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by wills1235
Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Where Do They Go?
Replies: 21
Views: 4920

Re: Where Do They Go?

I got on this thread, and it made me feel bad. Must just be awful to live out east. Grew up in MN and live now in WA. I only take the easy shots on pheasant out here. On an average day the pup might put up 10-20 birds, but I don't have to worry about conserving birds, just make sure I kill the ones ...
by wills1235
Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Pheasant hunting tips
Replies: 9
Views: 3351

Re: Pheasant hunting tips

I have generally hunted mornings, but had a great experience the Monday afternoon after opening weekend. I had about an hour to hunt so I headed out to a very small piece of nearby public land. It's heavy grass with a small amount of brush, and that key element, water. Even though I expected that it...
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Moving close-er to town, Invisible Fence?
Replies: 18
Views: 3352

Re: Moving close-er to town, Invisible Fence?

Thanks for all the info. Sounds like an invisible fence system is the way to go. Lot less expensive and ugly than putting up prison fence around the property.
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 1:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: I just got my first real gun dog..... now what?
Replies: 22
Views: 10009

Re: I just got my first real gun dog..... now what?

The more he or she runs the better they sleep:). That's what I live by now. What I would do is check out some events around your area and talk with pros and trainers about what you should do. I learned a lot yesterday by talking to some people. Don't matter if its a visa club.. gsp guys are everywh...
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Indispensable skills
Replies: 23
Views: 5773

Re: Indispensable skills

Interesting, I was out hunting mushrooms today. I am often likely to go 12 miles from the truck in familiar territory hunting birds in the fall. 250 Yards from the truck today I realized I hadn't gone through any of my rituals and didn't know which way the truck was. I guess practice paid off and, t...
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Picking pup question (not typical questions)
Replies: 17
Views: 3789

Re: Picking pup question (not typical questions)

from a structural standpoint, what you see at 8 weeks is pretty much what you will see when they are grown up. They tend to grow unevenly and at 8 weeks the are pretty much in-sync for a short time. It is much better socially to let them stay with the litter until at least 8 weeks. My GSP first pic...
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 1:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Moving close-er to town, Invisible Fence?
Replies: 18
Views: 3352

Moving close-er to town, Invisible Fence?

Hey I've got a young GSP and an older mutt. The GSP hunts anything and everything out here on my 160 acres in the country. I'm afraid that if I buy this 13 acres near city limits with neighbors, I'm going to get a lot of pissed off people calling me about their missing cats and Chihuahuas. Any input...
by wills1235
Fri May 04, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Hunting waterfowl and upland game western Washington
Replies: 10
Views: 3291

Re: Hunting waterfowl and upland game western Washington

I live down near Walla Walla, you can find some "Feel Free to Hunt" on the Snake if you look at the WDFW map- although it is very indifferent. I'm not a Chukar hunter, as I've got my hands full with Hun, Phez, and Quail, but I hear it can be quite good up on the breaks.
by wills1235
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Events
Topic: NSTRA Open/Novice Trial 03/10-11/12
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: NSTRA Open/Novice Trial 03/10-11/12

I'm new to the world of pointing dogs. My gun dog club just advertised an upcoming "double/double". I went to the NSTRA site but couldn't find any reference, what does it mean? I also got to thinking, I'd like to maybe consider trialing my pup in another year or so, but I just don't know anything ab...
by wills1235
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: 60+ birds over the new pup!
Replies: 2
Views: 869

60+ birds over the new pup!

Well the season is done, but me and the pup can't wait for next year. My 2 regular hunting buddies and I shot about 60+ birds over Scotch in his first season, including grouse, hun, quail, and pheasant. I'm pretty "bleep" happy with my first pointer. And he's just turning one at the end of the month...
by wills1235
Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Obama pushing shooters off public lands
Replies: 18
Views: 7987

Re: Obama pushing shooters off public lands

Hunters fund a ton of public land purchases, and most of wildlife and habitat monies come from license fees. Go to TopTater.com/hunting.php and voice your opinion.
by wills1235
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Limit Range of Young GSP
Replies: 69
Views: 14449

Re: How to Limit Range of Young GSP

The simple answer is e-collar. I've made arguments against collars being the only answer, but simply to limit range, nothing is better.
by wills1235
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Idaho Pheasant
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Re: Idaho Pheasant

