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In the past ten days we worked three Continental Shoots. Thor is working nicely. He seems to be steady and has had lots of work on chasing cripples. Today we ran a blind across a pond. Although these shoots consist of almost entirely marks I welcome the opportunity to run any blinds. At this shoot Thor was twice presented with a "Bulldog" situation which presented me with a training opportunity---first one , training---second one, reinforcement.
I really like these shoots. They give us an extended season and plenty of birds and training opportunities. Thor has had probably 300 birds this season between hunting and shoots. Hey, at club training sessions I pay $25 per flyer.
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I had an interesting (to me) situation at yesterday's shoot. I had sent Thor on a bird to our left that landed over a small ridge, he had to go through some brush. While out of sight another bird was dropped to my right. It was a cripple which I kept an eye on and watched it walk up and over a ridge and out of sight. This was in a lightly wooded area. Normally I would walk over and ask Thor to "Find a bird". My experience in trying to run a blind in this stuff has been pretty negative---lots of bird scent, dog may not see the handler clearly, dog immediately goes into hunting mode because that is how we hunt---we approach cover and nose goes to the ground. However I saw an opportunity here plus my knee hurt. We have done what I will call "hillside blinds". So..."Dead bird, good, back" and Thor approaches the hillside with a fairly good line. He approaches the hillside and disappears up over the ridge and is now out of sight, no handling possible. I see his tail pick up speed just as he goes over the ridge. Three minutes later he comes back over the ridge with the bird. SCORE!


Must add---handler must stay alert for stuff like this, got to know what the bird is doing.

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George -- sounds like you had a GREAT day!!! Wish we could have joined you!!!!

It was a great day!



My last post---Peg 12, ridge behind the shooters on my right.


If you are up again during the season, you can join me.
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