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Old 10-18-2012, 03:08 PM
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Is it possible to have two different dogs for each hunt. I want a labor duck hunting. And a maybe a Brittany for a pointer. But. Will it be possible to keep each dog top notch and busy with their different hunting. While duck hunting I don't want the Brittany to feel neglected since its not dove quail and pheasant time
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:31 PM
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Is it possible to have two different dogs for each hunt. I want a labor duck hunting. And a maybe a Brittany for a pointer. But. Will it be possible to keep each dog top notch and busy with their different hunting. While duck hunting I don't want the Brittany to feel neglected since its not dove quail and pheasant time
No hunting dog worth it's salt. Likes being left behind. Honestly, you could get a Drahthaar, and just use the same dog for everything. Certainly the most useful hunting companion I've found.

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:31 AM
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Absolutely. People have been doing it for centuries. Alternatively, you can get a versatile dog as mickey suggests.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the tips!
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:08 PM
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How about a Pointing Labrador -- Versatility at it's finest.



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Old 10-23-2012, 04:23 AM
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How about a Pointing Labrador -- Versatility at it's finest.



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Don't even go there.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:40 AM
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Out of curiosity Brandon, any reason you want to go with two dogs for specific purposes rather than one versatile?

Personally, I can definately see the advantages of that path. Just got finished grouse and woodcock hunting with some good friends with field trial proven setters. A lot of fun to watch and nice and small dogs in the house. I think the number of birds we shot over the setters and the versatiles (in this case Pudelpointers) was about the same, but they wouldn't come close to being able to retrieve waterfowl in the water compared to a versatile. Not a knock against them at all, just not what they're bred for (kind of like labs and pointing :-)).

That said I think it could be really cool to have a setter or brittany and lab or chessie for duck hunting. Could be problematic if you only have one of each and it gets hurt during hunting season, but could be a lot of fun.

Anycase, what is your thought in this approach?
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:46 PM
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Was looking at a bloodhound. For coon hunting. And maybe squirrel.

Then a flusher or pointer for pheasant. Quail. Doubt a blood hound would do both. Never know though
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For a coon and squirrel dog I would suggest a Black Mouth Cur. I have just started hunting with two myself. They are still very fresh and far from finished, in fact, barely started. They show tons of interest though. They go crazy on drags and chase anything with fur. I am currently trying to break them of deer and coyote. Oh, and song birds too. Ha! I got mine from Joey Hutson and couldn't be happier. He has heavy Ladner lines. Super sweet in the house. Just protective enough. Listens unlike a hound.

I also heard about a guy training one on grouse too. I guess they could be trained to stay close.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:00 AM
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Gunn has a point with cur dogs. My neighbor has a catahoula which is an absolute demon for retrieving. So, the trainability is there.

Also, as Gunn referred. There is a lot to be said for a dog that comes when you call.

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