I grew up in Northern MN eating lots of Ruffies, and I've managed to eat a few blues from the mountains around here too, so I know how good the table fare is. But as ymepointer says I'm in some pretty good pheasant country, and they're a lot of fun to hunt. So are all the quail, hun, and chukar that...
by wills1235
Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Idaho Pheasant
Replies: 5
Views: 746

Idaho Pheasant

Hey I'm going to be moving back to North Idaho (as far south as I can talk my wife into). Does anyone have any info re: pheasant in the Plummer/ St. Maries area? I've seen a few quail. Are they Californias? Seems to be a lot of grouse too, which is great, but I'd like to know how far south I need to...
by wills1235
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: broken toe nail
Replies: 24
Views: 5185

Re: broken toe nail

Had a deeply broken nail on Wednesday. Split 3/4 of the way. I trimmed the hangers but couldn't get him to the vet until Friday. When I put him up on the table the vet couldn't find any problems. I grabbed his foot and showed her which nail it was... except it wasn't. Weirdest thing. Bottom part of ...
by wills1235
Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to Limit Range of Young GSP
Replies: 69
Views: 14449

Re: How to Limit Range of Young GSP

Wow, glad i read this thread, lots of great conversation.
by wills1235
Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:23 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Very hard mouthed pup
Replies: 24
Views: 4504

Re: Very hard mouthed pup

Listen, my response wasn't just to this post in particular. I had been reading a number of posts. But to me it seems to always be the same question. It's like "whats wrong with kids today???" It's not that dogs (or kids) are inherently bad. Spend time with them and teach them. I'm sure sticking a co...
by wills1235
Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Very hard mouthed pup
Replies: 24
Views: 4504

Re: Very hard mouthed pup

As I learn more about training dogs, I am always amazed that we ever got any dogs trained without e-collars. And where would I ever learn what I'm doing wrong if I didn't have this nifty computer, which is plugged in to that internet thing, to communicate with all the geniuses out there to tell me? ...
by wills1235
Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Minnesota Grouse~ 5th hunt
Replies: 58
Views: 15470

Re: Minnesota Grouse~ 2nd hunt

GWP Tyler, never hunt Ducks when you can Grouse hunt, good grief man, and now that you have a good German dog, its time to get rid of the semi-auto and pick up a good double Grouse gun. Never insult the Lord by taking one of his prize Grouse with a Duck gun. RGD/Davea Amen my friend, went quail hun...
by wills1235
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Help Wanted - Hunting Manager/Cook - 9000 acre Quail Lease
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Help Wanted - Hunting Manager/Cook - 9000 acre Quail Lease

Yeah, Texas is a sorry place, we don't have any good hunting or fishing. The girls are ugly too. Whoa now pardner, I'm not knocking the womenfolk. Matter of fact, I'm marrying a Texas girl in the spring. 3 of the last 4 girls I dated were from Texas. Guess them cowgirls like this big Minnesota lumb...
by wills1235
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup, new gun, new season. Don't think I can sleep.
Replies: 6
Views: 844

Re: New pup, new gun, new season. Don't think I can sleep.

your lucky. we are not starting for another 4 and a half weeks. best of luck and i hope your pointer does the business for you! I'm lucky???? You live in Ireland!!! Want to trade hunts? Grouse, Quail, Hungarian Partridge, Pheasant, and Chukar all within an hour and a half of my house. How many plac...
by wills1235
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Help Wanted - Hunting Manager/Cook - 9000 acre Quail Lease
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Help Wanted - Hunting Manager/Cook - 9000 acre Quail Lease

I'm a reformed fine dining chef, avid bird hunter and fisherman, looking to relocate, and my fiancee is from Texas. But I ain't moving to no Texas.
by wills1235
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Minnesota Grouse~ 5th hunt
Replies: 58
Views: 15470

Re: Minnesota Grouse~

I'm from MN but live in Eastern WA. Tons of Blues and less ruffies out here. These blue grouse are huge, I have a hard time pulling the trigger, cause I'm never sure if they're grouse or turkeys. I've got a new GSP too. I notice he doesn't work grouse very well at all, runs past a bunch of birds or ...
by wills1235
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 8 month old pup, first hunt
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Re: 8 month old pup, first hunt

Good luck with the pup. My first GSP is about to turn 7 mos, and will get his first real wild bird hunt saturday. Scary to hear about the accident. We live way out in the country, and pup has learned road edges and ditches can be a good place to find birds. We don't have any traffic on our road, but...
by wills1235
Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New pup, new gun, new season. Don't think I can sleep.
Replies: 6
Views: 844

New pup, new gun, new season. Don't think I can sleep.

