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by IDHunter
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

I just let them run through barbwire starting from 8 weeks when we starting working them. They figure it out and we dont have issues. Yep it doesn't take long for them to figure it out. Although I had a Lab cross that would hit a barbwire strand so hard that he actually popped some staples out of a...
by IDHunter
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Grey Wolf
Replies: 42
Views: 1463

Re: Grey Wolf

IDHunter: How does Idaho have a liberal season and Cheap tags when the wolf is on the federal endangered species list. We can not shoot one that we caught in the act of killing livestock. I think it makes more sense for the states DNR to deal with the Grey Wolf. We had a season on them before they ...
by IDHunter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I can't wait
Replies: 10
Views: 515

Re: I can't wait

I got an 8 wk old GWP at the end of July this year. She make and honest retrieve on a pheasant at a local WMA on Friday. My Lab/GWP, Puck, put two roosters up in a thick brush patch. (I'm not sure how much pointing was involved but I'm glad I didn't have to wade in). I shot both of them (I know mir...
by IDHunter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Grey Wolf
Replies: 42
Views: 1463

Re: Grey Wolf

Wolves have hurt the big game population in Idaho. When I lived in Montana, early 70's, Idaho tried to talk Montana into re-introducing the wolf. They got told no! In the end Idaho did it and the wolves have simply spread out from there. As I understand it, all the wolves in Montana, Washington, Or...
by IDHunter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Hunt REDI
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Hunt REDI

I really wanted to try a WW as i had heard good things about them but for the life of me could never time or find out they were taking orders until after the fact. I’ve inquired several times when they anticipate opening but as there site says, they will not respond..... All that to say I went with...
by IDHunter
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Loaning out a dog
Replies: 7
Views: 775

Re: Loaning out a dog

You guys are a lot more generous and trusting than I am. If I'm putting thousands of dollars into a dog (which happens pretty quickly) I'm not sure I'd borrow that dog out to anyone. Maybe down the road I'll view this differently, but for now my dog only goes if I go. For what it's worth, no one tha...
by IDHunter
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Hunt REDI
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Hunt REDI

Thanks. Haven't checked out Final Rise, but I'll take a look at them. Would love to support the company that is 2 hours from me (WW), but can only wait so long for them to decide if they still want to be in the vest game.
by IDHunter
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adventures With Tubbs
Replies: 50
Views: 2193

Re: Adventures With Tubbs

If no one else has said it yet I will... I'm very jealous of the amount of time you get to spend in the field! I think you log more field time in a week than I will in a month. It's fun reading about your progress with Tubbs. Best of luck as it continues.
by IDHunter
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Product Ratings & Reviews
Topic: Hunt REDI
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Hunt REDI

Anyone on here used the Hunt REDI line of strap vests? Curious to get some opinions or reviews. Considering one as an alternative to Wingworks, since Wingworks hasn't been producing vests for close to a year and has no projected date to re-open.
by IDHunter
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

The value of launchers is using them to present a training bird as close to a wild bird as possible. Most people don't get that. I use launchers when my puppies are young, prior to their first hunting season to teach caution and bring out the pup's natural pointing instinct. I introduce the launche...
by IDHunter
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

You would be farther along come december if you ran the dog on wild birds once a week vs 3x a week on pigeons. If you have wild birds available, that's all I would use. Pigeons and launchers are for when you dont have wild birds, your breaking a dog to W&S or your working on backing. EVERYTHING els...
by IDHunter
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Ryan's post is my thinking also. If you have a good supply of wild birds, forget the launcher. He might be easily intimidated by the launcher and it is easy to have a malfunction. You don't need to circle out along ways just make sure he can see you , maybe 5 yards or so. Attitude and body language...
by IDHunter
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

I wouldnt even worry about steadying that dog. If its pointing and looking back at you then there are more issues that need to be resolved than getting the dog steady. At this point I would let that dog bump and chase as many birds as you can out it on. You need to get that drive and desire up. Mak...
by IDHunter
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

Interesting, thanks for the input.
by IDHunter
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

It is a sign of too much pressure being put on a dog. A dog should have 100% on the task at hand,that task is pointing birds. He is not making sure you know he is pointing. Sorry if this seems like a crazy basic question, but what kind of things would be likely sources of pressure for a dog in that...
by IDHunter
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds
Replies: 55
Views: 2247

Re: Steadying a Dog On Wild Birds

I wouldnt even worry about steadying that dog. If its pointing and looking back at you then there are more issues that need to be resolved than getting the dog steady. At this point I would let that dog bump and chase as many birds as you can out it on. You need to get that drive and desire up. Mak...
by IDHunter
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How far should Brittany range
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: How far should Brittany range

I'm new to this as well, so take this with a grain of salt. Maybe if he truly felt lost today and he didn't like that feeling it will reinforce that he needs to keep better tabs on you, which it sounds like you want. Some of the stuff I've read about letting a dog range suggests that one of the best...
by IDHunter
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

I carry a dog stapler in the truck. Never had to use it. Same with me. My big first aid kit is in the truck, just essentials in the field. What essentials do you carry with you in the field? Gauze, vet wrap, booties, Benadryl? That's basically what I'm thinking for a bare bones kit... perhaps minus...
by IDHunter
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

Thanks all, some good feedback and kind of reaffirms what I was thinking. Will give it a go and will have to hope for some luck as well. To my other part of the topic, do any of you carry anything like quick clot in your first aid kit? And more generally, what does your dog first aid kit consist of...
by IDHunter
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

Thanks all, some good feedback and kind of reaffirms what I was thinking. Will give it a go and will have to hope for some luck as well.

