Hunting vs. Campaigning field trial retrievers
Lots of general statements in these posts. Timing is everything. Hunting helps
to develope natural instincts and developes attention, desire and to a point
marking. No question hunting reves up the cadence ... it may be however, at
the expense of control, particularly in the F.T. game and what's demanded
Steadiness in a 'field blind' or in a boat duck hunting and 'control' as to the
"order of birds picked up" also may influence results in a 'non-slip' F.T.
However, jump shoooting, quartering a field pheasant hunting, without question
erodes "trainable qualities" developed thru repetitive consistent training; lining,
stopping and accurately/briskly casting on today's F.T. blinds - land or water.
Everything is relative. Preparing for a series of fall trials with the goal of collecting
final points for a national, or if qualified, I for one would be hard pressed to spend
a week to ten days in Saskatchewan or South Dakota hunting Royal's Moose's Moe, Ripp'n Ready or any of my competitive retrievers I have had over the years.
W. D. Connor