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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 »
Iíve 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. Iíve 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 dogís face and flying low. Just a reflex reaction that shouldnít 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: December 11, 2017, 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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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2017, 01:51:04 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.

Yea I did that last year and next thing I knew my dogs came out with quills in the face.   :bash:

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2017, 02:34:38 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.

Yea I did that last year and next thing I knew my dogs came out with quills in the face.   :bash:

I hunt porcupine areas and that is always one of my fears.  I didn't even think about that possibility.  Maybe I will remember this and catch myself before doing this in the future.
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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2018, 06:10:37 PM »
I have an almost 1 year old Siberian husky.. she caught a damn bobwhite in our back yard! Chased it around for a few minutes then when it tried to fly off she jumped up and caught it.. I had to chase her for 20 more minutes to get it out of her dang mouth lol! Anyone ever tried using a husky as a bird dog? I'm starting to think about it!

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2018, 08:13:22 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.

Ours would pin down the pheasants that wouldn't hold, when I was a kid.

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Re: Anyone's dog catch wild birds?
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2018, 06:56:54 AM »
My chocolate lab would catch both wild pheasant and quail at least a couple times every year. He would retrieve to heal and several times he'd come running back, plunk his butt down at my side with a live quail stuffed in his mouth. 

 

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