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by Robbw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: APLS OutdoorZ Upland Game VestX review
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: APLS OutdoorZ Upland Game VestX review

Spot on review. I have one and I'm one of the fat guys so some of the pockets are pretty useless because they are too far back. Maybe they should have somehow made pockets removable along the straps.

Oh well.
by Robbw
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Bird Report from Northern Montana
Replies: 15
Views: 1886

Re: Bird Report from Northern Montana

Scobey area was pretty bad last week. Only a couple of small coveys of sharptails, a few pheasant and no Huns. This was with several excellent dogs being run in successions of braces. At least the Chicken Fried Steak at the Ponderosa was tasty!
by Robbw
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Started Dogs... 'lil help and opinions needed.
Replies: 18
Views: 1445

Re: Started Dogs... 'lil help and opinions needed.

My recommendation. L'Etoile de Norde Kennel in North Dakota. Mark Dinsmore is a breeder with integrity and awesome French Brittany dogs. I am not affiliated with him in any way. I have a French Brittany for my hunting here in Massachusetts and have several friends here who do as well. The breed is a...
by Robbw
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Anyone evaluate dogs in rescue programs for hunting ability?
Replies: 15
Views: 954

Re: Anyone evaluate dogs in rescue programs for hunting ability?

Some of the rescue programs won't even talk to you if you say you want a dog to hunt. Others are more liberal and understand that you are just trying to get the dog to be all that it can be. So I would imagine broaching the topic with the particular rescue you deal with could be a deal breaker. As f...
by Robbw
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Is pet insurance really worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1391

Re: Is pet insurance really worth it?

My answer? Maybe it is worth it and maybe it isn't. I have a 12 year old American Brittany that I rescued at 5. In the first 2 or 3 years I had her, she stabbed herself, cut herself and ate mouse poison after breaking into a cabinet. Always seemed to happen on a holiday weekend. I had no insurance a...
by Robbw
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: French Brittany vs American Brittany
Replies: 9
Views: 1505

Re: French Brittany vs American Brittany

I've had an American Brittany for 7 years and have been around the breed (friends and local club for that time). I love their hard work and nice temperament. But most of the ones I've seen have been big running dogs. I've had a French Britt for 9 months,She is a breeder rehome who is 4. She is also ...
by Robbw
Sat May 05, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun dog for a guy in early 60's
Replies: 44
Views: 9602

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

A lot of good posts here. After deciding if you want a flushing or pointing dog, you go from there. For a pointer, I recommend a French Brittany, compact hard working and known for their close work. Very good dogs at home too.
by Robbw
Thu May 03, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: solo hunter looking to book pheasant hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Re: solo hunter looking to book pheasant hunt

thank you. I have found a place in SD that allows solos to join up. Working on booking the trip now.
by Robbw
Tue May 01, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: solo hunter looking to book pheasant hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 711

solo hunter looking to book pheasant hunt

Hello, I'm looking to book a pheasant hunt for a few days in SD, ND, Montana or Nebraska in the Fall. Anyone know of any places that will accept solo hunters? I'm in Massachusetts so I really can't take my own dog and hunt there because the travel time is too much. I plan to do this hunt at the fron...
by Robbw
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 47
Views: 6614

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

I'm not sure if Purina Pro Plan is the best food on the market for sport dogs or any other dogs. Maybe a few of you do believe that. I understand that Ezzy had a long career in the dog food industry so he is well placed to give a learned opinion. And there is no doubt that numerous top dogs are bein...
by Robbw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Why Purina Pro Plan?
Replies: 47
Views: 6614

Re: Why Purina Pro Plan?

Because they have all the big corporate dollars to advertise and sponsor.
by Robbw
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Picked up a pup today
Replies: 12
Views: 1650

Re: Picked up a pup today

Congratulations!
by Robbw
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Which shotgun brand do you use?
Replies: 176
Views: 123587

Re: Which shotgun brand do you use?

Beretta Silver Pigeon I 20 gauge is what I'm using the most.
by Robbw
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Bright Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 4061

Re: Purina Bright Mind

Let's put this food debate into context. Some people believe that the grain free, corn free, gluten free food crazes are simply marketing hype, not supported by any medical evidence. I'm sure that is not 100% correct although I'd be stupid (stupider) to believe there is no marketing involved. But th...
by Robbw
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Bright Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 4061

Re: Purina Bright Mind

Ezzy, Didn't know you were smarter than me, my vet, the holistic dog lady, dog food advisor, the sources I've read on the internet etc. I of course have no time to fact check what you say nor debate a topic that is clearly in hot debate in the world of dog nutrition. I also don't see you listed in s...
by Robbw
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Bright Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 4061

