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  1. Let me give you a different spin on your...

    Let me give you a different spin on your question. Why bother with the crap shoot of a puppy. You may spend the next 2 years of your life finding out that the puppy you purchased does not fit...
  2. Entering a test is the one real competition in...

    Entering a test is the one real competition in the hunt test game. Pros are winning because they are better prepared and have financial incentives. That is the simple truth. The other truth...
  3. Going to have an undeniable effect for the...

    Going to have an undeniable effect for the handlers of the extra 6 dogs.:)
  4. Always! Black Warrior and Central Alabama are...

    Always! Black Warrior and Central Alabama are about the only ones I make nowadays. See y'all there.
  5. So sorry for your loss Karen. Amber was a...

    So sorry for your loss Karen. Amber was a very talented dog and lived a great life. Her legacy will live on in Brew.
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    I will do my best to keep this positive. You...

    I will do my best to keep this positive. You have worked hard for months getting a dog ready, have the dog running at the absolute peak of their ability, clear your schedule, avoid heat cycles and...
  7. Any handlers jacket will be made in a camo...

    Any handlers jacket will be made in a camo pattern that does not blend into the environment.
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    The computer gymnastics required to enter a test...

    The computer gymnastics required to enter a test are certainly a part of the attrition within the ranks of those who consider the retriever sports a hobby.
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    In the past, the waiting list has worked for me.

    In the past, the waiting list has worked for me.
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    Sorry for your loss. Going to give you...

    Sorry for your loss. Going to give you unsolicited advice based on personal experience. Get a new pup soon.

    When I lost my first hunting lab, most of my duck hunting gear went in the hole...
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    One of the aspects of the out of the ordinary...

    One of the aspects of the out of the ordinary test not discussed is time management. No one cares how original, genius and well thought out the aspects of the test are if handlers are still...
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    Very intuitive post!!! My personal experience...

    Very intuitive post!!! My personal experience mirrors your post. The dog I trained sans collar via Waterdog received more mental and physical pressure than any of the following dogs using modern...
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    Been called a poison bird around here as long as...

    Been called a poison bird around here as long as I have been running tests. May be a difference in terminology in hunt tests vs field trials.
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    In hunt tests the poison bird is normally picked...

    In hunt tests the poison bird is normally picked up by the dog after running the blind.
  15. Thread: Gunners Guild

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    Thank you for your efforts volunteering. ...

    Thank you for your efforts volunteering. Without volunteers that give gladly and freely of their time and resources, most dog games would not exist.

    When we discuss negative aspects of the...
  16. Thread: Shadow RIP

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    These dogs we love never stay around long enough....

    These dogs we love never stay around long enough. So sorry for your loss.
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    Middle TN holds there test in LaVergne/Smyrna...

    Middle TN holds there test in LaVergne/Smyrna area out of Nashville. The grounds are public and are excellent.
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    Awesome topic!!! Will add my best story but...

    Awesome topic!!! Will add my best story but not my most recent. I laugh at the line all the time. Most of the things I laugh about are not very memorable or entertaining.

    The time and...
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    Bryan's ABC drill pictured in post 4 is my go to...

    Bryan's ABC drill pictured in post 4 is my go to drill for this issue. I will pluck a duck at the fall area of the short bird. This will leave feathers and a lot of scent in the area(Duck soup...
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    The attrition rate in this game is very high. ...

    The attrition rate in this game is very high. Wouldn't expect an internet discussion board to be any different. Hate to see anyone leave. The games. the dogs and RTF are a lot of fun if you...
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    Senior tests tend to have a duck call preceding...

    Senior tests tend to have a duck call preceding the throw followed by a shot from the station as the bird is at the top of the arc. Most of the time a dog doesn't see the fall, it is because the...
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    Did the dog meet the standard? That would be...

    Did the dog meet the standard? That would be the answer you need. Field trials in my mind are not so cut and dry. Not really looking for answers but how the dogs rank.

    Just how I see it...
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    Your opinion is widely supported amongst many...

    Your opinion is widely supported amongst many running AKC hunt tests. My opinion differs. A walkup thrown from natural cover with a flyer station behind will provide answers. Well placed...
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    When you consider the audience, the huge...

    When you consider the audience, the huge variability in responses is very predictable. We have individuals that absolutely love the process of training dogs. This group is composed of rabid do...
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    For a long time Read was the glue that held Black...

    For a long time Read was the glue that held Black Warrior together. Was a fixture at the Ranch when I first started. He will be greatly missed. RIP.
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