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by sambuca
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Cheek Recoil
Replies: 2
Views: 893

Cheek Recoil

My wife bought a Benelli Montefeltro youth 20Ga and shot it for the first time last weekend. She is small and it seems the gun fits her fairly well as she can shoulder it easily and she broke many more clays than she missed. Overall, I am impressed with how well she shoots given her inexperience wit...
by sambuca
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The result of irresponsible dog owners (Happy Ending pics)
Replies: 50
Views: 21918

Re: The result of irresponsible dog owners WARNING!!Very graphic

What a sad situation. I grew up raising club lambs. Now, all us kids are grown but my parents still raise show lambs that they sell throughout the midwest for county/state fairs. I know how hard you have worked to build a breeding program that works. Folks here know well how tough it is to win a sta...
by sambuca
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: trainer question
Replies: 19
Views: 1503

Re: trainer question

Redneck, If you need the training help and get the results you are looking for, it will be money well spent. Without spending some money on professional training my dog and I would be in a mess. Like anything, prices vary with location, quality, etc. I know I got more value out of what I spent on do...
by sambuca
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Off to trainer
Replies: 16
Views: 968

Re: Off to trainer

Gary, Sammy was at Pete's twice for two months each time. He's back there now. Each time he came home he did a thorough survey of the entire house stopping to check out anything that was different (eg. new carved duck above fireplace). Then it was as if he never left. They don't forget anything. You...
by sambuca
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Planting my own birds to hunt?
Replies: 18
Views: 4037

Re: Planting my own birds to hunt?

GSPVIZ,

Where will you buy chuckars and pheasants? I thought about doing the same thing last fall but everyone I called wasn't willing to part with anything but quail. Maybe they were holding out until they knew they could meet their own demands and those of the local preserves.
by sambuca
Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Recommendation for NE grouse/woodcock trip?
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Recommendation for NE grouse/woodcock trip?

I'm already thinking about a grouse/woodcock trip somewhere in the northeast next fall. Somewhere in NY, VT, NH, ME where we can rent a cabin and hunt over lots of land. I did some searching online and realized I would probably find someone here who has a great rental they can recommend. Thanks in a...
by sambuca
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Sammy's First Derby
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Sammy's First Derby

Thanks Karen! We'll be at W&W Saturday. See you then.
by sambuca
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Introduced to the 12 ga. today......
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Introduced to the 12 ga. today......

GSPVIZ, Sounds to me like you are OK. As long as she's busy and has no problem with the sudden crack of a shot, she'll likely be fine. Just keep an eye on her when the shooting happens. My guess is that gun shy dogs within the sporting breeds are the exception, not the norm, and it seems you have br...
by sambuca
Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?

GSPVIZ,

Did you get your dog out? If so, I hope you found some birds and she had fun. Sammy came in 3rd out of 8 in the Derby at Anthracite (PA) today. I am so happy with him. He is figuring it out and having fun doing so.
by sambuca
Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Bang's Two Blues
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Bang's Two Blues

Awesome!!! Congrats on cleaning up. Sounds like a the dog to beat.
by sambuca
Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Sammy's First Derby
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Sammy's First Derby

Sammy ran his first Derby today at Anthracite Brittany Club's horseback trial in Weatherly, PA. It was a long, cold and windy morning. The dog had fun and he found a couple of birds. Sammy came in 3rd out of 8. I am so happy for him. That's three ribbons in 3 weekends. Woohoo!!!! Not bad for a spoil...
by sambuca
Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?

VIZ, I have never hunted Glassboro. If you can get out on Monday, you might try Medford WMA adjacent to the south side of the Setter Club. Its small as WMAs go but a good number of quail make it onto the WMA during a field trial and they are fair game for hunters. Who knows, you could also get some ...
by sambuca
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Shotgun Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 5132

Re: Shotgun Recommendations

Karen, We are in the same boat. I would like to find a good shotgun for my wife. I want her to enjoy shooting and also carrying the gun. I don't even notice a recoil of the 20 ga browning O/U I shoot but I recognize that it can feel very different for her. Some guns are just too heavy for her to car...
by sambuca
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2349

Re: Field Trial at English Setter Club, Medford NJ?

