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  1. #11
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    If you only hunt pheasants and ducks itís very hard to beat a lab for practicality and no dog is better on cripples than a lab

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosemaster View Post
    I do enjoy the flush if a pointer, but i never hunt with pointers.I have to run at times, to get a shot. For rooting birds out of real thick cover, ill take a lab, over a pointer.That being said, I do like the german wirehaired pointer.Great dogs.
    exactly.....i have a GWP, some breeds are capable of pointing and rooting out tight sitting birds in heavy cover....i would say it is easier to get both those traits in some pointing breeds, with a little bit of situational trining, i just like the solid pointing aspect....not just a call back. got to go with what you like....good luck.

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    I have a pointing lab and for all the controversy over the breed I will say that a pointing lab doses have the ability to be a pointing dog. They have the ability inherited , with that said there is more training than would be a pointing breed maybe a lot. I chose not to train as a pointer and what I got was a 70 lbs of pure pheasant hunting machine. He was easy to train,very high energy level a dog that will hunt all week and want more. He is not the dog you get from the neighbor down the street. My dog came from huntin buddy pointing labs out of McCall ID. Sire from tiger mountain pointing labs Taz. If interested look at the blood line and get a hold of lance at hunttin buddy pointing labs you canít go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveMyLab View Post
    Hello all,

    As you can tell from my name, I have always owned Labs or Springers (can't tell that from my name)

    I only pheasant hunt. I have been searching for a well started or finished dog. A buddy of mine is trying to talk me into going with a pointing breed. I have never owned nor hunted with a pointer. His suggestion is an English Setter.

    I would love to hear you opinions on this, words of advice, etc.

    In advance, thank you.
    Since you only hunt pheasants & you've owned a springer before......you know the answer to your question. You need another springer. (I'm pretty biased.)
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    A good pointer is a joy to watch, so is a well trained flusher. At this stage in my life I love to keep up with my flushers. When I get really old, I mean really really old I will get a pointer. Till than I will take my lumps with following a flusher.

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    If you're looking for a finished or near-finished dog, you don't need any guidance from us. The breed shouldn't matter too much, really. If it does a good job on pheasants and you like the dog, then it's a good fit. All the nonsense talk about poorly trained dogs busting birds out of range is just noise. If it is genuinely a finished dog, then it will not have any of those issues. So you'll go out hunting with the seller and the dog and you'll know if it is right for you or not. If it's the right dog, that cash will be burning a hole in your pocket before you get to the end of the field!

    But, you know, since everyone has an opinion... My GWP was the best hunting dog I've had so far, but I am a really big fan of the two brittanies I have now, one American and one French. They do everything a big dog can do in the field, but take up less couch space.

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    GSP's - hunting machines...Jax & Duke

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    Fritch, TX

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