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Where to find training birds? #8590232 05/03/22 05:27 PM
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I'm currently in the middle of training my first gun dog (6-month-old English Cocker) and was curious where I could find birds for training purposes around North Texas. I'm beginning to introduce light gunfire, but he's not always that excited to retrieve a bumper. I was hoping live birds would get him excited/distracted enough to start introducing the .22. Any leads?

Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: steventtu] #8590346 05/03/22 08:30 PM
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Pigeons have been getting harder to come by, and people charging more for them. Most suppliers will start having quail in September.



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


Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: steventtu] #8590472 05/03/22 11:06 PM
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I had a GSP that pretty much refused to retrieve anything without feathers.


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Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: 68rustbucket] #8594501 05/09/22 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
I had a GSP that pretty much refused to retrieve anything without feathers.


I had a Brittany that was the same way. It's like he couldn't be bothered if it wasn't a bird.

Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: steventtu] #8600551 05/19/22 12:38 AM
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Don’t know exactly where you’re located but I’ve always gone to the dog Monday part of First Monday Trade days in canton to get domestic pigeons. Another good trick to keep them entertained is to take the wings off of duck/dove you shoot and tape them on each end with the majority of feather exposed to dog’s mouth in the middle of your bumper. Don’t even have to freeze them, they’ll dry up and keep their scent. This may not solve your problem as dove and duck season seems a lifetime away this time of year. Just keep in mind when season comes around it’s illegal to keep a full harvested duck or dove (wild) frozen to train a dog with. Federal and state laws require you to at least get the breast/eatable portion of meat out. If your dogs develops a hard mouth with the introduction of real feather and scent take smooth wire not stranded, not insulated, not to small (pinch between your thumb and index finger if it feels like it’s going to cut you it’s to small) and generously wrap the bird or feather taped to bumper. They’ll keep their interest but quit biting down when they get excited.

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PVC pipe extension and a big dip net can net you quite a few under a bridge. You just have to find the right bridge.


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Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: steventtu] #8685306 09/11/22 01:41 AM
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Catchemallpigeons. 682-622-1917. I got some from him last week he had plenty

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I have homing pigeons, launcher and my expertise for young dogs getting steady.

I will have quail next Saturday the 17th. And you can become a member and use my taining field.

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Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: Tkb26] #8686268 09/12/22 02:24 PM
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Catchemallpigeons. 682-622-1917. I got some from him last week he had plenty


Is he still charging $10 per bird?



Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden.
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Re: Where to find training birds? [Re: steventtu] #8686734 09/13/22 01:09 AM
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Triple L quail is just south of Waxahachie. He was a client of mine and had tons of quail and maybe some pheasant.

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