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    Senior Member Colonel Blimp's Avatar
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    The more I swell with false pride on knowing about retrieving dogs the less I seem to understand. Sometimes they are just so clever it's truly beyond human ken, and sometimes they are so thick it's still beyond human ken! I had an example of both today when working two of my dogs on a driven shoot.

    Incident one .... I was picking up in scrubby woodland right at the back of the drive in my normal spot about four hundred yards from the line of Guns. I can't really estimate how many unshot birds drop all round us, probably the middle hundreds, but there are usually a couple of pricked birds amongst them. The procedure is to just quietly hunt the dog on, allowing the fit birds to scamper off and then pick up the wounded ones.

    I cast "Jack" off towards a thicket in an area which we hadn't been able to see birds drop, it was just a sweeping up operation. There was no wind at all. Instead of just moving a couple of yards from me and sniffing around as per SOP, he shot off about 35 yards in a dead straight line to the thicket edge and picked a small hen pheasant, still alive but only just, clapped tight to the ground. I swear he didn't see it drop, and there was no air scent. Frankly it was to me at least, inexplicable. Over the years I've hunted him he's done something similar on four or five occasions; no wind, no sound, no sight of the fall, and drops on it like a guided missile.

    Incident two, searching out a hedge bottom with "Eddie" his kennel mate. I spotted a wounded hen about four feet into the brash, and cast him in. I swear to God his head was ten inches from it when he turned back having missed it completely. Again next to no wind, but it was plainly in view hardly obscured by branches or leaves at all.

    As I said the more I see the less I understand. Does this stuff happen to everybody or is it just me and my lunatics?

    "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;".... A snippet from "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

    Last edited by Colonel Blimp; 11-13-2012 at 04:02 PM.
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    Senior Member Bartona500's Avatar
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    Today was our first day training with substantial frost on the ground. I had a bumper with feathers taped on that I was using for some memory retrieves in thick cover. I watched a dog with a strong nose step over the bumper about six times, hunting a tight area, before finally picking it up. The next dog, in the same cover and similar area, stepped on the bird several times in a row. Typically, these dogs perform in opposite order of today...

    I wish I could be out picking on the fields with you guys over there! Not anything nearly as fun on this side of the pond!
    -Barton Ramsey

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    Senior Member Howard N's Avatar
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    Today was our first day training with substantial frost on the ground
    I didn't know it even got down to freezing in Mississippi.

    Eug, Honest, it's just you.
    Howard Niemi

    You really gotta be careful about how high a pedestal you put your method, your accomplishments, your dog on. There's usually someone who's done more, somewhere. And they may have used a different method than you did! Chris Atkinson 2013

    get your dog out and TRAIN! caryalsobrook 2013

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    Senior Member Jennifer Henion's Avatar
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    At any rate, at least you know what to name your next two dogs!

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    Senior Member yellow machine's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Henion View Post
    At any rate, at least you know what to name your next two dogs!
    Hey she is right. No need to explain just run the dogs.
    A cold nose feels good on a hot day.....
    Majestic Oaks Liberty Belle JH

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