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  1. I allowed my Brittany to hunt from about 4 or 5 months old. Nothing serious, just took him to a moor where I knew there were plenty of snipe and let him hunt and point them. Sometimes he made "mistakes" and flushed them too early. He then chased them. I allowed this and let him. It wasn't long before he realised he couldn't catch them. Getting a dog to point is also about the time of year it is. Some birds will hold better for a point at certain times/weather conditions. Have you got access to pigeons? A good training aid. I would keep him away from ground game until he is steady.
  2. david901

    Female Harris

    It is never a good thing to advise on a forum if a bird is under or over weight. That is something only you can gauge [or get someone experienced to assist you] Personally, I would rather work on building a positive relationship with the hawk. Spend lots of time manning it, BUT with a positive outcome for the bird, IE walking with her with a tiring/plummage,etc things that will help build a bond with the bird. Hunting is good and probably the best way to bond with a hawk, but whatever you were doing perhaps didn't work? Maybe more "quality time" will help. All the best.
  3. Thanks WC. Cracking dogs by the look of them. Back in the Eighties/Nineties I had a Plummer cross Russell dog. He was a good sized dog and very eager to please. He wasn't the best worker in the world though he did do some decent work, but eventually he got too hard by the time he was 5 or 6. I think if I had him now I would have done things differently when entering him, maybe held him back til he was 2 years old. Cheers
  4. david901

    Female Harris

    Mate, how sharp is the keel? That should give you an idea if she is too low or high in condition.
  5. david901

    Female Harris

    I knew a lad that had a female gos that nailed him on the side of the face. It turned out the bird was quite a bit under-weight and was obviously frustrated. A lot can come down to how you treat the hawk....things like not robbing kills off her. Helping her break in and also feed her tidbits while she is on a kill can help to strengthen the bond between man and hawk. There are so many little things that can make a difference. Its difficult to give any advice without seeing the hawk in a action as it were. You mention that she was a bit footy with her former owner. That is n
  6. Nice dogs mate. What height is the dog at the front. From the picture he looks quite tall.
  7. That would be tricky to put a price on mate. You could contact cochy bonddu books. They would perhaps give you a price. I have a couple of yearbooks myself [i was even in a rescue or two ]
  8. Both good little tykes in my opinion. Both as useful as each other, again in my opinion.
  9. You're right mate. Its a bit like have a set of golf clubs....each club/terrier is for a different situation. Some stayers, some hard/killing dog/some bolters some for cubs etc All the best
  10. I understand where you're coming from, BUT a good bolting dog is NOT just a second rate digging dog.I feel like I'm going round in circles so I think i'm going to disappear again All the best What is it then, a clever digging dog? Would you know what that is????? I know what my idea of a clever digging dog/terrier is, and giving fox space to bolt ain't in my idea. Is that your way of thinking? Just asking mate, like I said iv kenneled bolting dogs and have no axe to grind with them or folk who keep them Sometimes a terrier will understand that a bolt is what the hunter requires and will d
  11. I don't want to enter into an argument over terriers. Its been years since I've had one, BUT I just wanted to make the point that there is more than one way to skin a cat[ no cats where harmed,,,,lol] The point I wanted to make is that a good bolting terrier is NOT a failed digging dog. As I said before, I used to think digging dogs/ killing dogs where the bees knees, but with experience I learned another way......... All the best.
  12. I understand where you're coming from, BUT a good bolting dog is NOT just a second rate digging dog.I feel like I'm going round in circles so I think i'm going to disappear again All the best What is it then, a clever digging dog? Would you know what that is????? I know what my idea of a clever digging dog/terrier is, and giving fox space to bolt ain't in my idea. Is that your way of thinking? Just asking mate, like I said iv kenneled bolting dogs and have no axe to grind with them or folk who keep them Sometimes a terrier will understand that a bolt is what the hunter requires and
  13. I understand where you're coming from, BUT a good bolting dog is NOT just a second rate digging dog.I feel like I'm going round in circles so I think i'm going to disappear again All the best What is it then, a clever digging dog? Would you know what that is?????
  14. I understand where you're coming from, BUT a good bolting dog is NOT just a second rate digging dog. I feel like I'm going round in circles so I think i'm going to disappear again All the best
  15. How old is she now mate? The years seem to march on eh? One day you may get a good 'un.....LOL
  16. I don't mean to disrespect you mate, but a GOOD bolting terrier doesn't just sit back and bay from 2 foot away. A GOOD bolting terrier makes the fox bolt[if it can]. Not all foxes will bolt, but most will if given the opportunity/incentive. JMO. Cheers
  17. Foxdropper I admire your passion for the working terrier. At one time I was the same. Some folk go about terrier work in a half-hearted way, but its passion that makes a line/strain/breed into something special. All the best mate
  18. I respect your view mate, but a bolting terrier, sorry good bolting terrier will get the job most times apart from pregnant vixens or places that are too tight. I think the problem is [in my opinion] is people think a soft not committed terrier is a "bolting" dog, but in my view, a good bolting terrier is determined committed worker that gets the job done. Just my opinion mate. All the best.
  19. Hi mate Not necessarily true. A good,experienced tyke [ and terrierman] can often get a result they desire.
  20. Hi Marshman, After doing it for 25 years I felt I had accomplished all that I wanted. Plus I had a cracking wee bitch that I didn't think I would better. Once she got too old, any other dog would have been an anticlimax.
  21. I have noticed on this forum that the most vociferous terriermen prefer digging dogs over bolting terriers. As someone who hunted fox with terriers for over 25 years, I had a soft spot for a good bolting dog. I had some dogs that would stay whatever time it took to dig, but as much as I admired them, I saw the value of a dog that could bolt a fox. I should clarify I don't have a terrier now, and its just a personal opinion. I understand that if you have a preference, that's fine but I do think that with experience you can see the benefit of both types of working terrier. Cheers
  22. good post david , i also done many many years foxing , never less than 100+ a year , one of my best grafters was a little russel bitch she would stand off & bay but mixed it when needed that bitch bolted more foxes than any of my fell types ,never got stuck & i could call her out or stay untull dug she would be laughed at on here but she more than earned her keep god bless the little girl Thanks mate. I myself never did more than about 50 in a year. After reading some comments, it seems bolting dogs are not thought of as highly as stayers which I find strange. But it takes al
  23. I find these posts quite amusing. Its been about 13 or 14 years since I stopped earthwork with terriers. I was at it for over 25 years and I find there is some amount of P$sh written about terriers. IMO. Some of the most successful terriermen , ie catch around 100 foxes per season use bolting terriers and only dig as a last resort. Their dogs rarely get badly marked up and they are capable of getting called out an earth. These guys have been doing this for maybe half a century, but if they came on here they probably would get slagged off by all the keyboard warriors on here. Not everyo
  24. Thanks pal. Watched the first DVD many years ago, but not seen the second one. I may order a copy. Cheers
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