Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Connect, BE BRAVE - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here


            TURKEY CONTEST "Post Your Thoughts" - Leave YOUR mark, make each place you visit "a little better"! Post please......

        HSO Turkey Contest - Sign-up by April 1st. - Click Here.

        EMOJI those posts you 'appreciate, please...IF YOU WANT MORE LIKE IT HERE..'

        Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
sdstate

Personal Goals

Recommended Posts

Mr. B

Ok that makes sense, about being able to see over the cover and having the stamina to break through the cover.

Maggie my lap pictured in my avatar is 55 lbs. Not sure how tall she is but it is funny to see her running through tall thick grass. About every five or six bounds she will make sure to lift her head above the grass. Sometimes it looks like she is on springs and bouncing through the cover.

When she gets in to the really thick grass around the edge of a wetland she does one of three things: break though it, burrow under it or pounce on it. The last time she pounced on it I think she knew there was a pheasnat there, not sure how the rooster made it out of the grass with a dog on top of it but it only made it a short distance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigeyes

I don't think that 55 is real small, bottom line is if you have a good dog they will jump, dive, wiggle, crawl, burrow or whatever it takes to get the bird anywhere. Btw my buddy has a female black lab and man are they fun to hunt roosters with, dang good pheasant dogs too!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lawdog

My labs are about 65 and 80 pounds respectively. Neither is small, both will go whereever they need to to flush pheasants.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CodyDawg

In my experience, the bigger dogs dont have the all day, every day stamina that many of the smaller breeds do. Not just on Day 1, but on Day 4, you can see the difference. It makes sense too as they just have to pull around that much more weight.

My brittany is now 14.5 years old, but when she was in her prime she never found cover that she couldnt handle at 45#s. It is just harder to get a big dog through the thick stuff as well. In my experience, they go like crazy for the first 6 hours then start to wear down and by day 3 you can tell the difference. But that is just my experience and I am sure there are individual dogs that dispel this theory.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigeyes

Yes, I think that is true it depends on the dog, but I also think it depends on the weather a lot too. I release a fair amount of pen raised birds on a private farm for personal dog training starting each August and Early September. I can't and don't run him hard or long but after an hour or two I have caught him laying down under scrub brush for shade during a hunt. If it is 60 or above he really wears down quick, but it seems with mine the colder it is the better he is. Might have something to do with him wanting to keep moving and stay warm? I know if the temps are 30-40 and low 50's he goes all day and I have never seen him sit or lay down at the end of a hunt. I really think heat hurts dogs especially big ones and really any that are in bad shape/health. Remember a couple years ago in SoDak when the papers reported hundereds of dogs dieing on opening weekend with the warm temps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigeyes

Cody-btw you are a lucky guy, I only wish I could ever get out on a 4 day hunt. I don't think it has ever happend. Made a few 3 days in my life, but they are pretty rare, I am happy to get out for a day, 2 in a row is a bonus. That dang work, wife and walleye fishing keep getting in the way.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CaptainMusky

CodyDawg, I used to think that big dogs would lose energy too because of their size, in fact, my first GSP had that problem but that was due to the food I was feeding him.

At that time (20 years ago) I bought whatever was cheapest. He would crap like a goose and be tuckered out after the first 2 hours of hunting.

Larger dogs need different formulas of dog food, much like feeding a puppy. I have had GREAT success with Diamond Large Breed formula and I now feed my dogs every morning and night instead of just at night. It gets them used to eating in the morning and then they don't burn off most of the calories in their sleep.

Sounds simple enough now, but I sure learned my lesson after years of wondering what the heck I would do on the 3rd day of a trip. There are lots of excellent foods out there, I no longer buy the $5 a 50# bag at Mills. They eat less and crap less too. I do have to buy more fertilzer though! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CodyDawg

bigeyes,

I hear ya about the wife and work deal, but you get no sympathy from me if you go a-fishin'!! Yeah, I am lucky, no doubt about it. It is an annual trip for fathers and sons and it rocks. You learn a lot about dogs on Day 4, that is for sure. We had to tip a lab out of her crate to take a leak in the morning. But then she warmed up a little and was fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rost

I usually shoot around 20 per year. My brother will easily shoot 60 back in MN. In my opinion, there's no such thing as "game hog" when it comes to pheasants. One bad winter, and they're gone anyway. So shoot em' while we got um.

