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by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: 10,000 miles

Sounds like you're living my dream!
All the best, safe hunting and feel free to share pics Sir!
Can't lie. I envy you.
by Featherfinder
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

I guess the definition of fun varies as much as our preference in hunting styles or hunting breeds. I'm curious though: - Does being braced with a friend's dog that steals point define fun for you? Does it seem to you like fun for your dog? I've seen pointing dogs in a trial go for the brace-mate th...
by Featherfinder
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: My little man
Replies: 15
Views: 340

Re: My little man

Start him young understanding that you are a team. The species you hunt will teach him productive range. Many like to let a dog run (wild) for a year or so. That's when you can develop issues that you're going to have to fix later. Because they get a bit older and have developed bad habits, you're i...
by Featherfinder
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Well said one and all but the same reason runs through the course of most posts, "You want to." And that too is fine. As I said, there is NOTHING wrong with that. There is something for us all. And for me, I will continue to let each individual dog have their moment/opportunities. I don't need to sh...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

CJ, I am not making this into a right vs wrong or me versus anyone. While you did, I respect your answer which I already addressed much earlier as, "many folk prefer to run more than one dog". I repeat, I respect that completely. I have enjoyed your prior vociferous offerings and respect your contri...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

OK, let me do this chronologically. Pedro : You find running 2 or more at a time to be fun and you are more interested in the dogs than killing birds. So, when you are running 2+ dogs at a time and a bird is bumped (even the best dog can make a mistake) how does that affect the other dog(s)? Do you ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

When I have a dog with that amount of natural ability, I like to nurture it while staying on course. What many folk typically do is, they follow a predetermined training regimen which too often un-trains a gifted pup. The irony is that later on it has to be re-trained which can bring inherent challe...
by Featherfinder
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: My little man
Replies: 15
Views: 340

Re: My little man

Now that is a nice looking pup! Not only is it 12 o'clock I LOVE where it comes off of his spine.
Fancy!!
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Well Don, while I might go a different path, if this girl looks anything like your other dog....keep it up!
Thank you for the explanation.
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: English Setter Breeder

So sorry to hear about Lady, Sharon. Father Time is a very cruel SOB!
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Pup
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: New Pup

2X what Shags recommended. Also, I would hold off spaying this young girl until she is at least 20 months old.
If you think it will "settle her down" to any degree, you are being misled.
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Re: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Interesting.
by Featherfinder
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Looks and sounds like you have one heck of a cracker! Just wondering why you are letting this dog stand "til the flush" and then break? Why are you not helping her to naturally stand until YOU want her to move on? Or, perhaps you are happy with her standing to the flush which is perfectly fine. Just...
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once
Replies: 26
Views: 802

Running 2 Pointing Dogs at Once

Without taking any previous posts off on a tangent, can someone help me see the advantages or even AN advantage of running 2 dogs at once while hunting wild birds? I appreciate that we run 2 or more when there is a time restriction. I've trialed a long time so I understand that aspect or running in ...
by Featherfinder
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Maine Morning Chocolate
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Maine Morning Chocolate

Nice pic IW! The expression on his face conveys exactly what you described.
by Featherfinder
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: English Setter Breeder

Bam, I also bought a beatch from Tricky ___ kennels year ago. Back then, I was into horseback trials and she just didn't pan out for my palate. I sold her to a gent in W. Virginia. He asked me, "Why would you ever sell a dog like this? She is everything you could ask for!" I bred her once to a super...
by Featherfinder
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Pheasant Mount.......
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: New Pheasant Mount.......

That is nothing short of stunning!! What insightful art form!
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Young dog to hunt with older dog
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Young dog to hunt with older dog

May I ask why you want to run more than one dog at a time? Is there a time constraint?
It sounds like your GSP is simply needing to mature. He needs to have positive experiences finding birds and negative experiences chasing other dogs.
by Featherfinder
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Anybody ever have to deal with cherry eye?
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Anybody ever have to deal with cherry eye?

Bought a VERY blue-blooded dog from a name kennel a long time ago - they're no longer in business. Got the pup home and shortly afterwards it too had cherry-eye. It was no use to me at that point so, I gave it away and the new owner paid for the expensive surgery - again with no guarantee. Eventuall...
by Featherfinder
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is there a WiFi collar with a static/vibration setting?
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Is there a WiFi collar with a static/vibration setting?

