It has been about
six months since we last spoke. I wanted to give you a quick
update on Jaeger. I took him out to a local pheasant club today
and he was fantastic. We went two for three on pheasants
today. Two for three is fantastic on Jaeger's first pheasant
hunt and at seven months old.
It was around 80
degrees with no wind. The first rooster we came across, was
holding tight about five yards from a dead carcass which looks
like a hawk just got a hold of. I completely understand why
Jaeger didn't hold a point. As Jaeger was turning from the
carcass to the live rooster, the bird was spooked and flew into
a tree line. Jaeger gave chase but returned after I called
for him because the bird flew too far and I didn't want him to
spook any birds between them.
After a quick water
break, the wind began to pick up. Not a lot of wind but enough
to spread the birds' scent around the field. I took Jaeger
along the fringe of the field so we can get into the
cross-winds. He began to quarter around twenty-five yards from
left to right. He finally picked up a scent and followed it
around fifty yards in front of me. He held point about 7-10
yards from the bird until I got to there to kick it up. I
whiffed the first and second shot but hit it with my third
shot. (Thank God for Hi-Base) He didn't retrieve but he did
mark and cover the bird.
After sweeping the
field, we made it to the opposite fringe of the field. He was
quartering perfectly with high energy and his nose to the
ground. He was running at full speed and made a quick turn and
held point, a little closer, around five yards. I got there as
the bird took off and, again, I whiffed my first shot but hit
the bird with my second. Jaeger marked and covered the bird.
I have a lot of work
to do with him but for the most part he is all dog. He is
quartering at a nice distance for me. One thing I noticed, I
can point my hands in the direction I want him to go and he will
adjust, turn, and run in that vicinity. He is way smarter than
any other dog I've hunted with because I never trained him on
hand signals, it just came naturally. He holds his point on
birds and waits for me to kick them up. I need to continue on
his WHOA and play a little more ball with him so he learns to
retrieve better. I know he is only seven months old but he
performs like an older dog.
I've altered our
everyday walk on a leash around the neighborhood. Now, I walk
him on a leash to the middle school across the street from my
house. Once I get into the fenced area of the school, I release
him from the leash. I walk up and down the field as Jaeger
quarters in front of me. He knows to stay in front of me
because at the beginning, I used your little singing trick and
followed him where ever he went.
Thank you for all
your help and tips with training this wonderful dog, not to
mention breeding Buster and Juice. I sent a couple pictures of
him holding point today. Imagine that, he was holding point on
these birds as I shoot pictures of him! (HAHA) The picture of
his second point is a haunting resemblance of his dad Buster.
Check them out and let me know what you think.
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Carl & Ophelia Porter
P.O. Box 1882
12401 Fairlane Road
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
760-885-1612 - 760-885-5924
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