Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Little Elm, TX
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Sit to flush (with steady to shot) for a variety of reasons:
1. Keep the dog safe and in generally away from where the bird will be shot.
2. Keeps the dog in control in case the bird jumped near or flew over a barbed wire fence. Bird can be shot and if the dog is steady to shot can be safely positioned to the other side of the fence to make the retrieve. Obviously, if the bird is missed there is no recall needed. You are ready to start hunting immediately.
3. When working a brace of dogs you can send the dog you choose to make the retrieve. For example: the dog in the cover may have flushed the bird but the dog in the clear marked the fall.
With this said, things are never perfect. The cover you show is tall so it may be tough for your dog to see the bird fall. However, that is where a blind and/or hunting dead comes into play. IMO, the safety of steadiness far outweighs the additional work it may take to find the fallen bird.