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    Default How to retrieve birds without a dog


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    Good info. Unless you have floppy ears & tail, you have to employ every trick possible to find roosters.
    1. Landmarks (a tree in the distance or whatever) help, but you have to be way more specific than that. In short grass - changes in color; other subtle variances. In tall cover - one weed or cattail that looks different. You have to really zero it in. And thou shalt not take your eyes off that spot. But you will, so prior to doing it, say the mark out loud to yourself so you're more likely to remember it when you're ready to concentrate again. "The taller cattail that leans left a bit, that's just to the left of the smallest of the 3 trees on the horizon."
    2. Since the article does talk about dogs, I'll add that if your dog doesn't see the bird fall & you have to take him/her to the spot, once you get there, you stay put & let the dog do the searching. Don't search yourself. The dog has roughly 1,000,000 times better odds of finding it than you do, but he/she doesn't need your stink all over the place making it tougher.
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    I don't like it !! Hate feathers in my mouth !!

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    Excellent point!
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    SO Who is Mike Rossi & where is he located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourtrax View Post
    SO Who is Mike Rossi & where is he located?
    According to some earlier posts he is located in upstate New York. Not quite sure of his posts and motive.
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    LOL I drive 3-4000 miles every years to hunt pheasants, I wouldn't go to my mailbox to hunt them without my dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman View Post
    LOL I drive 3-4000 miles every years to hunt pheasants, I wouldn't go to my mailbox to hunt them without my dogs
    I agree with this 100%. Why shoot at any bird that you don't have very high odds of recovering? A dog gives you that advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fourtrax View Post
    SO Who is Mike Rossi & where is he located?
    Looks like he has been banned. Guess that explains the post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    Looks like he has been banned. Guess that explains the post.
    What am I missing? It's just giving suggestions on how to find downed birds if you're dogless. Where's the controversy?
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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