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    Default Any bird hunters here?

    Anyone else out there that hunts things that fly?

    This'll be my first season with my own dog, who will be 15 months in September.

    I think I'm more excited about this season than any I can remember, simply because I'm excited to see how my dog does on a real hunt. She's been on birds in training situations, but that's nothing compared to wild or even pen raised birds in stocked fields.

    Anyway, Just curious if anyone else on hear hunts pheasant, grouse, ducks, geese, woodcock, chukar,etc.

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    I envy you.

    I too am a "bird hunter", but if truth be known, I'm really more of a "lover of watching bird dogs do their thing"!

    I love knocking down a quail or pheasant with a good shot as much as the next guy, but watching a really good bird dog work a field, make a solid point and then retrieve the bird to me is what its ALL ABOUT!

    I grew up with bird dogs as a boy as my dad always had one and usually two. He liked to team pointers for their range with a brittany for their close in work and retrieving skills.

    It looks like you have a fine looking German Shorthair there. Great dogs!Never owned one but have hunted behind several and if yours works out as well as theirs, you've got a true treasure!

    Im curious if your dog stays inside with you and your family at night. My dad didnt believe in it, but I aways thought it was a myth that it spoiled the dog. What's your take on the subject.

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    She's definitely an inside dog. She actually sleeps with us in the bed from time to time. There's actually been some research done about what it does to the dog, and much of what I've read says that it truly is a myth that keeping them inside makes them soft. In fact, some of the studies found that the inside dogs tended to hunt more for the gun/handler and less for themselves e.g. showed more desire and were less likely to range too far afield to be of any use to the foot hunter. I've seen both in the field and I don't think it makes much difference. It probably has more to do with the individual dog than anything else.

    I agree with you that there's nothing like watching a good bird dog doing what it's been bred to do. My grandpa always had an english setter or two that I grew up hunting over and it was always more fun working the dogs than shooting the birds.

    Ruby's been a handful this first year, but she's shown great promise. I'm sure we'll both learn a lot from her first season. Not the least of which will be where I've screwed up in her training.

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    Used to hunt pheasant here in NJ. Not anymore though, there's hardly anywhere to go for safe hunting. Loonytoons galore shooting at anything that moves in this state. It's too much time and trouble to head out to PA. I've been relegated to skeet.

    What's your weapon of choice? I have my father's old Ivers Johnson from the 30's. Just mentioning that name sends pain up and down my shoulder. That baby has a mean kick. 70 years old and it's been fired some much I'm afraid the barrel will go up taking me with it one of these days.
    Life's not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out that gets you through the day ain't what it's all about. It's the moments that take your breath away.

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    These days I'm using an A H Fox that I inherited from my grandfather.

    Fantastic shotgun with great balance. I'm actually going to shoot some clays on Saturday to knock the rust off before Goose season starts next week.

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    I hunt all birds and am stoked for opening geese and mourning doves on Sept 1st here in the southern region in Ohio. My buddy guides and raises short hairs along with labs in our home town along with going to Texas in the winter to guide pheasant and geese hunts. Check out his website http://www.wakaduk.com/

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    Cool! I need to get something that'll work well on geese and doesn't need bismuth shells. Those things are crazy expensive.

    I almost forgot about dove. I'll have to get to the fields after work on Monday.

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