My first GSP turns 7 months Friday. I've got a new 20 gauge O/U. We've had a huge quail hatch and season opens Saturday. I can't wait. Chores are already done. My fiancee knows she won't see me this weekend. Just the dog, the gun, and me. Life is pretty good, dammit!
by wills1235
Thu May 19, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Upland Boots what do you use ???
Replies: 36
Views: 6879

Re: Upland Boots what do you use ???

Get the best quality in your budget, but most important make sure they fit! I love Red Wing work boots, so I decided to get a pair of Irish Setters for hunting. Tried on about 15 pairs and none of them fit, but I came really close to buying them anyhow. Long story longer, I tried on a pair of Danner...
by wills1235
Thu May 19, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In the public eye
Replies: 31
Views: 4276

Re: In the public eye

World would be a better place if more kids and less dogs were trained with e-collars and an occasional boot in the butt.
by wills1235
Wed May 18, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: No I'm too young !
Replies: 35
Views: 5419

Re: No I'm too young !

At 22 I had hair halfway down to my "bleep"; long, curly and beautiful. No really. But I had the little tiny spot right on top. I'm 6'2" so no one saw it very often, but once my friends found they could laugh at it, well, they did. Then I got a job that required hair off the collar, so I shaved my h...
by wills1235
Fri May 13, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Ever trained with chickens?
Replies: 30
Views: 4574

Re: Ever trained with chickens?

It can 'shore enough be frustrating...You will get little or no help with anybody on Wolter's they were sort of quirky techniques at best and not really supported. I dont think the sentiment is the same on his water dog work however. Those smells have to be associated with live body scent and movem...
by wills1235
Thu May 12, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Ever trained with chickens?
Replies: 30
Views: 4574

Re: Ever trained with chickens?

I'm training my new pup to stay away from my chickens. Any concern this will make him bird shy?
by wills1235
Thu May 05, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSPeeing Pup
Replies: 11
Views: 1662

Re: GSPeeing Pup

Thanks for the replies. 3 votes for normal, two votes for maybe not normal. He does wet the newspaper in his crate, seemingly once or twice a night. He will wake me up at night for #2 but not to pee. I've only attempted to check his water consumption maybe 1 hour before bedtime, but he still always ...
by wills1235
Thu May 05, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: GSPeeing Pup
Replies: 11
Views: 1662

GSPeeing Pup

My new GSP, male, 10 1/2 weeks old won't poop in the house. However he pees indoors constantly. In 3 1/2 hours tonight he's peed indoors 3 times and outside twice. I've had him outside at least 5 times. I've tried to eliminate drinking (the dog, not myself- I keep my alcohydration levels high) one h...
by wills1235
Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Re: Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.

Funny we had a guest dog over the weekend, and those two boys were best friends from the start. I hardly ever saw either dog- we've got 160 acres with a couple of ponds. Both dogs would come around in the evening dripping wet, and immediately growl at the pup, even knock him around a bit. I think my...
by wills1235
Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5266

Re: New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.

Sorry I went over my info again, and there is indeed no mention of the undercoat in any breed standard. In the book "The German Shorthaired Pointer" by David Gowdey, the author addresses the issue of the undercoat and the lack of a breed standard starting on page 37. If anyone has any feedback on th...
by wills1235
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5266

Re: New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.

I don't understand. The undercoat is part of the GSP breed standard.
by wills1235
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: Training
Topic: New GSP pup, biting
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

Re: New GSP pup, biting

Charlie that gets to the heart of my question. Do I need to stop his biting right now, or do I write it off as puppy behavior?
by wills1235
Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.
Replies: 28
Views: 5266

New GSP pup. Webbed feet but no evidence of an undercoat.

