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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:23 am

Minnesota is pretty brutal right now. Cold, snowy, but the ice on the sloughs isn't trustworthy yet. She's been toughing it out with me. Lots of walking and not lots of birds. Still lots of fun.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby orhunter » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:38 am

Love the dogcicles.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby NC-DD » Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:37 pm

Love that last picture! Looks like you guys have a great bond :D
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:41 pm

You have a great looking pup. The retrieve across the virgin snow is a nice shot. Photos of the puppy season are priceless.

Don't know about you but the biggest challenge I have in the really cold temps is keeping my hands functional enough to handle my shotgun. Gloves heavy enough to keep them from being useless make gun handling a challenge. I have used some glo-mitts successfully. I flip the mitten back on my trigger hand when the dog gets birdy. The other item I like/use is a Long Underwear top that has thumbhole half glove sleeves. It makes a huge difference in trapping heat down into my hand.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:18 pm

AverageGuy wrote:You have a great looking pup. The retrieve across the virgin snow is a nice shot. Photos of the puppy season are priceless.

Don't know about you but the biggest challenge I have in the really cold temps is keeping my hands functional enough to handle my shotgun. Gloves heavy enough to keep them from being useless make gun handling a challenge. I have used some glo-mitts successfully. I flip the mitten back on my trigger hand when the dog gets birdy. The other item I like/use is a Long Underwear top that has thumbhole half glove sleeves. It makes a huge difference in trapping heat down into my hand.


Thanks guys. Just having a lot of fun together. Hunting together sure strengthens the bond.

Regarding cold hands, I've always had that same problem. This is some of the coldest weather I've hunted in (-13F is my record), but my midweight Dri-Fowl gloves couple with wrist gaiters kept my hands incredibly warm. I really wasn't expecting that much warmth from them. I used to do the heavy glomets as well, but man did it suck pulling that finger out lol.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby HunHill » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:05 pm

LOVE that noggin! What a cutie. Best of luck.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:51 pm

Well I think our bird season is over. Work and holidays are going to interfere with any last minute hunts.

Luckily we went out with a bang. Some farmers I'm friends with like to do a late season big push of their cattail sloughs. The are all wild SD roosters, most haven't been hunted this year. The sloughs are huge, so a big group is needed. But when it works right, the birds can blot out the sun.

We deferred to how the landowners wanted to hunt. Unfortunately they chose to walk with the wind (it did make it an easier walk, but scenting sucked). Lena has some cellulitis in her back paw, so I was only going to hunt her for an hour, then put her up. I was hoping we would get on birds early.

The first slough was roughly 3/4 mile long. 11 guys walked it with no blockers. The first half was really sparse on birds. Had me kind of nervous. But then we found the hens. Lena had many nice points, several with covey's of 3-4 birds. I think she is starting to figure out how to run out and work back, using the wind to her advantage. Several points she pinned birds between herself and a gunner.

The last 75 yards was the most incredible pheasant spectacle I've been blessed to see. The roosters were like popcorn, erupting out of the snow and cattails from every which way. With every couple steps came another bird. Lena did well on finding birds that would have otherwise been lost to the cattails. I lost count on her points, but I know she was in the double digits. What a great way to cap off her first season.

I wish I had better pictures, but the action was so non-stop I never had a chance to get my camera out. Finished with an 11 man limit in less than 2 hours. All wild roosters. And the best part is we left hundreds of birds untouched. Hopefully winter is good to them.

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Now we start force fetch training. We are on day 1...I think she'd rather be hunting haha.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:16 pm

Figures. Call her off dozens and dozens of rabbits while pheasant hunting, then can't find a single cottontail when we're actually looking for them. Oh well it was a nice day out.

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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:13 pm

10 miles. 1 woodcock. 1 snowshoe hare. Seasons aren't open, so just good practice.

Also a nice lunch on the river bank.

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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby orhunter » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:27 pm

Never mind......
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby stubblejumper » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:31 pm

She has turned out very nice , the litter seems to have been exceptional overall.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:49 pm

jlw034 wrote:10 miles. 1 woodcock. 1 snowshoe hare. Seasons aren't open, so just good practice.

Also a nice lunch on the river bank.

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Enjoy the photo. Pretty dog in a pretty spot. Good water fowling on the river? Fishing?
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:29 pm

AverageGuy wrote:
jlw034 wrote:10 miles. 1 woodcock. 1 snowshoe hare. Seasons aren't open, so just good practice.

Also a nice lunch on the river bank.

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Enjoy the photo. Pretty dog in a pretty spot. Good water fowling on the river? Fishing?


This was my fist time in this neck of the woods. The river is known to hold walleye/bass/northern, but is too shallow to float most of the year. May take a hike back early summer and see what's biting, as this area had a few deeper pools.

Waterfowl is pretty hit or miss in this area. I generally head for western MN to hunt fowl. That's if I have time after SD/ND/Canada trips.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:21 pm

Only about a week left to run on state land here in MN. On one parcel we found pheasant, woodcock, and ruffed grouse...which I thought was pretty cool. Lots of Mallards, wood ducks, and geese too.

Getting warm quick. Had to strategically mix in water work to cool her down.

I'll say this, whether it's searching a field, chewing a bone, rolling in dead sh**, or retrieving a stick from a pond, Lena doesn't half ass anything!

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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby TarHeel » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:43 pm

Great shot and thanks for sharing. What king of E-collar you using?
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