Most of these areas were to the north and west of bakersfield. No idea how it is today, this was back in the mid 1980's. Duck hunting is the ONLY thing I miss about california.
The "right decision"to a retriever is generally that decision which feels good or is the most convenient.So its the trainers job to teach the dog that what feels good is that which pleases the trainer.
Never hunted San Jacinto. Did hunt Kern some. Freezeland we hunted Boswell a lot and new Audie Bell the water manager there. My first ever duck hunt was at Gilbreath Bros. like around 1971. Hows that for going back in time? Beautiful downtown Oildale
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One thing that is sometimes over looked and seldom done sometimes is taking your dog out on a hunt and leaving your gun in the truck. I think this is one of the best things you can do to have a well behaved and great hunting dog.
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I remember well the first day in a pit with my new puppy who at 7 months, I thought was ready for 6 six gun volleys in a flooded Arkansas bean field. Twenty ducks later that first day and she still thought the bottom of the pit was where she needed to head when the shooting started. The second day the third bird was a single greenhead which I killed with a single shot. She marked it and turned the page in the duck dog manual. A couple of weeks later at a little less than 8 months she had a perfect 42 duck day. I was a new and very green dog person at that time. Now she's going on 14, has a MN pass and close to 50 Master passes and more hunting retrieves than I can count. She's living in the retirement suite at the kennels these days. Enjoy these early days. That little chocolate female created memories that will last my entire life.
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