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  1. #21
    Senior Member j towne's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd6400 View Post
    Here s the deal,the last thing the operator wants is yelling,screaming dogs,handlers wondering where their dogs are,dog fights etc.The shooters probably won`t know a nice job vs. a bad,but they will notice dogs and handlers out of control.If dogs and handlers are not gentlmen they will not be asked back.
    Our last shoot was all all chesapeakes,most were at least MH level and I couldn`t have asked for a better group of handlers. Jim
    I cant wait to come back. Honestlly I really didnt even hear many whistles.
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  3. #22
    Senior Member Tim Mc's Avatar
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    Mar 2013
    Elyria, Ohio


    Tower shoots are the most fun a retriever can have, I believe. Definitely do not shoot, just handle your dog. I learned that lesson the hard way. Watching 200 pheasants one by one is great experience. They will mark a bird to the ground five or six hundred yards away. My dog was eight months old at his first one and it flipped a switch in him like I couldn't believe. It was just after we finished force-fetch. Looking back, he was too young and unsteady for that much stimulation, but I think the good he got out of it was worth it. We have done maybe a dozen since then and it's like training on 200 flyers , with probably 170 no birds in one day. Awesome for marking and steadying.
    Many of the shooters do enjoy watching the dogs work, especially when your dog can dig out the money bird and bring it back to their station. They really like that!

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    Senior Member red devil's Avatar
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    Jan 2003
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    Having done many, many shoots with my dogs I can catagorically state they are the worst possible thing, I mean the WORST possible thing you can do to your dog.

    At great personal sacrifice, seeing as my dogs are already ruined, I'll take your place. No need to thank me right now, just post up time and directions.

    have fun
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  6. #24
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    May 2011
    Charleston Tn.


    I have done it and will continue to do so when the opportunities are available. I cannot see a down side to it. Safety is always my biggest concern. Make sure the shooters understand safety rules first. Tower shoots are a great for training. You get blinds, No birds, doubles, short and long retrieves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j towne View Post
    I didnt my first tower shoot this year. You dont want to bring a dog that you cant fully control.
    A couple things you want to make sure you dog can do with tower shoots.
    run blinds
    handle on marks
    call off of marks
    no birds
    Very steady.
    cross other dogs on the way to and from birds
    not switching
    poison birds
    have other marks and shots going off around them while he is working a bird or on his way in with a bird.
    you will have dogs working on both sides of you sometimes as close as 30 yards and you might have to send you dog up the middle of them for a bird.
    It is a blast but takes a lot of control.
    You also forgot to mention not to wear RAVENS and STEELERS attire in BROWNS country!!!!!!

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    Senior Member Gary Southall's Avatar
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    Jan 2012
    King George,Va


    We do tower shoots at Shady Grove Hunting Preserve in Remington,Va. with Neil Selby and there is nothing more fun than going there. We usually have 5-6 guns and purchase 25-30 birds. The dogs love it and so do we. They throw them out 1 at a time, they fall and then we send one of the dogs. We only bring out 2 dogs at a time so they learn to honer and stay steady to the shot. It's alot of fun and a great learning experience. Check out his website and see the video. Oh,we take anything from 1 year old dogs to 10 year old dogs. It's a great time!!!!

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    Senior Member labraiser's Avatar
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    Feb 2004


    I do quite a few tower shoots. The only thing i use them for is enforce skills already learned. My rules are as follows

    No breaking
    No switching
    teaching and enforcing no birds.

    I dont run blinds during a shoot. I am always ready to correct a dog for the above rules. I also like to use it for exposing dogs to a lot of fresh killed or live birds. Where i do the shoots, safety is enforced. Never ever had a safety issue ever. You dont shoot unless you have sky in the backround.

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