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by labman21
Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:42 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: doggy vests
Replies: 9
Views: 2508

doggy vests

I"m from Montana and I love to hunt ducks. It gets really cold up here so I bought my two dogs a vest, they're similar in size so one would do the trick. I went to Wholesale Sports to take a look at the vests. I was looking for a 34" or 35" chest size. The largest I found was 33". This was the 2XL, ...
by labman21
Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: bark collar
Replies: 21
Views: 3067

Re: bark collar

One of my dogs loves to bark for no reason at all. I think we put a bark collar on him around 5 months, it scared the crap out of him at first but he quickly understood what was causing the little jolts. Unfortunately, my dog knows the difference between having the collar on and not having it on. He...
by labman21
Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: dog has trouble with geese
Replies: 7
Views: 1464

dog has trouble with geese

went out today and a buddy bagged a couple of honkers, my dog drake, a yellow lab, charged in and finished a wounded bird. he obviously wasn't shy and he just couldn't seem to figure out how to bring it to me. he was grabbing on but wouldn't carry it back to me. I realize the size is a big issue for...
by labman21
Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: The elusive duck
Replies: 2
Views: 356

The elusive duck

It's been a while everybody, I've been spending too much time freezing my butt off in the cold. The duck numbers in my area are much lower than last year. I don't know how many more times I can go in single digits and come home with an empty game bag. Any cold, late-season pointers? p.s not alot of ...
by labman21
Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: The time has come- Bird Season is upon us
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: The time has come- Bird Season is upon us

This spot is only roughies i think. not high enough for blues
by labman21
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Holding the line drill
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Holding the line drill

I recently posted about my dogs holding a straight line on a blind retrieve. On the ducks unlimited website I saw a video about "trailing memories". I saw the trainer take the dog to various locations and drop a bumper. The trainer went back to his original spot, lined up the dog and gave him the ba...
by labman21
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: The time has come- Bird Season is upon us
Replies: 3
Views: 434

The time has come- Bird Season is upon us

I'm going to go grouse hunting this weekend for the first time this year and i'm psyched. This area I'm going is really thick stuff. This weekend I'm not planning on taking a dog but I'd like to know how you think a lab would hold up in thick cover. I know I can get my dogs into it but I'm not sure ...
by labman21
Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Heading to Montana this week any outlooks
Replies: 1
Views: 328

Re: Heading to Montana this week any outlooks

Hey i'm from Helena and last year I was out by the Fort Peck Resevoir I never touched the crop fields. I went out looking for mulies down in the sage and coolies and it seemed i was flushing a covey of sharpies every 30 seconds. I was upset I had a rifle in my hand. I don't know any specific areas b...
by labman21
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP's Q and A
Replies: 35
Views: 4845

Re: GWP's Q and A

Thanks guys I see that they are durable enough for Montana whenever it is time for a new pup I'll make sure I look into the breeding history. By the way if the morning started off -30 chances are pretty good you wouldn't find me out in the blind but weather can change amazingly fast and if the ducks...
by labman21
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP's Q and A
Replies: 35
Views: 4845

Re: GWP's Q and A

Wow thanks for all the comments guys. Most of them were you guys arguing about random subjects but I mainly wanted to know if a wirehair is going to be able to take extreme temperatures like -30 with a blizzard which are very realistic and still be in a frisky birdy mood.
by labman21
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GWP's Q and A
Replies: 35
Views: 4845

GWP's Q and A

I'm really interested in the German Wirehaired Pointer. I see that they're a very versatile dog but I'd like to know more.

How are they with people?

Can they handle the cold of Montana during duck season?

What are your experiences with these dogs?

If you guys can help me out thanks
by labman21
Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Sitting by Whistle
Replies: 6
Views: 2180

Re: Sitting by Whistle

Thanks I'm not sure if I understand the two way rope set up though
by labman21
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Sitting by Whistle
Replies: 6
Views: 2180

Sitting by Whistle

My dog Drake has one issue that really needs to be dealt with. If he could just get this down it would make life so much easier. He is whistle trained to sit and comeback but I have issues getting him to sit at a distance. He knows the short whistle blast means sit but he seems to think it means sit...
by labman21
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where are my fellow Montanans at?
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Where are my fellow Montanans at?

I don't know how many people on the forum are currently living in Montana or just hunt in Montana but I'd like to know what you guys have been hunting, where you guys have been hunting and how you guys have been hunting. I primarily duck hunt and shoot a few ruffies and blues. This is coming straigh...
by labman21
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Early Season Ducks???
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Early Season Ducks???

