Hunting Dogs photo

Everyone knows Quebecers are tough, but get a load of their dogs.

This video — which first went up in 2011 but is new to me, and probably you — made the rounds last week on one of the popular duck hunting forums. You can’t help but be impressed by this yellow lab. The French at the end of video is the name of a Quebec kennel and breeder called Chenil de la Riviere Blanche, or “white river kennel.”

As someone who hunts sea ducks in the Atlantic through a good piece of December and January, I’ve had dogs in bad water, but I always hunt from a boat. (The biggest concern there is dogs getting tangled in decoy lines and we often won’t send a dog until the bird has floated clear from the rig.)

That said, those rocks scare the hell out of me. I don’t think I would risk putting my hunting partner into that surf, over those rocks, for a drake eider.