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by bonasa
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Pills
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: Pills

Hold her by the jowls, open the mouth and drop to back or throat. Hold mouth shut and blow into nose. Been there , done that with fussy dogs and half chewed broken pills on the ground when they find them dressed in cheese or PB.
by bonasa
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey
Replies: 25
Views: 484

Re: VIDEO: Choosing to Share Her Prey

What I mainly noticed in that video is how much junk the poor dog is lugging around with it. In my opinion if a dog really needs to drag check cords around and wear electronic gadgetery around it's neck then something in the dogs basic training has been skimped on or missed out completely. Nobody i...
by bonasa
Sat May 09, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Wanted: Good flying homing/racing pigeons.
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: Wanted: Good flying homing/racing pigeons.

Craigslist has quite a few birds and for the right price many will ship. I'd look and look elsewhere throughout the country. If you just want to train with them and not race, I went to ferals and have no complaints. They home just as good as racers (flown out to 20 miles), get up and go from a trap ...
by bonasa
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Spring Turkey
Replies: 20
Views: 1268

Re: Spring Turkey

I wish they had open season on turkeys. NJ Practically does, 1 bird per day per tag anyway. NJ has 36 zones and 5 week packages for tags, just depends how much you want to spend, 22$ per tag adds up a little bit. See what happens this week, although I am sure the take will be down with the WMA's cl...
by bonasa
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status
Replies: 23
Views: 1234

Re: Why Have Pointers Lost Their Status

I cannot speak for the rest of the country, but. Pointers and to a degree setters have not lost their status with the devoted grouse/woodcock hunters, sporting camps, guide strings and coverdog or NBHA foot trailers in the northeast and lake states. There is a reason these groups choose pointers and...
by bonasa
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: dog only partly retrieving
Replies: 24
Views: 1931

Re: dog only partly retrieving

Force breaking was incomplete, just go back to it. I am a firm believer in force fetch. Never had a problem with any pointer I put through. Fast and consistent retrieves on crippled , dead any type of bird from sparrows to canada geese on land or in water. A solid HOLD and recall is mandatory, altho...
by bonasa
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: wanting to jump in on birds
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: wanting to jump in on birds

Whoa breaking through the whoa post and transition to belly band. Later transition to stop to flush training and then finally to scent birds. A nick on the belly will get him to stop and a pick-up then a set back will get the point across. Pigeons are helpful but hacking the dog close in the grouse/...
by bonasa
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ K9 Motivation ~ Both Art And Science
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: ~ K9 Motivation ~ Both Art And Science

So many truths in there Mike, keep it going. Thanks
by bonasa
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bell or no bell?
Replies: 38
Views: 1860

Re: Bell or no bell?

thats what im thinking. do you find yourself looking at your GPS alot or no? As a grouse/woodcock hunter, when on foot; no. The dogs stay to the front and handle well. When the GPS “rings” is typically the only time to look at it. Having an intimate knowledge of the cover, it’s easy to know where t...
by bonasa
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bell or no bell?
Replies: 38
Views: 1860

Re: Bell or no bell?

GPS only no bell.
by bonasa
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Roading" tips- bike or treadmill?
Replies: 17
Views: 3029

Re: "Roading" tips- bike or treadmill?

I road by bike and ride the break to ensure they are getting resistance. I have used the 2 days on 1 day of;f for 1 hour of hard roading and using the off day for active recovery of swimming or free running 30 min - 1 hour.
by bonasa
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Small town pointers
Replies: 5
Views: 1552

Re: Small town pointers

Bikejoring and if I'm lazy, I do retrieve work in the driveway (120') with the dog in the harness and pulling the small tire with a plate (45#).
by bonasa
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training / hunting question - missed shots
Replies: 16
Views: 2194

Re: Training / hunting question - missed shots

My dogs are steady to wing/shot, something is missing in your dog's training regarding breaking on the shot and de-chasing.
by bonasa
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: hunting too fast
Replies: 37
Views: 4457

Re: hunting too fast

Try roading the dog for a bit before the hunt or free running where there are no birds to blow off some steam, younger dogs generally settle into the groove after the first half hour to an hour of hunt. 50-80 yards is too far still? Break him this spring/summer and next year will be fine. I like dog...
by bonasa
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Reptiles
Replies: 5
Views: 1175

Re: Reptiles

Had a pointer that would pick up box turtles and bring them to me.
by bonasa
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Nick's progress
Replies: 5
Views: 1064

Re: Nick's progress

Curious, what program are you following? Re: Belly band.
by bonasa
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 3459

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

What many folk typically do is, they follow a predetermined training regimen which too often un-trains a gifted pup. Explain. I am confused. Yes, many follow a predetermined training regimen that builds upon fundamentals and no progression is made until the previous task was mastered. How does this...
by bonasa
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs fighting
Replies: 12
Views: 2028

Re: Dogs fighting

I've had that , especially among the males and food aggression. I stepped in right away, my house, my rules and there is no fighting. When it comes to aggression that is one area where I do not tolerate letting the dogs figure it out. If I ever get a dog I cannot handle in the future due to aggressi...
by bonasa
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: There's a Point and Then There's a Point!
Replies: 7
Views: 1591

Re: There's a Point and Then There's a Point!

