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Discussion in 'Waterfowl hunting dogs' started by AaronJohn, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. AaronJohn

    AaronJohn

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    Well it's official we are closing on a house in paw paw, MI next week and the fiancé is already asking about a new dog.

    We have a beagle and she needs a friend and I need a duck hunting partner so I can enter the world of retrievers. Quite excited!

    As a die hard waterfowl hunting the obvious first choice or the go to is a Labrador from the right breeder.

    However, as a "multi" purpose dog does anyone have an opinions on waterfowl hunting with a German short hair? I've heard of it considers i grew up around bird dogs and bird hunters.

    A GSP sounds like a great multi-go dog BUT I don't want to regret it when she won't stay still in a blind.

    Opinions? Advice?


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  2. Lurker

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    look for a "pointing Lab" blood line.
     
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  3. N M Mechanical

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    Labs are buy far the most versatile dog on the planet. You can have one the flushes or points upland Birds. You can get one that weighs 40#s or 100#. You can get hard chargers to couch potatoes.

    The dogs that come in for training compete at the highest levels in hunt test world, but are great in the duck blind/ upland field and in home.

    Can gsps be good duck dawgs? Yes but it is a lot more work
     
  4. AaronJohn

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    Is fair to say you can have a good upland bird lab that is good in a duck blind too?


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  5. LumberJ

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    My lab is a from a pointing line. Her instinct has still been a little more on the flushing side than her parents, but she's still proven to be a great partner in the field and marsh. I know the breeder has another great litter coming up soon:
    http://www.riverswildretrievers.com/Litters.html

    If I was in the market for a 2nd dog I would probably get one from the KIAYA x OLE litter.

    For me, waterfowl is #1 and upland takes second fiddle. So it made the most sense to get the dog that best matched that need. I too considered GSP (and even for a short time a hunting-line Airedale [to appease my wife]) but in the end went with a lab since I knew it would be best for the job.
     
  6. waterfowlhunter83

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    It all has to do with training. Yes, your versatile breeds will want to run and "hunt" more but again it all comes down to training. I personally like the versatile breeds as they fit my hunting style more. Unless you are going to get into the retriever games, don't overlook the "ugly" dogs! ;)
     
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    If you want to make your Fiance happy and still have a good hunting dog has to be a lab here are a few pictures of my wifes cuddle buddy and when the pup was a year old just my 2 cents IMG_0600.jpg IMG_3405.jpg
     
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    She is also good on Grouse and Woodcock
     
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    Busy dog from day of that first pic!
     
  10. AaronJohn

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    Anybody know any lab breeders that will have a litter ready for early spring?


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  11. cvg6

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    Downsea yes she was busy thats why she was laying down at 1 year old finally got her tired
     
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  12. LumberJ

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    The litter I mentioned is due mid Feb, so take-home would be mid-April
     
  13. LumberJ

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    Good looking pup, who is she out of?
     
  14. AaronJohn

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    Hey thanks for that I missed it due to the phone app.

    May have to put a deposit down here


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  15. N M Mechanical

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    Hold on slow down. Do some research you are buying a partner for the next 10+ years give it more then a week or two.
    And yes there are many labs tearing up the uplands.
    Look to see what testing/ trials breeders are running their dogs in and how they are performing.
     
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