More laws? No thanks
More laws? No thanks
I think someone should be able to retrieve their birds HOWEVER they want... and their are many areas where hunting over a dog, even a great dog, makes absolutely no sense...
Hmmm. After one hell of a lot of years waterfowling there are a large group of hunters that I would not like to see have a dog. If you hunt think about the stupid stuff you have seen and wonder if a dog should be a part of it. Just sayin!
Michigan managed waterfowl areas at one time had "dog blinds" only available to hunters with dogs. They are long gone after guys starting bringing "lap dogs" so they could hunt those blinds. Makes my point I guess.
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Interesting posts that are definitely enlightening me about things I had not thought about.
I was 15 years old when I started duck hunting and almost 40 before I had the opportunity to hunt with a dog. We lived in apartments in suburban LA when I was young so owning a dog wasn't even a consideration. When we hunted the Dad's supervised while us boys would haul and set decoys, build blinds and retrieve birds. It was character building I guess...
BTW I guess we were pretty shots, plus lead was more lethal as I don't remember loosing cripples. I will say that hunting over a dog is the only way to go, especially since I don't have a teenager to order about.
Last edited by John Robinson; 03-25-2013 at 03:15 PM.
My major problem is the dog retrieves birds, that others have crippled, as we're walking back in from the blind. I shoot my limit then end up with a few extra, not good. One time we'd been back to the truck for ~20min, game warden comes out want to see license, count my bird etc. as I'm talking to him, I'm semi-watching my dog messing around in some tulleys. Just as he's walking off my proud hunter comes back to stand @ heel with another bird in her mouth, luckily the warden had gotten in his truck and didn't notice the dog.
Last edited by Hunt'EmUp; 03-25-2013 at 04:43 PM.
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