Soignie wrote:Gamebirds that have been pressured all get jumpy whether it be bobwhite in the piney woods, pheasant in the midwest or sharptail/huns/chukar in the prairies/western States, birds start flushing wild or run off without being seen. Sharptails are notorious for being jumpy, field trial trainers who go to the Dakotas can attest to how the birds handle after being flushed a few times (and those birds aren't being shot at). Hunting one dog (two at the most) with minimal chatter between hunter and dog as well as between hunters is your best bet for success.
Scott Linden wrote:i had a long discussion with some knowledgeable sharptail hunters last season, when I'd hunted both early and late season. In some places, second-week birds were as hinky as late season birds. Interestingly, those early birds who were so jumpy were in the big country used all summer by the pro trainers. For all practical purposes, those birds in the second week of September had already been "hunted' for 6-8 weeks. Anyone have any similar experience?
fishvik wrote:I think it just the nature of the bird. And I've also observed sentry sharpies in trees.
HUNTS wrote:Very cool thread! Learned a bit here.
Scott Linden wrote:Scott I hunt southeast Idaho and most of the sharptail habitat is characterized by bitterbrush, sage, tall grasses and chokecherry. Big country but not real open and to my knowledge it is not used much by trainers. Birds are definitely getting "hinky" by 2nd week of a 31 day season. I think it just the nature of the bird. And I've also observed sentry sharpies in trees.
fishvik wrote:I wonder what breed of dog would be best for pointing grouse in a tree? Southeast squirrel dog?
slistoe wrote:fishvik wrote:I wonder what breed of dog would be best for pointing grouse in a tree? Southeast squirrel dog?
German Wirehairs bark treed quite well on ruffies Just need to train them to "bark at first sight" and they should be serviceable for those Sharpies.
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