I have a couple seasons of field hunting birds under my belt, but this is the first season I've done walk-in water shooting. I'm wondering how you guys keep your dog dry-ish/warm-ish/above water when you hunt cattail marsh/sloughs etc.
My mutt has a vest and a thick fur coat, but cold weather is on its way. Some of the WPAs/WMAs have a 1/4 or more mile hike in through thick marsh, and I'm not sure if I can tote along a dog stand with my decoys/gun/bag/etc. I usually hunt solo so that hinders a bit.
So far this season she's been able to find a bit of ground to sit on, but I'm not sure if that will always be the case. Those spots tend to be a bit back, and they don't allow her to see birds fall.
She's my first dog so I'm a huge softy about her. Got her from a shelter...a border collie/german shepherd mix...and ended up making a semi-respectable retriever out of her.
Love the forum. (Kinda) new Minnesotan here. I appreciate the advice.
Shoot em in the face!