To my other part of the topic, do any of you carry anything like quick clot in your first aid kit? And more generally, what does your dog first aid kit consist of?
by IDHunter
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Fences and First Aid Kits

So by training for fences you're basically just exposing them to the fences and letting them figure out that they need to look for a good spot to go under? Do you do any type of correction/reinforcement if they go through in a way that you don't want? I was thinking of using check cord and later an ...
by IDHunter
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fences and First Aid Kits
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Fences and First Aid Kits

Combo topic here, as these two things are going hand in hand for me right now. 1. How do you guys train barbed wire aversion, or at least barbed wire "saftey"? My 8 month old blockhead has dinged himself pretty good a couple times on it, and doesn't seem to be naturally picking up on the fact that h...
by IDHunter
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Feeding before the hunt
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Feeding before the hunt

For you guys who limit or skip feeding on the morning of a hunt, do you do this with all ages? Or do you wait until a dog is more physically mature before you do this? Would you skip the morning feeding for a dog that is sub one year?
by IDHunter
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Acana dog food
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: Acana dog food

Garrison,
Thanks. Everything you said makes sense. I was just curious as much as anything, both because of what the employee was saying about it and because the ingredient list and macro numbers did look good. But you're right, he's doing good on Purina so no logical reason to make a change.
by IDHunter
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Acana dog food
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Acana dog food

I know PPP sport is the standard for most guys, and that's what I've been feeding my 6 month old GWP. However, when at Petco today to get more I got into a conversation with an employee who was pushing the Acana dog food pretty hard. So, curious to hear from those who have tried it (or looked into i...
by IDHunter
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tracking dog miles
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Tracking dog miles

For those of you who track miles run/hunted by your dogs on a daily/yearly basis, do you find a justifiable or beneficial need for it? I know it makes great brag board material and makes for some great stories, but I'm curious if there is a more practical use. Do you set a mile limit for your dogs i...
by IDHunter
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Health and Nutrition
Topic: Best Puppy food for a GSP
Replies: 32
Views: 19617

Re: Best Puppy food for a GSP

I deal with bulk feed ingredients for all kinds of animals and pets. I would strongly advise choosing a high quality food from a specialty dog food company. I would avoid the generic and major brands like the plague. There really is significant differences in what goes into different feeds. However...
by IDHunter
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: How well should a pup search?

NEHomer, you're right I did get a chuckle out of reading your old post. And I'm sure I'll have a similar story to look back on in a few years. Just since starting this thread I've seen my dog's confidence continue to grow on our daily excursions into fields and cover. Between the daily progress and ...
by IDHunter
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: How well should a pup search?

You're pup is doing fine at that age. Just relax and enjoy. Before you know it you'll be worrying about where the dog is. :) (Start saving for a GPS.) When I got my first GSP I figured she'd be a Champion by 12 months. I had it all the steps worked out. :roll: I learned that dogs progress at their ...
by IDHunter
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: How well should a pup search?

Searching...searching for what? As far as they know they’re just out for a walk. Have to turn on their switch so they see what the purpose for being out there is. Plant a few birds and watch the intensity change. If they don’t find birds they don’t know what their purpose is. I guess to clarify, I'...
by IDHunter
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: How well should a pup search?

Thanks for the input folks. We'll keep on doing what we're doing and watch for progress as he grows.
by IDHunter
Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How well should a pup search?
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

How well should a pup search?

Curious what people think reasonable searching looks like in a young dog. Specifically in this case it's a male GWP, 11 weeks old. Having not been around one before I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is normal or not. We have some good local areas that we take him to get him in hunting cover... pasture...
by IDHunter
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 92
Views: 10720

Re: Got a New Pup

averageguy, Thank you for that detailed response. That is extremely helpful information for me, and frankly confirms some of what I was thinking, which is that the books might be taking me down a different path than I want for me and my pup. The approach you take sounds much more similar to what I h...
by IDHunter
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Got a New Pup
Replies: 92
Views: 10720

Re: Got a New Pup

Averageguy, If you don't mind sharing, what obedience work have you been focusing on with the pup? I have a GWP male that is a few weeks younger than yours.. he's 10 1/2 weeks. Some of the training books I read suggested not focusing on obedience work at a young age, with some basic obedience comman...
by IDHunter
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: New Members: Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: A little about you...
Replies: 1087
Views: 400595

Re: A little about you...

My name is Zach. I'm 34 and live in Idaho. I've been hunting all my life, but am relatively new to upland hunting and very new to pointing dogs. Have always had labs, as my primary pursuit (in regards to birds) in the past was always waterfowl. The last couple years I've dabbled more in chukar and p...