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    I agree, I love seeing how much success there's been in the field this season. I especially like seeing posts of youngsters getting into hunting and fishing. I'm lucky enough to spend half of my time out here and half of my time at the farm in the southern tier. I get spread kind of thin but I get a lot of opportunity for different kinds of hunting. Like you said its hard to hunt late season waterfowl out there, but the grouse are nonexistent out here. Gotta capitalize on what's available. Everyone likes to complain about NY (myself included, and for good reason) but you have to admit that we have a lot of different hunting and fishing opportunities and resources. I always try to remind myself when I complain about stale birds or low grouse numbers that at least I have the opportunity to hunt both in the same state (often on the same day). Gotta love it

    Finished my late season with a first for me. Shot a gorgeous white wing scoter drake. We hunted Ontario and had another group of guys come in to set up. It was a tight spot and we would have been on top of each other so they were gracious enough to let us hunt over their spread. Didn't do alot of shooting. Mostly just watched birds come in and drakes fall. But I did get the only crack at a scoter. Awesome late season for us. On to bunny season. Stay safe out there
  3. Great start with young dog

    X2 The more bird contact you can get him in the off season the better he'll be doing the real deal
  4. Great start with young dog

    He's a great looking dog. Glad to hear things are going well with him. It always adds to the fun being able to watch a dog grow and learn to work

    Well another day on cayuga and another small limit of redheads. And believe it or not another banded redhead drake. This one from Saskatchewan in 2014. The majority of birds we saw were redheads and there's plenty of them. Good luck out there. I'm taking a day off tomorrow.

    Yeah I thought the same thing. Although it was banded 5 years ago. That's a lot of migration. we're doing cayuga tomorrow again and yeah 20 degrees with mild wind sounds Damn inviting haha

    Hunted Cayuga just north of aurora this morning. It was pretty brutal. Tons of birds moving but definately not for the faint of heart. Keeping gear out was almost impossible because of the waves. It was mostly pass shooting. Managed to shoot 8 redheads and a black. Had a big beautiful single drake come in on the longline that my buddy shot. Banded in Alberta in 2012. Pretty cool. There's plenty of birds there.

    Gotta love getting snowball's out of a dogs beard haha. He looks good. If you want to do the fingerlakes seneca and Cayuga are wide open. I know you can hunt Sampson. We're doing Cayuga today. Will report.

    Every launch I saw up there this week is socked in hard.

    Yeah it was pretty vicious out there. Luckily we limited in about an hour. Any more time out there than that was dangerous for exposed skin

    Hunted Ontario today. I can say that it was a brutal day for sure but the ducks were everywhere. Had an awesome shoot . I know a lot of guys are probably either already out, or are headed out in this storm the next couple of days. Be safe out there.
  12. New bird dog puppy

    yeah its definitely rewarding but its a ton of time as well. every moment of a dogs life is training. And they have limits, which I always have to remind myself. I hunted ducks today and left him in the truck... its just too brutal of a day to have him in and out of water and in the wind. If you decide you want to start looking P.M. me I can point you to a lot of kennels that I've talked to and can give you info on.
  13. New bird dog puppy

    I cant remember if I posted here that he'd point ducks or not. I'm sure there's the potential for him to do it and yeah it'd probably be in a jumping situation. He may have pointed a cripple once, I've seen buddies dogs do that frequently but I wouldn't call it the norm haha. hes pointed mosquitos on my wall, its just instincts
  14. New bird dog puppy

    A friend of a friend has a dog out of Ore Bank. I've never met or seen him but I know he does a lot of hunting with that dog. Other than that I cant give you any more info on them. As far as Wet Acres goes, I did speak with them a couple of times and talked to a couple of breeders about them. I formed the opinion that they are more into breeding "breed standard" show dogs than they are hunting dogs. They're very active in the show ring and not very active in the field. That just wasn't what I was looking for. On another note, if you want to get one of their pups they require a face to face interview at their kennel in mass. or at least they did when I talked to them. I will send you some info on those breeding's in a P.M. Steelie I'm sorry you lost ur dog. Its hard when there's just memories and pictures left. And yes. short of labs I think they're the most people friendly gun dogs I've ever seen. Dutch goes into every store that will let him and hell love up on anybody that's interested.