I believe Dogtra offers the Pathfinder series. You'd have to look further into it as I'm not that well informed.
by Featherfinder
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: Llewellin Setter Puppies
Replies: 12
Views: 658

Re: Llewellin Setter Puppies

What nice looking dogs/pups!
by Featherfinder
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?
Replies: 39
Views: 10063

Re: 28 Gauge O/U, the Hot New Thing?

I don't shoot 12 gauge anymore for upland. I use 20 gauge for the most part but on rare occasion I use a 28 gauge which I'm sitting on because I want to trade up. Comparing an O/U for trap to a SxS is like comparing a Corvette to a Heavy Duty pick up truck. Both accel at their applications and yet t...
by Featherfinder
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: It's good for the soul!
Replies: 4
Views: 238

It's good for the soul!

Went to see a repeat customer as he has lots of land for training. We ran his dog too (that I trained years ago) but she was "rusty". As a favor, I asked if I could take her home with me just for a couple of days. I set out this evening just before sunset as it was 82 degrees but felt like 89 with t...
by Featherfinder
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great competition always makes you better.
Replies: 12
Views: 505

Re: Great competition always makes you better.

In the competitive world, if there are 40 entries there is only one winner. The other 39 are losers. Come-on Shags...there are 2 breeds that still are to this day the ultimate breeds regardless of what the market/sales bears. If you are unsure, check out The Nationals. Let me know how many short-tai...
by Featherfinder
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for some new pants.
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Looking for some new pants.

Waxed cotton over-pants work the best...hands down. They can handle briars/thorns reasonably well, are water resistant, completely cover your lower body unlike chaps, and can be removed so you can wear the jeans under them into the restaurant without looking like a mass murderer. Definitely not the ...
by Featherfinder
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis is growing up!
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Sis is growing up!

What a beautiful dog! Love that facial expression too.
Don't worry about her tail that much Don. I'd focus on the other end more. :)
by Featherfinder
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: Setters Perspective

That's funny "Bam"! I get a similar reaction when I walk my pointer. You should see folk scurry to give us a WIDE berth. She does look a bit Bull Terrier-ish. :)
They have no idea what a wonderful personality she has - wouldn't hurt a flea! She does look intimidating though.
by Featherfinder
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Setter Breeder
Replies: 10
Views: 555

Re: English Setter Breeder

Know what you will be hunting and pick out a dog bred accordingly. A competitive AA bred setter will require early appropriate training to make it a gun dog. Or, you can buy from cover dogs breeders - typically hunted on grouse/woodcock. Sounds like you want to hunt birds not dogs. A dog bred to be ...
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Bismuth shot and guage selection
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Bismuth shot and guage selection

Wait a minute....!!! Isony, you shot at "your first bird" and you saw a pile of feathers? I hate braggers! :lol:
I threw a lot of lead before I collected MY first bird - not even one single feather before that!! You have me beat by "a long shot". :wink:
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Bismuth shot and guage selection
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Bismuth shot and guage selection

Garrison...truer words are rarely spoken!! I've recently been trying a fasting process as prescribed by my older son - just because. I don't eat the meal professed to be THE most important - breakfast. So, I eat between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm. I feel great and the concept of my body burning the remain...
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Bismuth shot and guage selection
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Bismuth shot and guage selection

I had a long response prepared...hit a key and I lost all of it! I think it might have been an omen! I will try again, against the better judgement of ???? I agree with Roanie. I use a 20 gauge for all of my wild bird and hunt club birds - woodcock to pheasants. I simply use the appropriate shot-she...
by Featherfinder
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: Setters Perspective

Yet another common "thread" Bill - I too worked for Canada Post maintaining the then high tech electronics that read and sorted letters. Your post is a both sad and funny. The running from the military range is hilarious simply because you are still here to share that. The land availability is an is...
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 18
Views: 2652

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Hey oldbeek, I've attended trials there at "The Empire Ranch". Would that be the same place? I'd love to come by. The thing is, our trip to AZ follows my bird hunting in the central mid-west (quail/chickens), which follows my bird hunting up north (grouse/woodcock) which follows my bird hunting out ...
by Featherfinder
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:45 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Not holding Birds
Replies: 30
Views: 2147

