My best dog I hunted at 6 months and she was better than the two and three year old she was hunting around. However I am concerned about learned bad habits and stuff so the jury is still out on in. Honestly, with an unfilled trophy tag still she has yet to be in a blind. I may take her on a hunt or two but it will not be in a situation with a bunch of hunters or pressure. Me, a few deres and if we are lucky a bird or three.