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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: 3620

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: 1115

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: 2442

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: 912

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: 2975

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: 14857

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: 3199

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: 1699

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: 2288

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: 2007

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: 6636

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: 7835

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: 3969

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: 8186

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: 11681

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: 8692

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: 7625

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: 5272

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: 5398

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: 3035

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: 6477

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: 1098

Re: Off season plans

Conditioning mostly, handling from foot or vehicle a little bit and maybe some bird work.
by bonasa
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pointer in the off season
Replies: 6
Views: 1901

Re: Pointer in the off season

I take my dogs (pointers) everywhere with me, fishing, job sites, trapline and gatherings. The wife takes them to her friends house during the day, errand running and to the park with the kids. I still road them several times a week and work on handling/bird work only a few times a month with no iss...
by bonasa
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Your Dog's Vocabulary
Replies: 29
Views: 7441

Re: Your Dog's Vocabulary

I wonder how many of Y'all can 'say' SIT when you have your back to the dog and the dog actually sits ? :lol: ........That would be without any other reference of course ,like a nick of a collar or tug of a lead or gesture with your body . :mrgreen: : I just tried that and had the dog sit with my b...
by bonasa
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: West Nile Virus and Grouse
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: West Nile Virus and Grouse

Not a good thing for the grouse around here in PA/NY.
by bonasa
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Advice Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 2372

Re: Advice Needed

Sounds like what the other posters said and that's confusion. The circling and leaving point certainly sounds like blinking is beginning. The dog is leaving the scent cone for fear of what comes next. Id go back to killing birds and not turning the collar on, just let the dog wear it. No rush, take ...
by bonasa
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Steady on quail , wild on woodcock..??
Replies: 8
Views: 2315

Re: Steady on quail , wild on woodcock..??

The dog was not running through them , he pointed them hard but would break when I walked in which he does not do on quail. By the end of season he was handling them very well. Running birds he had some trouble with but he figured them out. I would never shot a bird that wasn't handled properly. I ...
by bonasa
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best Upland Books
Replies: 17
Views: 4117

Re: Best Upland Books

"Dog breaking:The most expeditious, Certain and Easy Method" William Nelson Hutchinson "Practical Education of the Bird Dog" J.A.Sanchez Antunano "Training with Mo" Martha Greenlee The first is a good read, just a step back in time, makes you realize the more things change the more they stay the sam...
by bonasa
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Older dog influence
Replies: 14
Views: 3260

Re: Older dog influence

polmaise wrote:For more than 100 years Hounds are 'Coupled' with an older dog .
Well, here anyway.
If anything ,it stops anything 'Independent' . :lol:
Devilscreek is hung up on your usage of hound.
by bonasa
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rock Acre Blackhawk????
Replies: 30
Views: 6511

Re: Rock Acre Blackhawk????

If you can find homes for all the pups, go for it.
by bonasa
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: They finally caught him. Roysetters
Replies: 118
Views: 38446

Re: They finally caught him. Roysetters

He did post an essay, and it was deleted. Hotspotting/spot burning doesn't really occur if you play by the you show me a spot and I'll show you a spot philosophy. Only times I ever got burned was when I didn't play by that. Any newbies I take now come to private land spots only, as they can't be tru...
by bonasa
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Open invitation
Replies: 14
Views: 3210

Re: Open invitation

Do your videos have no sound? Maybe my device is squirrely?
by bonasa
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: English setter won't point
Replies: 16
Views: 8063

Re: English setter won't point

Is he gun broke yet? If not start with a blank and move up to a shotgun when he chases. Once you have that complete, stop what you are doing and get your dog on a proven program. The popular programs have many followers on this board and if you has trouble on a specific process, ask away. Breaking a...
by bonasa
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: NY Grouse Opener Tomorrow
Replies: 22
Views: 6952

Re: NY Grouse Opener Tomorrow

Early season you are good to hunt grouse an hour after sunrise. Today we had a dozen and half woodcock, and 6 grouse finds before 10oclock. After the snows come the birds begin budding in the morning and then come down to refuge cover around 10 am or stay up in pines if its real nasty out, coming do...
by bonasa
Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: 1st birddog and first time training
Replies: 9
Views: 3054

Re: 1st birddog and first time training

I would definetly join your local navdha chapter, especially if this is your first pointer. Also get some different books on training methods or programs that offer DVD's. A small kitbox style pigeon loft and half a dozen homers would be of greet help too.
by bonasa
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Northern Wisconsin Grouse Hunt
Replies: 8
Views: 3162

Re: Northern Wisconsin Grouse Hunt

Great pics and write up!
by bonasa
Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Is this creeping??
Replies: 5
Views: 1856

Re: Is this creeping??