All of my duck hunting experiences have taken place in the late season. This is due to no success with deer and elk season. This year I am planning to do alot more hunting in the earlier part of the season. These birds are probably a whole different animal at this time of year and I want to know you...
by labman21
Sat Aug 21, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Holding the Line
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Holding the Line

I'm trying to perfect the handling of my dogs. They understand my hand signals to a point. If I give them a hand signal to the left they will head in that general direction but not straight left. If I send them back they go back but not in such a straight line. They have alot of room to improve and ...
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Hunting Grouse with a Cannon
Replies: 8
Views: 2509

Hunting Grouse with a Cannon

I'm 17 and have one shotgun I can call my own, a 12 ga Benelli Nova Pump, I like to grouse hunt. What would you guys think the best load out of this sucker would be. I plan on eating these birds so I don't like them to look like raw burger after the shot. Mainly i'll be shooting at blues and ruffies...
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pup Update - Pics
Replies: 8
Views: 891

Re: Pup Update - Pics

Great looking pup
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Sensitive in the water
Replies: 11
Views: 2736

Re: Gun Sensitive in the water

If I understand this right your dog is gun shy while in the water. I would think that your dog got a little scared because sound travels over water much better and louder and dogs ears are much more sensitive than ours. Another thing that may have startled the dog is that you shot while the dog was ...
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How essential is F.F. ?
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: How essential is F.F. ?

I am still quite new to the training world with only three years under my belt and only one dog has needed to be FF'd. I believe if the dog will do the job you ask it to do it's fine. Although I may FF my other dog as a safety blanket just so that we don't have any problems. I think if you are happy...
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Best hunting dog?
Replies: 29
Views: 5935

Re: Best hunting dog?

It all boils down to what you are hunting for the most part, where do you live? Do you want it to be a family dog as well? The Labrador is definitely solid in all fields. You wouldn't want to put a GSP in freezing water in the dead of winter if you are duck hunting in Montana. But you may want a poi...
by labman21
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What keeps you dry?
Replies: 4
Views: 426

What keeps you dry?

I just got some new gander mountain waders, I haven't tried them out yet but they seem to be pretty nice. What do you fellow duck hunters use?
by labman21
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hot Wader Repair
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Hot Wader Repair

This is just a random question but has anybody ever used hot glue to patch holes in waders? I just saw how similar the normal adhecent looked to hot glue. If so let me now how it worked. :D
by labman21
Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pre Season, Training Camp
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: Pre Season, Training Camp

Hi Evan it's been a while. My dogs are very solid with the basics all the way up to hand signals. One thing I've had trouble with though actually is getting them to sit by whistle at a distance. They know they should sit but they come back closer to me rather than sitting where they were. Sorry for ...
by labman21
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pre Season, Training Camp
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Pre Season, Training Camp

It's been a really long time since I've visited the forum. In Montana we've got upland bird season just around the corner and waterfowl will follow shortly there after. My question is what should I be tuning up on with my dogs before this season starts?

Thanks for the consideration
by labman21
Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hunting trucks can you dig it!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3028

Hunting trucks can you dig it!!

Hey guys it's been a while since I've last posted about my wonder dogs. My latest obsession has been trucks, hunting trucks because I'm on the lookout for one right now. I'd like to see what you guys are rolling with, give a little review with your vehicle please :D http://i784.photobucket.com/album...
by labman21
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Water Training- How Cold is too cold?
Replies: 15
Views: 3128

Re: Water Training- How Cold is too cold?

If stagnant water isn't frozen you should be okay. Now but if it's a cold day out there you don't want to keep him wet in the cold for too long.

Let your dog get the idea and don't over do it. That's all I've got.
by labman21
Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Success! Drake will now retrieve! pic included
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Success! Drake will now retrieve! pic included

First day I got Drake to fully retrieve a dead bird. I was so excited, and so was he. I am so glad that I have been going through a ff program with Drake. I recommend it to anybody who wants a dog who retrieves to his fullest potential. Drake had all the right instincts, but he had a problem and ff'...
by labman21
Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: The ff transition
Replies: 5
Views: 638

The ff transition

Drake is now holding birds in his mouth. When i give him the fetch command he gladly takes the bird. He will hold it for as long as I tell him to and won't release until the drop command is given. If I give him the bird with the fetch command and have him stay and hold it, then call him he will do t...
by labman21
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: The addiction continues.... sigh
Replies: 7
Views: 1072

Re: The addiction continues.... sigh

Thanks for the replies guys, and I did call them in which was also a first for me. I had a blast.
by labman21
Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: The addiction continues.... sigh
Replies: 7
Views: 1072

The addiction continues.... sigh

Well I went out again and what do you know I shot another stinky duck :lol: .

The picture isn't that great it is from my cell phone but it turned out ok.

My First Mallard Drake!!
Image
by labman21
Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: My name is Ryan and I'm a Duckaholic
Replies: 3
Views: 559

My name is Ryan and I'm a Duckaholic

Man, I went out this afternoon to Lake Helena, and there were plenty of birds. I was walking what little open water is left and eventually found the honey hole. Unfortunately there wasn't any cover for me to get to them with so they saw me and flew away, but...... On the way back I am not thinking m...
by labman21
Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: OMG it works!!
Replies: 1
Views: 432

OMG it works!!

Thanks to ff I have Drake holding real birds in his mouth again. He doesn't particularly like it but it's a start. I'll post pictures next training session we have. I am so happy. He will even let me walk away, for like 10 seconds, but that is fine for now. Eventually he should be back and retrievin...
by labman21
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Mally mally mally MALLARD!
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Mally mally mally MALLARD!

