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    Hunting thick cattails...not a fun endeavor. ...

    Hunting thick cattails...not a fun endeavor.

    Very difficult to find downed birds or follow cripples. And what about the water? frozen yet?

    Later in the season, when frozen, the edge can be...
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    ..."land that is not posted" - what if it's...

    ..."land that is not posted" - what if it's posted? And..."after being told to leave" If not told to leave, then one can remain? For how long?Indefinite, until you find the cripple?

    Rather...
  3. Birdshooter: Thanks for the detailed help with...

    Birdshooter:

    Thanks for the detailed help with mounting...most appreciated.

    Have been doing the electrical tape routine on the stock for a long time and it helps. The length of pull on three...
  4. Helpful comments - thanks!

    Helpful comments - thanks!
  5. Need an opinion: strap game carrier or vest in the winter?

    This is sort of an odd question, but thought I would get some opinions.

    Due to a disability in my right arm, I have difficulty mounting the gun, especially when I have a few layers of clothing and...
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    From what you describe, the vest is too tight...

    From what you describe, the vest is too tight around the leg opening...alter the vest by cutting the leg opening back. And make a slice or two back from the opening, to increase the diameter of the...
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    Bret...bird down on the ice. I wasn't aware we...

    Bret...bird down on the ice. I wasn't aware we were so close to open water; cattails very high and thick.

    Regards the tinkering on an A5...the old 12ga, A5 had an issue with the carrier not...
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    Bret: Enjoyed your hunting story and can...

    Bret: Enjoyed your hunting story and can appreciate the frustration et al. Hopefully things will improve for you as the season progresses.

    Last Friday I did shoot a bird next to a slough/lake...
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    Maybe you would tell us a bit about your Golden -...

    Maybe you would tell us a bit about your Golden - breeder, training et al.

    Thanks!
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    Interesting read - thanks for posting!

    Interesting read - thanks for posting!
  11. Be sure and check out Joel Nelson's (Golden Boy)...

    Be sure and check out Joel Nelson's (Golden Boy) dogs - quite amazing! I've hunted with his female and would love to have one of his puppies...
  12. My Golden comes from Maple Hills Kennels, western...

    My Golden comes from Maple Hills Kennels, western WI area, north and east of Stillwater, MN. 715-529-9001, Dan or Leslie.

    My dog just turned 9 yrs young and has been an excellent hunter. Their...
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    Thanks for the clarification, Bob. Not sure...

    Thanks for the clarification, Bob.

    Not sure what to suggest regards books to read. Some cover water aspects of retrieving and others deal with upland. I don't duck hunt, so my focus has been...
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    Bob: Your last two sentences are a bit...

    Bob: Your last two sentences are a bit confusing...can you clarify what you're trying to accomplish? If you continue to hunt the dog, why wouldn't training techniques be applicable in your...
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    A thoughtful summary - thanks! Sorry you weren't...

    A thoughtful summary - thanks! Sorry you weren't more successful...
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    Thanks, W.KS. You clearly stated the whole...

    Thanks, W.KS. You clearly stated the whole rationale for using a control setting, for training...thanks! Obviously, trying to train while you're hunting doesn't work well. Using a preserve worked...
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    I've seen trainers using chuckers, pigeons and...

    I've seen trainers using chuckers, pigeons and hen pheasants quite effectively.... Sure worked with my past three dogs.

    Have never tried the launcher...
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    I did a bit of research on your problem: try...

    I did a bit of research on your problem: try baking soda and water. Make a paste and scrub the stock. Apparently this works.

    Good Luck!
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    You might try training your dog at a preserve...

    You might try training your dog at a preserve with planted birds - a great way to duplicate the hunt experience. You'll have a very charged dog!
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    My Golden is the same size as your Lab. Here are...

    My Golden is the same size as your Lab. Here are the dimensions for his metal crate: 24 hi, 22 wide x 36 deep. Seems to work well for us. Just bought a second crate for hunting, from Amazon: $35....
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    Bob: thanks for the report. Murdo, SD expecting...

    Bob: thanks for the report. Murdo, SD expecting 6" of snow Thursday. Might put a damper on any harvest plans...
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    Thanks, Bob. The dented number is way behind as...

    Thanks, Bob. The dented number is way behind as well as the mature number...
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    "Tall CRP" and a young dog on the chase...you...

    "Tall CRP" and a young dog on the chase...you could be looking for the dog the rest of the day.
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    Specific routes...I inquired about this a few...

    Specific routes...I inquired about this a few years ago and never got a response. Must be "classified" government info..
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    My friends gun is only a year or so old - I...

    My friends gun is only a year or so old - I passed on your remarks, maybe it will help.

    Thanks!
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