Re: Not holding Birds

Dacotazeb, I'd be happy to meet up with you in AZ regardless of the outcome. Yup....give your trainer the opportunity to see if you are derailing the training (unintentionally). In support of what Ray offered above, I have had bird finding machines that just want to find the next bird short circuiti...
by Featherfinder
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Setters Perspective
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Setters Perspective

Now here is an interesting read! Just thought I'd share.
http://www.davidhancockondogs.com/archi ... 0/670.html
by Featherfinder
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fish pointing
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Fish pointing

I'm looking forward to pics of the retrieve. :lol:
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSP Training Progress questions.
Replies: 8
Views: 412

Re: GSP Training Progress questions.

I agree with most before me. Trekmoor strikes the nail right on the head though. While all dogs are different, his quote I believe is salient: " I (Trekmoor) do feel that after 3 months of training your dog should be pointing and holding point and he should not need to be physically held in order to...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 52
Views: 11518

Re: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's

Thank you kindly Zebo and Sharon! Just to inure your comments, I had a litter of setters here about 25 years ago. (Back when I knew enough to be dangerous!) A fine gent came by to purchase a pup subsequent to seeing my ad. When he came by I asked what his hunting preference was. He said he did mostl...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 18
Views: 2652

Re: NSTRA best run yet

Sounds more like it should be in AZ, Oldbeek. We can't wait to head to AZ later in the year - our home away from home. LOVE it there!! Basically, all I do is quail hunt and golf. :mrgreen:
Continued success in NSTRA!!
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: NSTRA best run yet
Replies: 18
Views: 2652

Re: NSTRA best run yet

That is a great score! Good job by you and your dog! I only did NSTRA once and it was enough for me. Th handler virtually disregarded his dog looking for birds in likely places, then called his dog back to handle "the find". He won 1st! So, how do I train my dogs to disregard birds 3 feet outside of...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Dogs for Sale
Topic: Closing my kennel
Replies: 18
Views: 1377

Re: Closing my kennel

Father Time has to be THE cruelest S.O.B. there is. All the money in the world won't buy you one second of time.
May you continue making scintillating memories with your remaining dogs Sir!
by Featherfinder
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pro trainers
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Pro trainers

This spring was devastating - rain, rain followed by more rain. Fields were flooded so available training venues were very restricted. Dogs get environmentally keen so....not good either. This was followed by a few days of seasonable weather before we got high heat with humidity. The heat is bearabl...
by Featherfinder
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 52
Views: 11518

Re: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's

I think that is a smart choice Zebo! All the best going forward Sir.
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1885

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

Trekmoor, interesting isn't it - that whole setting trait. The modern setter need no longer set at all. Although, if the poor dogs have to point "under" some folk shooting a 12 gauge semi-auto, 22 inch barrel with a cylinder choke and 3 1/2" #8 shot while quail hunting , "setting" may make a come-ba...
by Featherfinder
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1885

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

Thanks Trekmoor. Interesting how the pointing breeds evolved or in some cases devolved. I was once told setters "set" or laid down because nets were thrown over them many years ago before the advent of the firearm. This would align itself with your offering. It wasn't that long ago here when pointer...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1885

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

0% you say Polmaise. I see. So do British pointing dogs sit on the flush/shot? If they do, "we" call this sitting on point. So, if a dog transitions from pointing/standing to sitting on the flush/shot, it can no longer be standing/pointing, no? Could one also say, "You aspire to have 100% of your do...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1885

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

Sitting can come from intentional training to the command or a prompt or from pressure (ambiguity) which prompts the sit-default. I have not read anything here that deviates from this. What I was offering was that the source of the external stress invoked affects dogs in different ways. I can stare ...
by Featherfinder
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 52
Views: 11518

Re: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's

What breed would that be Zebo? As Polmaise offered, a well-trained dog is never a bad decision regardless of your age. A dog's early training, inured by it's life experiences (be they prairie upland hunting or grouse hunting dense terrain) will often hone the dog into what it is, regardless of what ...
by Featherfinder
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1885

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

Trekmoor, I believe you are correct. But then there were those 2 littermates here that were "different" albeit they are 100% today. You would have had to see them to believe it. 95% of the time it's the trainer/training process. 5% of the time, there is that other element. If you've been around long...