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by fishvik
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 19
Views: 495

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.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New!
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: New!

He is full chessie! He’s got the attitude to prove it too! Lol

The old saying goes you take most retrievers hunting. You go with a Chessie.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New!
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: New!

Welcome to the forum and good luck with that great looking pup.
by fishvik
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New to Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: New to Forum

Welcome to the forum. I'm a retired BLM fish biol. and I too have 3 hounds, a lab, a lab/GWP cross and a GSP. Maybe we can meet up in Montana some fall.
by fishvik
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Novice123, You are right on. I have been a member of DU committees, attended banquets and worked on conservation projects. At present I'm heavily involved with Trout Unlimited. I only point this out, not to brag, but to tell you that all volunteer conservation organizations are hurting for volunteer...
by fishvik
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Birds, I think this points out that probably the "weak link in the habitat chain" is good thick winter cover and good nesting and brooding cover and insect production. With modern farming practices this link has been further weakened. Brush and tree lined weedy fencelines have been removed, ditches ...
by fishvik
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

If a game bird population has a minimal viable breeding population they can recover if the habitat is favorable. Most upland bird species will rebound quickly if habitat conditions improve. They are short lived individuals that have large clutch sizes. This allows populations to replace themselves q...
by fishvik
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 1224

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

My hope is that nobody on this site shoots more birds than they can use and they waste away in their freezer.
by fishvik
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Nevada Chukar?
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Nevada Chukar?

Hahaha :lol: I sort of expected as much in response but thought I would see if I could gauge the overall like or dislike for the public lands out there. Sometimes you just might hit those far out shots, sometimes you don't but you gotta shoot to find out. In all honesty, watch the previous weather ...
by fishvik
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Nevada Chukar?
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Nevada Chukar?

Scott Linden wrote:And don't forget Nevada and Oregon also have rattlesnakes, volcanoes, earthquakes and Sasquatch. Try Iowa. :D
Ditto for Idaho and we are closer to the Yellowstone Hot Spot so we may erupt at anytime. :lol:
by fishvik
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Newbie From Long Island/NH
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Newbie From Long Island/NH

Welcome to the group. What species will you be primarily hunting? Personally I like black Labs and I would do as much of he training of your Lab yourself.
by fishvik
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Welcome New Moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: Welcome New Moderator

Thanks for taking it on, Mnaj.
by fishvik
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thanks, Ezzy333
Replies: 29
Views: 1270

Re: Thanks, Ezzy333

Thanks for all the help, Ezzy. Get well soon.
by fishvik
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany vs Springer
Replies: 14
Views: 502

Re: Brittany vs Springer

My 2 cents. Brits tend to be better open country prairie bird hunters. Sharpies,sage grouse, huns and chukars. Springers are more adept at thick cover pheasants and waterfowl hunting. Both breeds hunt forest grouse and quail equally well, although I'd give the advantage to springers on quail runners...
by fishvik
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: GT
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: GT

Welcome back.
by fishvik
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Hello from Ohio
Replies: 9
Views: 496

Re: Hello from Ohio

Bdabird, Welcome to the group and thank you for your service. Sounds like you have quite the pup. If your dog has pointing instinct you might want to develop it, other wise it sounds like you'll have a good flusher. So obedience, staying in gun range and working on retrieving should be your goal. As...
by fishvik
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: Can dogs be trained to herd wild deer?

Maybe if we quit answering his threads, he will quit posting. At least we can hope so. :D
by fishvik
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: The Plight of the American Hunter
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: The Plight of the American Hunter

The bigger question might be ... what have you done to stop the downward slide? Totally agree Scott. Too often I think we are giving something up by taking someone with us when in the reality and in the long run we will be gaining far more. As a retired natural resource professional and now volunte...
by fishvik
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: The Plight of the American Hunter
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: The Plight of the American Hunter

Trekmoor wrote:I'd always imagined game shooting/hunting was easy to get in the States ….or certainly by comparison to Britain
Unfortunatrly Bill, our animal rights and anti-gun folks always use the UK's laws and regs as the way things should be done in this country. No offense but I hope that never happens.
by fishvik
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Hidden
Replies: 27
Views: 1872

Re: Hidden

I guess I have never feared anyone knowing where I live or the general area where I hunt, even they are from out of state. I figure in a state where there is a lot of public land and a F&G that concentrates on antlers, the more bird hunters that hunt here the more allies I've got for keeping public ...
by fishvik
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Best way to get a dog to hunt dead?
Replies: 15
Views: 972

Re: Best way to get a dog to hunt dead?

