swampbilly 1980 wrote:Not being a smarty pants, but know that if I limited my use of the dog to only places or situations that I could jump in and make an immediate rescue, the dog would be home during the entire season.
Billy, I don't think anyone is suggesting that. I have one spot that is much like what the OP described, and late season there is ice to boot. You better believe I make sure there is a boat handy, just in case, for my safety as well as the dog's. Yes, I am dumb enough to go into ice water after a dog which is in trouble
; did it twice, don't want to ever do it again. Also used the boat in that spot to rescue the guy I hunt with when he got stupid one time. Caca happens, sometimes a little pre-planning can prevent disaster.