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by JKP
Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

I would like to know if you have ever been to a F trial because you keep talking about 800 to 1000 yard dogs & I can tell you the majority are NOT! The ones that are YES THEY ARE BORN THAT WAY!! you can't make them if it's not in them. The walking trials are pretty much all amateurs I don't of any ...
by JKP
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

we just need the ranks to come out, have someone bring them out and give it a try. Are less dogs from the trial ranks being bred?? Is the % of pros gone up or down? I think if you identify what contingent has fallen off, it might help you. The impression for the less indoctrinated is that it is a l...
by JKP
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

I could be off base here....but I think that to the outsider, trialing looks like another world. You hear of dogs 5-8-1000 yds in front of the horse....riding over the ridge to see your dog 400 yds ahead on point....horses, ATV, trailers, professional trainers, the wealthy and their string of dogs e...
by JKP
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

Could it possibly be so simple as the decline in hunting, the rise of the dual income family, the availability and user friendly Vdog circles, with dogs that are often trial competitive in their own right, and folks that like to see their dogs work rather than discover them on the next ridge. What a...
by JKP
Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

They won't leave the house in the summer it's TOO HOT,winter it's TOO COLD, they are a bunch of whiny cry babies expecting some one to give them what ever they want.That can't handle loosing or not getting the job they want,they want to work less a make more they want they want they want.WAh Wah Wa...
by JKP
Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Decline of Field Trials
Replies: 249
Views: 45029

Re: Decline of Field Trials

Without upland bird hunting opportunities, there is no avenue for a father to introduce his children to the thrills of upland hunting, encourage them to come afield with dogs and ultimately to light the fire of bird hunting over dogs in their souls... that it takes to carry on. I don't believe it. ...
by JKP
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: E - fencing
Replies: 22
Views: 6907

Re: E - fencing

I don't trust in ground wire containment. I have seen dogs chasing deer be lit up with a TT at the max and they kept right on going. It won't keep out the neighbors dog as has already been said. And I doubt any of my DD are going to watch a raccoon waddle down the other side of the "line" and stay i...
by JKP
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dilemma about lab, springer or DD choice
Replies: 58
Views: 12540

Re: Dilemma about lab, springer or DD choice

I'm not saying there aren't Labs that point...its just what i have seen over the past 10-15 years, it doesn't seem to be very dependable. I don't think its as genetically "programmed" in this small sub-group of the breed as some folks want to imagine. I have had a number of friends buy PL and so far...
by JKP
Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Training the Sporting Dog
Replies: 14
Views: 2810

Re: Training the Sporting Dog

No book explains more succinctly the steps, progressions or building blocks of training. Worth every penny....Don Smith, if anyone hear knows him, has an amazingly rational and organized mind.
by JKP
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coyotes and Dogs
Replies: 225
Views: 66322

Re: Coyotes and Dogs

One look at the heads of the cross bred hounds of the coyote hunters we see every year in ND will make it obvious that the little "dogs" take their pound of flesh. They keep fighting til they're dead. Not worried about my dogs being killed but I don't need the vet bills. I'll continue to carry the d...
by JKP
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Vs AF
Replies: 27
Views: 4973

Re: AKC Vs AF

Field trialing is NOT hunting. It is a performance...a show. It is a game of extremes. Thank you...finally an honest statement. I've said this countless times and have been kicked, bashed and slandered. I hope you mean the most extreme trials because I have been to a few that were in no way more th...
by JKP
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: AKC Vs AF
Replies: 27
Views: 4973

Re: AKC Vs AF

if you can't stand to loose & don't believe in one winner stick with tests.
you mean a winner on a particular day??? And here I thought UT 1-204 beat a UT 1 - 190......what was I thinking??? :wink:
by JKP
Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: 28 ga over a 20 ga
Replies: 86
Views: 31208

