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by RatDog
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of the line for me and Tubbs
Replies: 7
Views: 675

End of the line for me and Tubbs

Be forewarned this is a real downer of a post. Today was the final straw for Tubbs, he’s gotta go. I was unloading some stuff from my truck and the garage door was open. A woman was walking by across the street about a block away with a stroller and a young child. Tubbs took off across the street at...
by RatDog
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????
Replies: 42
Views: 3215

Re: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????

WOW,I have never had 60 grouse flush wild. You must live in grouse paradise. This is Miles of prairie and creek beds. Some pasture and some corn -milo- sunflowers. May have been every bird from 10 sections. Yeah once it gets cold they flock up like that. Not at all uncommon to see groups of 30 or 5...
by RatDog
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????
Replies: 42
Views: 3215

Re: Dang only a couple of members hunt??????

I’d much rather be hunting but sadly the mortgage must be paid so here I am bustin my pick in this godforsaken desert near Carlsbad, NM. Saw a covey of quail today. Only 9 more days then back home and chase some birds.


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by RatDog
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Bicep tendonitis
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Bicep tendonitis

Dogs have biceps? Learn something new every day


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by RatDog
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anyone using the newest Garmin?
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Anyone using the newest Garmin?

I saw it but haven't tried it yet. I have the 100 and the Pro 550+ and I don't think I ever use the 100. It's just not quite there design wise for me to use it in the field hunting wild birds on public land. The Pro 550+ is perfect thought I do wish it was a bit shorter but that's just me nit picki...
by RatDog
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Hunt REDI
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Hunt REDI

I got an Orvis Pro that I really like. Seems like it’s modeled off of what we called an H-harness and battle belt in the Corps. Seems well made and everything is in the right spot as far as I can tell.


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Quail Tracks
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Re: Quail Tracks

mask wrote:yep.
Cool! I’ve never seen one before. I’m gonna be on the lookout.


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Quail Tracks
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Quail Tracks

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Are these quail tracks? I’m in Midland, TX so I believe they’d be Scaled Quail.


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

Something I did to at least keep things interesting and hype up the dog a bit was shoot a couple birds that flushed wild or that I flushed independent of the dog


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by RatDog
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

Re: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

I read this thread about 5 times and you guys are 100% right. I appreciate the advice I am going to: 1. Not say a word when he is on point 2. Only shoot birds where the point is held without creeping 3. Work on whoa at the at the table. One thing that is confusing me though is why I would keep my m...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany
Replies: 15
Views: 1218

What to do with wild birds and 9 month old Brittany

I totally get where you are coming from. Opportunities to kill wild birds over your pup can be hard to come by depending on where you are hunting or how often you can get out. Part of what makes the sport fun is how exciting it is approaching a dog on point. I have a young dog as well and do my best...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fall Fun
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Fall Fun

Good looking dog! Enjoy the weather. It’s already single digits with a couple feet of snow in MT


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by RatDog
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: winter has come way too early
Replies: 17
Views: 1737

Re: winter has come way too early

I will say that sometimes this board could be called Grumpy Old Men’s Forum instead of Gun Dog Forum. I generally lean toward applauding people getting out when they have the chance to. I think if everyone spent less time picking apart things others post maybe you’d have more than 4-5 people post re...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: winter has come way too early
Replies: 17
Views: 1737

Re: winter has come way too early

Uhhhhhh....my bad I guess. I’ll plead ignorance on this one. Never heard that it was bad to hunt birds in poor weather. That’s when you want to hunt waterfowl. Couldn’t you argue the same about ducks, that they are stressed and you’re denying them access to needed food or loafing areas? If you didn’...
by RatDog
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Dog chasing running birds
Replies: 9
Views: 783

Re: Dog chasing running birds

My grandfather refuses to hunt pheasants with pointing dogs due to the running being confusing or hard on the dog. He is also fond of disparaging them as “getting up like a big balloon that any darn fool can hit”. He’s from the East Coast and will only hunt grouse, woodcock and quail. I have to say ...
by RatDog
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Ratdog We do not know what happens at the trainers. I had a fairly big name trainer launch a bird from a snow covered launcher that hit my dog. That dog is now a 12 year old AKC Master dog, she is a super dog. BUt, she has never went within 100 yards of a launcher again and certainly will not point...
by RatDog
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

cjhills wrote:That is all very nice. However keep in mind if he has already been intimidated by launchers, he may remember and in that case it will be fixing a problem not starting over.........Cj
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by RatDog
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

x2 on keeping the pup on wild birds, shoot the ones he points, hold fire when he flushes. Steady him up after this season and before his second season. Study and follow a program when you go to steady the pup vs trying to wing it based on a few paragraphs you read posted on the internet. Lauchers -...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

weimdogman wrote:Praise the heck out of him when he points and let's you flush the birds. Let him know how happy you are that he did it right.
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by RatDog
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

That makes a lot of sense. I’m going to finish out the year as is then go that route in the off season. He’s made a lot of progress but nowhere near polished. I’d like to use the launcher/tip up to get him nice and staunch and stop creeping. If the birds hold tight he’s pointing them but he crowds t...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: winter has come way too early
Replies: 17
Views: 1737

Re: winter has come way too early

averageguy wrote:Hunting in a blizzard was excellent yesterday.

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That’s that hard core! Nice


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by RatDog
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: winter has come way too early
Replies: 17
Views: 1737

Re: winter has come way too early

Come on now! I know it’s not worse over there in the land of tater tot hot dish and lutefisk than it is here in NODAK. Get you a hat, gloves and some wool socks and get after it. At least when it’s nasty you know where they’re holed up at.


