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Offline John B

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Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« on: November 19, 2017, 09:03:17 PM »
Went after chukar today, singles were holding pretty tight. Dog locked up, then creeped 10 yards and spun around 180*. A chukar flushed right infront of his face and the chase was on. They went a good 30 yards downhill before he leaps and snatches it right out of the air. Never seen anything quite like it

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 09:18:26 PM »
My first dog.

I went to a pheasant release site and in just a few short minutes I was limited out, dog finally on a leash, and I hadn't fired a single shot.

Tough to train a dog that catches birds
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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 09:22:06 PM »
My GSP will grab a pheasant that is holding tight, if I'm too slow to catch up to him.   Annoying sometimes.   But part of the process. 

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 09:24:11 PM »
I wouldn't take a dog to a pheasant release site that isn't fully trained.  Wild birds ya, but no more farm birds.
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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 05:09:40 AM »
He's caught a few release sight birds, that wasn't much of a surprise. I've seen him point tight holding quail in the late season, one was holding so tight he crept up and starting rubbing his nose on it. A little background, he's a lab/ shorthair mix and I never whoa trained him. He just started pointing at the end of his 2nd season. He's not anywhere near steady to wing and shot

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 05:07:12 PM »
I’ve seen a couple of good bird dogs catch wild pheasant. One was a springer and the other a GSP. They were fine dogs before I saw them do it and they were fine dogs after. I’ve always heard you never want to let a pointing dog catch a bird. Sounds like yours was a case of the bird flushing right in the dog’s face and flying low. Just a reflex reaction that shouldn’t become a trend.


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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2017, 05:13:31 PM »
My first dog.

I went to a pheasant release site and in just a few short minutes I was limited out, dog finally on a leash, and I hadn't fired a single shot.

Tough to train a dog that catches birds

I had a pair of Goldens and went to perhaps the same release site you were at. Had a WDFW agent (Tim) watching me my male picked up a bird and then my female picked up one. We loaded up and he asked why I was leaving told him dogs don't work pet birds.
I am not sure if they still release anymore up there.

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2017, 05:25:35 PM »
Had a beagle/walker cross and a heeler that caught quite a few, all wild, no releases.

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2017, 10:33:00 AM »
While pheasant hunting South Dakota my lab brought back several wild pheasants. You should have seen the look I got when I tossed them up in the air and let them fly off. Luckily he had an extremely soft mouth and the birds were fine.

But to catch a chukar out of the air, that's pretty cool! Killed 5 on Saturday. Dang they are tasty!

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2017, 01:18:47 PM »
You hunt tight enough cover and your dog will eventually bring some live birds back to you.  I have caught a couple myself and tossed them into the air when they get hung up in super thick grass.  Last year my pup went on point close to where a bird had flushed while we were kicking up another bird.  I did the obligatory stomping and kicking for a few minutes between her nose and 30 yards off.  I started to walk away and call her off point, but she didn't move.  So I told her to fetch and she dove in and brought me a young rooster.

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 01:30:00 PM »
My dog catches probably 4 to 5 wild Pheasant every year.  This year he has 3 to his credit so far.  About 75% are hens which I release after he brings them back.   

 

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