Indaswamp wrote: Highlight of the hunt was a lone Brant that landed in the spread... (The guides kill only one a year so this is a rare bird in Lubbock) I got up to flush it to shoot it and the guides dog beat me to it and caught it from behind.. that bird didn't know what happened! The guide said that it's bad luck to kill a bird that the dog catches ... so needless to say, that bird was released. Never heard of that superstition before... anyone else ever hear of that?
Never thought of it as superstition, but I've always released any birds the dogs catch without serious injury. Just seems... well, like the right thing. Since my guys are steady, they've never caught a goose in the spread. But last year this one:
escaped the gumbo pot by virtue of being caught, rather than shot. And while the dog didn't catch it, per se, he was first to find that it had fallen into a grass covered pit blind we'd gone to open (so no tractor or hand would fall in) after speck season closed:
The retrievers' most common catches are gallinules and rails trapped before they can flush, but the current Brittany has reached up and snagged two woodcock I flushed low over his points and accomplished the neatest fielding I've seen to date. Was well out from me and running hard downwind across close-grazed pasture where no quail should be, when he busted a scattered covey and made a leaping spin that landed him facing the direction the covey blew out. True to his training, he held his stop-to-flush, and rather than release him remotely with a whistle, I walked over to see if I could reinforce that stop-to by flushing a "sleeper". But was surprised when I got there to see little Kie was, in fact, still holding a live bird he'd somehow snagged when the bunch busted. And don'tcha know he was thinking "Well, piddle!" when I let it fly off.
If you think I'm wrong, you might be right.