And, as long as your not over your possession limit, your fine. We get to hunt 3 months out of the year and I am not about to pass up any oportunities.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the "hunt". It's not all about killing. IMO it's about having fun with my buds. But I will say it's more fun to limit than not.

In 3 hours I will be in my stand grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LuciandTim

Well put Rost.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
buffalomark

This is interesting, "Set a goal for roosters killed." I personally try to hunt 1 or 2 days a week, with one trip to SD and I take home 20 to 30, but have never counted my birds. I developed what I call my grading system for each day. I count number of flushes. I don't worry about roosters or hens since I can't control the ratio. 10 or less flushed is a grade of D. 11 to 15 bird flushed is a C. 16 to 20 is a B. 21 to 25 flushes is an A. Anything over that is an A plus. Last year I had two days of over 50 and one day I had 63! I mostly hunt alone and I enjoy just being out. I don't need the meat and I can buy better tasting birds it is not about the kill. I wish sometimes that I could practice catch and release.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
james_walleye

Hey Buffalo how are the bird numbers up your way? My brother in law is from Rockford and is just getting into hunting. He really enjoys hunting behind my GSP and has even gone so far as too go look at buying a brittany but hasnt yet. I think part of the problem is he isnt sure how the hunting is up that way and isnt sure how easy land access is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
buffalomark

