Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

TEAM PLAYER

Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:34 am

"TEAM PLAYER"
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Whilst hunting woodcock, I jumped this cottontail and decided in a snapshot of the moment that a nice rabbit dinner would be delicious. I took the bunny just as it was entering a swale and disappeared out of sight. Me gun dog TRAD was not in position to see the rabbit but quickly got on the track and followed into the understory, Wearing a bell, I could tell TRAD had tracked the rabbit another 30 feet into the heavy cover and I soon heard the scream of the distressed rabbit. Shortly thereafter TRAD emerged with the rabbit in his mouth and came o'er to make the classic presentation to hand he is conditioned to do. He had never before handled any mammal, strictly birds. T'was interesting that he approached the scenario with the same tenacity he has for birds. A "team player", if I shoot it, TRAD will retrieve it. I thought of his British bloodlines and the fact that Labrador Retrievers in the UK are often used to pick up hare. Perhaps he was hardwired by some code in his DNA to recover bunnies :wink: :lol: . I might likely never shoot another rabbit with TRAD present, but it was most interesting how aptly he made the retrieve.

This rendering is the reworking of a photograph I took whilst afield with TRAD moments after he presented the rabbit into my hand. I used digital post production editing to create this image, one that might likely have been rendered long, long, ago. It seems a styalistically very fitting treatment of the subject at hand.

Cheers,
Mike

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Featherfinder
Rank: 2X Champion
Posts: 457
Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:15 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): setter
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...upland
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Always learning something new.
I first trialed in 1974. Since then, pursuent to a few champions, I have judged many trials and 2 championships. I still train today.

Re: TEAM PLAYER

Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:48 am

MAGNIFICENT!! Looks almost like charcoal on parchment. Too cool!
What a handsome specimen and SO proud of his find.
And...what was the hare like?

Irishwhistler
Rank: Senior Hunter
Posts: 120
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:41 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): I have owned and hunted with Labradors most of my life, had several beagles when younger.
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: Waterfowl. Pheasant, Woodcock, Grouse, Quail, Doves, Turkeys,Cottontails, HareI also deer hunt.
Do you compete with your dog?: Yes
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: This field is required. We don't need an essay, we're just trying to avoid folks who don't love hunting and gun dogs. -- admin. Lifelong waterfowl and upland gamebirds, small game mammals. I love working with Retrievers and was involved with hunt tests and gundog club. Just lost my Lab comoanion gundog to a sudden and unexpected death.
Location: LAB LAND

Re: TEAM PLAYER

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:56 pm

Not actually a "hare" by definition, but an Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. I grew up bunny hunting over Beagles and eating lots of rabbit. T'was delicious.

Mike
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MNTonester
Rank: Master Hunter
Posts: 265
Joined: Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:51 pm
Number of dogs you own:: 1
Breed(s) of dog(s): black lab
Do you hunt?: Yes
If you hunt, what game?: ...grouse, pheasant, woodcock, rabbits
Do you compete with your dog?: No
REQUIRED: Why do you want to join Gun Dog Forum?: Got steered this way. I visit two other forums and enjoy them very much. I like learning about hunting dogs and hearing of the adventures of them and their owners. Also enjoy the advice to be gotten
Location: Duluth, MN

Re: TEAM PLAYER

Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:59 pm

growing up in ME MN, my brothers and I would head into the woods after school. rabbits were as welcome as grouse

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