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    Default Opener private CRP land

    We've got about 200 acres of CRP in Stafford County and right now a hunting party of six or seven or so. I've got a dog on his first year.

    With the rain this summer, the CRP is really tall and I suspect it'll be work to flush up birds. Would like a few more pair of boots and dogs to join us.

    If you're interested, let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    We've got about 200 acres of CRP in Stafford County and right now a hunting party of six or seven or so. I've got a dog on his first year.

    With the rain this summer, the CRP is really tall and I suspect it'll be work to flush up birds. Would like a few more pair of boots and dogs to join us.

    If you're interested, let me know.
    That many hunters with dog hunting a first year is a mistake. Hunting heavy cover with a bunch of hunters and a young dog is a big mistake. The first year just you and your dog would be the best. Maybe one other trusted friend that has manners and knows how to act around young dogs. You dog will be confused and lost and not have any idea whats going on. This first year you can't get back either bad habits learned are hard to break.

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    Thatís very good advice!

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    "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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    I now have a Garmin Astro for the dogs. Don’t know how I ever did it before. If you’re in the deep stuff and your dog has any range, it can lead to a rough day.

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    Flushing dog, pointing dog?. Make sure he's gun conditioned and don't get him bit. I wouldn't hunt him with another dog and wouldn't hunt at him at all if it's his first experience. 7 guys can handle 200 acres opening day birds no problem.

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    Well I wasn't going to say it for the fear of being discouraging but hunting a dog with that many people and other dogs is a mistake. I always hunt a dog by itself the first year, no other dogs and not really any other hunters. If I do hunt the dog with another hunter and only one or two, I don't take a gun myself. You are the handler, not the hunter, when starting a young puppy or dog. The last thing you want to do is discourage the dog or teach it any bad habits. I have seen dogs that have become gun shy or bird shy from hunting with too many guns. And those 2 sicknesses are man made only. A dog owner who has a gun shy dog only has himself to blame. And 1 person can handle 200 acres on opening day or any day. The less the merrier.

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    Sounds like a good offer for someone with seasoned dogs looking to hunt some private ground. I wouldn't expect alot out of a first time dog but if it's been around birds and gunfire I wouldn't think there would be much danger of ruining the dog either.
    Definitely recommend a tracking collar no matter the terrain but especially in crp.
    Funny story now. Old English setter I inherited when my dad passed. Really liked to run and didn't always listen well but could hunt up some birds, you just had to hunt him most of the time. Anyway, before the Astros came out we were in some thick crp and after awhile of not seeing the dog I started calling and looking. Probably a half hour went by and I'd started backtracking and stumbled upon the dog. He'd been on point and I'd probably walked within 10yards of him when I went by the first time. Funny thing was he'd been there so long he apparently got tired so he set down but still pointing at the bird. I assumed it would be long gone by this point but much to my surprise when I walked in front of him a big fat rooster blew up at my feet. Was so surprised I totally whiffed on the bird. I won't ever forget the look of that dog just sitting there instead of standing and then the look of dismay when I missed.
    Anyway highly recommend the Astros. My dogs don't leave the truck without them now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    We've got about 200 acres of CRP in Stafford County and right now a hunting party of six or seven or so. I've got a dog on his first year.

    With the rain this summer, the CRP is really tall and I suspect it'll be work to flush up birds. Would like a few more pair of boots and dogs to join us.

    If you're interested, let me know.
    Sounds like I left out way too much info about what I've done already with my dog, including on these fields I grew up on. Sounds like others have had high expectations and little effort with their dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryM View Post
    Sounds like I left out way too much info about what I've done already with my dog, including on these fields I grew up on. Sounds like others have had high expectations and little effort with their dogs.
    i think there is some pretty good advice here.......first year pup, one man, one dog, first season. when you run into issues (and you will) you will want to correct or direct dog by yourself with no distractions (like a bunch of hunters yelling and guns going off at once; strange dogs running around him will be huge distraction).
    i have never seen a ready made, faultless dog right out of the box...give the pup a chance to process what he needs to be successful and avoid sensory overload. good luck.....turn him loose and be quiet, let him learn in a good environment....plenty of time to gang hunt and show him off later.
    Last edited by hunter94; 09-09-2019 at 08:34 AM.

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