Any of you guys, especiially in the Mid West ever hunt with AWS? I've had a couple and in fact am getting another pup soon. I think pound for pound they are probably the toughest retriever there is and they have always been bred to hunt (no bench type). I never hear anyone on this forum talk about them, just wonder why? In the interest of full disclosure I do have a Chessie because they are better in big water ( I live in Washington State) but for ponds and smaller rivers and even lakes my old water spaniel would hunt with the big boys all day long.