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We found NINE pheasants this morning. Bagged 5 of them.
One ran across the mowed strip into the woods, so we kept trying to send Tito into the woods after it but he kept going back to the field where the bird had come from. He was having nothing to do with heading into the woods, which is pretty surprising. Sure enough, a few seconds later he flushed a second bird from the field! Obviously a bird in the field is worth 2 in the woods, lol.
The best part was a cripple that went down in a tree. Fell a bit, then roosted about 5 feet off the ground.
The old man still "has it". When he got to the tree, it took him a minute to realize the bird was off the ground. After hunting around a bit, he found it in the tree and got up on his back legs, gave a bounce, and grabbed the bird.
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I just love to read stories about wonderful hunting Goldens. So many folks around here think they are just for pets, including a good family friend who trains and breeds an occasional litter of Labs for duck hunting.

Tito is amazing - the complete package. I would love to see him in action!

Despite that Chumlee was never trained for hunting in his life (well, not that I know of, since he's a rescue), it always makes me smile that he's so "birdy".

He has flushed some roosting turkeys (I know you don't hunt turkeys with dogs ) on a few occasions and he just about lost his mind yesterday when a pair of mallard ducks strolled through our yard.

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We're nowhere close to training yet. Still 16 inches of snow on the ground and 18 inches of ice on the lake. It will likely be mid May before the ice is off the lake.

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We're nowhere close to training yet. Still 16 inches of snow on the ground and 18 inches of ice on the lake. It will likely be mid May before the ice is off the lake.

I avoided water work this past Tuesday even though my group in the club had the training rights to the best pond. We have three groups and rotate areas on a weekly basis. Too cold and to come out of the water cold and sit in the truck while I work another dog---recipe for dead tail.

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No buds on the trees here. Cold, damp and dreary. We really need sunshine.

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It's been a horrible spring for training here as well. I ran a HRC test a couple weekends ago on a very cold and rainy day. It was miserable but at least I was lucky enough to catch rain breaks when it was our turn to run.
But the trees are starting to leaf out, the weather looks good for the next 5 days and I'm headed out to train water today.
Come on Sunshine, we have water training to do!
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