OmegaRed wrote:I wouldn't be worried about retrieving as much as gun noise and tons of birds dropping. Depending how many ppl you hunt with, things can get hectic.
Phild wrote:OmegaRed wrote:I wouldn't be worried about retrieving as much as gun noise and tons of birds dropping. Depending how many ppl you hunt with, things can get hectic.
She is great with mutiple guns and this hunt there will be only two, I just thought to build her confidance up on duck first before letting her tackle the big guys, she is only 52 lbs 54 soaking wet LOL I will play it by ear if she wants to go and it a stone cold dead one I may send her.
Phild wrote:Well the birds were slow and few and far between but I mannaged to call some in for my friend to drop. We did only singles it was a very controled hunt, both for Gauge and his daughter who is 12 she did awesome. I didn't shoot I had my kids as well and a blind buddy, Liam who is 5 with me.
When the first bird went down Gauge was realyl stoked to hammer it she burst out of her blind heading across the field and arrived at a 12 or so pound goose lol, she looked back at me then the bird then at me as if to say "you want me to pick this thing up?" I must say it was pretty funny so I started encouraging her and walked toward herand she was deciding how ot pick it up, looking for a spot and nosing the bird for a good location. The goose picked its head up and looked at her and she did a little jump lol by that time I was there and was encouraging her and soon she found that she could pick it up by the wing area and off she came trotting proud as piss, goose head swinging away looking all around. She did drop the bird a couple of time but managed to wrangle it back into position. The second bird was much better I didn't walk out just gave her lots of praise and she managed to drag that guy back in too.
I will say they are a pretty good size bird for poor old Gauge at 52 lbs to haul across a field but with more pracitce and time I think she will learn how to handle them just fine. We did try form a sitting position to get her to fetch it form me holding it and man I can see why she even has a hard time getting her mouth open that far, she couldn't physically mouth around the birds brest. So it is either higher up on the neck or the wing joint. Both of these location makes the bird hang low when she comes in and it kinda drags and causes more work.
I am pretty happy for the first two geese she brough and it was a great day. I will try a few more controlled hunts with one gun and keep praciticing with her. Pics to follow.
Phild wrote:Well a small world it is last night I had the opportunity to meet with Duckdon form the site, he was on his way thru to a dog test in Minnesota from Alaska and had to drive thru Grande Prairie to get there. Phil
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