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Old 12-09-2019, 08:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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^^^^^

That’s good to hear. It may not be the best for hunting but I’d prefer a mellow dog for the other 340 days a year we aren’t hunting. Does your male hunt well?

My condolences on your recent loss.
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Old 12-09-2019, 09:43 AM   #12 (permalink)
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"Moose" never ran too far out like Daysi. They are beautiful loving dogs great for a family pet too. Just cut the long hair on their legs and tails for hunting season. Wish more people would get them they are a vanishing breed .
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I think English Setters are really cool dogs and would be right down my alley.
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:35 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Just get a pointer that retrieves.
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Nothing more vintage than a setter on point. just sayin

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Old 12-09-2019, 01:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I loved my old Irish Setter. Beautiful dog, and he was a "do it all" type. Smart, great nose, great retriever. All around good "pal" of a dog. Miss him alot.

Rare to see Irish Setters now-a-days. They've kindof become less popular than some other breeds.


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Old 12-09-2019, 04:20 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The dog I have now gets accused of being an Irish setter every now and then. 😉
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:15 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My old pup is a Springer spaniel/Nova Scotia Duck Toller mix and she has always done this slow creep on birds, once she knows where they are. If I took the time I bet I could've got her to point. But we mostly run on ducks and she's the best retriever I've ever hunted with by far. Springers are a great combo between pointers and flushers/retrievers, but they have a hell of a lot more energy than most setters I've seen.

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Old 12-10-2019, 05:21 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I had a red heeler that could hunt Pheasants just as good as any other dog in the field. He'd retrieve sticks all day long, but never could get him to bring a bird back.
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I've seen a few people hunt with both and it's worked pretty well. The setter must be good, or plain bad and that would probably work too. My setter HATES to retrieve birds. It's probably my fault because he was with another individual as a young puppy and he never really got any fun games with fetch. He'll chase and retrieve a ball or a stick a few times in the yard before he gets bored. I gave him a few years to try and figure it out. After downing a bird he'll run to it, put it in his mouth, pull out a few feathers and then go on his merry way finding another bird to point.

He has been force fetched and does amazing with wooden dowels, bumpers, and even bumpers with wings. Live bird? Frozed bird? Spits it out unless I physically put it in his mouth and force the hold. We go through the program again this winter and spring and he'll probably come around.

When I hunt with my brother in law who has a lab....my dog points, either us or his dog flushes and retrieves. My dog seems totally content with the plan and couldn't care less to get the bird in his mouth. He seems to just want to point. So maybe it would work with a lab and setter together!
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