You might try freshly killed birds while in the field, or try wings from birds you may have killed and frozen. I'm kind of the belief training while hunting is a good idea and am willing to take some time out from pursuing birds to work on things the dogs is slipping up on. When the dog breaks to hu...
by fishvik
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do you carry?
Replies: 25
Views: 1674

Re: What do you carry?

I agree with most of the things mentioned. But because I'm hiking a ways and am also getting a long in the tooth, I take a space blanket,flashlight, lighter and parafin fire starter along with my cell phone, just in case.
by fishvik
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WPG vs PP
Replies: 31
Views: 1493

Re: WPG vs PP

Iso, I might suggest a Boykin Spaniel unless you have your heart set on a pointing dog. They have excellent noses, swim like a fish, retrieve things as big as they are, work close and are very friendly little things. A couple I know in Driggs, Id has one that does double duty, upland and waterfowl d...
by fishvik
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Tips for getting a dog to hunt in thick brush
Replies: 40
Views: 1762

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

Put pigeons or other light brush and keep burying deeper once your pup starts catching on or taking to somewhere they plant pheasants that has heavy cover. But I agree with some of the other posters in that a pointing dog in thick brush can pose some problems, seeing them and making sure they will b...
by fishvik
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Wirehair is useful!
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: My Wirehair is useful!

The best I could do was have my Weim/Chessie, I had right out of college. retrieve beers.
by fishvik
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chukar
Replies: 13
Views: 1000

Re: Chukar

Jonov, If you get out to Spud land give me a buzz. Here is the basic chukar hunting tool kit:
1. Ultralite semiauto 20 ga with a drum magazine.
2. GSP/Mountain goat cross.
3. Chairlift
by fishvik
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chukar
Replies: 13
Views: 1000

Re: Chukar

Wish we had them in the wild around here. Looks likes fun. I wish we had anything in widespread numbers around here. I wish they'd MAGA and log then entirety of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests so we'd get some more grouse too. Jonov, I hope when you say entirety you mean small blocks of s...
by fishvik
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Chukar
Replies: 13
Views: 1000

Re: Chukar

NC Quailhunter wrote:Wish we had them in the wild around here. Looks likes fun.
Hasn't anyone ever told you, you hunt chukar the first time for fun and from then on for revenge. :D :D :D
by fishvik
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Spotting Scopes for Chukar
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Re: Spotting Scopes for Chukar

I agree with Warrior, but a small pair of binocs might be useful especially for looking over country from the top of a ridge.
by fishvik
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fatherly Advice: At what age did you take your kids hunting?
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: Fatherly Advice: At what age did you take your kids hunting?

21/2 might be a little young, but I would go on test hunt with her and dress her up and try shooting around her. Also remember when she is done so are you. I took my kids out for the first time when they were in grade school.
by fishvik
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: AKC registered beagle puppies for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: AKC registered beagle puppies for sale

What are the parents hunting background?
by fishvik
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: One year old Chesapeake retrieve question
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: One year old Chesapeake retrieve question

gonehuntin' wrote:Actually, your first problem is, it isn't a Chesapeake.
Sure looks like a Chessie to me. A muddy one at that.
by fishvik
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Xylitol in peanut butter
Replies: 2
Views: 469

Xylitol in peanut butter

A warning came out from some local vets. Some brands of peanut butter have begun to substitute the sugar with an artificial sweetner used in sugar gum, xylitol. Xylitol is harmful to dogs, even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or can be fatal...
by fishvik
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: What's the best way to stop dogs from digging under fences..
Replies: 10
Views: 1103

Re: What's the best way to stop dogs from digging under fences..

Every time my boy digs a hole I throw a huge rock in it and fill the hole back up with dirt. He gradually did all of the digging for me and now he is unable to dig down far enough to slide out. Similar to my approach. We have a large supply of porous, rough lava just south of town. I line the insid...
by fishvik
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is your kennel lined with artificial turf?
Replies: 37
Views: 1715

Re: Is your kennel lined with artificial turf?

