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#6391591 - 08/02/16 10:34 AM Dogs and dove
mattyg06 Online   content
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I know some people like to skip dog work while dove hunting due to the heat and other hazards (snakes) to wait till it gets colder for duck/quail etc.

I will be hunting my lab on opening weekend which will be her third opener.... She has been going out with me since she was 6 months old and don't see much of a reason to change now.

Will y'all be hunting your dogs or having them skip out on the fun?

#6391610 - 08/02/16 10:49 AM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
Leonardo Offline
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Registered: 01/03/08
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Depends on the situation whether I will take my dog. A seasoned dog should have no issues as long as you watch the heat and have plenty of water.

However plenty of people screw up by taking a young dog dove hunting. Large fields, thick cover, multiple guns, heat, snakes ect.. can sure make it difficult first experience.

#6391612 - 08/02/16 10:49 AM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
poisonivie Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7825
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
I take my gsp but just make sure I'm able to keep her from overheating.
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#6391677 - 08/02/16 11:32 AM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
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Loc: Belton Tx
Hunt in the shade and plenty cold water

#6391692 - 08/02/16 11:43 AM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
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Loc: North Texas
Always. It would be hard for me to imagine Dove hunting without a dog.

#6391779 - 08/02/16 12:43 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
Houghtonic Offline
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Registered: 03/14/14
Posts: 22
Loc: Central Texas
I hunted my 6 month old pup last year and saw no problem. I hunt over a stock pond and in the shade, so I don't see heat as a major problem. I wouldn't take the dogs out to a field without water, though...just too dang hot for my taste.


#6391799 - 08/02/16 12:55 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
Posts: 5737
Loc: Abilene, TX
I've hunted my lab for just about all 10 seasons she's been alive. Always have water, sit in the shade and know when to hold them back or call it quits.


#6391824 - 08/02/16 01:14 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
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If I'm not hunting a tank I bring 2 coolers. One iced down with beer and a big one full of water for her to sit in while not retrieving.

#6391849 - 08/02/16 01:23 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
rdh1 Offline

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 964
Loc: Moffat,Tx
It is NOT hunting unless you have a dog or two
Zeva,Buck & Sandy

#6391970 - 08/02/16 02:48 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
mattyg06 Online   content
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I agree it's NOT hunting unless you have bring a dog. Ruby will be next to my side like always.

#6391988 - 08/02/16 03:05 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
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Buster is going along with a big cooler full of water for him. 1 year old cocker. Will be his first hunt. We will be done in an hour in the morning opening week each day. So he won't get too hot. He has had his snake vaccine too. All I'm going to have to worry about with him is him bringing me other peoples birds. roflmao

Penny is not quite ready. She's going to be slow going with a gun and opening day is not a good time for that.
Bobby Barnett

#6392048 - 08/02/16 03:35 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
pervis Offline

Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 712
My gsp stays ready, dog runs like there's no tmrw. Been taking her to the lake every time I'm home to keep her up on fetching and retrieving exercises. She ll be packed up and ready opening day. Gota keep a gsp busy

#6392283 - 08/02/16 06:14 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
TTUGrad08 Offline

Registered: 07/13/08
Posts: 882
Yep, but but will need to work in conditioning her over the next few weeks.
Plus will most likely hunt her in the AM only because she is getting up there in years.

#6392314 - 08/02/16 06:40 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
Michael W. Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Central Texas / Comal County
Like others, hard to imagine going bird hunting with the dog. The place I hunt has a water trough close by so she get in it
about every half hour or so.

A clear conscience is often the sign of a fuzzy memory.

#6392571 - 08/02/16 08:57 PM Re: Dogs and dove [Re: mattyg06]
Buzzsaw Online   content
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Just make sure your dog is trained and will obey.....

Nothing is more embarrassing than to spend the whole day wondering where your mutt is, yelling HERE _____ till you pass out.

It makes other hunters mad even though they will never say anything.

then,, don't kill your poor dog who is not in condition and will hunt his/her azz off doing what they love, only to find themselves trying to survive heatstroke caused by their dumbazz owners who think the have a "hunting" dog.

Now this rant being over, I've taken my dogs in the past, had great success and fun.

just be smart.
"I ain't here for a long time, I'm here for a good time"
King George Strait

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