Originally Posted by jsdriggs
I know hunting planters seems expensive, but it is really about disposable income. Hunting wild birds is infinitely more expensive, per bird harvested, than planters if you do a trip somewhere. Like a comment above, paying for training is an investment not a cost. I would place buying planters in the same category, IF you can afford it.
I know I can't right now.
If you have a box launcher slip a baby sock over the birds head. I know this sounds crazy but they will fly a bit better than a clipped wing but not good enough to get away nor do they run! Now you can let the pup hunt up the bird, launch it, shoot in the general direction and the pup can retreive it. Depending on the dog you can get a lot of training out of just a couple birds. I have only done this with pheasants, I am not sure how chuckers etc would work. We worked 4 different dogs last night, each dog got 3 flush/launch/retreives and we still have 2 healthy birds left. One ended up being rather chewed up........ I guess my pup needs a little more work on hold!