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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:34 pm

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


Thanks! I run a Pro 550 with an Astro. Damn good combo IMHO.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Tue May 09, 2017 10:08 am

Got back from our VJP yesterday. Ran in Amidon, ND...a short 9 hour drive haha.

Can say enough about the folks who ran it or the great grounds we had access to. The amount of wild game was incredible.

Not that anyone could control it, but the conditions were pretty bad. When I ran my dog in the search, it was 88°F out. The wind was around 20mph, and it was dry dry dry. But, we all ran in the same conditions, and the judges took them into consideration.

My group included 4 littermates, which was a lot of fun to watch. Lots of similarities in the pups, but each was their own dog.

Lena scored a 68. I was very happy with how she handled herself, and for the most part she did exactly what I wanted her to do. I have some issues with the opportunities she was given, and how the judges assessed her work, but I suppose everyone who runs has those same thoughts.

I'm probably done with the German system. I don't particularly care for how the tests are set up, what they look for, and think NAVHDA is a better match for my style of training/testing/hunting.

Now it's time to start UT training, and maybe even hang out with some of those lab guys to work on handling! (got a couple scoffs when I told the judges I planned on doing that!)
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Wed May 10, 2017 8:04 am

A couple shots from the day.

My first experience with true pointer country.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby HUNT 24/7 » Wed May 10, 2017 7:03 pm

Awesome job! Ha! Those lab guys are a different bunch! With some work you'll be able to have the best of both worlds, a dog you can point in the right direction & still have the independence to do a search & the natural ability to do it well. Good luck!
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:47 pm

Opener was a good time. Can be hit or miss, but we found birds this time. Limit day 1, barely short day 2. The lab did great, Lena did OK. She had two duck searches that produced otherwise lost birds. Still work to be done, but progress none the less.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:05 pm

Yea, looks like a great opener! Lena is a looker.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:18 pm

ND pheasant opener in the books. I tempered expectations gives the reports...the reports didn't lie.

Saturday morning offered no shots, barely any birds. Had to call it quits a by noon due to heat. Went back out at near sunset, and Lena worked a 3 bird covey well. One point gave up a popcorn flush, and the first rooster of the year fell.

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Went back out this morning. Completely different day. Had a good 4-5 pointed hens in the first 20 minutes. Lots of great dog work. I don't get to hunt knee high grass often, so it was fun to watch my girl do her thing in real prairie.

At the end of the field she locked up tight, and Mr rooster held tight for my flush.

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We worked a few more fields, found more hens, and a couple roosters out smarted us. Then at the edge of a pretty piece of CRP she locked up.

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Not the numbers I would have liked, but Lena had many bird contacts and handled almost all of them like a pro. Feels great to be back.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby carramrod » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:26 am

Looks like some good days spent behind the dog. I was planning on coming up to ND this year, then heard all the reports as well. Not just the drought, but the fact the CRP is getting hayed as well. Doesn't leave a lot of opportunity on public ground.

Lesson learned for next time is to have a backup plan I guess. Now I'm just ready for November here.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:34 pm

Nice photos. Every day we get to work our dogs on wild birds and bag a few is a really good day.

I saw a ND resident hard core bird hunter post he thought the pheasants were down at least 70% in the SW which is normally the best of the best. He also said he saw 6 sharptails where he normally would see 6 coveys.

I am hunting grouse in SD currently and have yet to see a pheasant.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:14 am

Thanks guys.

No doubt, hunting should get better when crops come out, but anyone who heads to the Dakotas should not have thoughts of grandeur.

Work the next 7 days, then a couple days of ruffed grouse hunting, then Manitoba for 4 days. Hopefully the ducks will be around.
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Postby jlw034 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:31 pm

Got back from Manitoba on Sunday. Certainly more fowl around up there than home, but we had to work at em. Mostly warms temps and S winds meant stale birds. The last day the wind shifted, the temp dropped 35 degrees, and all the sudden big mallards were everywhere. But we still had fun.

Lena picked up her fair share of birds. Canada's, snows, and all sorts of ducks. Lots of marks, a bit of handling, and a solid 200 yard chase across the slough. She shared retrieves with a lab, and while he is certainly the better duck dog, she held her own.

7 more days of work, then northern MN grouse and SD fowl for a week.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:11 pm

Don't see too many using silhouettes these days. Were they pretty effective up there? I still have my 3 dozen Real Geese silhouettes but have not used them in quite awhile.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:40 pm

AverageGuy wrote:Don't see too many using silhouettes these days. Were they pretty effective up there? I still have my 3 dozen Real Geese silhouettes but have not used them in quite awhile.


When truck / trailer space is an issue, we run silos and shells. Have killed lots of geese and ducks over em. That spread was close to 10 doz dekes, at a fraction of the space for the same amount of full bodies.

When space isn't an issue, we run several doz full bodies and fill the spread with silos.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:54 pm

Yes the space issue is why I am considering taking mine with me next year. And they are much easier to carry into the field when driving in the field is not an option.
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Re: Lena vom Slaney-Vale

Postby jlw034 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:17 pm

AverageGuy wrote:Yes the space issue is why I am considering taking mine with me next year. And they are much easier to carry into the field when driving in the field is not an option.


Real geese are great until the ground gets hard. I run divebomb silos. Great product, especially for the price.
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