GSPVIZ, You could call the field trial coordinator and find out what their schedule looks like for Sunday. I did a quick google search and found the link on the GSCA club website that listed James D’Amico as the contact (732)938-6508. The other option is to head to one of the WMAs. They will stock a...
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: I Love Monday Holidays!
Replies: 14
Views: 2358

Re: I Love Monday Holidays!

Wow!!! Your pictures are incredible. They make me feel like I'm there. Please keep on posting. Those dogs on the prairie are awesome. I wish I could be there. Hopefully someday I can. Don't forget, tomorrow is election day. Get up early and vote before you take the dogs out. They will be glad you did.
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: Brittanys
Replies: 10
Views: 2750

Re: Brittanys

Any additional time behind the vacuum cleaner is worth it. As long as you are active enough to take on a high energy bird dog, you will wonder why you didn't get a Brittany sooner. My pup is only 15 months old and we shave him for the summer months. Shed hair is nothing compared to what comes into t...
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: She did it again!
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: She did it again!

Congrats!! Keep having fun.
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Another Red Ribbon for Blaze
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Another Red Ribbon for Blaze

And Kudos to Lisa for helping out with the horse. What a great thing to do. I have been so impressed with the way people help each other out in this sport. These are my kind of people. Sure, everyone is competitive and wants to win but, for the most part, they also are having fun.
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:27 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Another Red Ribbon for Blaze
Replies: 5
Views: 838

Re: Another Red Ribbon for Blaze

Congrats Blaze and Karen! Only 2 weeks after nationals and you're set to go back next year. Awesome!
by sambuca
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: Brags
Topic: Sammy's Great Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: Sammy's Great Weekend

If by "Hooked" they mean changing our plans for next weekend so we can go to Anthracite and run the Derby.. Then I guess were hooked. Gary, Are you going? may not be much further than ESCA for you.

The size of the pheasants didn't bother him a bit, nor did the shotgun. Hope to see you on Sunday.
by sambuca
Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Sammy's Great Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Sammy's Great Weekend

My little guy had an awesome weekend and I am as happy as I can possibly be. Yesterday we ran in our second horseback field trial (DelVal Brittany at the English Setter club in NJ). Unlike 2 weeks ago, Sammy payed no attention to the fact that I was on a horse and did his thing. Despite being handic...
by sambuca
Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where to buy quail in South Jersey?
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Re: Where to buy quail in South Jersey?

I bought quail from Millstream Farm in Cream Ridge as recently as this spring. They have an add in last year's NJ hunting digest. You have to call ahead to make sure they are going to be home to get birds for you.
by sambuca
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:24 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: very lucky
Replies: 7
Views: 1830

Re: very lucky

I cant imagine what you must have felt for that 3 hours. Send those neighbors a huge Thanks for helping out. Are you training with an e-collar? Here's the advice I heard. If you see the dog chase deer, hit him with continuous stimulation until he turns to run back to you, pretend it never happened a...
by sambuca
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Great day training
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Great day training

GSPVIZ, Sounds like you are having fun with your dog and that she's making great progress. Isn't this a blast? I cant believe I waited so long to get a bird dog. Stop by in the afternoon. If the trial isn't over rent a horse from the wrangler and check it out. These dogs will amaze you and make you ...
by sambuca
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gar-dog...
Replies: 9
Views: 1056

Re: Gar-dog...