Not creeping, a smart dog understands the smell of different gamebirds in regards to situations, but this comes from development. Most of my dogs poit woodcock at 3-10 yards and grouse at 10-15 yards. At times a woodcock will lift 25 yards ahead of the dog, those little things do run. Also many time...
by bonasa
Wed Nov 02, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Preferred bell!?
Replies: 25
Views: 7658

Re: Preferred bell!?

LCS northwoods bell here, and a GPS.
by bonasa
Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Need dog advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1571

Re: Need dog advice

Like the other posters, find the birdiest place you can find and get the dog in there often, quitting when he is most jacked up. As for the peeing issue, ignore it and find some birds.
by bonasa
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Chukar Fail
Replies: 8
Views: 2571

Re: Chukar Fail

I am not sure what program you are following. Either way I would go back to launchers/releasers and a checkcord with an e-collar , should the dog be collar conditioned. Go back to upwind stop to flushes and end on a good note. Proceed to standing and you kicking around upwind and flushing a bird, le...
by bonasa
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The ever popular question...Which Breed?
Replies: 15
Views: 3625

Re: The ever popular question...Which Breed?

I am an advocate for newbies to get a broke or well started dog. I'm sure you can find a 5-7 year old broke dog that a plantation, trialer or breeder would let go for next to nothing. Definetly get some books, DVd's, go to a seminar and join an organization specific to your desires. Next dog get a p...
by bonasa
Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Number of hours hunted per day.
Replies: 6
Views: 1733

Re: Number of hours hunted per day.

3 hours even when I hunt outside NY.

Good read about NYS grouse/woodcock, and an excellent starting point when seeking birds in NY.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/107146.html
by bonasa
Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Looking for advice on next pheasant dog
Replies: 13
Views: 3697

Re: Looking for advice on next pheasant dog

Mnaj, had good advice on finding a good walking trial bred foot hunting line of pointers. You are fairly close to a lot of good kennels. Every dog is different but start with the ones that are predisposed to do what you want, have a lot of handle and brains to match. Those CT pheasant won't stand a ...
by bonasa
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: pups first year hunting
Replies: 9
Views: 3024

Re: pups first year hunting

Was it windy and warm/dry? If tou have been putting pressure on her she is blinking the bird due to, to much pressure to get her to hold point.Sounds soft and is a bit young, hunt the season and only shoot solid points, keep your mouth shut. Spring ,ease back into the training with stop to flush (no...
by bonasa
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Whoe breaking & steadiness on point
Replies: 20
Views: 7770

Re: Whoe breaking & steadiness on point

Whoa breaking doesn't have anything to do with birds, steadiness is a process that usually ends with a dog being steady to wing and shot. This comes from repeated exposure to birds that won't tolerate crowding. Short answer is only shoot birds your dog lets you flush. They learn real quick the only ...
by bonasa
Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: NY Grouse Opener Tomorrow
Replies: 22
Views: 6952

Re: NY Grouse Opener Tomorrow

I did a day trip to the NZ Friday. Fished a run first light and swung one king on an intruder, some gear guys showed up , and it was time to hit the woods. Hunted for a bit , pointed 2 and had a wild flush. Ended up with one bird in the bag, a towering left to right shot. Had lunch and a siesta then...
by bonasa
Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Practice for the season ~Trap
Replies: 23
Views: 10082

Re: Practice for the season ~Trap

If you were a proficient , competetive shooter , I feel the muscle memory will be there like any sport requiring hand /eye coordination. Pending any major weight gain/loss that may affect LOP/comb support or a new firearm, you should be fine.It is fun to shoot a round or two in August/September at t...
by bonasa
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Was it you? :)
Replies: 11
Views: 4073

Re: Was it you? :)

That was the video I had in mind too, several months late in thanking ,haha but thanks!
by bonasa
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: NASBLA boating certificate question
Replies: 0
Views: 704

NASBLA boating certificate question

Doesn anyone know if a NASBLA boating certificate from NY would be accecpted by the state of GA?