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Pheasant Hunting With Dogs – Making Best Use Of Hunting Dogs!

Owning a hunting dog isn’t something to be taken lightly. These dogs require a lot of responsibility if they are to be kept in top shape. When choosing a hunting dog, be sure that all of it’s vaccines are up to date, and that the dog has either experience itself with hunting, or it’s parents are proven hunters. The last thing, and maybe the most important when choosing a hunting dog, is to look for a good companion. A hunting dog should be loyal and friendly, and should like to please it’s master. Many hunters consider the addition of a hunting dog a priceless component to their hunt.

The one thing that sets a hunting dog apart from a family pet is it’s need to hunt. The dog, more often that not, has been bred for generations to be number one at it’s game, so getting a hunting dog and using only a part of the year during hunting season is a big mistake. Not only will the dog cause a lot of problems for the hunter with it’s unbridled energy, but it will be very unhappy. To keep your dog exercised in the off season, it’s best to try to mimic the conditions it will find out in the field. If hunting waterfowl, exercise your dog in wet areas or take him swimming. This will not only keep the dog accustomed to hunting conditions, but it will allow his muscles to acclimate to the type of exercise required come hunting season. Jogging and running are also great ways to keep your dog in top physical shape.

Another essential responsibility with a hunting dog is keeping it’s vaccines up to date. Often during hunting season dogs will encounter other dogs, along with many viruses and bacteria it could encounter in the wild. Having your dog vaccinated will protect it from many things it could come into contact with; specific things to vaccinate for are giardia and parvovirus. Booster shots will also be necessary for the immune system. Another thing a hunter can do to keep his hunting dog in good shape is a healthy diet; high protein diets are a great energy source.

The whole purpose of the pheasant hunting dog is to retrieve lost and wounded birds in the wild. The dog will save the hunter much time, and much energy. He will use his highly sensitive nose to track the kill, and many hunters find the use of a hunting dog invaluable. Keeping your best hunting companion in superior health will ensure a bond for many hunting seasons to come.

postheadericon Deer hunting magazines – top 4 best selling magazines

Deer Hunting Magazines – Top 4 Best Selling Magazines!

There are several publications available from a variety of different publishers that cater to the deer hunter. Some monthly magazines are aimed strictly at deer, while others focus on hunting in general. Before spending hard-earned money on a subscription, do some homework and get familiar with the options to find the best one for you.

Deer and Deer Hunting
This magazine is strictly for deer hunting. Once and a while there may be a feature breaking away from the main topic, but the magazine is usually geared strictly for the deer hunter. The magazine has excellent contributors providing all sorts of different information. Hunters frequently send in their tips and stories about hunts that they find could be helpful to other hunters. The magazine also features articles about different species of deer and their various habits, and reviews on the latest equipment available. Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine is one of the most complete publications available for hunters across the country.

North American Whitetail
This is one of the few deer hunting magazines available that is highly specialized. While some of the tips offered can be used for other species of deer, they are aimed towards the whitetail, which is the most common species of deer in the southern states. For this reason, most of the subscribers to North American Whitetail are found in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, where whitetail deer hunting is extremely common. While the magazine may feature an article about another species once and a while, the whitetail is it’s main focus.

Field and Steam
This magazine is aimed at hunters of every species. It tends to have features based on which particular hunting season it is, which can be very helpful for the multi-species hunter. Field and Stream is also great for finding the latest hunting equipment available with descriptions on how to use it and product reviews. It is a nationally recognized magazine with millions of faithful followers.

Buckmasters.com
For the hunter who prefers his news online, buckmasters.com offers the most comprehensive information available in one place. This deer hunting magazine is packed with information on tools, techniques, locations, and regulations and features forum-like contributions from readers across the country. The buckmasters.com community provides a great resource for hunters who want to stay up to date about their favorite pastime, and also connect with other hunters and share experiences.

postheadericon Buying a bird dog – things to look out for

Buying A Bird Dog – Things To Look Out For!

While most hunters buy a bird dog from a breeder, often bird dogs can be bought from a private owner. While buying from a private seller can be a more risky transaction, with a little research it can be a good experience.

Just because a bird dog is for sale from a private seller, doesn’t mean the dog is worthless, or can’t hunt. There are many reasons that a dog might be for sale, often because the hunter is just unable to hunt anymore, whether it be from personal injury, or because he is relocating. Many people want a bird dog to be able to do what it does best, hunt, and if they are unable to take it hunting, they want to find someone who will be able to. Be sure to ask why the dog is for sale, but ask delicately. Some other reasons the dog could be for sale may be personal ones, or often the dog is being sold by a widow. This situation should be dealt with very delicately, don’t pry too much, while still asking the relevant questions that need to be answered. However, don’t buy the dog unless it meets your standards. You’ll feel nothing but regret if you go home with a dog that you bought out of pity or guilt. Sometimes a dog is being sold though, because the dog just isn’t a good bird dog; if this is the case, don’t waste your time, unless you feel the dog could be retrained, which is often unlikely.

There are some questions to ask when buying a bird dog, whether it be from a breeder, or a private seller. The first question is to ask if the dog has up to date immunizations. Dogs, especially ones used for hunting, will come into contact with a lot of harmful things in the field, so a healthy dog with current shots is a necessity. Ask to see the records proving the dog is up to date. If the owner purchased the dog from a breeder, ask if the breeder is still in business. If so, this will be a great resource for learning more about your dog. Breeders keep records of all the dogs they’ve handled and should be happy to send you copies of any records they have pertaining to your dog, including the dogs parentage. Finally, run your own test on the dog. Make sure he listens well, will retrieve items in distracting environments, and overall has a good temperament. Keeping all of these things in mind when you buy from a private seller will help you find a bird dog that will do it’s job, find you birds.