I haven't much this year. I am working a second job this year. Locally there birds, but there are lots of hunters. I only go locally if I can go during week. All of my spots are getting houses built on them or next to them making it very difficult to hunt. If i go quick I hit Paynesville or Kimball. I usually try to get west of Benson. Good Luck1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • monstermoose78
      This weekend i will spraying my blind with tick repellent, my hunt clothes, and boots. So I will be ready 
    • Cole Nelson
      I would love to join can I get the information. Can you please call me at 9526877929
    • whateverisbiting
      I will be going to my cabin a couple hours drive.  I will bring all my food and gas with me and not go to any stores there.  If I still have to work from home I may work there self quarantine for 14 days.  Then you become a local.  Then you have to do the same thing coming back home if going out to stores there.  Small towns have few hospitals and very limited equipment.  That is a real concern.  But hopefully will not blow up with very low population density.  Can't wait to put the dock in, have a G&T, and put out the lighted bobber!
    • mrpike1973
      Thankful for my faith in God, my great wife, I have 3 nieces and a nephew do not see them too much. Be thankful for family all of you. I don't have hardly any family left but really enjoy those nieces and nephew when I see them. Thankful for the guys and gals on this site. I have learned lip reading even more and that is a huge help for me right now. I'm also thankful for my  Yamaha boat motor best thing I ever bought😀 Thankful my wife loves to fish and comes with anytime she can. She is laid off now but boy do I love being with her. I work second shift Mon-Thursday she works during the week and every weekend it feels like a second honey moon!
    • ANYFISH2
      I am grateful to have my faith in God, without my faith life's trials would be much more difficult to navigate.   I am grateful for my family, they are source of a great deal of strength.  There is nothing like raising my 2 favorite people on earth everyday.  I screw up alot, they have always given me a reason to keep going forward.  My wife is the most amazing woman in my life.  She has to be great, to deal with me everyday. Grateful for my father and my sister, we have always had a close family, but going through my mother's battle and ultimate death from cancer this last year, I know it would have been next to impossible to deal with without them.  I can't wait for this virus to leave so I can give both of them a huge hug again.   I am grateful for the gifts of my life's journey, the great moments and the bad, everyday is great day, we get so few.
    • Chill62
      Well I got out the last three days and I need a vacation from myouting lol. Friday we fished am for tulibee and ended up with 19 before switching in the afternoon for crappies. Found a deep hole and the slabs were STACKED UP!!! Hole was 30-36 feet and fish were 18-bottom. Had to drill a ton of holes and stay mobile. Literally you'd have fish in one hole and 5 feet away nothing. Average size was 12 inches with a few 14s.  Saturday tried for tulibee again and I think we got 10 for 7 of us. Switched to the same crappie hole and first 5 fish up the hole were tulibee lol. After a while we found crappies but just couldn't find them. Switched to 4 or 5 other spots then we finally found them. Thought were perch because bottom 5 feet were solid fish. Crappies were averaging 11 inch. Had to stay mobile and drill a lot of holes. kept enough for a supper.  Sunday morning my buddy and I went after big tulibee and got a late start (9 am start). We started by targeting spots people hadn't been lately. Instantly we had 3 on the ice. It was weird they were coming out of the mud. After hour half we quit graphing them so took off for new spots. We ended up with 4 fish biggest two were 4 lbs 4 oz and 3 lbs 12 oz. After that we took off for crappies again. We parked the ranger and guess fish wanted to hide under it. Literally had 10 holes drilled with 10 feet of the ranger and we just kept circling the ranger. We did film a YouTube vide and hopefully the wind wasn't too strong for the audio.    Sadly I doubt I will make it back out again. 
    • Chill62
      Well I got out the last three days and I need a vacation from my outing lol. Friday we fished am for tulibee and ended up with 19 before switching in the afternoon for crappies. Found a deep hole and the slabs were STACKED UP!!! Hole was 30-36 feet and fish were 18-bottom. Had to drill a ton of holes and stay mobile. Literally you'd have fish in one hole and 5 feet away nothing. Average size was 12 inches with a few 14s.  Saturday tried for tulibee again and I think we got 10 for 7 of us. Switched to the same crappie hole and first 5 fish up the hole were tulibee lol. After a while we found crappies but just couldn't find them. Switched to 4 or 5 other spots then we finally found them. Thought were perch because bottom 5 feet were solid fish. Crappies were averaging 11 inch. Had to stay mobile and drill a lot of holes. kept enough for a supper.  Sunday morning my buddy and I went after big tulibee and got a late start (9 am start). We started by targeting spots people hadn't been lately. Instantly we had 3 on the ice. It was weird they were coming out of the mud. After hour half we quit graphing them so took off for new spots. We ended up with 4 fish biggest two were 4 lbs 4 oz and 3 lbs 12 oz. After that we took off for crappies again. We parked the ranger and guess fish wanted to hide under it. Literally had 10 holes drilled with 10 feet of the ranger and we just kept circling the ranger. We did film a YouTube vide and hopefully the wind wasn't too strong for the audio.    Sadly I doubt I will make it back out again. 
    • PRO-V
      Mine is my wife and our 5 kids (youngest is 29). All are independent and have given us 7 grandkids who are a hoot. Not to mention all of my great friends. I'm only 60 but I've gotten in a massive amount of fishing and hunting since I was 5. Feel sorry for the guys who did nothing but work most of their life thinking they would have their fun at retirement. Doesn't usually work out. I tried to balance work, family and adventure. If I died now I lived a full life but wanna see the kids/grandkids grow up. Their old enough now to have fun with and my days of having to dig a new outhouse hole are over. My son is a huge help now.
    • PRO-V
      Highlight of my life was seeing AC/DC on their last tour at Excel Center. Rock on!! 
    • Borch
      For me it's family, friends and faith.  My health has been good and I'm currently working through some things health wise.  But I'm positive and have found more support and care than I could have imagined.  For that, I truly felt blessed.   I'm lucky to have a wife who loves me even with my short comings.  Again, I'm a very lucky man.  I have 6 granddaughters who love to hug and talk to papa.  Makes me smile even now as I type this.  My 3 adult children are doing well and actually call the old man for advise and like to hang out with me which I really enjoy.  My folks are on their way home from south TX.  We got to visit and fish with them there this winter.  I feel fortunate to be able to do things with them yet.  Finally getting out to fish and hunt with all of these freinds and family are what really make me feel like one fortunate guy.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.