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by averageguy
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starting search for next Vdog
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Starting search for next Vdog

You live in a stronghold for Sharpshooter GSPs. I saw litter announcement in your state a couple of minutes ago on FB with Sharpshooter lines on the Dam side from a highly qualified Breeder/Hunter/Judge. He is an officer in the NAVHDA chapter you mentioned and perhaps you already know him. I landed ...
by averageguy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Maryland
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: Bill in Maryland

RG, Your diatribe against Law Enforcement has no intersection with the subject posted. I have Friends and Family in Law Enforcement, which brings bias, as well as a much deeper understanding for their job and the lack of support from a General Public that unfortunately needs them more than ever, but...
by averageguy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Maryland
Replies: 7
Views: 231

Re: Bill in Maryland

Ray G, Wow that is some really ugly and wildly speculative bias you have against Law Enforcement there. You should consider getting some help with that. The Sportsman Alliance does an excellent job of keeping members informed of the never ceasing 24/7 attacks on our Sport, including our dogs. My pur...
by averageguy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Beautiful Arizona!
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Beautiful Arizona!

Nice! Thanks for Sharing your photos. Hunting wild birds in wild places is the essence of our Dogs and Sport.
by averageguy
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars

If it passes in Hawaii it will spread to CA then OR then the east coast ...
by averageguy
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Legislation & Hunting Rights
Topic: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Bill in Hawaii seeks to Ban Ecollars

I hope what that article claims is true but the version I posted is the current version displayed on the State Legislation website and it contains the ecollar prohibition language. I also see in testimony presented at hearings on 2/7/2020 numerous parties presented testimony regarding ecollars as ca...
by averageguy
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garmin Alpha vs 550 plus- GPS issues
Replies: 9
Views: 303

Re: Garmin Alpha vs 550 plus- GPS issues

I bought an Alpha and used it extensively for a couple of years. Hated the touchscreen, never used it for training because the buttons are far too limited and slow, and I already had a 550 which was/is a far better tool for training. I never used all the complicated Alpha features. The GPS worked we...
by averageguy
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Rabbit Hunting with Drahthaar
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Rabbit Hunting with Drahthaar

There are several very active DD groups on Facebook where you will receive much better input on the question you ask than you will on this board.
by averageguy
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Watershy Shorthair Help
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Watershy Shorthair Help

Seasons are winding down and you have all Spring and Summer to give your pup positive experiences with water so I do not see any pressing timetable on your concern at the moment. Correct handling can easily/likely get your pup ready for waterfowl duties next fall. As relayed in several posts, the st...
by averageguy
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus

I never calibrate my 550 Plus and it just keeps on working. Accurately. Including Close.
by averageguy
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Normal for tracking collar? Pro 550 plus

No it sounds like your unit is not functioning properly. My 550+ correctly points the direction to the dog at all distances beyond 20 feet. I am not sure however if what you are experiencing is simply delay which is unavoidable as signals must go up and down to a satellite. Delay coupled with a fast...
by averageguy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Roading Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Re: Roading Rig

Here is mine. I had a receiver hitch receptacle installed on the front of my Polaris Ranger when I bought it so I can run a winch front and back. I use the receptacle for this roading setup. It works well but is heavy and I worry about too much weight hanging on the receptacle. I plan to build the s...
by averageguy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: collar ?
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: collar ?

I have used Tri-Tronics, now Garmin, for 40 years. Get along well with them and have had no reason to switch. I currently own a 550, 550 Plus and an Alpha. I would not buy the Alpha again and do not use it currently, but get along great with both 550s. Since getting the GPS I don't know how I got al...
by averageguy
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Re: Training frequency question for green broke pointing dogs

Yes your last paragraph is what I was thinking as I read. Much will depend on the dog. NAVHDA and Retriever Hunt Tests with GWPs is where my hands on Hunt Test experience with my own bird dogs lies. (Did OB work with German Shepards and had airedale, beagle and coonhounds prior to GWPs) We do a lot ...
by averageguy
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: 10,000 miles
Replies: 25
Views: 2691

