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New duck dog

Today I present a new duck dog. He went on his first hunt this morning, riding out in the bow of the duck boat – calm, secure, under quiet control. He was excited, but well contained.

When we arrived and set up to hunt, he easily positioned at his station to watch for birds, even though he didn’t know fully what to expect. After all, only hunting is hunting.

His first retrieve of a wild duck was a water blind because he had looked at other birds, and missed this one falling. Only about 35 yards, still he swam through the decoys and one-whistled it. I’m proud and happy about this, as anyone would be. But I also expected most of this, and that’s really the point. We waited. Last Saturday Moose turned 21 months old. He is mature and has the tools for the job.

I offer him as one of many good examples because I know others among us have also given their young dogs the right start before throwing them into their life’s work. I also offer this story because I, like so many of you, want to share the joy of my own duck dog on his first day’s hunt.

EvanG
 

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stunning photo! made me want to go pull "donald" out of my freezer and play this afternoon!
 

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Wow - what a great picture and Moose looks so much in his element :)

Congratulations to both of you on your first hunt and successful training.
 

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Of course you're proud of that boy...what a package!
Congrats on seeing your experience and effort turn out a pup that makes you proud :)
 

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Congratulations on Mooses first hunt! You both look very proud in that picture.
 

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How fun is that! Congrats and way to go Moose! :)
Thanks for sharing.
 

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What a handsome guy Moose is!...and I can see how proud you are of him. :)
 

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Way to go Moose! I am sure you were a proud trainer too! GO MOOSE. May you have many ducks in your future.
 

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What a nice looking boy! I bet on top of being a good dog, he LOVED it!
Yes, he clearly did. Only hunting is hunting, and he took to all of it quickly. Riding out in the boat to the blind. The waiting quietly beside the blind, the shooting, the other dog - all of it. We hunted on a large lake, and he eagerly swam out through the decoys into open water for his first greenhead.



I'll try to get some shots from our next hunt, if I can remember to use the camera. I get so involved in the hunt, and my furry hunting partner that I sometimes forget I brought a camera.:)

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That's wonderful.
Titles be ******, this is why we do this. This is what the golden was developed for. Moose did it all.

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I've been blessed to train many fine Labradors over the years. Most of my personal dogs have been Labs. But anyone who hasn't had a good Golden really doesn't know what they're missing! They're special in ways you simply have to experience for yourself. :)

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