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#5830729 - 07/13/15 07:03 PM What wilł they do
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Registered: 06/03/07
Posts: 1278
Loc: magnolia tx
The guys who sold off all there bird hunting gear and dogs because of low bird numbers. Are they buying it all over again or staying away from bird hunting forever

#5831130 - 07/14/15 05:47 AM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
CCBIRDDOGMAN Online   content
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Registered: 11/16/07
Posts: 9142
Too bad so sad. I don't feel sorry for them one bit, just goes to show it's all about killing for some. I will be out there watching my dogs work until I can't anymore. Even if it was just pen raised birds.

#5831169 - 07/14/15 06:52 AM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
Colinus virginianus Offline
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Registered: 06/29/15
Posts: 10
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I can't agree with you more ccbirddogman...we are just observers in the age old race between the prey the prey animal...

#5831275 - 07/14/15 08:30 AM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
bill oxner Online   content
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 31775
Loc: Richmond
I think they'll be gone for good. NSTRA is having a tough time filling fewer trials.
Quail hunting is like walking into, and out of a beautiful painting all day long. Gene Hill

#5833722 - 07/15/15 10:30 PM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
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Agree with Bill To the question I fear they are gone for good. I think it will be very difficult to get the interest in upland birds in the future like there has been in the past.

Agree with CC I am like CC watching the dogs if birds or no birds is better than no bird dogs. Hell I like watching mine now go for all these damn frog like creatures everywhere with all the rain.

I am committed to doing my part to keep bird dogging and chasing birds alive into the future. I have discount hunts for youth experiences.

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#5835315 - 07/16/15 08:27 PM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
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Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
It still is not what it was. My lease still has zero birds, there is nothing left from the drought years for seed to recover there. Cost to hunt private places with birds is too high for the working man and cost will only increase in places birds rebound. Management on public has improved, but managing big game is still where the bigger interest and big money is. Most Marketing pushes the new generation towards Big Game and Turkey. The two types of hunters don't mix well with concurrent seasons either so it is difficult to hunt a lot of public areas with dogs. The marketing for waterfowling is even worse making it look like some kind of extreme sport so it is a big draw to the young generation of hunter. Then there is put and take birds which can be fun sometimes, but it is not the same as hunting wild birds to me. I even see a different intensity in my dogs when on wild birds vs released birds. So nothing changes for me. I still have to hit the road and drive far, sometimes very far, to find huntable public land quail. Or I go hunt other upland game and migratory birds. If I were a quail hunting purist rather than a versatile hunting dog person, as much as I love the gentleman's hunt, I would not stay in or get in the game of quail hunting alone at this point in time.

"Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you'll go!" ~ Dr. Seuss

#5836723 - 07/17/15 08:55 PM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
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Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 282
I'm buying back in; dogs, polaris ranger, leases, rv, guns, gps collars, etc Our two oldest boys are into sports heavy, but they also want to hunt too. We started them very young. They really enjoy bird hunting. We're gonna hit it pretty hard this year. Hope everything pans out like it should.

Edited by gspbrad (07/17/15 08:56 PM)

#5837168 - 07/18/15 09:55 AM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
kindall Offline

Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3742
Loc: Spring, Tx
The good is I have access to wild birds about an hour from my house. The bad is it only holds give or take, around 100 birds. Its enough to work the dogs, and take a bird here or there, but I really don't do a full hunt.
I also run my dog on put and take hunts for customers. Even with this being close by I wouldn't reinvest in a bird dog, if I had sold mine off. I probably would have pickup golf, or something else to spend my free time.
I like John have a versatile dog, so I can normally find something to hunt with him.

Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden.
Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.

#5838876 - 07/19/15 07:37 PM Re: What wilł they do [Re: blanked]
ElMatadorBorracho Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 05/01/15
Posts: 19
man, this is a depressing thread. I've never been a hunter myself because my dad simply wasnt into it. So i am an adult onset hunter, and this will be first season. Quail interest me more so than ducks, or doves... but I guess I should be glad I have a versatile breed.


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