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How do you handle your hunting?

Some questions have come to mind about how we handle our dogs when actually hunting. I would like to pose this one first.

What are your feelings on letting a dog cheat cover when retrieving pheasants that have been flushed and hit? Pheasant goes down at the far end of the field. The dog has marked the bird. Correct line is through the cover but the dog can get to the pheasant quicker by cheating. Let him cheat or insist on the correct line?
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my dog would take the correct line anyway.....he just takes the shortest, not the fastest, distance to the bird. Not always the best approach.



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my dog would take the correct line anyway.....he just takes the shortest, not the fastest, distance to the bird. Not always the best approach.
Thank you. And I know that you have the hunting experience.
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It can actually be somewhat frustrating. He will plow right through thick brambles, get stuck in bushes, etc. rather than going around things.



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He is a tough dog!
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He is a tough dog!



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Hunting is hunting, training is training. Your responsibility when hunting is to recover a downed bird as quickly as possible not ensure that the dog takes a straight line. Let the dog get the bird.

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We hunt, we don't compete in sanctioned events. As the hunter, I am the only judge. Daisy takes the path of least resistance, and it is usually the fastest path as well.


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We hunt, we don't compete in sanctioned events. As the hunter, I am the only judge. Daisy takes the path of least resistance, and it is usually the fastest path as well.


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Very happy to see you post. I do both---hunt and test. I agree with you. Not only that, I let the dog think for herself most of the time. However I am always thinking about how I may be compromising my standards.

Check back on this thread. Later today I plan to present another hunting scenario.
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Hunting is hunting, training is training. Your responsibility when hunting is to recover a downed bird as quickly as possible not ensure that the dog takes a straight line. Let the dog get the bird.
Happy to see you post. As my mentor said, "The goal is to get the bird". I agree with you. HUNTING IS HUNTING.
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