KILL IT IF IT AIN'T SHOT?

Corndog

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I'm currently training my lab pup to hunt quail.  Since I mainly hunt Mountain Quail, I usually have her heel and fetch the dead ones (which I shoot running or flying).  While hunting mountain quail, I downed one and shot at another, both in flight.  When I got to the dead one I had the pup fetch it for me.  She performed admirably.  She then went on sniffing the surrounding bushes as I stuffed the kill in my jacket.  When I looked up, she had brought me a live one that looked rather suprised.  I don't know if I winged this one or whether the dog brought me an extra credit assignment.  In either case I wrung its neck and added it to the tally!  She was very proud of her accomplishment.  The bird was not.

Should I have let it go?
 



grtwythunter

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My Lab has a similar habit. When we go dove hunting, she picks cripples out of the bushes. She's the only reason I have a decent shots fired to dead bird ratio!!!        Scott
 

EVAN III

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 You should keep it a cook it up for her. A little doggy treat.
 

Cazador Suerte II

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You should have let the bird go.  That POOR mountain quail, they are so easy to find and to chase and to shoot.

Your dog rules.  Be happy.
 

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Maybe you could have chucked it into the air and see if you could do it in with a second shot ?
 

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May as well keep it.  My lab has the distinct honor of "outshooting" me and my girlfriend a couple of times, by bringing in ducks when neither of us has fired a shot.  Usually they're crips, but she brought me a mallard drake last season that was apparently completely unharmed..at least during the disassembly process I found no shot pellets.

I think it's cool if the dog is a better hunter than I am.  Saves on ammo.  :)
 

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I agree with sidekick.  My father once had a dog that would catch pheasant (male and female).  Dad would release the females, but would throw the males up and try to shoot them.
Our fox terrier, although not a bird dog, will catch birds alive and bring them to us also.  Kind of a neat thing.
 


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