Re: Purina Bright Mind

Another vote for this stuff. Used it on my Older Weimaraner and it made him more alert. Same with ny 12 year old American Brittany. She is getting a little lost lately but the food seems to be making a difference. Only downside is that some of the ingredients are not the best, being corn based. But...
by Robbw
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Purina Bright Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 4061

Re: Purina Bright Mind

Another vote for this stuff. Used it on my Older Weimaraner and it made him more alert. Same with ny 12 year old American Brittany. She is getting a little lost lately but the food seems to be making a difference. Only downside is that some of the ingredients are not the best, being corn based. But ...
by Robbw
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: One year
Replies: 13
Views: 2511

Re: One year

Sad to lose our hunting buddies. I'm sure you have some great memories.
by Robbw
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Partially Gun Shy
Replies: 43
Views: 10250

Re: Partially Gun Shy

My current dog came to me gunshy. Couldn't even watch hunting videos because she was afraid. I bought "the Master's Voice" gunshy audio and started using that to desensitize her (still using it). After work just with birds to get her excited, then with blank gun when she was fully engaged on the bir...
by Robbw
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dogs vest for grouse hunting
Replies: 12
Views: 2708

Re: Dogs vest for grouse hunting

I second (or third) the skid plate. Too many sharp sticks and rocks in the woods to shorten your dog's hunting season. Fits well, protects dog, plenty of ventilation, good visibility, and durable as heck. My only complaint is that the color fades a lot in a year's time.
by Robbw
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Beretta Silver Pigeon I, o/u 20 gauge
Replies: 16
Views: 8284

Re: Beretta Silver Pigeon I, o/u 20 gauge

I have a Beretta sp1 in 20 that is my hot gun right now. But I agree on the addiction of these break action guns. No room in the safe since I just picked up a Stevens .410 for training and woodcock/quail but have been eying my Browning Citori Field 25 in .28 gauge....and dream of something like a Ca...
by Robbw
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Our first JH leg!
Replies: 9
Views: 2269

Re: Our first JH leg!

Sophia, my little French Brittany got her first JH leg yesterday. We were very excited! First hunt test for both of us and I learned 4 things, know the field and walk it before the test if possible, keep moving forward, don't wait for the other people whose dog has left the country, and have fun!
by Robbw
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leaving one at home
Replies: 17
Views: 4179

Re: Leaving one at home

I'll chime in. I have a 12 year old American Britt and just got a 3 and a half year old French Britt. The American Britt is hunted very hard during our 6 week season and last year I started dialing her back. That was because one day we happened to hit what must have been a freshly stocked area and f...
by Robbw
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gun Shy or Gun Sensitive
Replies: 15
Views: 2653

Re: Gun Shy or Gun Sensitive

I'll also chime in since I have a French Brittany that is gun sensitive at least. My dog has high prey drive toward smaller birds like quail and woodcock. She wants to get to them but will point them. So I can put her on those and when they flush, she takes off fully engaged after those birds. It's ...
by Robbw
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Belly protection
Replies: 16
Views: 2868

Re: Belly protection

My French Britt is little but has a big chest. The people at Sylmar will customize the vest for you for free. They send you the vest, you mark it and pin it accordingly and send it back. They customize it. They are very quick and awesome. I'm also surprised a Mendota would chafe under the legs given...
by Robbw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Belly protection
Replies: 16
Views: 2868

Re: Belly protection

I run my Brittany and French Brittany in the warm weather with a Mendota Skidplate. When it turns cooler, I move them to a sylmar vest, neoprene for the little dog. I have no doubt that these have saved them from some serious injury and saw one of my dogs go through barbed wire and only get a small ...
by Robbw
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The pup vs started dog debate
Replies: 24
Views: 4880

Re: The pup vs started dog debate

Last post was right on. There are various definitions of started. Some breeders drag a wing around a 12 week old pup and when the pup goes for it deems the dog "started". (Just look at the gundogbreeders website for started dogs and you will see examples of this. That is BS of course. Other breeders...
by Robbw
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger

According to Garmin, shags is correct. But can't have larger text running 2 dogs on one locked screen.
by Robbw
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger

Did not see that choice on any menu. I'll call garmin.
by Robbw
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger

Thanks for the response. Not sure it will work since my two collars are working ok. But if I get an answer, I will post it.
by Robbw
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Can Alpha 100 fonts be made larger

I have a Garmin Aalpha 100 and I usually run it with the compass showing and the little box on the bottom of that screen showing the dog name and distance. Does anyone know of a setting to make the text for the dog name and distance a little bigger?
by Robbw
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: FS Alfa .22 starter pistol
Replies: 1
Views: 1606

Re: FS Alfa .22 starter pistol

message sent
by Robbw
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

Re: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

I traded it for a Benelli Super Black Eagle III that fit better, whether real or imagined. All ended well.
by Robbw
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: bird launcher recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Re: bird launcher recommendations

Thank you for your advice. I'll do a search like I should have in the first place. :-)
by Robbw
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Birds & Bird Supplies
Topic: bird launcher recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

bird launcher recommendations

Hello,

I'm looking for recommendations of bird launchers. I'll be using pigeons and chukar. There are several models and they aren't cheap. Interested in recommendations based on your experience with them.

