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This is a discussion on How Much Better With Dogs? within the Sporting Dogs Forum forums, part of the Hunting category; I'm 73 and still have 4 gundogs. Two beagles,a Lab,and a GWP. All have their purpose in life. The lab and wirehair can both do ...

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Old 08-04-2018, 11:55 PM   #31
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I'm 73 and still have 4 gundogs. Two beagles,a Lab,and a GWP. All have their purpose in life. The lab and wirehair can both do double duty if called upon(upland waterfowl). Nothing makes me happier then beagles,bunnies and snow. I can't even fathom a day in the field or on the water without a dog.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:43 PM   #32
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:32 PM   #33
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Life is ALWAYS better with a dog. My choice is a German Shorthair pointer. Here is my current and I expect last one Sarah --

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I have a different take than those Iíve read in this thread. I grew up in the fifties and sixties when there were lots of large covies of quail. Yeah, they were plentiful enough that you could walk them up, but that took away half of the sport to the whole thing. Raising, loving and working the dogs was at least Half the fun of it all. My Grandpa was a rancher in the Texas hill country. He didnít have a lot of hobbies because he was too busy working, but Quail hunting was something he loved to do and he passed that love to me.

A huge part of the fun and experience of it all, was his dogs. He had pointers and English Setters when I was real small, but then moved to Brittany Spaniels. The dogs were pets, but they learned their real reason or existence early in life. As a dog got into its prime, he would start another pup and have them in the field with the veteran to learn the trade.

I lost my Grandpa in 1970 while I was overseas in the Army, but never lost the love for the dogs and the quail. I kind of started from scratch after the Army with a Brit and then a pup someone gave me that was half Brit, half pointer. She was the best I ever had. I then got a German Shorthair and she was a great pet and bird dog THEN the fire ants showed up and the quail became extinct. Very sad for me.

I said all that to say this: in the day when there were quail, it was not at all uncommon for me to leave the shotgun in the truck and work the dogs while my friends hunted. I had some of my best bird hunting times doing just that. My point is that if you are hunting without dogs you are missing at least half of the fun and satisfaction of the whole experience.
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