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Tue, December 20, 2011

Thought it was time to show some of my partners in crime.  Yes, I am a springer snob when it comes to pheasant hunting.  I like their enthusiasm and the quartering in the field.  While there are other great dogs, the joy springers usually show in the field just makes me smile.  Put down 3 or 4 at the same time and it gets even better.

Here is Hobbes, pup in training. He was born on May 1 and is growing rapidly.

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Here is Hobbes making a retrieve at Jim Edgar last weekend.  He definitely is into retrieving.  These were his first “real” retrieves outside of the training field.

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PIctured below are mother Daphne on left, with sons Calvin (standing) and Hobbes (not standing.)  Daphne is a very people oriented dog and a good hunter.  Hope that Hobbes inherits both qualities from his mom.  Calvin also shows great promise and is even going through obedience training. What a concept, an obedient bird dog.  I’ve heard of them but never had one that took it too seriously.

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And last but not least, current dog Lil after a recent trip through some wet grass.  Lil is a sweetheart in the house and the energizer bunny in the field.  At 12 Lil is probably doing the best hunting of her career.  It’s a shame that this window lasts only a short time.

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Comments

Very nice pics.  I’m a GSP snob.

Posted by Treehugger on December 20

GSP snob here, too, but I’d take those springers over a brittany any day.  I hate the orange on a brittany.  And, yes, it is such a shame that the window of their excellence and of their presence in our lives is so narrow.  No matter what their color.

Posted by birdchaser on December 20

Brittanys are where its at for me!

Posted by Tree_Dude on December 20

Agreed.  Lil is doing some fantastic bird work this year.  Multiple Springers is an exponetial - not linear - equation.

Posted by Mr Drysdale on December 20

Great pics, only hunted behind a springer once but it was pretty awesome….... it was a good dog…... they looke great out there doing what they were made for, thanks for sharing

Posted by Flatlander on December 20

When you get your first bird dog, you realize that it’s better to watch your dog hit a hard point than it is to shoot a bird.  Nothing like seeing one of my GSP’s slam a point on the run where dirt flies out of the ground when they hit the breaks.  A nice, perfectly formed, point is nice.  But not as nice as when they hit one hard and they’re twisted up like a pretzel with their head turned behind them.

Posted by Treehugger on December 20

Yeah, that.

Posted by birdchaser on December 20

I was at Jim Edger last weekend also.  We drew a tough spot but my dropper had enough great points to make the day a success.  A good dog makes any hunt a success.  My dad is big into GSP’s but I like the smaller breeds like setters and springers.

Posted by MattS on December 20

Y’all are off the mark.  There is nothing like hunting with a SPINONE!!
(And shameless plug-for anybody with a continental breed in downstate IL, check out the Spoon River Chapter of NAVHDA-North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association).

Posted by FlintlockShooter on December 20

I agree 100%. Spinone is my favorite ice cream of all time. Matts - had to reach back in the memory bank to remember that a dropper is a pointer/setter cross (at least in the South.) They can be great bird dogs. Had one myself once.

Posted by springer on December 21

Your right on Springer.  Not to many people know that.  I got the dog here but learned the term from working trials in TN.  She looks like a dalmatian with short hair like a pointer, but the body size, temperament and spots like a setter.  She was accidentally bread when the male pointer jumped the fence in with the setter.  If I could find them again, I would get another in a heartbeat.  Especially when the breeder was giving them away.

Posted by MattS on December 21

My dog is actually back down at Jim Edger today.  My Dad’s GSP broke loose his meniscus last week at Gobbler’s Knob so Dad is running the little white spotted dog this week.

Posted by MattS on December 21

Using Pointers on Pheasants is like using a Springer on quail.  It will get the job done but not with the efficiency and style of a Springer.  You will be out there longer with more frustration of not having the right tool for the job.  Springers put up quail too far out. It makes shooting them difficult.  Pheasants feel hunting pressure and will move.  We have to be careful in training, not to look at a pheasant once we plant it.  Even dizzied with it’s head buried under it’s wing can feel you staring at it and will explode out of cover without ever seeing you.  I have seen this happen myself.  It is a survival instinct.  The same way you and I can sometimes feel someone starring at us.  A pheasant can feel a dog close by.  A Pointer on pheasants is just the wrong tool for the job.

Posted by Upland Girl on December 21

Har. har.  That’s so original I forgot to laugh. 

All jokes and self promotion aside, there are a lot of great breeds to hunt over.  And I’ve hunted over a lot.  Although I can say a Springer is not one of them.  But a good hunting dog is a good hunting dog.  And as my good friend John says, “I’d rather hunt without my gun than without my dog.”

Posted by FlintlockShooter on December 21

Pheasants do run, there is no doubt about that.  But the next thing better than a locked up point is watching the dog track that bird down and then move in front of it.  My dads GSP is great at that and most of the time the bird doesn’t jump.  Sometimes it does and sometimes it does and the dog catches it.  Which is pretty cool also.  Most of us don’t run trials or compete with our dogs so they get used for whatever bird is there and love every minute of it.  Just like your baby’s first steps, I remember my dogs first point like it was yesterday.

Posted by MattS on December 21

Anyone know of a real good, and I mean real good, stud GSP in the central IL area?  My stud dog started shooting blanks a couple years ago.  Best hunter I’ve ever had, but unfortunately, he can’t pass on his genes.  He has in the past, but I don’t have any of his pups.  I’ve got a female that I woulnd’t mind knocking up…wait a minute….that didn’t sound right.

Posted by Treehugger on December 22

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