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weird question of the day
Weird question of the day.
I've seen other dogs do this, too, so I suspect it's something that's in their skill set, and I'm curious how they do it.
Out pheasant hunting today in very thick cover that was up to at least my shoulders. Can't see my dog at all, but I can see/hear the cover moving on and off, so I know about where he is.
He flushes a bird, and I *assume* sits because he's steady to wing and shot but I can't see him. Guy I'm out with makes the shot, and the bird drops about 50-ish yards away.
Since I can't see the dog, I just holler the command to go fetch the bird, and we start walking in the general direction that the bird went down.
A surprisingly short time later, while we are still walking in the general direction of the fall, the dog comes back with the bird.
He came back so quickly it's obvious he headed in the right direction as soon as he was sent. This happened twice today, and again, I've seen other dogs do this.
So the question is....how can a dog who absolutely could not have seen the fall know in which direction to head?
Do they head in the direction the bird flew?
Do they head into the wind (although there probably wasn't much down where he was, the cover was very thick)?
Inquiring minds want to know.....
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