NHDuckHunter wrote:200 yards isn't that bad. I've had them go further. I had a guy down river from me this year shoot three times at a bird that flew about 400-500 yards before dying right in the middle of my decoys. Guy didn't make an attempt to come get it either.
thats why I will never again duck hunt without a dog. You were lucky it fell in a field. When they fall other places, there is no way you will ever find it without a dog.
Rise and Shine Retrievers wrote:I saw 5 other groups of hunters yesterday. Only 1 with a dog. I don't get it
If that were me, I probably would have thought I missed and your decoy set up was good enough to land a educated duck
Rise and Shine Retrievers wrote:I certainly don't mean to bash dogless hunters. Everyone has different circumstances. I understand that. My son lives in a condo and desperately wants his own dog (he wants a Chessie, she wants a Lab). It's just not feasible, so he borrows one of mine when he goes with his dogless buddies. My issue is, I see hunters who don't have a "snowballs chance in Hell" of finding many of the birds they shoot, because of their set up or hunting situation. Or worse yet, don't even try to retrieve difficult birds. We've all seen it. Or, they have a dog and it's not trained well enough to get the job done. My dogs don't find them all, just ask Sharkbait. As a serious dog guy and duck hunter, it's a pet peeve of mine. Same thing in the pheasant fields. I have hunting scenerios that don't involve decoys, boats or even duck calls. But every hunt has at least one dog along.
It sounds like you're making an honest effort to retrieve your birds
That's my end of year rant. Have a great new year.
One of the dogless hunters we saw Sun is now on a waiting list for a Lab pup
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