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by RatDog
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: W TX/SE NM Quail
Replies: 3
Views: 587

Re: W TX/SE NM Quail

I did Black Gap, which is a ways South of Mid/Od in 2019. I was forced to hunt TX because I couldn't get down there until after NM season closed. Hunted a couple days with a reasonably good dog and never saw a single bird. Supposed to be some decent hunting there so IDK. There is a box you're suppo...
by RatDog
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Hunting
Topic: W TX/SE NM Quail
Replies: 3
Views: 587

W TX/SE NM Quail

Looks like I am headed to the Permian for work. Would love to try and squeeze in a couple of days chasing quail in TX or NM in the Midland/Odessa/Carlsbad area. I have zero experience with these birds and do not know the area well. If anyone is feeling generous I’ll take any advice or guidance you’r...
by RatDog
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

averageguy wrote:Hence the often repeated "Birds make a Bird Dog"
Indeed


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by RatDog
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

Had a lunch break session yesterday. Pretty cool that some of my best spots are practically in town. Maybe they get overlooked for that reason? We were walking up a draw with cut grain on one side and native grass on the other. There were some clumps of bushes in the bottom. It was nasty out. Snowin...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vests
Replies: 9
Views: 862

Re: Vests

Thanks for the feed back guys. Sounds like those Sylmar vests are worth a try.


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by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vests
Replies: 9
Views: 862

Re: Vests

funny ? vest story: I had my Jack Russell and setter out in the fields. The JRT was in a vest ( body close to the ground). The setter has never seen him in a vest before. The setter picked the JRT up by the vest and took off. I was scared to death that I was going to find my JRT with broken legs. T...
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vests
Replies: 9
Views: 862

Re: Vests

MNTonester wrote:I use a Sylmar for Oscar and it is well made and functional
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Cool. I’ll check that one out. Thanks!


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by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Puppy exercise and growth plates.
Replies: 5
Views: 618

Puppy exercise and growth plates.

I’m pretty new at this but I have only ever heard that doing actual “road work” like putting the dog in a harness and forcing it to run extended distances for pre-season conditioning isn’t advisable before a year. The idea that hunting in the field could be detrimental sounds like baloney to me. It ...
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vests
Replies: 9
Views: 862

Vests

Can anyone offer recommendations for vests? My little dude has started getting his undercarriage a bit raw since pheasants opened and we've been in the thick stuff. I was looking at one called the Skidplate for that purpose but I am also wondering if anyone hunts their pointing dog with one of the w...
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ~ October Ringnecks ~
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: ~ October Ringnecks ~

Great pic! I am a Browning man myself
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: One of my Sis and Stormy pup's in Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: One of my Sis and Stormy pup's in Colorado

What a beautiful looking dog! Thats awesome
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

Not a bad haul for a half days work. Tubbs is really coming along! Both yesterday and today he had some legitimately nice dog work and finds. Seems we have broken through to another phase of his development which is a welcome change after the flushing phase. Couple of the highlights: - the best by f...
by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

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by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

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by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

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by RatDog
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

Wow! Thanks for kind words boys! We are doing our best. I’ll spare you the whole sad story but I was laid off until pretty recently and then I had Covid so I couldn’t work again until I tested negative. Normally I’m on a rotation but things are so weird in the oil patch I don’t really have a set sch...
by RatDog
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

We opted to stay around here. Found one covey of Huns that flushed wild. They busted up and we managed to find a couple of the groups. Tubbs had one really nice find on a double that was up a spur off the main gulley in some bushes. I shot one of those. Nice way to finish off a good day. Today we ar...
by RatDog
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

Well that couldn’t have gone more differently! First spot, three shots and three roosters down. We walked the cattails up this little ditch and it was like a European driven shoot. Birds everywhere. Only unfortunate thing was the third bird went down in the middle of a little farm pond. There was a ...
by RatDog
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

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by RatDog
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

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by RatDog
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 3406

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

Today was painful. Tough one for the home squad. We moved an absolutely preposterous number of birds, especially sharpies but also lots of pheasants and a handful of Huns. I scratched out one grouse and one partridge. Tubbs has gone from being meek as a lamb to having a mad glint of violence in his ...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Understood. No e-collar around birds! All I was trying to say is that when you know he just hit scent hard and pauses for a beat it’s hard to let him keep going without doing anything. That is what I’ll continue to do without saying a peep. Patience has never been a strong suit of mine so maybe it’l...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

I think maybe I could use some encouragement to stay the course here. I’ve had my dog on wild birds 15 days so far he has gone from being timid and not very sure of himself but occasionally pointing to a heat seeking missile heck bent on flushing birds! I love the drive and building it was the goal...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 71
Views: 4311

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

I think maybe I could use some encouragement to stay the course here. I’ve had my dog on wild birds 15 days so far he has gone from being timid and not very sure of himself but occasionally pointing to a heat seeking missile heck bent on flushing birds! I love the drive and building it was the goal ...
by RatDog
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Cracked foot pad

I ordered some of the Lewis vented rubber boots. We’ll see how it goes. I think the stubble, especially that cut canola which is like stalks instead of grass stems. Thing is the Hungarians are especially fond of canola and they are my favorite!


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by RatDog
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Cracked foot pad

Thanks! I’m going to try the wash then Vaseline and put a sock on him then duct tape it. It’ll look stupid but whatever. I’ll order some of those products and give them a try.

Any recommendations for booties for hunting? Figured I’d check gun dog supply.


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by RatDog
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Cracked foot pad

You've been running him a lot. A couple of days off to let it heal won't kill either one of you. Any athlete knows that recovery days help overall performance. As far as him being a pain, he needs to learn to settle so you can use this as an opportunity to start teaching him how to behave. Maybe do...
by RatDog
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Cracked foot pad
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Cracked foot pad

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