

    If you've blown the whistle, and run out to make him stop on every retrieve, you've trained him to expect to sit on every retrieve. If he doesn't make the pick, then the pressure never comes. So he's a smart boy who figured out how to turn off the pressure. I'm a little confused as to what he was doing that made you feel you needed to work on his stop whistle. Was he not nonslip steady, and breaking on retrieves? If so, I would say lots of tossed dummies that he watches you, or another dog pick up would be the drill. The stop whistle training should be conducted independently, not with retrieving drills. It's not a retrieving skill, it's a manners skill. Yes, it does overlap at times, but it overlaps everything we do with our dogs. To get your dog retrieving again I'd try a couple different things. Dogs are very place oriented. Try doing some retrieving someplace different. If you can get some frozen game, still in feathers, or some shot pigeons, try using those. Also, if your dog like the water, some water retrieves may get him going again. Good luck
  7. Show Us Ya Gundogs

    Is that pup a Springer? Do many folks work spaniels in the US? It is a Springer pup. Spaniels are a minority breed, but not uncommon. Everyone knows someone who works one, but more people hunt with pointing breeds, GSP, Setters, and Brittanies probably being the most popular. Then there is the retriever crowd. Lots of them, too. They are predominantly used for waterfowling, but there are quite a few in the uplands. Amongst the spaniel people Springer are the most popular breed, but cockers are coming on strong. Other spaniel breeds are extremely rare to find in the field, and if you do prepare to be disappointed. There are enough spaniels that throughout the country there are 100+ Springer field trials each year, and probably about the same number of hunt tests.
  8. Show Us Ya Gundogs

    My new pup.
  9. I had the opportunity to get out on a syndicate day in E. Yorkshire, earlier this month. Had a great time, and enjoyed some good company. Wish I lived closer, and had the means to spend more time shooting driven birds more often. Anyway, here is my report. http://allseasonsoutdoors.blogspot.com/2016/12/aso-goes-to-england-again.html
  10. With things winding down around here I took advantage of a break in the cold weather to take the dog and the gun out for a walk. Found a few pheasant in the hedgerows. Managed to knock a couple down.
  11. Got into the woodcock again, today. Knocked a couple down with my 28g.
  12. We've been seeing them in big numbers, here. The dog flushed about 25 the day before yesterday, and probably 15 today. I've even managed to put a few on the ground. Of course, these birds aren't nearly as big as what you all have, but they're still good sport. And eating.
  13. Spaniel Or Lab

    Spaniel. They get way more attention from the ladies when you bring them to the pub.
  14. Question About Germany Points

    I know a guy in NH that shoots hares over his wirehaired pointer. Not sure how it all plays out, and if the dog points them, but it does track wounded hares, and will retrieve a hare. I saw a fantastic video on YouTube some years ago about hunting dogs, tests and trials in Germany. Forgot the name, but you may find it interesting if you find it.
  15. Most Americans don't shoot driven pheasant, or any other driven bird, so I would expect them to wear whatever they own which they feel is most appropriate. It isn't terribly hard to find a few pieces of appropriate kit over here. I was able to put together an appropriate outfit thanks to living somewhat close to a Barbour outlet, and a few deals on eBay. Here in the states our upland clothing tends to feature blaze orange, while big game and waterfowl clothing is camo. That said, I have seen people upland hunting wearing some degree of camo. Don't get it, but maybe that's all they have. Of course, last year when we moved on to the duck pond in the evening, I was the only one not wearing camo. Never considered I'd need it. This year I will bring along a light weight camo coat to wear in the morning for geese, and the evening for ducks. I haven't shot any game in Scotland, yet. Would it be advisable to invest in a kilt for that trip? A cold breeze could be tough. Hehehe..... no as your American your over weight deep frying turkeys and ducks so think you might struggle getting one to fit hehehe . Deep frying turkeys, mmmm,.......you're making me hungry.
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