Hey everybody I am just kinda excited, bored, and just giddy as a little school girl.

No but seriously I just shot my first mallard today. I'd post a picture but she didn't look too pretty afterwards.

mallard hen + 12g 3in #2 shot at 20 yd = well you get it
by labman21
Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Drop ducks like rain!!! Really?
Replies: 15
Views: 4777

Drop ducks like rain!!! Really?

I have been interested in the Federal Premium Black Cloud Shot shells. They seem like they work really well and they have certainly been advertised alot. My question is to the people who have experienced this phenomenon we call black cloud.

Is it really worth over $20 a box?
by labman21
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Collar- A bit pricy
Replies: 8
Views: 2439

Training Collar- A bit pricy

I've really wanted to get a training collar but they're just so expensive. I am a teenager in search of a job right now, I have had my eye on a simple sport dog model for $160. The man at our "Sportsman's Warehouse" now "Wholesale Sport's" advised me that is the best one you'll get under $200. Any m...
by labman21
Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: The NOVA
Replies: 14
Views: 3825

The NOVA

I own a 12 guage Benelli Nova Pump, and I am confused. I have been reading reviews on this gun and have been seeing complaints about the weight of this gun, in my opinion it is the lightest 12 guage I have ever shot. Also complaints about the kick of it. Unless you are shooting a 3.5 inch turkey mag...
by labman21
Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: RE-Intro to birds
Replies: 0
Views: 161

RE-Intro to birds

Sorry, just trying not to address too many issues in one post. As everyone of the internet knows by now Drake doesn't want to pick up birds anymore. I haven't tried to give him a real bird in almost a week now. I have been force fetching him for 5 days now. He reaches for things on the fetch command...
by labman21
Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force Fetch Psychology
Replies: 4
Views: 908

Force Fetch Psychology

I have been ff'ing drake so that he will once again pick up birds. Many of you already know this. He has been doing very well his first 5 days and I am proud of him. However I am a little confused. By doing this am I training the dog so that he will pick up something even if he really doesn't like t...
by labman21
Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pound Puppy DID AWESOME!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Pound Puppy DID AWESOME!!!

the only problem is I can't find booty's big enough for either of my dogs, the extra large's would barely fit over a toe (exagerating.)

The vest I am working on though
by labman21
Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Rabbit hunting? WHO?WHAT?WHERE?WHEN?WHY?
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Rabbit hunting? WHO?WHAT?WHERE?WHEN?WHY?

Waterfowl season is coming to an end and I really want to keep my pups hunting something. The only thing I can think of that will be legal is to hunt rabbits.

Any tips on how I should go about handling the dogs?
by labman21
Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Merry christmas to all and to all dogs a big bone!
Replies: 0
Views: 86

Merry christmas to all and to all dogs a big bone!

Hey everybody of the coolest forum ever!!!
Just wishing everyone happy holidays no matter what you may celebrate.
Hope everybody has a really good time this year.
And get those puppy dogs a big old bone for the holiday season.
Thanks, Ryan
by labman21
Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ruger is a hunting pup now
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Ruger the new hunter, kinda

You can look at the genetics of a dog to find the complete breed or breed combinations. What I was saying I got this done for a little bit better price than you would normally pay. The vet really liked him, and really liked us. And she got it set up so we could find out. Sorry for the confusion, alt...
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Feather haters
Replies: 2
Views: 276

Feather haters

I am not sure if this is the reason. I had a previous post about my dog drake,the yellow lab, not liking to pick up birds anymore. He used to love having birds in his mouth but something has changed. I am beginning to ff him now and I hope it will work. I can get him to pick up wings, but maybe it i...
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Labs good grouse dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 7983

Re: Labs good grouse dogs?

thanks, my grouse hunting style is very similar to yours it should work
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ruger is a hunting pup now
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Ruger the new hunter, kinda

it was first an assumption then i talked with a very,very kind veterinarian who fell in love with him :D
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Kent shot-shells any good?
Replies: 13
Views: 4775

Kent shot-shells any good?

I recently bought some Kent steel loads ( 3inch #2's) for late season waterfowl. I have only shot one shell so far and I liked the sound of it.

Anybody have any good or bad experiences with Kent loads?
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ruger is a hunting pup now
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Ruger is a hunting pup now

Sorry guys picture got messed up. My computer has been really weird lateley :x
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Labs good grouse dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 7983

Labs good grouse dogs?

I was wondering, does anybody with labs or has hunted with labs know if labs are good grouse dogs? Please explain why or why not. If they are good how do you go about doing it? Do you work multiple dogs and let them run in like a pheasant hunt? Or, do you just send a dog into thick cover to try and ...
by labman21
Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Force Fetching rate of progress
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Force Fetching rate of progress

Those of you out their who have ff'd your dogs, how much progress did you make in the first three days? Drake is doing really well in my eyes, how were your dogs? Please comment