Secondhand Setter

IMG_20141210_172301_zpsmhri2sqdEver since I got married a little over a year ago, my wife has been on me to get a dog.  She wasn’t particular.  Any old dog would do.  I, however, was a little more discerning.  I wanted a dog that I could upland hunt with and still have a nice house pet for her.  Knowing how lovable English Setters are and their potential for being a great companion at home and in the field, I tasked my wife with finding an setter rescue organization.  We have two tabby cats and while they have their own weird cat idiosyncrasies, they’re mine and I wanted a setter that could live along side them and not eat them.  We found Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue and they provided us with a great dog.  Pete was 9 months old when we got him, was socialized with cats, house trained and crate trained.  He’s a small statured Lemon Belton that came from a foster home in Iowa.

I was slightly worried because he was in a non hunting home and he wasn’t aggressive with cats, that his prey drive might be lacking and he wouldn’t hunt.  A little obedience training and I took him afield.  He hunts.  He has a lot of natural ability and what he lacks, he makes up for by quickly learning.  I’m also using just a check cord when training and no electric collar.  He is almost totally whoa broken which is nice.   He is now almost one year old and only been at it a month or so, but he understands the game and is steady to shot.  Retrieving is coming and we have started work on force retrieving and he is responding well.  Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue does a huge job in giving these setters another chance to have a good life.  I wound up with a great bird dog and my wife got a great pet.

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Holiday Gift Guide Day 2

Glenn’s Deer Handle

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Dragging a deer can be a real pain.  You’re always looking for that right size stick to tie your drag rope off on.  Sometimes its too big, too small, or too rotten.  Then your drag top will spin on the stick causing you more headache than you need.  Glenn’s deer handle solves the problem quite well.  Loop the rope around the antlers or neck of your kill and drag away.  It’s great product that serves a valid function.  $12.99 deerhandle.com

Maine Sportsmen Tell HSUS to Beat It

401508_108669779256243_1501294283_nFor the second time in decade, Maine voters have taken to the polls to reject ballot initiatives banning the use of traps, dogs, and bait while bear hunting.  The Humane Society of the United States funded the effort to the tune of $2.5 million but luckily Maine voters felt it was better to rely on science and sound management goals instead of emotion.  What the people from HSUS fail to realize is that the state DNR has a management goal for the bears.  Without the use of trapping, baiting, and dogs, the management goals cannot be achieved.  Case closed.  

BREAKING NEWS: Sportsmen Prevail in Maine Bear Hunting Ban

In a ballot initiative with national repercussions, Maine voters once again sent an unmistakable message to animal-rights extremists: stay out of our state.

For the second time in 10 years, Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot initiative backed and bankrolled by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Throughout the battle on Question 1, which would have banned the use of bait, dogs and traps when bear hunting, sportsmen and professional wildlife managers who opposed the initiative continually maintained a double-digit lead in the polls. LINK  (Via: ussportsmen.org)

Kansas Muzzleloader Rough Edit

After dealing with a hard drive failure and countless other stupid issues, I’ve got a really rough edit done of my Kansas muzzleloader hunt.  The part where the deer walks out of frame is where Rob is trying to get the hammer to come back on my rifle.  I’ve already done this edit once complete with censor bleeps during the gun malfunction, but after losing that and having to start over, I’ve forgone them and just muted the offending sections to save time.  I’m going to work on a longer version with a more of the overall hunt footage but here’s the rough stuff now.  And yes, I know I sound like a goober.

Calling All Hippies and Hipsters

Here’s a pretty neat article from the Vancouver Sun about people who are moved by the natural foods craze to take up hunting.  They are just now realizing that wild game is the free range protein they’ve been looking for.  I grew up in a home where wild game was a staple and never really thought much about it.  It tasted good and procuring it was fun.  It’s kind of cool to see how surprised these people are to find out wild game is way better than they ever imagined.  They even used the term “recovering vegetarian.”   LINK

Deer Jumps Off Bridge

Here’s a pretty wild video I saw the other day.  It’s been around for a while but I still watched it 4 or 5 times.

Just When You Thought it Couldn’t Get Any Worse

I haven’t really hidden my overall distaste for hunting television shows.  There are a handful of decent ones, however, but they’re few and far between.  I stumbled on American Rebel with Andy Ross on the Sportsman Chanel and I can confidently say this is not one of the good ones.  In fact, it’s probably the most absurdly terrible hunting show I’ve ever seen.  Check out the intro below.  It looks like the only thing Andy Ross is rebelling against is wearing shirts with sleeves.

Killing a Deer With a Stone Point

In the past few years, my interest in traditional archery has increased.  Doing some research the other day, I stumbled across this video.  The guy makes his own stone point and then kills a blacktail with it.  Pretty cool.

Deer Aging on the Hoof: Another New Age Hunting Falacy

Once rack size and trophy management became the focal point of deer hunting in the mid to late 90’s, lots of annoying things came along with it.  One of these things was aging deer based on physical appearance.  It’s a phenomenon that is more popular now than it ever was.  The internet and television abound with people stating with certainty a deer’s age based solely on his looks.  Professor Becky McPeake from the University of Arkansas wrote a really interesting piece on the subject which will hopefully put this myth to bed.  The table below should tell you everything you need to know about the accuracy aging them on the hoof.  LINK

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Shark Week

We’ve had a few days of solid rain here in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania and the trout are thankful.  The rain has gotten the stream flows almost to their spring levels and the fish are on the move.  I was able to get out after work today and chuck some streamers in the high, off color flows.  I missed two decent fish before hooking up with this pig of a brook trout.  I would have fished a little longer but right after I released this guy, I tripped over a rock and fell ass over tea kettle into water deep enough to swamp my waders.  I take people fishing every day and have had several good laughs at clients falling in so I guess I had this one coming.

Pennsylvania Brook Trout