Re: 28 ga over a 20 ga

Each gauge allows you to throw out more payload...so you either can have a denser pattern or a larger pattern of the same density if you really want to spend that much time and $$$ fine tuning your gun. Practically, I don't see any difference in effectiveness with either 12, 16 or 20 gauge in the ha...
by JKP
Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Missing Brittany - Damascus/Lakewood, PA area
Replies: 10
Views: 3163

Re: Missing Brittany - Damascus/Lakewood, PA area

Did you go into Marino's in Hancock and post?? Only sporting goods store around.
by JKP
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How old is to old
Replies: 15
Views: 3321

Re: How old is to old

My 11 year old just blew me away this year. She had some days where she was "carrying the mail" like she did years ago...just not as long. I was happy to get a good hour out of her in the morning and then again end of day. Did give her some Rimadyl but then I was on Advil :lol:
by JKP
Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coyotes and Dogs
Replies: 225
Views: 66322

Re: Coyotes and Dogs

Picked up a little 3 barreled gun years ago when I lived in Germany. 20 gauge double barrel on top of an old American cartridge, the 22 Savage Hi Power (basically a 223). Cartridges are cheap and available. Great bird gun with the scope removed ..only weighs 6lb 10oz with 25" barrels.Gotten so I can...
by JKP
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pass it on / pay it forward
Replies: 25
Views: 11270

Re: Pass it on / pay it forward

Used to be that we saw some young owner/handler that needed it and we gifted our experience and unneeded equipment...face to face....with the hope that when the gray hairs took over their pate, they would do the same. Good idea but I'll continue to do that "mano a mano"....you don't know where stuff...
by JKP
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do your dogs have on when grouse hunting?
Replies: 21
Views: 5506

Re: What do your dogs have on when grouse hunting?

For grouse hunting I like just a small brass bell that I keep on a collar and slip over the dog's head as we leave the truck. I can "read" the sound of the bell on individual dogs and know a lot about what they are doing, often including if they stopped hard on point vs stopped just to relieve them...
by JKP
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: pointing distance
Replies: 29
Views: 5695

Re: pointing distance

Pointing at a distance is not desired, producing the bird for the gun is Can't agree. Mid to late season sharpies don't take pressure and a dog that tries to work them like phez is gonna put them in the air most of the time. What is often needed is the sharptail "shimmy"....at 30-50 yds...and then ...
by JKP
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does neutering have negative affects?
Replies: 69
Views: 17106

Re: Does neutering have negative affects?

Guess I am having problems with the whole discussion. To me, the only reason you neuter a dog is so you can let it roam and not worry. Do we have that many folks here for whom that is a concern? I have had male dogs for 45 years and never have they come close to a female in heat unless it was on pur...
by JKP
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brucellosis test
Replies: 44
Views: 8773

Re: Brucellosis test

Over the years hunting in ND, NY, Canada, etc...I have run into trucks from all over North America with dogs that probably are from Brucellosis areas. I have never been able to get my dogs from investigating the secretions of other dogs.
by JKP
Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does neutering have negative affects?
Replies: 69
Views: 17106

Re: Does neutering have negative affects?

Does neutering have negative affects? Yes...it will make your wallet lighter. Otherwise, if you are responsible owner, have proper containment for your dog, and know where your dog is at all times, there is absolutely no reason to neuter a male dog. The statistical health advantages are minimal. Th...
by JKP
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: pointing distance
Replies: 29
Views: 5695

Re: pointing distance

Patience and persistence together with a good bit of shoeleather will git 'er done. Wise words which I wish someone had said to me 40 years ago. 4 years ago I took a young DD with me to SD...hard charging, never say die dog that pointed hard until i was 30 yds away and then he would rip 'em with a ...
by JKP
Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm back with big question
Replies: 39
Views: 16844

Re: I'm back with big question

That's why I got a dog - so I wouldn't be the one getting cut up in the brambles True...if a hunter is going to be in the "nasties" with a pointing dog, a dog that is steady is actually a disadvantage. But then you train your pointing dog to flush on command. This is done in FT all over Europe. Man...
by JKP
Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I'm back with big question
Replies: 39
Views: 16844

