My pups first season!

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My pups first season!

Postby plumgold1 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:27 pm

Well how should I start? Got a red fox lab at the ISE in the bay area, Cali.. back at the end of last duck season. He was 6 weeks old and the best looking dude in the litter.

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I just graduted college and had time off, not having a job I had a great opportunity to take him out almost everyday for ob training. Flash forward a few months ..once we got the ob down It took about 5 trips to the waterfront by my house to get him confident enough to start swimming, after that he was hooked on dock diving and making retrieves.

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Come september I brought him out a few times for dove season and got some shooting under his belt, he wasnt gun shy at all! He even got to witness a few downed doves but really had no idea what the hell he was supposed to do haha. Anyways Every saturday I forced him to watch OLN hunting shows!

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Opening day 2009-2010 duck season down in Los Banos, thousands of guns firing off scared the crap out of him. It was like going into a warzone with all the gun fire, he freaked out and wouldnt come and sit at the blind and kept trying to run off he was so scared but eventually calmed down when the shooting stopped. We were in a bad area, thank God, because we only shot two ducks that day and he didnt really get a chance to put what we had been working on prior to the season and the dead duck on the water. Second weekend of the season we were up in our blind in the rice fields, again the shots being fired kinda freaked him out, but when we shot our guns he didnt flinch. He was doing his thing, running out to the duck and playing with it, stepping on it, hoilding it under water, but not bringing it right back to us. Then later in the day We shot a pair of sprig, and goddamnit I didnt have my camera ready. He runs out straight to the birds brings em back to us without hesitation and we were just so freaking happy! After he put 2 and 2 together it was like he had been hunting for 5 years already! Here are his very first rice field hunt results!

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The hunting wasnt very good this year for us(duck numbers wise), it was mainly a learning experience for our pup. All in all I guess it went really great in the sense that we had a new dog and got to shoot a couple birds here and there. He was making long retrives, ducking his head under water chasing teal, he even fetched a few snows and specs! I have so much more to say about how awesome of a year it was for us to see our new hunting partner grow up and learn the tricks of the trade but I would sit here and write a 10 pager. Now thats hes a year old and has a good grasp on what his job entails, I cant wait for next year!!!!

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Re: My pups first season!

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:31 pm

Glad it worked out well. No matter how many more grace your life, he'll always be a special one.
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby wackemstackem » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:39 pm

:thumbsup:
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby joshco84 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:03 pm

Dark yellow/red dogs are my favorite. My bitch just finished is about to finish her first year too and is doing great. She is over 100 retrieves!

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Re: My pups first season!

Postby FowlinBoiler722 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:50 pm

Great looking dog...I just got a dark yellow/fox red male. I really like the looks of my black male but I have a feeling this pup might just be my favorite
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby cirvin » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:02 am

plumgold1: Very good looking dog....the blocky labs are by far my favorite
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby Indaswamp » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:08 am

2nd season is fun.but 3rd season is magical...the unspoken communication is mastered; watching them mature is awesome!!!
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby badbowtie » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:26 am

congrats. i liked seeing the pics from early to now. i just started this journey and have a 13 wk blf.
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby JacksDad » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:05 pm

Nice year! What Kennel or line is your dog out of?
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby goodkarmarising » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:39 pm

Thanks for sharing the story...I do like seeing the pics from him being a pup to how he is grown up now....looks like you have a good one :thumbsup:
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby Sandman3400 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:55 pm

Yeah, you are truly lucky to have your first pup turn out to be a good hunter. He will always be special to you for that reason. My first dog was awesome. Unfortunately I got cheated out of most of the experience, as she died when she was only four, just coming into her prime. Bottom line, treasure the memories y'all make, take lots of pictures, etc. You will always want to remember these times.
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby assateague » Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:45 pm

I'd like to say congrats on the dog and an even bigger congrats on being a hunter in the SF Bay area- that's got to be tough!
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Re: My pups first season!

Postby plumgold1 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:56 pm

He is a Feather Ranch Kennel product, located down in Los Banos. I hope he doesnt forget about ducks during the off season :help:
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