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by fishvik
Mon May 04, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: French Brittany pup help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: French Brittany pup help needed

When you take your pup out to an open area to run, hook up a 25' check cord to them and let the drag it. It will help to tire them out and also give you a better chance of grabbing them.
by fishvik
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: So you think you know dogs?
Replies: 14
Views: 1886

Re: So you think you know dogs?

I had a Weim/Chessie cross, Fawn, that was an avid waterfowl dog. We were hunting the upper end of an island in the Snake River. There was another hunter down at the downstream end of the island about 300 yds downstream. The shooting had slowed by about 8 am and I fell asleep in the blind. When I wo...
by fishvik
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Training
Topic: ~ K9 CHAOS ~ Unleashing The Joy
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: ~ K9 CHAOS ~ Unleashing The Joy

Mike,I think anyone who has owned an older Lab, or any other dog, and then gotten a puppy has seen that look of "Oh boy, what a pest" Or the look in the older dogs eyes and and their actions when the pup gets into something it shouldn't have. It's kind of like "You have no idea what you have just do...
by fishvik
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1084
Views: 371901

Re: A little about you...

My name is Zach. I'm 34 and live in Idaho. I've been hunting all my life, but am relatively new to upland hunting and very new to pointing dogs. Have always had labs, as my primary pursuit (in regards to birds) in the past was always waterfowl. The last couple years I've dabbled more in chukar and ...
by fishvik
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?
Replies: 188
Views: 109178

Re: What gun dog breed do you currently own and why?

a GSP, a Lab X GWP cross and a Lab. They fit the bill for both upland and the Lab X GWP and Lab for waterfowl.
by fishvik
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Which shotgun brand do you use?
Replies: 178
Views: 132485

Re: Which shotgun brand do you use?

Remington, Mossberg and Stoeger.
by fishvik
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bell or no bell?
Replies: 38
Views: 1818

Re: Bell or no bell?

Bells in thick cover.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Sportmix
Replies: 2
Views: 857

Re: Sportmix

Chewy has the 24/20 50# bag for $35.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with Carrying
Replies: 8
Views: 862

Re: Help with Carrying

I would work on having them sit in front of you and have them hold it. Give the command hold. As soon as they hold even for a couple of seconds praise them and give them a treat. Extend the time they have to hold before you give praise or a treat. When they will hold for while sitting work on bringi...
by fishvik
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Help with Carrying
Replies: 8
Views: 862

Re: Help with Carrying

Will he hold the dummy all the way back when you throw it for him?
by fishvik
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Getting my first true gun dog
Replies: 4
Views: 2157

Re: Getting my first true gun dog

Congrats on getting a lab puppy. I have always believed that if there were only one breed of dog in the world it would be a lab, they are so bidable and versatile. Now before you bring it home move everything you don't want chewed up out of the way and everything on your coffee table off of it. Lab ...
by fishvik
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Bird wings
Replies: 6
Views: 1332

Re: Bird wings

They are also helpful, (when wings a fresh, keep some of the ones off birds you kill in the freezer) to teach "Hunt dead".
by fishvik
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~

Irishwhistler wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Fishvik,
I shot the Gadwall photo yesterday, 2/15/20.

Mike ☘️🇮🇪🇺🇸
It is going be a while before our ponds have open water.
by fishvik
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: ~ A Gadwall Pair ~

Great photo, Mike. Gadwal drake flank feathers are fantastic fly tying feathers. We have a lot of them out here in the intermountain west. What time of year did you take the photo?
by fishvik
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Transporting dog in truck bed
Replies: 8
Views: 2356

Re: Transporting dog in truck bed

I live in Idaho. My dogs; GSP, GWP and Lab; always ride in a kennel in the bed of an uncovered pickup. They sleep in at night, even during Dec. and January. I have an insulated cover for it and fill it with straw. When I open it on cold, 5-20 degree, mornings to let them out it is very warm inside j...
by fishvik
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Breeder?
Replies: 16
Views: 2224

Re: GSP Breeder?

Good to hear, enjoy her Reba.
by fishvik
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Breeder?
Replies: 16
Views: 2224

Re: GSP Breeder?

Reba, Here are a few in Eastern Idaho.

