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  1. The OP probably read this thread and decided to...

    The OP probably read this thread and decided to pursue fly fishing!

    JG
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    Awesome pic! My dog Blue is a huge RNTV fan!! ...

    Awesome pic! My dog Blue is a huge RNTV fan!!

    Johnny G
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    You might volunteer to help marshal or work the...

    You might volunteer to help marshal or work the line at an all-age trial. Work an open to see good handling and an amateur to see how not to do it. Just kidding! Kinda!!!! Their are a few good...
  4. You are asking an excellent question, but you...

    You are asking an excellent question, but you answered it in your OP - "there seems to be a need to balance marks and blinds". Correct! Confidence vs. Control summarizes the challenge of training a...
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    Texas, Lousiana, or Mississippi for big time...

    Texas, Lousiana, or Mississippi for big time ducks. There are actually a fair number of ducks around the Demopolis area, however.

    Johnny G
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    Snow is no problem. We train all Winter here in...

    Snow is no problem. We train all Winter here in Mid-MO, including in snow. If there is more than 6 or 8 inches of accumulation, you may want to bring a snow shovel and clear off the areas of falls on...
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    I think pros judging would be awesome! Even if...

    I think pros judging would be awesome! Even if each pro judged just once every other year, it would add a lot of quality to our sport. I'm always blown away at how efficiently the good pros I've...
  8. Thank you for this update gmhr1, including the...

    Thank you for this update gmhr1, including the report on Sam! What a tragic event! Let's all learn from it!!!!!!

    Johnny G
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    I agree with Wetdog. It's very rewarding to be...

    I agree with Wetdog. It's very rewarding to be able to pick up a duck or goose that sails 200, 300, 400 yds before falling out. Several years back, I was hunting in MT and my hunting partner shot a...
  10. Can you buy a large domestic duck to shoot as a...

    Can you buy a large domestic duck to shoot as a flyer? Or maybe obtain a dead snow goose or small canada? I'm thinking that an "intermediate" step to learning how to handle a large goose. I agree...
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    I've been using remote launchers since 1998 and...

    I've been using remote launchers since 1998 and started with Lucyana's. No launcher is any where near perfect, but some are more reliable and durable than others. Lucyana strong arms were fine for...
  12. Two thoughts: Duane, you asked a great question!...

    Two thoughts: Duane, you asked a great question! I would be thrilled to get hold of some new Lardy training videos/articles. Secondly, as a follow up to Chris' post, Mike Lardy has done as much or...
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    Grady was one of a kind, not only as a trial dog...

    Grady was one of a kind, not only as a trial dog but all around! Once in a life time!! He will live on though in his sons and daughters, and on down! What a special dog!!!!!!

    JG
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    I've had good luck feeding a medium grade dog...

    I've had good luck feeding a medium grade dog food like Iams with cooked wild game added. This keeps my dog food bill reasonable, while keeping protein fairly high. I talked to a couple of vets who...
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    Been $1.99 here in the middle of the middle...

    Been $1.99 here in the middle of the middle (Columbia MO) for a couple of weeks.

    JG
  16. Way to go buddy! I've been very impressed with...

    Way to go buddy! I've been very impressed with your dogs! I always look forward to seeing you, but not really looking forward to competing against your animals when we get back in it next year!! Keep...
  17. The primary reason more non-retired amateurs...

    The primary reason more non-retired amateurs aren't successful at the all-age level is lack of training knowledge/skill. There is not enough time to compensate for this lack of skill with high volume...
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    I used it for a couple of years with a really...

    I used it for a couple of years with a really nice lab of mine. Her 40 yd dash went from a 3.65 down to 3.50! Seriously, she muscled up quite a bit and went from being a high dog on the line to being...
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    Do you like banjo music? Just kidding!! The...

    Do you like banjo music? Just kidding!! The grounds are awesome and the people of WKY are great. KY Lake is about 30 miles East and is easily the best fishing in the mid-South. You should have a...
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    Congratulations to Kalynn Stephens!

    Just wanted to brag on one of my training partners, Kalynn Stephens, who smoked the AKC Senior division with her dog Zingo at the kansas City Retriever Club hunt test this past weekend. Kalynn, who...
  21. Hey there C.J., The come in cast is super...

    Hey there C.J.,

    The come in cast is super important, including, and especially for a hunting dog, but also for competition dogs. I do a real simple drill that I think works. Basically, I put out 3...
  22. Passthru, your original post pushed some buttons...

    Passthru, your original post pushed some buttons because it was critcal of dog owners, or as you put it, "owners" who put their dog with a pro. There is a lot of time, sacrifice, money, and passion...
  23. Dear Passthru, How many Opens have you won? How...

    Dear Passthru, How many Opens have you won? How many Nationals have you qualified for? My Point? Owning a retriever means different things to different people. The time you get to spend with your dog...
  24. Good luck Bridget! Running first can be an...

    Good luck Bridget! Running first can be an advantage sometimes! Sounds like you have a real nice animal, too! Hope you do great and have an awesome trial!!

    Johnny G
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    I hear ya Randy! Hey, ain't it great being in...

    I hear ya Randy! Hey, ain't it great being in that last series?!! I havn't run an all-age stake in almost a year and probably won't until next Fall, but sure miss the thrill of going to line in the...
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