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    Default March......training alone....

    it was just another day.

    March has not been particularly pleasant. However, we've only missed two days. Today will probably be the third.

    Tuesday, with the exception of a brief shower around 11:30 am, Taffey, Kooly, Daisy and Gunny had a decent day to train. We started at the Square Pond DTA. All four aired and warmed up with a short session of Walking Baseball. Gunny went first so that he could have a break before moving over to the bean field and continue with the next step in his Four Phase Drills (faux gunners).

    After Gunny ran his Four Phase twice, the "gang of four" each ran a Zig-Zag drill. The three older dogs "played" with nine bumpers while Gunny did a seven bumper "wedge". Just as Gunny finished, it started raining....again. Flood warnings are all over around here.

    Went home and the dogs stayed in the van while I had a late lunch. At last, the radar said things were a "go"....so we took a short trip to the Industrial DTA. A Renegade drill was setup (angle backs). This is the first time they've run it. With a few modifications, at lot was accomplished.

    The last session on the list was to run marks for Gunny. So off to the Macktown DTA we went. Eight walking singles in heavy cover ended another day of training....alone. I can't imagine doing a day like this in a group setting......not enough time.

    Here's a photo of the Four Phase drill setup. Normally this is run at 100 yards in factorless terrain. However, it seems with each new pup winter delays it some. By spring the pups have a lot more experience and can handle the terrain. This past season Gunny went duck hunting on the Mississippi, field hunting for geese, worked two "euro" shoots and took a trip to SD for pheasants. Gunny is 21 months old and will run his very first hunt test this spring.

    The drill is "plugged" into a known pattern blind of 125 yards which makes this part seamless. Gunny had lined it a couple of times on five different days since March 1st. Today, I "stuck" the four stickmen in where the wingers will be placed. Gunny lined it four times (fast) without any reaction to the stickmen (no suction or flaring). He has run many marks in stickmen setups....so he's use to them.

    Dang, this morning the wind chill is 1 F. This is definitely a "slacker" day.

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    Cold and wet where you are but dang, at least you've got bare fields. Sounds like a good days work.
    Mark

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    Jim-

    I train alone & lot too & don't miss too many days either. If it's too icy or snowy to train, we are still out for hours at a time. I drove 4 hours Sunday morning to train in a group though and it was Heaven! No snow on the ground, sunny and warm. Big enough group to get gunners in the field for good setups and small enough to be casual between running.

    I have a question on your stickmen. Maybe the perspective is skewed in the picture. You say wingers will at one point go where the stickmen are. They seem to be very close and right in line. Is this for a particular drill?

    Thanks!

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    It's called the Four Phase Drill. Here are pictures of Daisy's work from a few years ago. There are wingers behind each stickman and four orange bumpers at 125 yards. The dog runs each mark and then a "blind" (eight retrieves in all). The "faux shrub" in Gunny's photo is removed when the wingers are added. The wingers/stickmen "combos" will be about 20 yards apart.

    The fourth phase ("D") has marks thrown right on the line. This is the "through the old fall" concept.

    Last year, the old shag hickory was "decapitated" by a wind storm.

    "Phase A - behind the gunner"


    "Phase B - past the old fall"


    "Phase C - under the arc"
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    Thanks for posting that drill, looks like a good one to add to my repertoire.
    We are getting close. Snow is starting to thin out a bit and we're looking at highs in the 50's through the weekend so me and the pups will be out there gettin' started on serious training. Gotta get em ready for the first HT coming up in three weeks.
    I think they were all made to shoot because if they were not why did they give them that whirr of wings that moves you suddenly more than any love of country . . . I think that they were made to shoot and some of us were made to shoot them and if that is not so well, never say we did not tell you that we liked it.

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    We're about five miles from the Wisconsin border. There are two training ponds close by. One has a spillway, and the ice went out two days ago. The other does not have an outlet. It is still half covered with ice. Water temperatures are probably still in the upper 30's. Brrrrr!

    Tonight it will be 7F for a low. The highs will not reach 50F for the next ten days.....so much for global warming.
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