Re: I'm back with big question

The real question here is what style of hunting are you comfortable with? Sounds like you are more comfortable with a dog under the gun and not a super hard charger. If that is the case, get the flusher. The pointing dogs are probably bred to run bigger than you are accustomed to...for the most part...
by JKP
Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: pointing distance
Replies: 29
Views: 5695

Re: pointing distance

Don't want to cause friction, but a good trainer avoids this problem. Wild birds are the cure. I hate pen raised birds. If you have any possibility of getting your dog to wild birds, save the money and take the trip. Break your gun and walk with the dog and let the first 2-3 seasons be about develop...
by JKP
Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To spay or not to spay?
Replies: 15
Views: 3679

Re: To spay or not to spay?

The previous discussions pretty much cover the discussion. There is substantial evidence that spaying/neutering before sexual maturity and the closing of the growth plates can lead to orthopedic problems. I attended a lecture given by the former head of orthopedics at the vet school in WI. He recomm...
by JKP
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Retrive and Backing
Replies: 26
Views: 6572

Re: Retrive and Backing

JKP guess I never had a dog that needed ironed because in over 40 yrs never FF the first one!! Well...your dogs must be better than everyone else's. :wink: Sorry...but IMhO...folks who think backing is more important than retrieving are more worried about "sport" than fair chase. Everything that is...
by JKP
Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Retrive and Backing
Replies: 26
Views: 6572

Re: Retrive and Backing

I don't think FF is just about retrieving. I expect a dog will show a natural propensity to retrieve and the natural cooperation to pick up and come back to me. FF does a whole lot more besides iron out the wrinkles in delivery, etc.
by JKP
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Retrieve = as Important
Replies: 30
Views: 5171

Re: The Retrieve = as Important

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by JKP
Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Please Help!!
Replies: 19
Views: 3056

Re: Please Help!!

Before you "pop" the dog, can I ask if you have had this dog since it was a pup?? If not, I recommend you find the dog a good working home and start over. I don't think its advisable to keep dogs with unknown baggage, especially with young children. Just wondering...but what other possession issues ...
by JKP
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best family gundog? Gsp, vizsla, Brit?
Replies: 42
Views: 13193

Re: Best family gundog? Gsp, vizsla, Brit?

Its not the breed as much as it is the breeder. Find someone who has been at it a while. Make sure the dogs have the "switch"...that they can turn it off and be calm once they're beyond 2yrs or so. Find the right breeder...then do your part.
by JKP
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post dogs on Point!!!!
Replies: 738
Views: 351920

Re: Post dogs on Point!!!!

This is how I will always remember this old dog....standing tall...and waiting

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by JKP
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Best e-collar with locate and vibrate...not Tritronics..!
Replies: 27
Views: 6642

Re: Best e-collar with locate and vibrate...not Tritronics..!

I have used only Dogtra collars for the past 6-8 years and have been very happy. They have held up well and the service (lost antennae and broken toggle switch) has been fast and reliable. I have the simpler models with just continuous, momentary and vibration. I find they have all the power I need ...
by JKP
Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post dogs on Point!!!!
Replies: 738
Views: 351920

Re: Post dogs on Point!!!!

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I'm not the greatest with a camera but when I was in ND this year, I took the dog out to empty in some grass off a prairie road and was able to snap this one.
by JKP
Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: Why do you come onto this forum?
Replies: 67
Views: 18682

Re: Why do you come onto this forum?

For entertainment and to see great dogs and here good dog stories.
by JKP
Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic Forum
Topic: .204 vs .223 vs .22-250?
Replies: 20
Views: 7587

Re: .204 vs .223 vs .22-250?