Moody Creek Shorthairs, Rigby, ID 208 351 7069 , rodbarber52@gmail.com, moodycreekkennel.com

Shooting Top Gun Kennels, 208 223 1230

Best Hunting Buddies, Ririe, ID, 208 821 0082, besthuntingbuddies.com
by fishvik
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 23
Views: 3019

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Polmaise, Is it possible to keep a Lab out of water? :D
by fishvik
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Flush
Replies: 13
Views: 1912

Re: The Flush

Mike, If you want to come out here and hunt those masked bandits in their "introduced" native habitats you will see why we say out here," You hunt chukars the first time for fun and then from then on for revenge." :D
by fishvik
Sat Dec 21, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 1504

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you Sharon and all other GDF members.
by fishvik
Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie
Replies: 12
Views: 2028

Re: Trekmoor/Bill/Wullie

Bill, We're all pulling for you.
by fishvik
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New guy from Idaho
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Re: New guy from Idaho

H_D_O Welcome to the group. Good to have another member in SE Idaho. I hunt both upland and waterfowl with our dogs. (Lab, Lab/GWP and GSP) The GSP is too thin coated for waterfowl. I've trained a few dogs for both upland and waterfowl pointers, flushers and retrievers. If you want to get together a...
by fishvik
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Duck
Replies: 35
Views: 23738

Re: Duck

I've had good golden eyes and bad golden eyes. The only Barrow's golden eye I ever shot (I wouldn't have shot it had I known it was Barrow's) was so nasty when I tried to grill it that I had to abort and throw it across the road. Some have been great though. I've shot a lot of both species of golde...
by fishvik
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Duck
Replies: 35
Views: 23738

Re: Duck

I've found that goldeneye, a duck most people avoid eating, is very tasty. I fillet the meat off the keel bone (sternum), skin them (usually need a knife to do most of it). I cut off the legs and skin them too. I then soak them in salt water for a day and then fresh water the next day. When I cook t...
by fishvik
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Small town pointers
Replies: 5
Views: 1524

Re: Small town pointers

I've had a couple of versatile breeds and live in town. I'm lucky enough to live close to public land so exercising them has not been a problem. Keeping my shorthair in the yard was when she was younger and talking to other shorthair owners I think some in their breeding some kangaroo is in there.
by fishvik
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 12 year old getting it done
Replies: 6
Views: 1331

Re: 12 year old getting it done

My Hanna is an 11 yo GSP that still hunts like the Everready Bunny. When she gets home she eats and then crashes on the couch, unless there is food around. If I get ready to go again the next day with one of the other dogs she stands in front of the door and does the "I'm ready to go again" dance.
by fishvik
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Permethrin Spray
Replies: 6
Views: 1263

Re: Permethrin Spray

It' interesting that fall is tick season in PA, here in ID we have them in spring and they are gone by mid summer, none in the fall.
by fishvik
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bleeding toe nails?
Replies: 4
Views: 1003

Re: Bleeding toe nails?

Hunting in Nevada can lead to that. When I lived there my dogs often broke nails and were always sore footed after the first day of hunting or if hunted them on a number of successive days later in the season. There is a lot of lava rock (basalt) and obsidian in that landscape, particularly in north...
by fishvik
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AUTUMN'S BOUNTY
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: AUTUMN'S BOUNTY

Featherfinder wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:05 am
Brilliant!! Love the rock fence too!
And the autumn colors are brilliant. I miss that.
by fishvik
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FOGGY MORNING REST STOP
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: FOGGY MORNING REST STOP

Pretty picture, Mike.
by fishvik
Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: EVERY MALLARD'S NIGHTMARE
Replies: 7
Views: 1126

Re: EVERY MALLARD'S NIGHTMARE

There is nothing like watching a good retriever chase down a cripple in a current. It's even better when they catch it, swim back to the bank and return it to the blind. Out here on the Snake River they get a lot of practice doing just that. Looks like you have a pro at that game.
by fishvik
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: One Step Closer
Replies: 8
Views: 2352

Re: One Step Closer

Way to go Mike and Trad.
by fishvik
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: OUT O' THE HEAVENS
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: OUT O' THE HEAVENS

Great photo. One of the greatest sights in the waterfowl hunting world. All that's missing is honking of a call and the response of the geese coming in.
by fishvik
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 3699

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

cjhills wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:42 pm
This is exactly my thoughts. Some people take This way to seriously. They are just dogs and it is only hunting. It should be fun......Cj
Exactly
by fishvik
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 3699

