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by birds
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Sharptails and Hun numbers in Montana
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Sharptails and Hun numbers in Montana

Numbers are spotty. Nice broods, just "bleep" few of them. It will take a little time to bounce back from what happened the last couple years.
by birds
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: training a pointing breed to sit on command
Replies: 51
Views: 1744

Re: training a pointing breed to sit on command

I've seen dogs default to sit when pressure is applied during training. Not what you want in a pointing dog. Beginners can easily overemphasized the sit command. I believe the breeder is trying to help you not make a normal beginners mistake. Might consider whoa instead. I like what Don had to say....
by birds
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVE: Previous Listings SOLD/OLD/GONE
Topic: Perfect Start/Perfect Finish DVDs - SOLD
Replies: 2
Views: 2044

Re: Perfect Start/Perfect Finish DVDs

I'll take them. PM me and we'll figure out the logistics. Thanks, Birds.
by birds
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Early season Hun/Sharpie - need some direction
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Early season Hun/Sharpie - need some direction

Just start walking. Thats how I figured it out.
by birds
Mon May 20, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Pro 550+
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Pro 550+

I don't want to walk around looking at the screen. Just a low buzz. If they can make it show a stop sign, they can make it buzz. I don't blame you - I don't want to walk around looking at a screen either. Or hear a buzz of any kind. All you have to do is glance at it when your dog isn't in sight - ...
by birds
Thu May 16, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting
Replies: 25
Views: 1313

Re: A little venting about my neighbor. Not that interesting

work - yes - let us know how things go with this "neighbor". Puppies (and kittens and horses and etc.) have been used as 'tools" to break all kinds of thick ice.... :wink: Just don't try and explain to her all of the various recommendations and opinions you have read here on how to use pigeons. Pick...
by birds
Mon May 13, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Pro 550+
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Pro 550+

I'm glad there is no tone on point - quiet. All you have to do is glance down at it.
by birds
Wed May 08, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: The Garmin Alpha; An Expensive Mistake
Replies: 8
Views: 962

Re: The Garmin Alpha; An Expensive Mistake

The 550 plus indicates a point on the screen with a STOP sign shaped symbol. No tone or vibration.
by birds
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Short summer.
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: Short summer.

The storm is not here yet (NW Ontario) but wind has picked up and temperature is dropping by the second. We are told to expect school closures tomorrow, and when they close them here it is BAD, not the wimpy skiff of white stuff that sends agencies scrambling Down East. We were supposed to have 13 ...
by birds
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What am I?
Replies: 20
Views: 1303

Re: What am I?

Doe she hunt?
by birds
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Using e collar

So, Anyway to try and get the this back on track as to what you use your ecollar for, not if you should use one. I have a couple different e collars, but I use them basically the same way. I use the tone as an overlay for the recall command. I have trained this dog to recall by voice, hand signal, ...
by birds
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Using e collar
Replies: 41
Views: 1789

Re: Using e collar

... The older you get, the easier and more necessary it is to go to an ecollar. I am sixty-six. How much older do I need to get? I'm not overweight and still have lots of air in my tires. It is NOT "necessary" for me to go with an e-collar. Maybe I'm not what I used to be but I can still walk most ...
by birds
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1837

Re: Slowing down the dog

Thanks for the clarification.
by birds
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Slowing down the dog
Replies: 47
Views: 1837

Re: Slowing down the dog

"To put things into perspective, four years ago I shot fourteen daily limits in Montana before quitting early and coming back to Ontario."

That's 42 roosters. If you also had some days where you didn't shoot the daily 3 you must have been eating a lot of pheasants while you were here.
by birds
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 1034

Re: How to fix>?

No doubt all those things play varying rolls, as does certain hunting pressure (we humans are predators too - just ask the deer). But when you are facing death of a thousand cuts, every cut takes its toll. And its apparently a cut that Colorado Parks and Wildlife takes seriously enough to call out. ...
by birds
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Good point and agreed. I not only volunteer (and buy duck stamps :wink: ) but my chosen career path is invasive plant management. Too many out there don't contribute.
Its still a bxxxxxd of a winter out there again. At least the rivers won't lack water this year.
by birds
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Training
Topic: How to fix>?
Replies: 19
Views: 1034

Re: How to fix>?

