Re: big settters
Posted by Harry Blaine on 7/16/2012, 7:30 pm, in reply to "big settters"
I remember my old friend Bill Hantzleman running a big setter name Bill Bailey back in the day! He was a huge running dog, would eat up Killdeer Plains. He was as big as any pointer I ever saw, problbly because he had a little of that "forbidden blood" running in his veins! He didn't point or run with a lot of style but he pointed often because he was a darned good bird finder. He ran big but in the right places. IIRC, he was a RU CH with a lot of 1/2 hour and hour wins.
We used to hunt him down in Highland/Brown Counties in southern Ohio and as Vince Golden used to say, there was "A doggone lot of walking between points!" He always found birds but he always found 'em waaaay out there! He was rather heavily marked with large dark orange spots. And he had an endearing trait. If you didn't find him pointing quickly enuf to suit him, he would come looking for you. And as soon as you noticed him, he would wheel about and head back in the direction he came from. Then Bill Hantzleman would always say, "Let's go boys, he's got birds!" And he always did, by the time we found him he would be pointing them again!