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Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby #1jumpshooter » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:57 am

My buddy is looking at getting a Chesapeake bay retriever for all around hunting(ducks, geese, grouse and woodcock) what we were wondering is if the dogs do any good at woodcock and grouse hunting. Let me know what positive and negative personal experiences you have had hunting upland birds with these dogs.
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Re: Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby champer196 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:53 am

Just like any other retriever. They will excel if the lineage is there. Best pheasant dog I ever has was a chessie. That dog would hunt fur, feathers or whatever I wanted to hunt that day.
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Re: Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby #1jumpshooter » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:42 pm

awesome sounds like the perfect versatile dog.
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Re: Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby Jofa » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:19 pm

you're probably gonna want a pointing dog for woodcock for sure, because woodcock will flush and flush fast when a big flushing dog rushes right in on them, and since woodcock are almost always in the thick brush, i dont see how you would get a shot off if you are having flushes up ahead with the dog. i would say a pointer for grouse and pheasant too, but pointers are not always the best tool for ducks. Some pointers are GREAT for ducks, dont get me wrong, but pointers are dynamite at the upland hunt. Chessies and labs are to water as pointers are to upland.
good luck with whatever you decide on!!
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Re: Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby #1jumpshooter » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:29 pm

thats how i have always felt because the cover is so dang thick that a flusher would be frustrating, but thanks man i appreciate you taking the time to give more insight.
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Re: Chesapeake retrievers for grouse and woodcock

Postby Gen. Lee » Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:51 am

For the game species that you mention (and similar ones like quail), I'd suggest a drahthaar.
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