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mbchilton  
#21 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2018 2:47:49 PM(UTC)
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To me, I'd rather watch the dog work a pheasant or dig a duck out of the bullrushes than shoot a bird.

Good dog work is a thing of beauty, like a well presented olive bugger taken by a 24" rainbow.


I don’t think anyone is disagreeing. You said a dog was NEEDED to bird hunt, and that’s just not true otherwise people wouldn’t hunt, kill, and recover birds without one.


Is it responsible sportsmanship to hunt wild birds knowing you're going to lose more?


You’re going down a real slippery slope.
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#22 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2018 2:51:41 PM(UTC)
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I meant it figuratively not literally.
Due to my love for dogs.

There must be something to it, since so many hunt with a dog.


Thanks for clarifying because I didn’t read it that way.

There’s absolutely something to it. It’s the best way to hunt, but not everyone has the resources or desire to own a dog. That shouldn’t keep them from bird hunting.
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#23 Posted : Friday, January 19, 2018 7:34:56 PM(UTC)
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I harvested 85 ducks this year without a dog. lost one bufflehead that got into open water and disappeared underwater after a 5 minute boat chase

that said, I've got a pup in training and can't wait to sit my ass in the boat while someone else sinks into the mud



That is sweet, congrats!

What kind of pup are you getting?
Who is training him/her?

Edited by user Friday, January 19, 2018 7:37:06 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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#24 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:33:34 PM(UTC)
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I harvested 85 ducks this year without a dog. lost one bufflehead that got into open water and disappeared underwater after a 5 minute boat chase

that said, I've got a pup in training and can't wait to sit my ass in the boat while someone else sinks into the mud



That is sweet, congrats!

What kind of pup are you getting?
Who is training him/her?


7 month old black lab male. I'm "training" him. most of which consists of him snuggling me on the couch

he was at trapfest and hopefully wasn't too big of a nuisance to everyone. he went fishing with hookjaw and I on that sunday
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#25 Posted : Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:50:49 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stan b Go to Quoted Post
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I harvested 85 ducks this year without a dog. lost one bufflehead that got into open water and disappeared underwater after a 5 minute boat chase

that said, I've got a pup in training and can't wait to sit my ass in the boat while someone else sinks into the mud



That is sweet, congrats!

What kind of pup are you getting?
Who is training him/her?


7 month old black lab male. I'm "training" him. most of which consists of him snuggling me on the couch

he was at trapfest and hopefully wasn't too big of a nuisance to everyone. he went fishing with hookjaw and I on that sunday


Very cool, enjoy every moment with him.

My dog fishes with me.
If I'm wading he sits on the bank, learned that from waiting when I put out duck decoys.
If I fish from the bank he sits at heel and watches intently.


What did you name him?

Edited by user Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:51:28 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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#26 Posted : Monday, January 22, 2018 6:09:34 AM(UTC)
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I harvested 85 ducks this year without a dog. lost one bufflehead that got into open water and disappeared underwater after a 5 minute boat chase

that said, I've got a pup in training and can't wait to sit my ass in the boat while someone else sinks into the mud



That is sweet, congrats!

What kind of pup are you getting?
Who is training him/her?


7 month old black lab male. I'm "training" him. most of which consists of him snuggling me on the couch

he was at trapfest and hopefully wasn't too big of a nuisance to everyone. he went fishing with hookjaw and I on that sunday


Very cool, enjoy every moment with him.

My dog fishes with me.
If I'm wading he sits on the bank, learned that from waiting when I put out duck decoys.
If I fish from the bank he sits at heel and watches intently.


What did you name him?


LOUIE

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stan b on 1/22/2018(UTC)
weiliwen  
#27 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:17:26 PM(UTC)
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This is turning from a hunting thread to a hunting dog thread! Seriously, I love either one, so no criticism intended. I want a dog but am still working on getting permission from my wife, who doesn't like any pets.

On a slightly different subject, does anybody on this forum hunt upland game locally to the Driftless? This weekend, as I was driving southwest from I-90 toward Avalanche, I had to stop my car because a pheasant rooster was in the middle of the road, I guess picking up grit. He paid me absolutely no attention, and I only continued on my way after he wandered to the edge the road. I know they plant pheasants around the area, but don't know if anybody hunts them. Also, any other non-waterfowl birds hunted in the area, such as grouse, dove, woodcock?
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#28 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:24:58 PM(UTC)
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In SE Minnesota there are some pheasants and I've run across woodcock twice while pheasant hunting (once 2 days before the end of the season, and once ~6 days after the end of the season), and I don't get out a lot. I've also heard them calling in the summer and flushed a few while I was hiking to a stream in the spring. My in-laws hunt doves, but I've never gone.
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#29 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:11:38 PM(UTC)
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I don’t hunt them in the Driftless, but plenty of pheasants on the Iowa side. All wild birds. We don’t stock.
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#30 Posted : Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:17:28 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: weiliwen Go to Quoted Post
This is turning from a hunting thread to a hunting dog thread! Seriously, I love either one, so no criticism intended. I want a dog but am still working on getting permission from my wife, who doesn't like any pets.

On a slightly different subject, does anybody on this forum hunt upland game locally to the Driftless? This weekend, as I was driving southwest from I-90 toward Avalanche, I had to stop my car because a pheasant rooster was in the middle of the road, I guess picking up grit. He paid me absolutely no attention, and I only continued on my way after he wandered to the edge the road. I know they plant pheasants around the area, but don't know if anybody hunts them. Also, any other non-waterfowl birds hunted in the area, such as grouse, dove, woodcock?


My apologies on adding hunting dogs to the hunting thread, just something I'm passionate about.

There are some wild birds in sw wi.
Iowa county worked hard for several years.
For reasons I don't know, they just didn't sustain like they did in the 80s and 90s.

Same in Iowa, they still have wild birds, far more than WI, but not at the levels of the 80s and 90s.

Those were the days.

I'm sure it's multiple factors.

Edited by user Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:42:08 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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