For sure, although I tried to train for no let-down when the grouse boils out some distance off it is the same as a stop to flush, head movement and flagging. If the bird ran off tail is still stiff but 10 oclock and head movement my way. Woodcock he is generally head closer to the ground and a 12 o...
by bonasa
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 27
Views: 3433

Re: What is my next step??

Feedjake, You didn't take heed to any of the advice you were given. Nobody recommended to plant a visible , caged bird that appears to stand its ground in front of a predator. I would re-read the advice given to you and exercise it, or buy some books/DVD's or better yet get a day with a trainer. Per...
by bonasa
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 10785

Re: FF or wait?

Definitely wait until spring and do it over spring/summer, hunt as much as you can now.
by bonasa
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: storing fish and game on a week-long hunt
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: storing fish and game on a week-long hunt

Dry ice in a cooler will freeze meat, over the course of a week, drove from South Dakota with a merriems and stopped in kansas and picked up a rio, by the time I made it home they were frozen like a rock. This was despite a heavy moving blanket between the dry ice and birds. You would be surprised h...
by bonasa
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Picky dog...food suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1474

Re: Picky dog...food suggestions

An over easy egg mixed with the kibble was enough for one of my last dogs that was a picky one. No problems with that addition.
by bonasa
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enter The Grouse Woods
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Re: Enter The Grouse Woods

I'm sure they will to you MIke, myself and countless others. Enjoy the season!
by bonasa
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 25
Views: 4246

Re: 10,000 miles

You swing flies in Oregon?
by bonasa
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 3743

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Hunting grouse and woodcock in the northeast with pointers, it works better and I prefer to run one dog at a time. It is easier to keep track of one despite modern electronics and make corrections with a young dog or not compromise the rest of the cover. Hitting 10-15 covers in a day can be done wit...
by bonasa
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Innotek transmitter
Replies: 3
Views: 9401

Re: Innotek transmitter

The little stubby black one for 1 or 2 launchers or the bigger version?
by bonasa
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds
Replies: 49
Views: 6749

Re: Training a dog in an area with no wild birds

Welcome to the forum, and what is your location? 1)As Sharon stated, planted birds are many people's only option for training. Many a fine bird dog has been developed on these alone. 2)Many people develop their dogs on planted birds, pigeons and quail in particular. These same dogs will go on a few ...
by bonasa
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: Raisin pigeons?
Replies: 5
Views: 2305

Re: Raisin pigeons?

Id imagine the "raisin" would be "racing" and the "Johnson" would be "Janssen" bloodlines. Just either auto-correct or misinterpretation errors.
by bonasa
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush
Replies: 40
Views: 4930

Re: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush

Lots of exposure to wild game . +2 if you have it! Otherwise I'd seed similar type cover areas with good flying birds and when the dog is hunting hard after several finds, pick him up and leave. Repeat a few days later in a different area , different location all together. Then wait longer before p...
by bonasa
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Florida public land birds
Replies: 6
Views: 2174

Re: Florida public land birds

Same, I hunted a public walk in hunting area for turkeys and heard many quail in many different areas. Had the thought to bird hunt it, maybe in the future. First time hunting turkeys down there , we shot gobblers quickly but covered a lot of ground. The hogs in the darkness sound like a hippo colon...
by bonasa
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Recommendations for a Semi-automatic shotgun
Replies: 25
Views: 5610

Re: Recommendations for a Semi-automatic shotgun

grabagun.com has remington 1100 3" 12 gauge around 480$ new, super easy to strip and clean. Save your money on the expensive guns and get a cheap case of 3" 3's and a good pair of chokes, then have at it.
by bonasa
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: cost of a pup
Replies: 121
Views: 18071

Re: cost of a pup

If you are looking for a shorthair or a Brittany to hunt over, I suggest you contact several field trial breeders and tell them what you are looking for. Fairly often, these field trailers will have several dogs in various stages of development. Typically a field trialer wants a dog with a high deg...
by bonasa
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: He won't retrieve this year...
Replies: 20
Views: 3955

Re: He won't retrieve this year...

polmaise wrote:so for the last year you have being doing what ?
Nurturing the natural retrieve...
by bonasa
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: LSC Northwoods Long Range?
Replies: 7
Views: 2255

Re: LSC Northwoods Long Range?

