With waterfowl populations at all-time highs, the last several years have been the ‘good old days’ of duck and goose hunting. The population boom has largely been due to well-timed rains and good nesting conditions across the Canada and the northern U.S. prairie-potholes region.
In a perfect world, by the time you’ve trained your dog proficiently enough on the skills required for success, you shouldn’t need to use the e-collar very often when actually hunting. For most of us, that level of success is often hard to come by without keeping our pup out of the action for a season or two and completely focusing on training.
The Humane Society of the United States, the largest, most well-funded anti-hunting organization in the country, has come repeatedly come under attack by the agriculture-backed group The Center for Consumer Freedom and one of their spinoff organizations, Humane Watch, for how HSUS bilks millions of people out of money under the pretense of running local shelters.
World's best taxidermist gives tips on taking care of mounted birds.
As anyone who has been reading this blog for the last year knows, I’m a big fan of the harlequin duck. It’s one of the most beautiful waterfowl species on the planet. It’s one of those bucket-list ducks for waterfowlers across the country.
Picking the “best” hunting dog is highly subjective. It depends upon the quarry being pursued, the location, terrain, weather, personal hunting style and a myriad of other variables.
The basis for all training starts with introducing your dog to critical aspects of the hunt at critical times in his development. Regardless of whether you’re raising a pointer for quail, a retriever for mallards, or a hound for raccoons, new experiences should always take place in a controlled environment and be a positive experience.
I recently attended the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference in Ellensburg, Wash., and sat in on several canine classes – everything from double-blind testing that can stand up to cross-examination in court to the meteorology of scent.
The popularity of shed hunting has grown greatly over the last several years, and many trainers are developing programs to teach dogs to search out and find antlers. Three years ago, Tom Dokken started developing products to use in training, and then a hunt-test-like program to inject some fun and competition into the scene.
Displacement behavior is simply conduct that doesn’t fit within a scenario or a script, like when a dog that begins to carry out a command suddenly stops and shakes his head, pausing on his own terms for a moment. When this is successful, the dog learns that he doesn’t have to immediately follow your commands at all times, and he will use that precedent to slowly usurp your control.
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