: Most of us who field trial or hunt behind bird
: dogs were introduced to these fine animals
: during times of decent wild bird numbers. I
: went with my dad and his friends carrying a
: BB gun at first and spending time deep in
: the cover as an extra flusher of pheasants
: for the team.
: I was fascinated with the birds and the dogs
: and the camaraderie of the hunters.
: Watching a rooster burst and sparkle in the
: sun as he ejected from a snowy draw was a
: sight to behold. It was great fun and
: walking the farm fields of Iowa was the
: best. I was hooked bad (or was it good?).
: When I got my drivers license and a car, I
: was pretty much gone whether trout fishing
: or bird hunting. Try carrying your bird dog
: in a Triumph TR-4 sometime on icy country
: roads. Believe me I wanted to go!
: Right now, there is a glimmer of hope that a
: new generation of young folks out there will
: experience good bird numbers and get hooked
: on hunting birds. They NEED to KILL some
: and admire them in their hand. They need to
: see a good dog quiver on point and feel the
: moment right before the birds burst from
: cover and the gun coming up to their
: shoulder. They need to watch that dog bring
: back their first killed bird and lift it
: from his mouth. That is what makes a future
: dog guy and maybe, just maybe some day,
: he'll want to compete with the best dog he
: ever had and win a field trial.
: I do hope right now we are seeing a chance
: for the resurrection of our sport because I
: believe it takes birds to make a bird dog
: and it takes birds and dogs to make a bird
: hunting young person. How can we honestly
: expect someone to truly "get it"
: if they haven't seen good dogs in action and
: enough birds to feed their interest. It
: sure isn't some poor flying released quail
: that will do this. Are you kidding me?
: Don't you wish potential young hunters could
: see and feel the flush of a ruffed grouse as
: he helicopters thru the only opening in the
: overstory or a covey of quail make for a
: cedar thicket from under the toes of his
: boots? This is what hooked me and then it
: became clear later that I wanted the best
: dogs I could get. Now all I care about is
: the dogs and the work and the steadiness and
: the bird finding. But it came from hunting
: those wild birds. There is a chance we have
: an opening and I sure hope the kids are
: getting to walk some fields to hunt some
: My background is similar to yours. I hope you are right about inspiring a new generation of trailers!!