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Duck dogs and alligators

Postby berudd » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:28 pm

So, I'm watching a show where they are teal hunting he the Mississippi Delta of Louisiana and sending there Lab out for birds. In this particular instance the water is very shallow so maybe gators aren't a concern. But what about deeper water. I assume duck hunters in the Deep South use dogs, right? Do gators pose a risk to the dogs?
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Re: Duck dogs and alligators

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:46 pm

During September teal season in South Louisiana, putting a dog in deep enough water where a big gator might feel secure is taking a bad risk. But when water temps reach the low 60's, the cold blooded gators' metabolism slows beyond hunger, and losing a dog would take more of a fluke, like the dog startling one sunning or some such. Consequently, I hunt mine without much concern in the cooler big duck season but chauffeur him in deep water during the teal season:
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Re: Duck dogs and alligators

Postby Duckdon » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:00 pm

Man, I love it Rick. Now the guys that can't get their dogs to swim can still get the retrieve. Don
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Re: Duck dogs and alligators

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:31 pm

Teal season is clearly very tough on that pup.
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