Re: 10,000 miles

reba wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:58 am
Just tried to post a picture and it was to large.
I post my photos on a free hosting site and then copy and paste the link to forums such as this when I want to share them. Avoids the PIA of having to reduce file size and is there for use on any and all other sites as you please.
by averageguy
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recall question
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: Recall question

Joe, The Perfect Start DVD shows you exactly how to introduce and use an ecollar and how to train the Come or Here command. No need to switch words.
by averageguy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problems with 8yr old GSP
Replies: 16
Views: 858

Re: Problems with 8yr old GSP

Doing my best to follow your post but not entirely sure I have. If the dog has been reliable for 8 years I am not sure what is going on. Unusually bad scenting conditions? The Huns my dog and I hunted a couple of weeks ago ran like crazy (more so than the Huns we have hunted in other states/terrain)...
by averageguy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1814

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Here he is in Texas at one year of age on a covey of Bobs. I have never seen bobwhites run like they did in that country. We put my pup on the ground as the only dog the last 1.5 hours on the last day. He pointed 10 coveys of Bobs but he could not handle the pressure on about half of them as he saw ...
by averageguy
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1814

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Well that was predictable. The pro trainer I mentioned won't be responding to you throwing him under the bus because he is far too busy training, running and hunting dogs from dark to dark. I assure you he and his dogs are top notch. Only on the keyboards are all young dogs immediately effective in ...
by averageguy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1814

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

CJ, Yes you seem confused. You are quoting FF and attributing it to me. ? My posts read clear enough. Your disagreement with them is fine with me, but never have I said other folks cannot train a dog so please do not attribute such silliness to me. I see alot of dogs in training, testing and hunting...
by averageguy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dogs and algae
Replies: 8
Views: 1203

Re: Dogs and algae

This appeared on my pond not far from the house where my dog has played, swam, cooled off and drank every day through the summer since he was a puppy. Those aqua colored slicks are toxic algae and brought all that to a halt this summer. I do what I can but there is no way I can pre-screen all the wa...
by averageguy
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1814

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

Yes there are thousands of excellent wild bird dogs who are also completely steady to WSF while hunting - on the internet. :D I think there are FAR fewer actually performing to that standard in the field while hunting wild birds than exist on the keyboards. Lots of excellent wild bird dogs are stead...
by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Update on pup
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Update on pup

Yes, I would be working on Hold training now in your house, yard, on a training table. I used a piece of PVC. My dog was mouthing a paint roller is why. We went back to the paint roller once he was calmly holding the PVC. Then we went to cold birds, then hot birds. I mostly followed a program from P...
by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Update on pup
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Update on pup

I would not be comfortable with a dog standing over a bird and pulling feathers for any period of time. Left unaddressed that behavior will escalate. At the foundation of a good retrieve is a great recall. You should recall your dog vs letting it stand over the bird pulling feathers. If the dog does...
by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Sharptail

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He's so Proud

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Floating on air bringing in this Bobwhite

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Face Full of Giant Honker complete with wet dog and wet goose.

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Greenhead out of the same iced up running swift river.

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Cattail Rooster

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Bobwhite - Looks familiar doesn't it.

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Face full of Giant Honker out of the Iced up running swift river.

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Running in with a dove back in September.

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He does antler sheds too.

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Chukar two weeks ago.

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Last bird of the day on this teal hunt in September.

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by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Hun from a couple weeks ago.

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Prairie Chicken a Month ago.

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Note the dog's tail in both photos. Confident and happy.
by averageguy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

You are an odd duck Polmaise. I make no claims to understanding you, your posts or your motives most of the time. The dog made a 100 yard retrieve on that GWT and delivered it to hand. Trained via the methods in the DVD I recommended. The dog's joy in delivering the bird is obvious and that is why I...
by averageguy
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

And your point would be What? Are you so unfamiliar with Hunting that you have never shot a duck over dry land?
by averageguy
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Photo from this morning. Hence the title "Perfect Retrieve"

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by averageguy
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sis about 22 weeks
Replies: 23
Views: 1814

