I know Denny enough to trust everything he says, and no reason not to.
He has introduced me to volunteering time to offer opportunities to our youth and keep them coming into the upland sport. Those that will support our passion for a long time if we guide them along and keep them interested.
He has also introduced me to taking time to take a stand in support of not losing our pheasant programs on our state lands by speaking out at Illinois State Budget Hearings.
In no way did Denny find the words to tell me what a good feeling it was going to be walking away from both!
You let me down there Denny!
Denny is doing good things for all of us all the time! We just don't all know it, or maybe didn't.
I'll bet Denny would even agree a real well trained pointer will even circle around a running bird, then push it back to a hunter, and not push enough to flush it out of range.
I've seen it!
If Denny says he's not trying to be snobish, then he's not. He's in a class few of us ever will be. Running brits on horseback is something few to none of us will ever do. Hat's off to you, and I would be honored to hunt with you any time. But ain't got no horse or trailer!
Learn from him is what I say.
Cully, last time out I saw plenty of birds flush too far away for a shot. Enough that with your dead eye you could have doubled your kill number. A well trained flusher will whoa, and not run in and flush a bird from under a pointer as well. Oh, and I know they call Mokka a pointer, but he does retrieve remember?
We and our dogs always have room for improvement and can hunt better! My pointer failed to honor a rock solid point by Michigander's English, and even flushed the bird on Bob by the end of the day. (I'll talk to ya about why next time we are out.
) We have plenty of room to improve how our dogs hunt together buddy!
You did say clean fields next year, right, or at least not miss putting every bird in it up, right!
All of our experiences are different, as are our opinions, because of them. Never done learning though.
There is one comment that I picked up on, that had to do with "not taking the shot when the dog's in the wrong" that tells me for sure you're not "smoke" Denny! Right on! I can improve there.
Some times that's a hard one for me, a place I can improve and then my dogs will automatically improve! Like letting the launcher go on just a move of a foot! It's got to be the same without the launcher!