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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.

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Best Dogs For Boar Hunting

When asking a wild boar hunter the best breed of dog for the job, opinions differ. Many characteristics must combine to make a good wild pig dog, but popular breeds are often the cur, feist, pit bull, or American bulldog. Regardless of the breed, the best dog for the job is one that has great stamina for tracking these pigs.

While boars were introduced to the country when settlers brought their domesticated pigs and allowed them to run loose. Because pigs are of high intelligence, they were able to adapt and thrive and breed. It wasn’t long before their numbers had increased exponentially and a dog was needed to control the population. The wild boars were not only known for being aggressive towards people they encountered, but they also ruin local vegetation and can harm small species in the area.

There are some things to know before setting out on a wild boar hunt; primarily that the worst time to hunt these animals is in Decemeber when litters are born. The sow becomes fiercely protective over her young, so not only can a hunter’s dogs get harmed, but even the hunter himself. The sow makes a small depression in the earth where she lines it with grass and branches and has her offspring. When being hunted, the boar takes cover in dense thickets.

The cur is one dog with a great wild boar hunting reputation. They are versatile and loyal, and have the ability to run long distances for a great amount of time. Many hunters also use the American bulldog for the wild boar hunt, though there are different variations of this breed. Many hunters do not use the Johnson line, which was bred with an English bulldog and a mastiff. However, the Scott lines are used as they were bred to be used for big game such as the boar.

It’s important to know local laws and regulations before heading out on your wild boar hunting trip. Only fifteen states offer wild boar hunting; Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. The laws vary in each of these areas, so doing your research will pay off, allowing the hunter a safe and lawful wild boar hunt. Some hunters prefer to hire a guide, in which case they can suggest the proper equipment necessary for the hunt.

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Brittany Bird Dogs – Understanding Its Behavioral Traits!

One of the most popular breeds of dog used for bird hunting is the Brittany. They have remarkable trainability, a good temperament, and adeptness at hunting with their owner. Their coloring is predominantly white, with dark brown or orange spots, and they are medium sized, with a long fur coat and long ears. The Brittany is used in both America and Europe, and is ideal for upland bird hunting.

In appearance, the Brittany looks similar to a Spaniel, but their hunting styles couldn’t be different; in that respect a Brittany resembles more the Pointer or Setter. The Brittany have a natural ability for hunting with an exceptionally good sense of smell. The dog is generally well behaved, waiting for their master’s command before flushing out a bird. It is for these reasons that a Brittany is the best choice for any upland bird hunter.

The Brittany is known for it’s remarkable trainability. They seem to live to obey their master, and their reward is often the praise they receive from him. As long as the dog has had proper training, they can be trusted to do exactly what the hunter needs the dog to do in the field. The Brittany also has an exceptional temperament, making him great as both a hunter’s companion, and a household pet. They can be completely trusted around children, and are good at taking commands. Often a scolding is enough to hurt the dog’s feelings and teach him to not repeat the behavior.

If considering the purchase of a dog for bird hunting, the Brittany is a great breed. To ensure the bloodline is pure, work only with a breeder. These dogs have proven histories, and have been immunized properly. Breeders often take great pride in their dogs, so be sure to ask a lot of questions, including asking if you can see the breeder’s certification. Many breeders try to pass off that they’re registered, but they may not always be. Also ask about your dogs history, knowing about a dog’s parents and grandparents will give you a better idea of your own dog. Going to a breeder will be a bit more expensive, and a Brittany is a proven breed in regards to bird hunting, so their price is often a bit higher, but they are a great investment for any hunter looking to add another element to his sport. With a proven bird hunting ability, their trainability, and sweet and stable temperament, the Brittany will be a bird hunter’s favorite for years to come.