You may be right and it will be a cold day in hell before I throw my Garmin away.I do agree Id been blessed with possably the best country to develope a class bird dog in the country. When I go run elsewhere I really should stay home.Ill bet I have walked a million miles and road horseback 500thousand.This warm season native grassland developes the best in a good one.
As a exanple I ran a great6 prospect dog with two germen shortheirs this aftere noon. It was about 50.We turned them loose on around a 4000 acre cow calf pasture. Last year it was grassed down so bad birds would have a hard time finding a nest site.The late rain that came in june made the cover almost perfect. About two foot tall plum bust objectives timber lines and just plain big old country.
The short heirs were pretty short buy my standards. My Rip dog hunted the first draw which was pretty heavy with downed trees and brush which then opened up to big wide open .Rip went way in deep right side and forward over 600 yards. Im sure the boys thought he was gone. In short time we saw him about a quarter mile to the direct front picking up a long draw . He on the other side give us a quick glance turned on the burrners to fade out the front door.We went about a half mile up this draw and the garmin said he is way out there and the arrow was moving fast..It was time to turn and there was a old dry pond on to west. I hit the turn whistle and the wind was wrong so just wondered if he could hear..Within 3 minutes we saw him flying over the old pond dam..Old Jim said I think hes pointing and his tail is straight up. We made the walk and the shortheirs backed maybe 3ft back of his rear..They shot a couple birds they fell in a deep ditck that had a little snow and water.On back to the truck Rip put on a show of running hunting and handling OK only one covey but they were wild and like finding a needle in a hay stack.Buy the way Went we find a covey I carry a bottle of corn and throw out a little at the find site.They used to do that at the Ames trial a few years back.Out hear we seldom find coveys in the same spot however.Corn has alot more protein than milo and dont get toxic as fast as milo.Ragg weed has 47 percent digestable protein but rains came late and it didnt germinate,Ragg weed is common on the praire. in this area.
: In my opinion zero to do with it. The more
: influential piece is lack of wild birds in
: most areas of country, if you don't have
: wild birds its hard to make wild bird dogs!
: Not everyone is blessed to live in Hog back
: country that makes a lot of birds in good
: years. Donnie you know this is the first
: real decent year in your neck of woods in
: over 5 years, will it continue, no one
: knows! Mother nature has a long way to go
: until next November.
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: My question is do you think with new teck
: trackers and Garmins we are loseing some
: ablity to point hold and handle wild birds?
: I have had alot of dogs and seems to me in
: the past dogs would flush or run through
: several coveys but would soon learn to point
: and hold especially after broke wing and
: shot.When they were gone awhile you better
: believe they were on point and we had to
: find them.
: Now days we find them pretty quick.
: It seems to me I see less of this great
: pointing and even finding skill in are
: pointers and setters.
: I also see way less slobbering tite frozen
: intensity lost in scent in alot of are dogs.
: Just wondering if others have seen this