Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New York
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 194 Post(s)
Thanked 4,098 Times in 1,953 Posts
Thor's Continuing Education
Thursday and Friday I worked Thor at continental shoots. He had 25 retrieves on Thursday and 60 retrieves on Friday. These shoots are not tower shoots but instead look very much like British driven bird shoots. There are plenty of marked retrieves but there are also plenty of birds that the dog does not see. Some things that we did:
1. Thor had plenty marks to work on---pheasants and ducks.
2. Friday we got to our stand early, before shooting started. We went to a stream where there were about half a dozen wounded ducks from the day before. Thor got to run down these cripples.
3. Thor is steady---at least for now. I am counting my blessings.
4. After the shooting, many use their dogs to hunt up cripples. I don't do this but Friday was an exception. Glad I did it. Thor had to dig out half a dozen birds from the thickest stuff---pheasants and ducks. Birds that I couldn't see. I watched him search for an opening in a brush pile, then pull out a cock pheasant when he could finally poke through.
5. I watched Thor push down branches and pull some out of the way in order to make an entrance to get to the bird in one brush pile.
6. Even though there were poor scenting conditions Thor's nose worked well.
7. I did watch Thor chase one cockbird that took off. He jumped for it but only got some tail feathers. Just needs a little more experience for this one.
I am very happy to have the opportunity to do this. I saw some things that we will work on---well we do have several more shoots. Overall we had a terrific two days. For the old time field trialers---This was at Spring Farm, preserve and kennels of the Schellinger family.