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    Quote Originally Posted by Labs View Post
    I love hunting cattails after freeze up. Labs are fantastic all around gun dogs, but they really excel at digging birds out of cattails. It really doesn't get any better than a lab going under snow & matted cattails and a rooster blowing out of the snow with the dog right on it's tail feathers!

    My strategy is simple. Find frozen cattails reasonably close to a food source, add labs, and hunt into the wind. I found the best shooting is in smaller sloughs (narrow is better, no more than 40-50 yards of cover wide), particularly those that deer are using as they make trails in the cattails. I like to follow the deer trails through the crud (the birds also use them and the openings) and let the dogs work to either side of me. I hunt with insulated hip or chest waders even after freeze up, just in case...
    That's a good idea.I just hunted a car tail Creek a few days ago.There were birds in there, but the ice was too thin, and that crick was deep!! I didn't want my dog in there, very dangerous! Hip boots would have come in handy, in that place, but I couldn't cross the crick.

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    Cattails are made for labs and Goldens. Just plan on getting wet, this year was exceptionally bad, got wet in places I have never gotten wet at before. Large patches don't scare me, just take shots where you can mark the birds well. Remember your dog can't see s#$% from where he is at and he is going to be surrounded by bird scent. Even the big spots have deer trails, which the birds use just as well. Remember a spare pair of boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaskan swamp collies View Post
    Cattails are made for labs and Goldens. Just plan on getting wet, this year was exceptionally bad, got wet in places I have never gotten wet at before. Large patches don't scare me, just take shots where you can mark the birds well. Remember your dog can't see s#$% from where he is at and he is going to be surrounded by bird scent. Even the big spots have deer trails, which the birds use just as well. Remember a spare pair of boots.
    Cattails can be hard on a lab, and hunter!!

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    https://www.chicone.com/about-us/products/marsh-skis

    Get a pair of skis and do the cattails like your great grandfather did. Just slide on through.

    I had a pair 30 years ago. Got them from a old guy who was ending his hunting days. Bought skis, a Herter's duck skiff, dozens of decoys. Never should have let those skis go.

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