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by ruffbritt4
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: First season checklist?
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

Re: First season checklist?

The only thing you will need to do is gun break the dog and have a solid here command. The dog will learn the rest while hunting. If you can go into the season with a dog that's steady on birds in a launcher, great. If not I'm sure the dog will pick up on it. I'd say go ahead and hunt pheasants if i...
by ruffbritt4
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Training
Topic: When should I stop on flush?
Replies: 5
Views: 1801

Re: When should I stop on flush?

Others gave good stop to flush advice. I would hunt him through his first season before trying to steady him through the shot and fall. He needs to have the hunting experience to reliably remain steady through the flush, then after the season you can steady him to the shot and fall. Doing that now w...
by ruffbritt4
Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: dog is not staunch on stocked birds
Replies: 14
Views: 4342

Re: dog is not staunch on stocked birds

Maybe she is bored of the game, it has become routine for her and she knows that the bird is just gonna sit there. Don't know how you train her but maybe shoot a few. I know dogs get bored of pigeons too because it is repetitive and easy for them, they know the game. Good luck
by ruffbritt4
Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I guess I have a versatile dog
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Re: I guess I have a versatile dog

DeLo727 wrote:Man, crazy experience. I won't be allowing my dog to do that anytime but its a great story.
Don't know what you mean. I can't control my dog to the point where he identifies likely bear resting areas and avoids them. He smelled it, knew it was game and stopped. Didn't even chase it when it ran away.
by ruffbritt4
Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I guess I have a versatile dog
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

I guess I have a versatile dog

Today while grouse hunting my dog went on point. My dad and I moved in towards the group of fallen trees that he was pointing. I was on the opposite side of my dad when he said that there was a bear right there. We woke it up and it looked drowsy then crawled out of the blow down and ran away. It wa...
by ruffbritt4
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bird Dog Wars
Replies: 104
Views: 23853

Re: Bird Dog Wars

If it helps keep people interested in the dogs and keeping the sport going I'm all for it. We may as well forget about just wild bird hunting those days are gone. You need to get out more. Not gone for me. In grouse-less PA I still find enough birds to keep things interesting. Hitting double digit ...
by ruffbritt4
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bird Dog Wars
Replies: 104
Views: 23853

Re: Bird Dog Wars

"If I don't get points on these dogs it could be catastrophic for the business" lol Exactly. Maybe it's just me but a dog pointing a pen raised bird from 3 feet away and them thinking they have a field champion.... nothing special. Train said dog to do that on wild birds (eliminate the hunting comp...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bird Dog Wars
Replies: 104
Views: 23853

Re: Bird Dog Wars

Pretty much the same thing as the bird dog circuit, episodes of that can be found on youtube. In my opinion, hunting is not and should not be a competition over who can bag the most birds the fastest. They rush through the fields with loaded guns ripping the birds from their dogs mouth after the ret...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Pups Ecollar experience in the field
Replies: 18
Views: 4353

Re: Pups Ecollar experience in the field

BtheBrit, Sounds like a normal puppy. They get excited and lose their head. Don't let this discourage you it happens with every dog. My youngest dog was 8 months old at the start of this season and she would go off on a nice run through the woods, probably after finding birds, because I saw her a fe...
by ruffbritt4
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: E-collar, yes or no?
Replies: 39
Views: 8931

Re: E-collar, yes or no?

When used properly the ecollar can be your best friend. If used in the wrong manner (which is all too common) it can really mess up a dog. Educate yourself on the proper use of an ecollar and train your dog to know the commands before the ecollar is used.it is very important to understand that they ...
by ruffbritt4
Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Whistle GPS Tracker
Replies: 3
Views: 1758

Re: Whistle GPS Tracker

Sounds like a good idea, but most of the places I hunt do not have cell service. Or if I go on a trip and don't know if I will have service it could be a huge risk.
by ruffbritt4
Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Frequency hunting new pup
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Re: Frequency hunting new pup

No set time period really, it depends on the dogs breeding, training, and experience. I would take him out at every opportunity possible. In the yard I'd just keep him running and work on obedience.
by ruffbritt4
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Pre-release birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1653

Re: Pre-release birds

I've been working/training my GSP for the last year. Most of our bird work has been done with remote launchers. I'd like to take her on her first hunt this season. Unfortunately there aren't many wild quail in Louisiana, so I'm going to have to release some birds. I was just wonder the best way to ...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: E Collar Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1629

Re: E Collar Problems

If the ecollar is working properly, make sure it is high up on the dogs neck and tight enough that it will not move, but not too tight. The top of the neck is the narrowest part so if you put the ecollar there it won't shift like if you were to put it on the bottom where it could move up. Longer con...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whoa the dog or let him chase?
Replies: 26
Views: 5848

Re: Whoa the dog or let him chase?

