Posts Tagged ‘English springer spaniel’

Dog of the Day: “Mack”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Mack

Sam Mahn and his 2-year-old English springer spaniel, “Mack,” found this rooster on a post-work, public land pheasant hunt near Glencoe, Minn.

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Dog of the Day: “Drake”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Drake

“Drake” is the new English springer spaniel addition to the Metz family. “Here’s Drake at 12-weeks-old,” says Gail Metz. Drake will follow in the paw prints of “Kolt,” the family’s previous springer who gave them 15 wonderful years of laughter and love.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Cosmo”

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Cosmo

Pheasants Forever member Steven Bode, from Omaha, Nebraska, and his English springer spaniel, “Cosmo,” pursue pheasants around Omaha and also travel to hunt near Kennebec, South Dakota.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Indi”

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Indi

Mike Shetka’s English springer spaniel, “Indi,” made nice retrieves on two late season Minnesota roosters taken by Shetka and friend Glen Fladeboe.

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They Don’t Point, but Flushers Have Their Bird Cues Too

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Photo courtesy David Hendee

Just as pointing dogs signal birds, flushers have ways of notifying hunters that birds are in the area. Photo courtesy David Hendee

I really like the lead time a pointing dog gives for shooting upland birds. I owned Brittanys for 10 years and have hunted with friends’ pointers all my life. A point gives you time to change up from stalking mode to shooting mode. It’s a big advantage over fast-flying game birds.

But, I’ve owned flushing dogs most my hunting life. There are many ways a flusher will cue it’s near a bird. My late English springer spaniel, “Wolf,” would “porpoise” into the air and yip if he was close to a bird. He also ran faster and held his nose more to the ground when on a hot trail. In addition to pace, many other flushing dog owners keep their eyes keyed on dogs’ tails, as the more it wags, the birdy-er that dog is.

Wolf hunted with pointers so much, in fact, that he started “flash” pointing himself as he got older. In case you don’t know, a flash point is just that, a quick point before the dog once again breaks into running pursuit of a bird. Even a flash point is helpful in telling me to get ready for a flush and shot – and it improved my kill rate. My current springer, now six-years-old, has yet to flash point – we’ll see.

Not that I’d ever say a flusher is better than a pointer or vice versa; it’s really a matter of personal hunting style and how you’re geared. I just prefer the faster pace of hunting a flusher provides. I love the more dynamic, unbroken flow of following a flusher and the added challenge of having to quickly stop and make a shot in one, unbroken action. When it works, to me, there’s nothing like it in the hunting world.

If you have a flushing dog, what are the birdy cues?

The Nomad is written by Mark Herwig, Editor of the Pheasants Forever Journal and Quail Forever Journal. Email Mark at mherwig@pheasantsforever.org.

Dogs of the Day: “Missy” and “Ruby”

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Missy

Jason Hundt’s English springer spaniels, “Missy” and “Ruby” worked these roosters up on a successful snowy Wisconsin pheasant hunt.

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Dog of the Day: “Mazey”

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Mazey

It’s been a cold December 2013 in South Dakota, but that hasn’t slowed down Mazey Loo Who, Tom Wollman’s English springer spaniel. “Negative 17 degrees caught me off guard a couple of weekends ago and turned my Benelli M2 into a single shot,” the Sioux Falls resident said, but while the gun was running cold, Mazey was running hot.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Molly”

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Molly

“Molly,” an English springer spaniel, has been described by hunting partners as a “dog on Mt. Dew” because of her drive. “Like most flushers, she doesn’t stop,” says owner Jeff Martin, a Pheasants Forever member since 2008. Now six-years-old, “Molly” flushed and retrieved these roosters on a November 2013 pheasant hunt in South Dakota.

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Dog of the Day: “Mollie”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Mollie

“Mollie” is Brad Carpenter’s nine-year-old English springer spaniel, one of four springers he’s raised and trained. “They all hunt together as my team,” Carpenter, from Pickrell, Nebraska, says, “Mollie likes to protect her birds.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Jake”

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Jake

“Jake,” Jeff MeyerAan’s English springer spaniel, worked up this rooster in the pheasant fields of South Dakota.

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