Take it from me, someone who has hunted S. Idaho for over 40 yrs, if you keep your dog on a soft surface, keep your Vet on speed dial. You will have cracked and cut paws and broken nails with the lava content of the soils, cacti spines and thorny plants.
by fishvik
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Here are some ideas I have about designing dog enclosures.
Replies: 21
Views: 1121

Re: Here are some ideas I have about designing dog enclosures.

Having lived and had bird dogs in Boise, retrievers by the way, I had to chuckle at some of his enclosure design. First, if I remember correctly he is getting a Golden. The first time the dog lays down in the pool and then gets up and shakes, the pool will be empty. Second a heated dog house for a w...
by fishvik
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: 5 month old lab training
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: 5 month old lab training

He's a 5 mos old Lab., that is the equivalent of a kindergartener with ADHD. Don't tolerate misbehavior but make everything a game and praise and reward everything you want him to do. They catch on quick and they learn what you want, but Labs act like kids until they mature at about 2-3 yo and they...
by fishvik
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Training
Topic: 5 month old lab training
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: 5 month old lab training

He's a 5 mos old Lab., that is the equivalent of a kindergartener with ADHD. Don't tolerate misbehavior but make everything a game and praise and reward everything you want him to do. They catch on quick and they learn what you want, but Labs act like kids until they mature at about 2-3 yo and they ...
by fishvik
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SHORTER DAYS COMING ~ A photograph.
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: SHORTER DAYS COMING ~ A photograph.

art hubbard wrote:Yep, and grouse opens saturday too.
Actually Art the forest grouse season opens this Thursday Aug. 30.
by fishvik
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SHORTER DAYS COMING ~ A photograph.
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: SHORTER DAYS COMING ~ A photograph.

Hotter than blazes all summer. Rain and into the thirties this morning. Figures, dove season opens Saturday.
by fishvik
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Guy Here
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: New Guy Here

It was 115 in Lewiston yesterday, I heard. Crazy hot. The state high ever was in Orofino at 118. That's friggin Phoenix stuff. So crazy... did not help the wildfire situation at all. Surprise Creek Fire up here in the Cabinets grew by 700 acres the day it was 107. Fortunately it's calmed down to 80...
by fishvik
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Guy Here
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: New Guy Here

WielandGSP wrote:It was 115 in Lewiston yesterday, I heard. Crazy hot.
The state high ever was in Orofino at 118. That's friggin Phoenix stuff.
by fishvik
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Guy Here
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: New Guy Here

Thank you everyone. And yes it won't be long until chasing wild birds again. And hi, Don. Yeah, Eric here. Glad to see a familiar face on here. How ya been? How hot is it down in Oregon right now? 107 here in North Idaho at the moment... I can't wait for October. You must be in the valley. The stat...
by fishvik
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Guy Here
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: New Guy Here

Thank you everyone. And yes it won't be long until chasing wild birds again. And hi, Don. Yeah, Eric here. Glad to see a familiar face on here. How ya been? How hot is it down in Oregon right now? 107 here in North Idaho at the moment... I can't wait for October. You must be in the valley. The stat...
by fishvik
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Guy Here
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: New Guy Here

Welcome to the forum from another Spud. Less than 3 weeks and the dogs get to feel feathers in their teeth again.
by fishvik
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not a good idea
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Not a good idea

First let me say that I'm a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. But there are some things that defy any level of reason. What would make you think that shooting exploding targets on western range land in the middle of the summer, particularly this summer, is a good idea. We have had no less than...
by fishvik
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: What is a good way to attract doves to one's patio?
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: What is a good way to attract doves to one's patio?

Mixture of small grains in a flat open feeder. My guess is the mourning doves will be moved out by the collared doves in the neighborhood. No need for a hanging waterer. They will drink out of any water source on the ground.
by fishvik
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Planning a Fall hunt
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: Planning a Fall hunt

Idaho's forest grouse(ruff, dusky and spruce) season starts Aug. 30, mourning dove Sept. 1, Chukars, huns, quail and sage grouse Sept. 15th and Sharptails Oct 1.
by fishvik
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP mix
Replies: 35
Views: 1497

Re: GSP mix

Good luck with her and I think she'll love having feathers in her teeth. :D
by fishvik
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP mix
Replies: 35
Views: 1497

Re: GSP mix

I have never had hip problems with any of my cross breeds. But then again while it is a genetic trait I think it is not as prevalent in crossbreeds with versatile pointers because they are not as likely to have the genes as retrievers. In addition I think that the condition is exacerbated by the fac...