When I met the dame I didn't see much of an undercoat, I forgot to look when I met the sire. The pup has webs almost all the way to his nails. Retrieving is his best quality at 52 days. Well, that and his snoring. I guess I'm asking if anyone thinks I might have got a second tier GSP. He's an amazin...
by wills1235
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: brushing your dog
Replies: 34
Views: 4910

Re: brushing your dog

Casey, I keep looking at your comment about the pig. I think teaching a pig to point or hunt mushrooms can't be much different than teaching her to sing. And I know both have been accomplished. I've taught my lab to sing.... or quite possibly vise versa. I think you should get a pig.....
by wills1235
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: New GSP pup, biting
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

New GSP pup, biting

So at day 52 pup is pointing, and retrieving like a champ. He gets really hyper though, whenever I try to bring him in close to make him sit. I can't get his attention long enough to teach sit because all he wants to do is chew on me. Even when I lift him up by scruff and stare him down, he tries to...
by wills1235
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Re: Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.

Thanks for all the comments. Older dog is still growling but no more real snapping. As a matter of fact, when the barn cat hissed at pup today, adult dog came running over and got between cat and pup. Pretty cool to see. I'm going to try to post pics of pup pointing at 52 days, but my internet is aw...
by wills1235
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.
Replies: 11
Views: 2000

Older male NOT IMPRESSED with new pup.

I just brought my new 52 day old GSP pup (male) home. I've got an older lab/pointer, who's a rescue. That ol' boy ain't happy about the pup. It's mainly walking around pouting and giving me the stink eye, but he has done a bit of growling and snapped at the pup once. Do I need to worry that he might...
by wills1235
Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Horse poops. Dog eats. Dog pukes. Want a horse?
Replies: 8
Views: 1430

Horse poops. Dog eats. Dog pukes. Want a horse?

My fiancee finally got her horse out here to the farm after 3 months of rebuilding the barn, fence, pasture, etc. The good for nothing hundred pound lap dog has taken to eating the horse poop, and vomiting regularly on the carpet. I'm not sure but I think there's a connection. Any comments or sugges...
by wills1235
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Training
Topic: DIY Piegon Trap
Replies: 13
Views: 4870

Re: DIY Piegon Trap

I got mine even cheaper. I found it in an outbuilding at the farmhouse I just moved into. I've got a barn full of pigeons and a pup on the way so I'm thinking it will get some use.
by wills1235
Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lost Litter
Replies: 9
Views: 2774

Re: Lost Litter

The breeder said at one point that she had been xrayed and confirmed, but she didn't say anything about going back to the vet again. Another breeder I talked to was very concerned that she wasn't going in for more xrays or a c-section. Fortunately after talking to the other breeder he has some amazi...
by wills1235
Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lost Litter
Replies: 9
Views: 2774

Lost Litter

My first GSP was supposed to be born around Feb. 1st. I got an email from the breeder today saying she thinks she lost the litter because the bitch's belly is smaller today than in was in week 5. This would have been the bitch's 4th litter, and she's produced one litter in each of the previous years...
by wills1235
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Kosher Woodcock?
Replies: 13
Views: 4787

Re: Kosher Woodcock?

My understanding of kosher law, from the perspective of an open minded but not religious chef, is as follows: The kosher law was intended to keep people from getting sick from eating from unsafe sources. Sorta like our modern FDA or restaurant health inspectors. It's always overkill unless they take...
by wills1235
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: i got hosed!
Replies: 126
Views: 21062

Re: i got hosed!

It is sad even on a site like this that you can sing someones praises when you are done right but if you are screwed you are given the gag order, kinda like the government huh. :roll: Ridiculous in my opinion. If you are done wrong by a breeder then this should be exactly the place to voice your co...
by wills1235
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Rescue Dog
Replies: 16
Views: 3297

Re: Rescue Dog

Well, turns out he only likes birds behind a fence, meaning my chickens. He likes them even more when they get out. Fortunately he's got a soft mouth. Actually he likes any bird he can see from the window of a truck too. He gets really excited by pheasant, quail and turkeys we drive by. Not a hunter...
by wills1235
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rescue Dog
Replies: 16
Views: 3297

Rescue Dog

Hey I just rescued a 5 year old dog from the pound today. It was kind of a package deal. My fiancee bought me a gsp pup( "bleep" MARCH 26TH IS NEVER GONNA GET HERE), with the understanding that we would also rescue a dog. Kind of a balance/karma thing. Anyhow the dog I brought home is supposed to be...
by wills1235
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Wait
Replies: 15
Views: 2666

The Wait

The wait is killing me. I'm getting my first GSP in March. If I make it that long. Can't stand waiting for the pup. Now that Pheasant season is almost over, I won't see my buddy's GWP's anymore either. Can you imagine the call? "Hey George, mind if I come by and pet your dogs?" I might be looking fo...