Sammy and I will be there on Saturday (we have a prior commitment for Sunday). We sent an email entry yesterday for the open puppy. The rumor was correct. Sammy ran well this past Sunday. I was really proud of him. We were thrilled to be in the top half of the finishers this weekend. Hopefully this ...
by sambuca
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 4917

Re: Field Trial Questions

Gary, Do what makes you feel best. Personally, I wouldn't want anyone holding back a dog they wanted to run so that I had a better chance of getting points. I would want to know where my dog stands against its competition. At the same time I fully understand not wanting to risk having your dog catch...
by sambuca
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Field Trial Questions
Replies: 35
Views: 4917

Re: Field Trial Questions

Gary, Don't worry about taking someone else's points. Let the Pro's worry about not wanting to run unless they need the points. Heck, you beat 4 professionally trained AND handled dogs this weekend in your first trial ever. Every other dog had professional training or an experienced handler. That sa...
by sambuca
Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pics UPDATE (A 1st Place!)Re: Did First Trial Today!
Replies: 32
Views: 6063

Re: Did First Trial Today!

Congratulations to Ginger and Gary!!! Ginger did awesome. Gary and Ginger were braced together with me and Sammy (our first brace). Both dogs broke away nicely and Ginger ran great and hunted hard. After Sammy got out about 50 yards he turned around, looked lost (what are you doing on that beast dad...
by sambuca
Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: NJ woodcock or grouse?
Replies: 10
Views: 3055

Re: NJ woodcock or grouse?

GSPVIZ, You heard good advice. I refer to opening morning at the WMA where I usually hunt as "The battle of Assumpink". At the stroke of 8:00 AM.....Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom... the lead starts flying. Its worth checking it out once, but bring your eye protection. Usually by 10AM most folks are gone an...
by sambuca
Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: New FC!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 3256

Re: New FC!!!

Way to go Blaze!

Karen, you have been so helpful and encouraging to us as newbie's to the sport. You and Blaze both deserve the title of "Champion". Go get 'em in the show ring!!!
by sambuca
Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: Hunting
Topic: NJ woodcock or grouse?
Replies: 10
Views: 3055

NJ woodcock or grouse?

Anyone know of a good place (public wildlife areas) for woodcock or grouse in New Jersey? I have seen plenty of woodcock but usually in the spring when they are out of season while running the dog. The seasons here for woodcock seem to always be ahead of, or behind, the migration where I usually hun...
by sambuca
Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog House: what do you recommend?
Replies: 30
Views: 6226

Re: Dog House: what do you recommend?

Bobman,

I am so sorry for you and your best friend.
by sambuca
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog House: what do you recommend?
Replies: 30
Views: 6226

Re: Dog House: what do you recommend?

Thanks Everyone for your replies. I guess the doghouse heaters are for the owners' comfort more than the dogs'. Thanks Bobman for the plans.
by sambuca
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog House: what do you recommend?
Replies: 30
Views: 6226

Re: Dog House: what do you recommend?

Tom, Did you install a heater in the DogDen2? Has anyone put a heater into a homemade dog box? I know that with good insulation, bedding and the right size house, he'll be fine through pretty much any weather but I tend on the side of spoiling the dog. I am a bit nervous about putting a heater in. M...
by sambuca
Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Deployment Update
Replies: 11
Views: 1865

Re: Deployment Update

I appreciate my freedom and I thank you for it! Wishing you a safe return to your pups.
by sambuca
Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog House: what do you recommend?
Replies: 30
Views: 6226

Dog House: what do you recommend?

I just built a 5X10 outdoor kennel for one dog. Next step is a dog box. Any recommendations for commercially available dog boxes? What size do you recommend for a 35 lb Brittany? I will consider building one too. I live in NJ so the winters are not terribly cold and the dog will only be out in the k...
by sambuca
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: boarding in pa/nj
Replies: 12
Views: 2986

Re: boarding in pa/nj

Tmoneysju, Depending on the amount of time you plan to be away, you might consider sending Tucker for a month (or two, or three) of training with Pete at Longview Kennels. It can be cheaper to get a month of the best professional training money can buy than to board for 2.5 weeks. Just beware, Pete'...
by sambuca
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training pics - Ginger is Gun Broke
Replies: 10
Views: 1018

Re: Training pics - Ginger is Gun Broke

Ginger looks great !! I wish we were going to NH too.
by sambuca
Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thinking about first trial
Replies: 32
Views: 5587

