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#5400818 - 11/05/14 02:01 PM Duck Hunting with Dog Setups
Jordan A Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/27/11
Posts: 349
Loc: Dallas and San Augustine
This will be my first year hunting with my dog. She will do great, I just want to set up both of us for success. I would love to see pictures or descriptions of how you set your dog up on your hunts. Particularly public walk in spots. I am sure it depends on the spot, but I am thinking about getting a dog blind, I also have a tree stand I could carry in to set up in timber for a dog stand.

Also, will dogs flair birds? She is a smaller golden and will have a camo vest also
“If you turn the imagination loose like a hunting dog, it will often return with the bird in its mouth.”
-William Maxwell

#5400829 - 11/05/14 02:05 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 18764
Loc: Uranus
Yes, get a dog blind and brush it up

#5400842 - 11/05/14 02:13 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: beaversnipe]
john paul Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 1222
Loc: beaumont

I use a momarsh invisilab if I am hunting a spot that I don't have a blind built.

And yes, ducks will flare off of dogs, especially late season.
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#5400935 - 11/05/14 03:08 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
UTMallard Offline

Registered: 02/26/10
Posts: 168
Loc: Grayson County
A dog blind is nice, but by no means a necessity. Depending on where I'm hunting my dog either sits next to me in the reeds/cover, outside blind so she can see the birds, or in the open next to my layout blind and don't think she flares birds at all.

#5400952 - 11/05/14 03:15 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
Fooshman Offline
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Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 14041
Loc: Black Dog, Texas
My dogs are normally right next to me. Sometimes I position them away from me depending on the situation suck as deeper water...
I've been talking about getting a dog blind forever but have yet to do it. My older dog wouldn't use one though.

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#5401011 - 11/05/14 03:39 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
kdub Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 7656
Loc: In the yak
Dog Blind = More to carry

#5401113 - 11/05/14 04:14 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5740
Loc: Abilene, TX
All depends on cover. Early teal I had mine just sit next to the layout and it was fine. Now I have her stay in a blind that's brushed in if I'm having to use a layout. If there is enough cover that I can hide in I usually can find a spot for my dog as well.

Edited by BradyBuck (11/05/14 04:15 PM)

#5401186 - 11/05/14 04:54 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]

Registered: 08/06/08
Posts: 165
Loc: Hurst
we always just hide her with us in the bushs. i did get her a dog blind this year to try out and so i dont have a wet dog between my legs in the layout.

#5401422 - 11/05/14 06:42 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
Erichugh22 Offline
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 2443
Loc: Duck blind
Mine lays down next to my layout, doesn't seem to flare birds at all

#5401762 - 11/05/14 08:46 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
Merican Duck Hunter Offline
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Registered: 10/24/13
Posts: 1822
Loc: In the Layout
when were hunting in layouts shes in her blind, when im in the boat shes on the front, when im in the water shes on her dog stand, sometimes close, sometimes 35-40 yds away.

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#5403270 - 11/06/14 01:44 PM Re: Duck Hunting with Dog Setups [Re: Jordan A]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16807
Loc: North Texas
I only hunt places were the ground is the same color as my dog.

Field hunting, a dog has to be concealed. But Ducks on water don't usually have a lot of concern with a dog and can even be curious of a dogs movements. I watched a coyote trotting up and down a mud flat once while ducks were in the water adjacent to it. The ducks noticed, did not swim away or leave, and if I remember more showed up while this was going on. A Nova Scotia Tolling Retriever is a good example as well. The white on a Toller is the original Mojo. Still I think a dog can flare ducks by too much movement with the bigger issue being drawing attention to the hunters, white faces, anything unnatural, etc. which the ducks will flare from. As said, more critical at high pressured areas. I like to have some camo material, extra parka, camo net, etc. that matches the terrain and just throw it over the dog next to me if I think it is needed. My older dog I could just throw something on the ground remote from me and do a place command to have her retrieve from there. I often used a boat cushion for this. For example from a spot in a tree line behind me instead of on the barren bank next to my blanket blind. Not much different than training to a dog blind. Because of cross training for other types of hunting, I have not got that far with my young Vizsla Dash yet so he is usually at my side in the open or under something looking out.


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