IMO...the 243 settles the discussion...58 gr Vmax @3800 or 85 gr @3200 ... my favorite round for Yotes and it has plenty of energy at 400 yds.
by JKP
Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GSPs with EP bloodlines?
Replies: 215
Views: 53275

Re: GSPs with EP bloodlines?

No doubt it's been done a lot, and recently. It was done to win trials..... There are always scumbags that will do anything to win.....sort of piss on your leg and tell you its raining when they present the papers and say they have a GSP. Like Mark Maguire...or Rodriguez or the rest of the upright ...
by JKP
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pups first real hunting season expectations
Replies: 15
Views: 3064

Re: Pups first real hunting season expectations

IMO...just remember that this season is for the dog...its a training season. The birds will teach the dog. You will reward desired behavior and discourage unwanted behavior. I don't think its anymore complicated than that. Try not to put the dog in the field with 200 pheasant. However, pheasant is a...
by JKP
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coyotes and Dogs
Replies: 225
Views: 66322

Re: Coyotes and Dogs

A 3 barreled gun is just the ticket....2 shotgun barrels with a 7mm underneath....

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by JKP
Thu May 23, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: What type of shotgun are you using for your bird hunts?
Replies: 214
Views: 104666

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

An old Sauer 16 ga....if I miss twice, the bird wins.
by JKP
Thu May 23, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: Guns and Ammo
Topic: Sling or no sling?
Replies: 21
Views: 9786

Re: Sling or no sling?

the sling is in use "between" birds.
A very good method to insure you only shoot pointed birds...especially when you're working with a young dog.
by JKP
Sun May 05, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Could the dogs of 50 years ago win today?
Replies: 43
Views: 8189

Re: Could the dogs of 50 years ago win today?

Of course some of these dogs would be competitive. Does anyone think that genetics can be transformed in 50 years. The overall "average" is probably higher but I doubt the greats of today are any greater than the greats of yesteryear. Would they be competing under the same rules, with the same expec...
by JKP
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: working on steady question
Replies: 48
Views: 9552

Re: working on steady question

Provided a young dog is stable and trainable, I have never seen a young dog that could not be steadied to WSF after a first season. A first season should be for developing desire, search and experience in various terrain, etc. How do you tell what you have genetically if you are controlling from it ...
by JKP
Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Common courtesy - what is the "best practice?"
Replies: 19
Views: 4221

Re: Common courtesy - what is the "best practice?"

Figuring out which dog is at fault or what owner should have done what is sort of an academic exercise and a waste of time. First of, Susie house wife soccer mom has no idea whether her dog is aggressive, snarkie or whatever. Avoid these situations....obedience train your dog and assume EVERY dog co...
by JKP
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog food
Replies: 58
Views: 9416

Re: Dog food

Yes, to reduce growth rate. Proper feeding regimen with the appropriate amount of feed will control your growth rate in large breed dogs. Its my understanding that OCD and ED (not referring to the problem that many suffer from here :lol: ) are contributed to by nutrition and/or a growth disturbance...
by JKP
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog food
Replies: 58
Views: 9416

Re: Dog food

I doubt any of our dogs work harder than the Iditarod teams. What are they feeding? Is there anything to be learned from it?
by JKP
Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: SoCal Hunting
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: SoCal Hunting

Well.....I definitely think you'll find some birds of a different feather :lol: :lol:
by JKP
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Time and Energy Focused on Trials
Replies: 8
Views: 1670

Re: Time and Energy Focused on Trials

That can't be a trial dog...how did you find it without a spotter??? :lol: :lol:

The woodcock are coming through heavy by our camp ... its a great opportunity for dogs.

Good luck!!
by JKP
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Breeder gripe/worry
Replies: 11
Views: 2587

Re: Breeder gripe/worry

Years ago, I sold a pup to MN. Got calls about how happy the owners were. Suddenly at 9 months a call that the dog was gun shy. Called a good friend in the area..asked if he could go over and assess the situation...ready of course to take the pup back if it was really gun shy. Within 45 minutes, aft...