Re: Sis about 22 weeks

One thing I find, is that naturally talented, intelligent dogs, sometimes take their natural abilities at face value and need more training about the time they reach maturity......Cj I think that is a path to an excellent finished wild bird dog to a large degree. Many or most dogs today never achie...
by averageguy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 12 year old getting it done
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: 12 year old getting it done

Tip of the Cap to Oakley and all the old dogs still giving their best in the field. Old Hunters too :). Hope you took some photos. This was the last hunt for my Jack who was 13 years old in the photo. Hard of hearing, eyes cloudy, hips weaken, nose still as keen as ever and his indomitable Spirt com...
by averageguy
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

I have both Smart Fetch and Perfect Retrieve DVDs. Both are excellent instructional materials for training the Trainer. At this point everyone's FF program has a good deal of similarity, but the OP specifically mentioned his dog is "super soft" and he has to be very careful or the dog will "shut dow...
by averageguy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Rotation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Food Rotation Question

I do not like trying to force a worn out dog to eat. Much better to let them sleep until they are ready. Mostly they will vomit what they eat any way I think that is natures way of protecting them....Cj Not sure how a person could even force a dog to eat. Bribing a dog to eat is another thing entir...
by averageguy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Rotation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Food Rotation Question

I have resorted to quite a few different options to get adequate food in my dog while hunting away from home. It all involves bribing him to eat with something more interesting than his standard Pro Plan 30/20 dry feed fare. Which means a loosened stool is not far behind (pun intended). I recently h...
by averageguy
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Rotation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Food Rotation Question

Ray G, Much Appreciated.
by averageguy
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Food Rotation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Food Rotation Question

My current dog and I travel around hunting alot. He can be a poor eater just when he needs to eat the most and it causes me alot of frustration and angst. The standard advice to teach a dog to eat properly is to set its food down and give 10-15 minutes to eat it and then take away any uneaten food. ...
by averageguy
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 22
Views: 1274

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

My last two archery bucks were taken out of ground blinds at 10 yards. Both clean and swift. I enjoy every aspect of it. The scouting leading to the setup location, setting the blind, cutting brush and using it to blend in the blind such that deer will not detect it at such an extremely close range,...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 22
Views: 1274

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

One thing I have discovered is that as we get older we start to value life more. Killing everything I can is not very important to me any more. My kids, grand kids and great grand kids do most of the shooting now. I use a camera more than a gun..…..Cj Yea if I was out to "kill everything" I don't t...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Training
Topic: FF or wait?
Replies: 62
Views: 3745

Re: FF or wait?

Collinedward, Here is my current dog delivering to hand 3 days ago after we both climbed up out of a steep brushy hillside down below that trail. Me using both hands to assist my climb while my dog carried the bird with a gentle soft mouth on his climb upwards. The dog was trained using the methods ...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What is my next step??
Replies: 27
Views: 1907

Re: What is my next step??

FeedJake, Jon Hann's methods done correctly work wonderfully. His accomplishments are Huge and growing, as are the legions of amateurs such as myself successfully using his methods. No one's methods done wrong, with poor timing and implementation, work well. All methods done wrong yield poor results...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let’s talk about registration
Replies: 62
Views: 4465

Re: Let’s talk about registration

My NAVHDA and AKC registered UT1 GWP and I are currently hunting in our 5th State since September. Doves, Teal, Ducks, Geese, Sharptails, Prairie Chickens, Huns, Chukars, Ruffed Grouse have been taken so far. Additional, not yet in season contacts, with Woodcock, Snipe, Bobwhites and Pheasants along...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Fall Conundrum.......
Replies: 22
Views: 1274

Re: My Fall Conundrum.......

Averageguy, if you think you are going to make me jealous.....OK....so I am jealous! Na, I was just encouraging TheMorningRise to reach for the stars and do all of it as much and as long as he can. I understand you live in Canada and having been in your country hunting several times, I know you are...
by averageguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hound Heater plus for small dog house
Replies: 9
Views: 629

Re: Hound Heater plus for small dog house

Novice, I have heavy gauge chain link kennels set on brushed sloped concrete. High pressure water hydrant next to the kennel for cleaning and watering dogs. There is peaked covered roof over the top and in the winter I place a solid wind break down the north side of the kennel, in the summer I zip t...