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1st outing with the dog

Postby sleddermxz » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:13 pm

Made it out this afternoon with my 10 month old lab. After he tried to retrieve the decoys he settled in. I saw more ducks today than I have ever seen waterfowling(nothing ever came in range to shoot). Ranged from mallards to blacks, woodys. Watched a bunch of mallards off in the distance get divebombed by a hawk. Had to cut it short due to working tonight. Great to be out after a long off season. Can't wait for the weekend.
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Postby WillHuntForFood » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:31 pm

Thats great sleddermxz I got one woodie to come in range 1st one I have every had a chance to shoot and I just plane choked and missed. :oops: Hope this is not a sign of things to come.
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Postby Woodsman » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:21 pm

Thats cool about your dog. How hard is it to train them?
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Postby sleddermxz » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:47 pm

Lots of work. He was 5 months old when I got him. Have to work with him every day. I am happy that he settled down in the blind. I was a little worried that he would get antsy. Wish some ducks would of come in closer to get a shot. Would have liked to get the first actual retrieve under my belt.
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Nice work

Postby Woodsman » Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:09 pm

Good job working with him, I hope it pays off well. I miss a ton of ducks while I'm retrieving because I am not in a position to shoot. They are still flying because I just shot. If I wait to shoot some more I may loose the ones I shot.

I don't know if a dog would help or not. Would you shoot at ducks in the air if your dog was retrieving or do you have to wait until he comes back in?
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Postby sleddermxz » Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:54 am

Not sure if I would shoot over him until he gets some actual retrieves under his collar. When I had my shorthair I would shoot over him as he was flushing the birds.
Anybody else with dogs shot over them during a retrieve?
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