Thanks,
Rob
by Robbw
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Expectations For My New Backyard Bred Puppy
Replies: 38
Views: 10034

Re: Expectations For My New Backyard Bred Puppy

Cute Pup! Looks about as good as any of the pups from the best breeders I've seen. I'm going with a French Brit myself, although I picked a breeder in South Carolina that has good dogs. Big hearted, close hunting, hard working dogs for the foot hunter that love their families. I saw that the sire an...
by Robbw
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: 9 Month Old English Setter For Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Re: 9 Month Old English Setter For Sale

Beautiful dog for sure. It's a shame you can't keep him.
by Robbw
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

Re: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

While I have been successful hunting with this gun, it gets caught mounting and slows me down which equals missed birds. So I think what I take out of this thread is to keep working on your shooting. And Since the gun is a beauty, and has some adjustability, I'm going to look for a gun fitter to may...
by Robbw
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

Re: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

Maybe some guns just fit better, and its more than LOP? If the Browning is only a 1/4 inch shorter but feels pretty perfect, Maybe its some of the other stuff you guys have mentioned. It's a pretty sweet shooting but just doesn't come up to the shoulder in the field. I'll see if I can trade it. If I...
by Robbw
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

Re: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

thanks for all the input. Appreciated. When I pull the A400 up to my shoulder in the field when a bird busts out of cover and the stock gets stuck on my coat or vest but the Browning goes up to the shoulder perfectly then the A400 doesn't fit. One way to get it to fit is to cut the inch or so off. D...
by Robbw
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

Re: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

Factory Stock. Nice gun but it doesn't fit. If I take off the recoil pad it fits (which to me is more like 3/4 of an inch to an inch). I agree that 1.5 inches seems too drastic. No I'm not young or slight of stature but the gun stock is just too "bleep" long for me. But there aren't any shims or oth...
by Robbw
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?
Replies: 21
Views: 6622

LOP too long. Cut stock or sell gun?

I have a Beretta A400 Xplor Action in 12 gauge. It is a nice gun and I've only put about 100 rounds through it so it is in almost mint condition. But I bought it new through a dealer on that gunbroker website without ever trying it out in person for fit. It doesn't fit and is too long for my comfort...
by Robbw
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Electronic in or behind ear protection for hunting/shooting
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Re: Electronic in or behind ear protection for hunting/shooting

Picked one up and it works pretty well. It comes with three sizes of ear plugs that fit on it. All were too big. So I bought Plugfone earplug replacements. They fit way better and supposedly you don't lose much. I'm shooting this weekend so I'll see how they work and report back.
by Robbw
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Need advice on first E-Collar purchase
Replies: 10
Views: 2878

Re: Need advice on first E-Collar purchase

I second (or third or fourth) that your dog HAS to be trained know its recall. Mine did so when I used the collar I did it just like teaching recall, with a long lead. I would call the dog and hit the tone at the same time, pulling the dog to me a little if it didn't come right away, and giving her ...
by Robbw
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another empty collar
Replies: 19
Views: 2913

Re: Another empty collar

Those are very sad times. Very sorry for your loss.
by Robbw
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Electronic in or behind ear protection for hunting/shooting
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Electronic in or behind ear protection for hunting/shooting

Does anyone have any experience with the in ear or behind the ear protection for hunting or shooting? The devices are expensive so I'm doing some research before I buy. This would be for bird hunting or for shooting on the range. I find the earmuff type to be a pain on the range because I bump them ...
by Robbw
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: RIP Bodie
Replies: 26
Views: 5771

Re: RIP Bodie

Very sorry for your loss.
by Robbw
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: One or two or more dogs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2526

One or two or more dogs?

I've got an 11 year old Brittany. I got her through a rescue 6 years ago and quickly established herself as the boss over our Weimaraner who was about the same age and who had come into the house about 4 months before. The Brittany is my dog and she and I know it. (The Weim is my wife's dog and that...
by Robbw
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?
Replies: 147
Views: 52901

Re: Are bird hunters afraid of field trial dogs?

Here in Massachusetts, most of the fields I hunt in are tiny, and the woods/brush around them are thick. My Kansas-bred Brittany was a big running beast when I rescued her but she was and is an excellent bird dog. She has gotten a bit closer working at 11 years old, and she does and has always done ...
by Robbw
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member from Massachusetts
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: New member from Massachusetts

I figured there were some Massachusetts people on here. And yeah, the French Brittany with its close work seems like a good choice.