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

A lot of the country I hunt has both types of ground bordering each other. My brush dog not only hunts the thick stuff but is also a better retriever and very rarely if ever loses a cripple whether its on land or over water. A lot of the pheasant and quail habitat I hunt is along the Snake River. Be...
by fishvik
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 27
Views: 3699

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

I hunt two most of the time. One hunts the edges and open areas well, the other is a beast in thick stuff.
by fishvik
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: Our New Girl- Stella
Replies: 3
Views: 1150

Re: Our New Girl- Stella

Top photo is classic GSP, when they aren't running, eating or hunting, it's couch potato mode.
by fishvik
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: First Day of Season
Replies: 5
Views: 1384

Re: First Day of Season

Start doing a fake hunt. Get out early in the dark, set up a blind, set decoys, bring a gun with blanks, call and throw a dummy with duck wings (or a dead duck). If you use a boat start practicing behavior and getting back in now, during the summer. This is critical if it is a small boat like a cano...
by fishvik
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Heat and dogs..
Replies: 9
Views: 1306

Re: Heat and dogs..

If you live in a fairly low humidity area, swimming is a great way to keep a dog cool. Not only is the water a cooler when they are in it, but they also cool from the evaporation as they dry. Swimming also gives them a chance to get some exercise. Dogs will also get some cooling effect in high humid...
by fishvik
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Need some advice to un-teach this behavior
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: Need some advice to un-teach this behavior

I don't think there is an app for that. Sorry I just couldn't resist that in the electronic world we live in. Mute as many of them as possible. Then hopefully she will start to ignore the rest.
by fishvik
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: GSP behavior - correct this or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 1475

Re: GSP behavior - correct this or no?

First a couple of questions before I answer. 1. Do you want to hunt rabbits with this dog? 2. Are these cottontails and are they a game species in Kansas? If you don't want this dog to be a rabbit hunter, I'd be lighting this dog up when he hits a rabbit trail, much like snake breaking or breaking a...
by fishvik
Fri May 17, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New Member
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: New Member

Rips Dad, Good to have you aboard. I too am an avid bird hunter and fly fisher/tyer. I did my practical clinical requirement for my EMT certification at Deaconess in Spokane. If you want to work your pup on some sage or sharptails here in SE Idaho let me know.
by fishvik
Sun May 12, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 62
Views: 7746

Re: Let’s talk about registration

Sorry AG but you provided no proof other than your opinion on pet labs. Fact of the matter is the hunting genes are alive and well in the Labrador lines, American and British. Labradors are thriving as Gundogs and Pets for the warriors of the weekend world wide. Even after multiple decades of “poor...
by fishvik
Sat May 04, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 3178

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

Have you considered a Boykin? Nope. 1 spaniel is more than enough for my mental health lol. And no offense to those that love boykins but I don't think they can match an ECS or ESS in the uplands. They are bred for a different skill set. Well then I'd go with the wirehair. I have a 9 yo GWP x Lab c...
by fishvik
Fri May 03, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons
Replies: 22
Views: 3178

Re: Investigating... DD, setters and griffons

Have you considered a Boykin?
by fishvik
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger
Replies: 17
Views: 5147

Re: Passing of Ezzy333 - Al Esger

RIP Ezzy, you'll be missed.
by fishvik
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Won't hunt
Replies: 18
Views: 2468

Re: Won't hunt

Easiest way to get a pup exploring is with an older dog. Just let them romp around, no pressure. Doesn't matter the type, could be a Schnauzer. Working on obedience at a young age can also make them clingy. I'm with the others; he's a baby, give him time. My feelings exactly. Find a buddy with a ob...
by fishvik
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1084
Views: 371901

Re: A little about you...

Adowyn wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:02 am
Hello forum members. I am a novice hunter. My name is Jayden. I will be glad to new acquaintances and experience.
Glad to have you on board Jayden. Let us know how we can help. It would help to know where you are from.
by fishvik
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Proper use of the Check Cord
Replies: 12
Views: 2290

Re: Proper use of the Check Cord

A little nick with an E collar works wonders. If you don't have an E collar a wonder lead or power stick are good tools for teaching heel and whoa. Read up on their proper use. My own experience has been that a check cord is hard to teach heel because the dog has to much lead. But getting back to my...
by fishvik
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 2462

Re: What am I?

As long as you're not breeding her for big bucks, she points and retrieves birds, and she gets a good home, what difference does it make who mommy and daddy were.