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  1. Poll: We were hunting ducks and geese in late November...

    We were hunting ducks and geese in late November with a freezing rain. I was using my early model 870 (very reliable in this weather) and had what I thought was a miss fire. I had pulled the...
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    Trained 3 dogs as hunting only then with the last...

    Trained 3 dogs as hunting only then with the last two was talked into going into HT's. The level of training for higher levels really picked up the polish for both me as a handler and in the dogs...
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    You need to get him on a bird diet. If you have...

    You need to get him on a bird diet. If you have a release farm around might be good to spend a few dollars on birds for some afternoon fun. Also get some live pigeons and clip the wings so he...
  4. Thread: Duck Toller

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    It is a huge asset with training for any type of...

    It is a huge asset with training for any type of retriever to be able to find a partner or a training group that is knowledgeable and be able to help you along. Check around and see if there are...
  5. Thread: Duck Toller

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    A lot of good information on Tollers in this...

    A lot of good information on Tollers in this thread from a variety of folks --- Spoonbill and K92line.

    I hunt birds a lot and would say that the majority of Tollers owners that I have spoken...
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    Not a problem for Tollers to pick up the larger...

    Not a problem for Tollers to pick up the larger birds. I would not train 10 minutes on a hold of a duck to build up neck muscles. Work with large bumpers and tape wings on them so the dog get...
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    Last year was a year off due to family health...

    Last year was a year off due to family health issues so hopefully this year we can get back at training more and into a few hunt tests.
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    GDG - 2008 Chev Silverado Crew Cab LTZ

    I just picked this truck up and was advised by the dealer that to get at the jack which is hidden behind the passenger side rear upright seat that the seat does not come down. Basically it is a...
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    Chris thanks for the disclaimer but I care about...

    Chris thanks for the disclaimer but I care about your post. Sounds like I am in the same place / situation you were at with training and decisions.

    Chris I have trained 5 hunting retrievers by...
  10. For Alberta, BC & Sask folks -- Missing Dog from Hinton

    I know this is a retriever training site and this is my friends show dog --- and this is a long shot. If by any chance someone in the provinces noted sees this dog please contact the numbers...
  11. Kyle - Good one. I have about 170 unionized...

    Obviously, you haven't heard the same questions I have.[/quote]

    Kyle - Good one. I have about 170 unionized staff reporting to me so I have heard a lot of questions that make my eyes :roll: but...
  12. UB - The brown colored goose was taken late Oct...

    UB - The brown colored goose was taken late Oct and weighed in the range of about 11#. I think it had been feeding in a high mineral water body. For the white colored goose I think there are two...
  13. Different Coloration on a Canada Goose - GDG

    This goose has shown up in our training area this week and I am pretty sure this was the goose I saw last spring. Very close to the same spot and same stark white feathers on breast and white band...
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    Ken - Do you use whistle sit on the returns? ...

    Ken - Do you use whistle sit on the returns?

    I do not use a collar so I needed to find other ways to correct this problem. During drills I randomly throw in whistle sit on the returns.

    Also...
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    Solo - my older Toller when a pup and up to about...

    Solo - my older Toller when a pup and up to about 2 was a soft, shy and intelligent dog. A pro I was working with said the dog would not amount to much and recommended to give up on it. I was...
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    Yes - use snow balls the same as a dirt clod. ...

    Yes - use snow balls the same as a dirt clod. For us folks that have 7 months of white it is another method of getting to the same end result.

    I add a scented tennis ball packed in snow as the...
  17. Poll: Ken - this is a great read. I have been...

    Ken - this is a great read.

    I have been asked to judge a JH this summer - first time ever on this side of the line for me and I appreciated watching the judges in past envents that gave dogs and...
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    WOW - not sure where you are coming from on this...

    WOW - not sure where you are coming from on this or your knowledge base related to Amish - but that is a pretty broad and inaccurate generalization.

    I train Amish and so does the group I work with...
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    Peake - I did force to pile as the final...

    Peake - I did force to pile as the final extension of FF.

    I train with a group that is all Amish --- labs, goldens & Tollers --- about 10 dogs in total so there are still some of us out there.
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    Re: Pics

    Richard --- Thanks - they are both pretty good dogs and have worked out well in the field. Tests are going ok --- if they got a better handler they would be further ahead :oops:




    I agree...
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    I use 3 inch - #2 or #3 steel for geese, 2 3/4 #4...

    I use 3 inch - #2 or #3 steel for geese, 2 3/4 #4 steel for ducks and #6 lead for upland. Great shooting gun and have no problems with waterfowl or upland.

    I went the route of a 20 then for years...
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