Re: Thinking about first trial

I thought it might be random. I was hoping we might do everyone else a favor. Thinking about it more, Gary and I would probably learn a heck of a lot more braced with someone who knows whats actually supposed to happen out there. It would probably look more like a field trial 101 class than an event...
by sambuca
Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Thinking about first trial
Replies: 32
Views: 5587

Re: Thinking about first trial

Gary, I was thinking about testing out a trial this fall myself. I know my dog isn't ready but it might be fun. Sammy gets very anxious at W&W when there's heavy training going on (singing, whistling etc.). He does much better ECSA. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to a trial situation. I...
by sambuca
Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: How many birds? / How many days?
Replies: 61
Views: 11698

Re: How many birds? / How many days?

Karen is correct. Pete alternates broke dogs one day and young dogs the next. For the dogs being steadied to wing and shot, they each get one bird on their day out. If they don't get it right they are put right away but when they make progress, he praises the heck out of them. I have never seen him ...
by sambuca
Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: Brags
Topic: Tessa did it again! (Updated with Pic)
Replies: 7
Views: 1012

Re: Tessa did it again!

Congrats Karen and Tessa! Awesome!!!
by sambuca
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training Day with Pics
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Training Day with Pics

Gar-Dog, Looks like Ginger is having a blast. Karen is right, be careful in this heat. At least she's a swimmer and can cool down. Another thing... while you're out, make her listen. At some point, my puppy Sammy started having so much fun and he learned to ignore my commands when out of reach. This...
by sambuca
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FINALLY! I'm back in one piece!
Replies: 16
Views: 2042

Re: FINALLY! I'm back in one piece!

Wow Karen! I had no idea how severe that break was. I'm lad everything has healed well.

Before I saw that, I was scared of riding horses.... Now ATVs.
by sambuca
Sat Jul 12, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Looking for Brittany pup in MD, lower PA, upper VA area
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: Looking for Brittany pup in MD, lower PA, upper VA area

Marjos in NJ has 2 very nice litters coming up. One is out of FC/AFC Marjo's Red Rum (Johnny, 2007 All Age Chicken Classic champion - 84 starters) and Marjo's Here For The Party (Gretchen, Sister to the 2007 national gun dog champion, Hit's for Petes Sake). The other is out of the 2005 National Gun ...
by sambuca
Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: GDF "Hall of Fame" Posts
Topic: If you could go back
Replies: 57
Views: 80739

Re: If you could go back

Another newbie here. If I could go back, I would would have paid better attention to what I read here! I guess I have to learn everything the hard way. Specifically, I would: 1) concentrate on making him listen and obey commands from the first day he got home. 2) keep him on the check cord so I coul...
by sambuca
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Joining Training Facility
Replies: 16
Views: 3701

Re: Joining Training Facility

Hey Gar-Dog, I like the ESCA. My biggest problem has been lack of info. Sometime I've shown up and theres a trial going on that I had no idea was going to be there. When theres no trial there are sometimes a few people (2-3) working dogs but with all that land, its easy to stay out of each others wa...
by sambuca
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: $$ Field Trial Horse? $$
Replies: 48
Views: 12231

Re: $$ Field Trial Horse? $$

Horses are biggest barrier to entry in the field trial game. I'm just learning about this game and it seems like a ton-o-fun. Like Gar-Dog, I got on a horse for the first time in 20 years at a field trial this spring. I grew up with horses and I know how to ride. However, my "wrangler horse" tripped...
by sambuca
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: About this site
Replies: 8
Views: 2376

Re: About this site

I agree with gar-dog wholeheartedly. I'm also a first time gundog owner and this forum is so valuable to me. I haven't posted much but I have spent hours searching and reading. What I found was very helpful. Thanks to all!
by sambuca
Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brittany Pals
Replies: 14
Views: 2413

Re: Brittany Pals

Gardog, Great photos. Ginger has grown into a beautiful dog! I'm sure she's happy to have Simon next door.