Get the dog on wild birds as much as possible. As has been said, their behavior is much different than pen raised birds. It takes some time for it to click with wild birds.
by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Gun shy just after 10 days from last training
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Re: Gun shy just after 10 days from last training

ezzy333 wrote:I didn't see where anyone slipped up behind the pup. He just said he had the dog at heel behind the gun unless I am reading it wrong.
I think the point was that he caught the dog off guard, resulting in a scared pup.
by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Upland blogs
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Upland blogs

by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Upland blogs
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Upland blogs

http://alleghenymountainwanderings.blogspot.com/?m=1 is a great blog. Powderhorn Chronicles is my dads, he writes about fishing and hunting. I put a story up today on his about a grouse I got a couple weeks ago. Heres the link: http://powderhornchronicles.blogspot.co ... s.html?m=1
by ruffbritt4
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Gun shy just after 10 days from last training
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Re: Gun shy just after 10 days from last training

So you had him at heel and shot over him... why? Heck, I understand why he was afraid, someone just fired a loud gun over his head and it scared him. I don't let my dogs get shot over at any time unless we are hunting. You said you had him heel next to you like always, so I am curious how you introd...
by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: not smelling birds
Replies: 12
Views: 2880

Re: not smelling birds

If they are as young as you say you need to back up. They're just pups
by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to get my pup to come when called in the field?
Replies: 22
Views: 4910

Re: How to get my pup to come when called in the field?

I thought about it for a little bit, so I am pretty sure that i am buying a Garmin Delta Upland XC and im going to put the point locator mode on to locate when pointing. And in a controlled area like a ballfield, with any entrances blocked off or something similar is where im going to introduce him...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to get my pup to come when called in the field?
Replies: 22
Views: 4910

Re:

Do you think a e collar should be track and train or just a normal long range e collar? By track do you mean beep or gps? If you mean gps like the Garmin Alpha I would say just train, and get a separate tracking system. If you have a gps and ecollar combo and it goes down, you lose both the ecollar...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Grouse today
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Re: Grouse today

Beautiful Cinnamon grouse!!! Looks like the dog had a blast. Glad to see it all come together. Keep after them. It sure was a beautiful bird, had a very large fan. This bird has always found a way to trick us when we hunt this cover. Definitely proud of both my dogs progress this year, truly amazin...
by ruffbritt4
Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Grouse today
Replies: 3
Views: 1202

Grouse today

Took my 3 year old Brittany out today. He gave me a great point right off the bat and I finally was able to connect on my first grouse of the year. This bird was a trophy for sure. After that I did not have any desire to shoot another bird, my day was made. We continued on and he gave me another gre...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What really matters with a pup?
Replies: 41
Views: 8922

Re: What really matters with a pup?

When it comes to this, it seems people are either of the view that it's all experience or its in the breeding. I think if a dog is smart, has a good nose, and is given enough experience they can figure out grouse. If the parents have been proven on wild birds I would say you have a good chance at a ...
by ruffbritt4
Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flusher or pointer
Replies: 25
Views: 6537

Re: Flusher or pointer

Pointer, I have 2 brittanys. Nothing is more exciting for me than when their bell goes silent in the woods. Then when you see them frozen on point, it just makes the whole hunt.
by ruffbritt4
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First bird.
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Re: First bird.

Good job, he is a very good looking pup. His markings are very similar to my brittanys.
by ruffbritt4
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: GSP's First hunt 9 Months old
Replies: 23
Views: 7985

Re: GSP's First hunt 9 Months old

Great advice, thanks for the help. I am going up north this weekend to hopefully get him on some grouse and woodcock. I plan on keeping his check cord on him in hopes to whoa him if he locks onto a bird. Best of luck with your training, getting them on birds can be the best for them, keep up the gr...
by ruffbritt4
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: pup did well today
Replies: 1
Views: 1006

pup did well today

Today I took the pup out and she pointed 2 grouse and held 1, I missed it, haha! There's promise for the 8 month old pup, and I couldn't be happier. Also got to do some porcupine aversion training when she tracked one but luckily it made it into the den before she found it. Took her over to den on l...
by ruffbritt4
Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: GSP's First hunt 9 Months old
Replies: 23
Views: 7985

Re: GSP's First hunt 9 Months old

Thing that scare heck out of me is a pup that won't recall. He could take a deer right out of the country on you and you might never find him. In this situation after the dog has already been collar conditioned and he is chasing deer, he learns that it is not a good idea. My pup could have learned ...
by ruffbritt4
Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Single Shot 20GA
Replies: 16
Views: 3786