Great bell,no problem hearing this bell at 250+ yards clear as day even in the thickest, windiest and many folds/ridges of new england.
by bonasa
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: DC 40 collar on a Brittany
Replies: 10
Views: 2837

Re: DC 40 collar on a Brittany

Ive ran the 320/dc40 for years, no complaints in a myriad of terrain/weather. If it doesnt fit, just punch some new holes in it, no big deal.
by bonasa
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail
Replies: 6
Views: 2604

Re: Georgia Giant Bobwhite Quail

Regular bobs that are flight conditioned are good as any.
by bonasa
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: A few northeast Oregon hunts
Replies: 19
Views: 8605

Re: A few northeast Oregon hunts

Beautiful, I always wanted to cast and blast the Deschutes. Saw a lot of quail, chucker and some pheasant there, not to mention ducks.
by bonasa
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: best overall dog?
Replies: 42
Views: 9408

Re: best overall dog?

I hunt pointers for grouse/woodcock, and some preserve pheasant during heavy snow years. Although I will shoot a hare that they point. Smart dogs that have a 100-250 yard range in the grouse woods and 50 yards in the preserve. They have retrieved ducks, geese and are steady in the blind during water...
by bonasa
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: When is it to cold to hunt?
Replies: 17
Views: 4769

Re: When is it to cold to hunt?

It has been between 3 and 13F here, the rivers are mostly iced up, slush and anchor ice on surface and bottom. Still a lot of big ducks and geese around. We have been retrieving our own since the cold snap, although we had a couple ducks get sucked under the shelf ice, id imagine a dog could meet th...
by bonasa
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Labs good grouse dogs?
Replies: 21
Views: 10288

Re: Labs good grouse dogs?

Thanks for bringing up a 7 year dead thread to plug your Facebook page and spread the dogma that a lab that blinks a flush is a superior dog. You must hunt hard pressured birds in PA or NY that don't hold point for any longer than a few seconds. Please...
by bonasa
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: dog wont hold for running
Replies: 32
Views: 12389

Re: dog wont hold for running

twistedoak wrote:woodcock aren't exactly known for running...
Hunt them much?
by bonasa
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: The Best Bird Dog Training Book?
Replies: 16
Views: 11938

Re: The Best Bird Dog Training Book?

Pointing dog; "Training with Mo", produces honest , reliable, and self made bird dogs.
by bonasa
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training Progression NAVDHA UT Duck Search
Replies: 34
Views: 8654

Re: Training Progression NAVDHA UT Duck Search

I don't know what duck search means ? I hunt English pointers broke for grouse/woodcock but also preserve hunt pheasant/chuckar, steady waterfowl hunt (ducks/geese) and use the same English pointers to find canines and bobcats that are trapped and are tangled on drags. Again, not sure if I can help ...
by bonasa
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Training With Wild Birds, Wisconsin
Replies: 18
Views: 6010

Re: Training With Wild Birds, Wisconsin

I would buy the birds to use in a controlled area and guarantee the outcome as per your training beliefs. Get your bird work in, get your gun breaking in and work on any weaknesses. Birds are good for the dog, but to many are not, as always quit a winner on a high note.
by bonasa
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shoot...Don't Shoot
Replies: 26
Views: 6798

Re: Shoot...Don't Shoot

Planted birds in launchers will be great for when your dog gets some age and the ability to take pressure when a correction is needed. Then you will have the summer training season on wild birds a month or two before the season opens up. Even then if the dog does good and stands broke, heel him out ...
by bonasa
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Reducing Range
Replies: 9
Views: 3514

Re: Reducing Range

What species of birds and what kind of terrain do you hunt? Its easier on both, you and the dog to develop a closer range than it is to train one. Training a closer working range requires pressure and bird finding ability may suffer. With that being said, developing a closer range would be to have t...
by bonasa
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best breed for beginner?
Replies: 20
Views: 7798

Re: Best breed for beginner?

I'm partial to english pointers and have had some that pointed rabbits. You could train for rabbit pointing, thats no problem. Not holding point so well could be the dog caught birds, or has not had a lot of birds shot over it. Just hunt it more and shoot only points. Getting a dog to find game and ...
by bonasa
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Off season plans
Replies: 3
Views: 1360

Re: Off season plans

Conditioning mostly, handling from foot or vehicle a little bit and maybe some bird work.