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new hunting dog any suggestions

Postby duck killer instict » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:54 pm

Hey i was wondering if anyone has had a bluetick coonhound and if they are good hunting dogs and if they are hard to train. ive looked up information on them and i dont really know if they are good for duck and all kinds of hunting.

any other ideas for dogs that dont shed very bad will be apreciated
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Postby 98ramtough » Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:57 pm

My uncle used to have one. It wasn't a GREAT hunting dog or anything, but it would fetch the ducks out of the water.
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Postby zx2dxz » Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:37 pm

lab the best dog there is EVER!!! Its friendly to everyone, it wouldnt know what to do with itself if it couldnt retireve ducks, can flush any upland game bird u want, hardy, long lasting dog. ohhh and did i mention it can take really cold weather real well. Trust me u wont be disappointed with a labrador retriever sitting next to you in the duck blind, truck or where ever u want him/her.
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Postby gsphunter » Tue Jan 11, 2005 3:32 pm

If you wanna coon hunt buy a blue tick or another coon hunting breed. If you primarily duck hunt get a lab or a chessie. If you wanna hunt fur and feathers, and even do some big game tracking, get a versatile breed like the shorthair, wirehair, or some of the other versatiles.
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Postby 98ramtough » Tue Jan 11, 2005 3:43 pm

BLAH labs are overrated! My chessie is all business, no play. I get annoyed by the labs that won't leave you alone.

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zx2dxz wrote:lab the best dog there is EVER!!! Its friendly to everyone, it wouldnt know what to do with itself if it couldnt retireve ducks, can flush any upland game bird u want, hardy, long lasting dog. ohhh and did i mention it can take really cold weather real well. Trust me u wont be disappointed with a labrador retriever sitting next to you in the duck blind, truck or where ever u want him/her.
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Postby duck killer instict » Tue Jan 11, 2005 7:15 pm

i dont think that labs are overrated sure they are spoken highly of but still i had a lab when i was younger and i loved him more than anything but we moved and got rid of him and they shed and i dont what a dog that sheds at least not massivly
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Postby brucemacp » Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:16 pm

What's the deal with the shedding? That seems to be a major point here so if you are set on getting a dog that dosen't shed much there are only a few (bird dogs) I can think of. American Water Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Boykins similar I think to the American Water Spaniel and Poodles ( the standards were origianlly great hunting dogs). I'm probably missing one but those are the majors and great hunters all, even the poodle if you can find the right one.
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Postby 98ramtough » Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:12 am

notice I have a lab in my sig. I just like to give guys a hard time when they think that labs are the only dogs that will hunt ducks. Ask fishnranger, he hunts with me, don't count out the chessies!
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Postby duck killer instict » Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:42 pm

the deal with the shedding is i live with my parents because im only 15 and my mom refuses to clean all the hair up so if there is a lab out there that doesnt shed im on it but untill then the dog cant shed i have no choice
if it were up to me id get a lab my dad wants one but not the mother
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Postby phillipstd » Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:08 pm

I'd think about a gsp or a wirehair, I don't think they shed too much, maybe you can find a good hybred like a poodlepointer or something like that for cheaper though, a shorthaired bird dog mixed with a lab, you see them all the time for cheap or free. labs are not the greatest dog's ever, by far, they are the most overbred dogs ever. everybody I know has a lab and when we go hunting we always take my chessy. not their labs.
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Postby gsphunter » Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:41 am

Since you're from Wisconsin I don't think a shorthaired dog should be in your option list. I know some shorthaired dogs will hit ice cold water like a chessie, but there are many others that won't. Get a dog that is known to be able to handle cold water, because I know you get it up there in Wisconsin. I watch some Packers games.
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Postby duck killer instict » Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:40 pm

yea the water is cold most of the time even in the summer so im thinking of a lab my mom says that i have clean up after it but i dont think thats much of a problem
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Postby zx2dxz » Mon Jan 17, 2005 9:18 am

a shorthaired bird dog mixed with a lab, you see them all the time for cheap or free.


Theres a reason u see them all the time for free or cheap cuz they are worthless in the field. The have niether a good point or a strong retrieve. Stay away from a mix.

I know some shorthaired dogs will hit ice cold water like a chessie, but there are many others that won't


A GSP will not be able to take the cold most of those dogs are shivering cold after 15 mins of sitting still in 30°-35°. Go with a GWHP if u want a pointer/retriever. Caution: When out hunting ive seen one drown, if this is the route ur going get a float vest. As far as shedding i dont think that they shed that much.

BLAH labs are overrated! My chessie is all business, no play. I get annoyed by the labs that won't leave you alone.


Ill admit chessies are probably better duck dogs, but who couldnt fall in love with a lab? besides if lab werent all playful u'd think something was wrong with it.

All in all every dog sheds, just tell them to get use it.

1. GSP - Best Upland Dog
2. GWHP - A Little Bit Of Both (it will have a strong retrieve or a stong point, but does both)
3. Lab - Most Friendly, All It Wants Is To Please (This is prolly your best bet)
4. Chessie - Strong Hunter, Can Take Anything (These dogs are not small, they are larger then a lab)
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