Re: Single Shot 20GA

Can you do it? Of course.... would I if I wanted to be effective? No. Now hunting isn't about killing, but let's all be real if a bird is handled properly (especially a grouse) you would want to take the bird for the dog. And that would be the icing on the cake. A grouse taken on the wing from a tru...
by ruffbritt4
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: great day of grouse hunting
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: great day of grouse hunting

I find a majority of my grouse in the alders when all the berries start to grow scarce. The grouse will begin to bud on the Alder and Aspen. I have been shooting woodcock with great success the last three weeks. Make sure you don't overlook the new covers. Hunt all of it you never know where the bi...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: great day of grouse hunting
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: great day of grouse hunting

Sounds like you had an awesome day. Good luck on the future outings. Thank you, it was a great day. Discovered 2 new covers and still have a few that I want to check out this weekend, and with no school next Monday or Tuesday I should have a great weekend. One of the places I got permission to hunt...
by ruffbritt4
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from PA
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: New member from PA

I have 2 Brittanys from Winnens and they are both great. The 3 year old is doing very well on grouse and the 8 month old is still a pup and learning. Have a great time with him
by ruffbritt4
Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: great day of grouse hunting
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

great day of grouse hunting

Took the 8 mo pup out and we flushed 1. Then took the 3 year old and he pointed 2 grouse, both from about 30 yards from the bird. I missed both, haha. Couldn't have asked for a better performance from him. Those were the only 2 birds we found in that new cover we were exploring so he went 2/2. After...
by ruffbritt4
Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire

Thanks for the responses all! I had her out this morning and flushed about a half dozen birds in front of her. And I didn't bring the gung-ho brother with this time so no shooting! It's been a pain trying to have birds hold for her to point but other than that she had a great time. It will come wit...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire

Your dog just passed the test. Smile hand go hunting. Really? I disagree... it wasn't a test, it was an accident. I think the dog should still be put through proper intro. Why take the chance? Gun breaking is not a process. We use a process to introduce the gun but once you have shot over a dog and...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire

DougB wrote:Your dog just passed the test. Smile hand go hunting.
Really? I disagree... it wasn't a test, it was an accident. I think the dog should still be put through proper intro. Why take the chance?
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire

By "proper way" what do you mean? I was planning on bringing a .22 w/blanks out in the field and when birds flush or she points a bird that I kick up to shoot. When pup chases a bird and is far out, shoot the shotgun. If she shows no reaction, shoot again when she's chasing the next bird, but a lit...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire
Replies: 19
Views: 4463

Re: Accidental Introduction to Gunfire

Properly introduce her to the gun, then if she handles a bird and points until you flush it shoot one for her.
by ruffbritt4
Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Upper Peninsula Woodcock
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: Upper Peninsula Woodcock

Really enjoyed those videos. Thank you, have a great season
by ruffbritt4
Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grouse dogs, breeding or experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 2962

Re: Grouse dogs, breeding or experience?

Great posts. I didn't mean that just any dog, but a well bred dog from a reputable breeder. I don't think it has to be out of the greatest most expensive breeding. My experience is very limited and I am no professional so this is just my opinion
by ruffbritt4
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grouse dogs, breeding or experience?
Replies: 14
Views: 2962

Grouse dogs, breeding or experience?

When it comes to grouse dogs (pointing breeds) people either think experience or breeding makes a good dog. What do you think? I think that any dog can become a good grouse dog with experience, it might just take some dogs more experience.
by ruffbritt4
Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Breaking After Bird Work
Replies: 17
Views: 3704

Re: Gun Breaking After Bird Work

The only thing I could possibly think of was maybe putting too much pressure on the dog? Thats the one thing I would avoid. What method are you reading that has gun intro before bird work?She's a pup, let her be one.
by ruffbritt4
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Gun Breaking After Bird Work
Replies: 17
Views: 3704

Re: Gun Breaking After Bird Work

Keep getting her into birds, I don't see why you would have to take a break.
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Solid on point
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: Solid on point

Sharon, I don't live in Maine, I'm in PA. I do have good bird hunting but have to drive an hour to my covers.
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Solid on point
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: Solid on point

No apology necessary. I just think that it can be done just as easily without the handler needing to tell the dog to stop.
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Solid on point
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: Solid on point

The dog that works for the gun and the handler has an advantage over the dog that works only through the obedience of the handler? The dog is only standing b/c the handler says so - PERIOD - I've never come across a dog that counts how many birds are in the bag. I also know there are skeletonized b...
by ruffbritt4
Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Solid on point
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: Solid on point

This is something that I don't really buy into. Learning to hold point is important for dogs. They shouldn't have to have a whoa or action closing to remain steady. The dog should learn that no matter what, I have to hold point. You walking by the dog to flush the bird, even if he breaks for a littl...