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  1. Thanks for the years you've hosted us, Chris.

    Thanks for the years you've hosted us, Chris.
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    Neat all around.

    Neat all around.
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    Recon one of them chestapeek dogs that could pop...

    Recon one of them chestapeek dogs that could pop that. But really don't know how much real auger might be needed - just that burying enough of a "dead man" to pull a friend's out was a nuisance I'd...
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    I'd be wanting an auger anchor to go with that...

    I'd be wanting an auger anchor to go with that winch. Not many trees in a rice patch.
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    Deeley hunted with me some years back, and I got...

    Deeley hunted with me some years back, and I got the (perhaps erroneous) impression that he was shifting more to the companion dog than gun dog market. That link seems to confirm the notion that he...
  6. Mouse trap broke my only counter surfer.

    Mouse trap broke my only counter surfer.
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    Reads to me like she's demonstrated that she...

    Reads to me like she's demonstrated that she likes birds plenty well enough that you've no need to do anything more with them until her retrieving habits are better conditioned.
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    A silver lining to the cloud of dogs being...

    A silver lining to the cloud of dogs being allotted far fewer years than humans is that we do, in a fashion, get to do it over and over with subsequent dogs. My own biggest dog regret was viewing...
  9. Poll: While I use meals as one of several pleasant...

    While I use meals as one of several pleasant incentives for young pups to "come" and "sit," I voted "no" on the poll, because I view treat training as an inadvertent unkindness that's easily avoided...
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    Certainly don't mind disagreeing with you, but...

    Certainly don't mind disagreeing with you, but the choice to stay home or assume and manage the risks of hunting seems real enough to me. I've been making it virtually every open season day for over...
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    Mr. Murphy probably has a lot better chance of...

    Mr. Murphy probably has a lot better chance of hitting my dog (or my own sweet self) at the blind than with a shot I'll call while the dog is working. But Murphy doesn't keep either of us on the...
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    Fiddlesticks. There are a world of shots that...

    Fiddlesticks. There are a world of shots that can safely be taken while a dog works.
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    I experimented with both stop to call and shot in...

    I experimented with both stop to call and shot in the "Way back when..." and eventually decided against training for either, as I don't want to inadvertently stop a dog on its way to downed birds...
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    What are your goals for the dog? I ask because...

    What are your goals for the dog? I ask because not popping at extended ranges could be as problematic for a hunting dog as popping could be for a field trialer. A dog upwind and in running water...
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    Interesting observation. I've always collected...

    Interesting observation. I've always collected my training pigeons before feeding the loft, so they'll have the incentive of food to home quickly, rather than feeding hawks. But I've dizzied...
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    I've seen plenty of sorry points on hard planted...

    I've seen plenty of sorry points on hard planted birds that stayed put, but my Chessies may be such greedy bastages that scent cues to a hard plant serve only to spur them on to catch the bird. ...
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    I've long been mystified by the notion of...

    I've long been mystified by the notion of "rolling in" pigeons such that they'd stay put but be ready to flush when pup arrived and would love to see it, if only on video, should anyone know of such....
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    God bless her.

    God bless her.
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    I'm not a spaniel guy, but I've steadied the last...

    I'm not a spaniel guy, but I've steadied the last five of both my pointing and flushing upland dogs with the help of what became a game for them and may be of use to others with a strong supply of...
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    I took a fit to give cutdowns a go a few years...

    I took a fit to give cutdowns a go a few years back, purchased three makes and ended up keeping the Mondo, albeit with preference for a reed I'd trimmed over Jim's somewhat heavier version. I found...
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    I've never found reason to force-fetch my hunting...

    I've never found reason to force-fetch my hunting retrievers and, as a result, have been considered behind the times and resistant to change. But I don't argue with the results we've enjoyed.
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    I think Mark's nailed it, re: "acclimation," and...

    I think Mark's nailed it, re: "acclimation," and made good points on dealing with the heat, as have others on the thread. My South Louisiana dogs spend most of their days in the A/C, so what little...
  23. Thread: Dog feed

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    And all I've done is show that those coyotes ate...

    And all I've done is show that those coyotes ate all of the "by-products" and left nearly all of what we humans tend to think much better. And that the quality and quantity of ingredients in a feed...
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    I think it important for folks to understand that...

    I think it important for folks to understand that if you look at any AAFCO ingredient definition, you are looking at the worst case allowed under labeling law - and not necessarily a manufacturer's...
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    Like beaning a guy for bat flipping...

    Like beaning a guy for bat flipping...
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