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  • October 26, 2011

    Use Hoodies to Teach Your Gun Dog Steadiness in The Blind

    By Chad Love

    by Chad Love

    Phil Bourjaily's blog on his beautiful hooded merganser mount brings up an interesting and admittedly novel dog training tip: using hoodies to teach steadiness in the blind.

    This trick may or may not work for you, depending on how much gunning pressure the ducks in your area get, but in my area, hooded mergansers are both plentiful and gullible, partly because there are relatively few duck hunters, but mostly because the hunters in the area don't generally shoot hoodies. As a result, even on dead-calm bluebird days I can always rely on any number of hoodies landing in the spread and happily paddling around in blissful ignorance, often right in front of the blind.

  • October 24, 2011

    How Do You Duck Hunt When There's No Water or Cover?

    By Chad Love

    You may recall my unfettered joy at finally having a boat from which the dog and I could duck hunt out of this year. But, as it often goes, this particular joy was premature, fleeting and is now dead, thanks to an epic and ongoing drought that has dropped the water level on my home reservoir (and virtually every other lake within reasonable driving distance) so far below the boat ramps that you could hardly launch a rubber duckie, much less a 16-foot boat.

  • October 19, 2011

    Which Do You Think is Most Disloyal Gun Dog Breed?

    By Chad Love

    A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a link to an older story he had stumbled across while browsing the Internet. The story, on the news site Slate, posed the question of "what is the most disloyal dog breed?" Not loyal, but disloyal, which is an admittedly interesting twist on the never-ending argument about the most loyal dog breed.

    From this story on Slate:

    The conventional wisdom among dog fanciers holds that each of the 161 breeds now recognized by the American Kennel Club has a distinctive temperament reflecting its history and original purpose...But recent work suggests that the personalities of modern dogs may have little to do with their breed's history.

    A researcher at Stockholm University named Kenth Svartberg analyzed the behavioral profiles of more than 15,000 animals and derived several essential canine traits: A dog is more or less playful, curious/fearless, and sociable. Then he studied a few dozen breed types and rated them according to those traits as well as on their level of aggression.

  • October 17, 2011

    What Info Should Be On Your Gun Dog's Collar Tag?

    By Chad Love

    I've previously blogged about the dangers of losing your dog. By now many of you and your dogs have been hunting for well over a month, and hopefully none of you have experienced it this season. A lost dog in the field (or anywhere) is one of the most panic-inducing things a hunter can experience. That’s why most of us have our dogs chipped, have flat tags riveted to their collars and why many of us run GPS collars like the Astro when we hunt.

    But here’s an interesting question: What do you have stamped on your dog’s collar tag? I have to admit, I’ve always just included my name, city, state and home phone number and called it good, but as I was ordering new collars for my dogs recently I read an interesting article on Steve Snell’s gundogsupply website that detailed what Steve considered the most important information for a collar tag, which includes multiple phone numbers, your name and not the dog’s, followed by your city and state.

  • October 11, 2011

    Tips For Entering The World Of Gun Dogs

    By Chad Love

    A while back, in the comments section of a post I did on the pros and cons of buying a started dog reader jcarlin asked:

    My gun dog experience is limited to hunting over my beagle, who was a rescue, hunts largely by instinct and by the introduction a past owner had given him. I really think I'd enjoy bird hunting over a dog, but never had. What path should an ignorant man like myself take towards owning a bird dog? Training your first pup seems like a good intro for the handler. Buying a started pup with no handling experience will likely lead to a flustered me and a completely puzzled dog who is looking to me for commands.

  • October 6, 2011

    Good Dog Gear: The Browning/Pheasants Forever Bird 'N Lite Strap Vest

    By Chad Love

    I have always been something of a traditionalist when it comes to my bird-hunting vests. I don’t know if it’s because that’s just how I grew up and what I am familiar with, or because the traditional vest has always served my needs fairly well. But lately I’ve noticed more and more of the guys I hunt with are choosing strap vests.

    Why? Weight, weight distribution, cooling and more flexibility in configuring or customizing the vest to your particular needs are some of the factors swaying hunters to the strap vest fold.

    So this year I decided to take the plunge and test out several strap-style vests over the course of the season, and first up is the new Browning Bird 'N Lite strap vest from Pheasants Forever. It retails for $132.95 from the PF store website.

  • October 4, 2011

    Video: A Gun Dog's Perspective

    By Chad Love

    A couple cool videos for your Tuesday viewing pleasure.

    First up is Sugar, the GoPro-wearing yellow lab we first saw on this awesome dog's-eye-view duck-hunting video.

    Well, Sugar is back and this time she's on a field goose hunt. The footage isn't as steady as the duck hunt, obviously because Sugar is running rather than swimming, but it's still neat to see a hunt and the resulting retrieve (Watch out for those cripples, Sugar.) from the dog's perspective.