I would agree that CWD will probably reach us all in time - it already has here in MT just in the last few years. As to its real world affect, maybe we should ask folks in Colorado - I think they have been dealing with it about as long as anyone and my understanding is that it has had an enormous af...
by birds
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Agreed. The only caveat I'd add is that huns are screwed when heavy, wind packed snow causes conditions in even open areas that they can't dig thru to reach food (which includes winter greens like winter wheat and cheat grass). I don't think this happens often in most of the birds' viable range, but...
by birds
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

"They are short lived individuals that have large clutch sizes" Agreed. Thus my concern over good hatch conditions. That's what got us last locally year (pheasants/huns - sharptails not so much) - hard winter/heavy June rains and a late July hail storm in some areas. I have no doubt they will reboun...
by birds
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Weather and Habitat Make or Break our Bird Numbers

Can't speak for Iowa, but I'd bet a lot that we are going into our 2nd (arguably 3rd) year of significant winter kill here. If we don't get a good hatch this spring, last years grim bird numbers are going to look pretty good. Since Feb 2 have had no more that three 24 hour periods when it was not be...
by birds
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Some good news from Sportsmens
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: Some good news from Sportsmens

Politics or not - thats awesome news and I hope a sign that positive things can still be achieved by our elected officials.
by birds
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?
Replies: 80
Views: 2414

Re: Whats going on in Oregon Trials and Tests?

Averageguy - As an example I think it may have to do with the way popular hunting shows often portray hunting situations. A flock of mallards swirl into the decoys and instantly every barrel is in the air, magazines are emptied all around and ducks are seen raining down upon the water, often in slow...
by birds
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Dog killed posusm
Replies: 18
Views: 1137

Re: Dog killed posusm

I have a soft spot for possums.
Their hides kept me in shotgun shells when I was a kid growing up in Missouri. And they are pretty unique animals really.
by birds
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Black Bear encounters when training?
Replies: 20
Views: 1022

Re: Black Bear encounters when training?

I wouldn't worry about it. Just prepare for it. We have tons of black bears, plenty of grizzlies and LOTS of lions. I've hiked in this country for years with non-hunting dogs and never had an issue with bears/lions/dogs. The dogs in my experience (obviously not ones bred to chase) were fairly leery ...
by birds
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: What type of shotgun are you using for your bird hunts?
Replies: 214
Views: 105578

Re: What type of shotgun are you using for your bird hunts?

Carried one of two .20 gauge Ithaca SKB Model 100s for 45 years. Just recently bought a Beretta .20 gauge 486 Parallelo. We'll see...didn't sell the SKBs!
by birds
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Bismuth shot and guage selection
Replies: 14
Views: 884

Re: Bismuth shot and guage selection

Might be a good idea to pattern your gun as well. The rule of thumb (with steel) is to step up a shot size or so (using 6 shot in lead? go to 4) and keep the chokes open. My info also says that because of the hardness of steel its better in most guns (for sure sxs and o/u) to stay away from full and...
by birds
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

Re: fencing and wild birds

Travis - You might want to post this as a separate, stand alone thread - you will more likely get the kind of info you are looking for. Sorry I have nothing to offer!
by birds
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: garmin collars?
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: garmin collars?

Where did you get the holster? I could not find it on the WW website?
by birds
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Training
Topic: garmin collars?
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: garmin collars?

Whats the difference between a TT15 and a TT15 mini?
thanks mark
by birds
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

Re: fencing and wild birds

ddoyle wrote:I just read the title...I want to say all my dogs were crappy at fencing? I couldn't get them to keep the foil in their paws! :D
You probably just started them too early. Or maybe made the lessons too long.
by birds
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Training
Topic: garmin collars?
Replies: 12
Views: 825

garmin collars?

Hi All - Anyone have experience/constructive comments about this collar set up: Garmin Pro 550 plus?
thanks mark
by birds
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Wild Game Recipes
Topic: Duck
Replies: 29
Views: 14056

Re: Duck

For ducks the size of mallards 1) First pluck them - don't skin! They'll dry out 2) Rub with olive oil, season with salt/pepper. A little lemon in the cavity will take care of any strong taste there 3) Heat your oven or grill as hot as it will get - at least 550 degrees and higher is better 4) Place...
by birds
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

Re: fencing and wild birds

Thanks for all your thoughtful advice! It seems obvious that 1) I'll be just fine using wild birds for training if I don't expect too much "style" from my meat dog or expect it to compete in competition. 2) Bird dogs get in trouble when alone and secure confinement of some sort is the only appropria...
by birds
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: fencing and wild birds
Replies: 21
Views: 1714

fencing and wild birds

Hi All - New here - seems like a lot of great collective experience. Two questions and some background to go with them. 1) I am a soon to be newbie setter owner with no experience training bird dogs. My pup is coming from great lines and I have hunted over her mother so I have an idea what I'm getti...