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A proud moment.
Jul 9th, 2018 at 1:17pm
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In November last year I decided I was in a good position to get a pup and train it for indicating.  I had grown up with dogs and hunted with family pet dogs up to about the age of 18. I missed having one around and to me the benefits were endless.

After viewing a few litters, Cesky Fouseks, Labradors, GSP's and heading dogs as well, I finally found a pup I liked from a family in Galatea, a Lab/GSP x.

I called my new mate Finn and the last few months have been fairly quiet on the hunting front as I've been busy with getting the pup up to speed, getting him used to guns, cars, people, and walking where he needed to for success.

At almost 8 months old I observed that the dog was basically ready enough in my opinion to come for a walk and maybe see a deer.

So after work last week I nipped up to a spot I have permission to hunt. This spot is mostly tussock with a bit of scattered alpine scrub/bush in patches. Wandering up through the lower tussock produced nothing , and the dog was fairly slow to settle in. There were a lot of good marks through the grass, and his interest in all the fresh scents was obvious.

Getting up to a high point in the half light I spotted a yearling about 800m away , but I knew I could close the gap. It had a clear view of my position and there wasn't much cover in the way to hide myself and the young pup from view. Out to my left there was a small ridge I could get a shot away from, but we would lose sight of it until we were almost upon it. I scratched my face and pondered my moves with the wind a steady breeze in my face.  I looked at Finn. He was waiting for the next move. I decided to give it a go for the sake of the dog.

We slipped off the side of the high point and weaved our way between scrubby patches. The dog could sense my change in attitude, and started moving with more purpose than before. Stopping, looking, ears wiggling. The natural sneak he sometimes displayed when mucking round with me on the lawn was working overtime as he picked his way along in front.

The point I had chosen to shoot from came quickly, and sneaking up to the top I put the dog on a stop. I eased my way beside him. Where was the deer? I looked around and there it was against the bush edge ready to disappear into cover at the extreme edge of my comfortable shooting range.

I got comfortable, lay down, and fired. The deer took off over a small hump out of sight, not running into cover as I expected! This was good. Leading the dog over to where the deer was he immediately got the scent and tracked it. I had missed cleanly.

The deer had run along the ridge and dropped down into another big scrubby gut. As we got closer to a point where I could see more of the gut the dog started winding hard and didn't want to move for anything.

It had to be close.........

The dog lost his wind, and he moved over to my right. At the same time I saw the deer watching him move across the gut maybe 100 m off. I stopped the dog, and lined up on the deers neck. A quick shot and it was down!!

I gave the dog a good pat and let him get the wind back. He ranged from side to side, working the wind quickly. It was pretty awesome to watch. But as we got closer he broke and grabbed the deer by the throat before I could react!

I got a fright there but managed to get him back on side, and that was that. Finn's first deer, a nice yearling.







A lot of work, a lot of patience and a lot of time went in but to see it all come together was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done in my life. Hopefully I'll have a few more posts to chuck up as time goes on  Cool

  
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Nice one Finn and Stretch,Finn looks very proud of himself posing by the tasty yearling.
Hope Finn gets a few good feeds of veni.He s your friend for life now. Wink
  

Shot a few deer,caugth some big trout and salmon
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Good start Stretch, they are a lot of work to get up to speed but its all worth it in the end.
  
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Reply #3 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 6:07pm
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That's wonderful!
  

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.......
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Reply #4 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 7:12pm
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Browndog300 wrote on Jul 9th, 2018 at 2:31pm:
Good start Stretch, they are a lot of work to get up to speed but its all worth it in the end.



By no means is he perfect, but I'm looking forward to getting 10 years of learning and fun times out of him!
  
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Reply #5 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 8:18pm
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good shit bud...may it be the first of many more.
  
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Reply #6 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 9:52pm
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Nice One. Cool Cool
  

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Reply #8 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 8:57am
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Cool Cool Cool Cool
  

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That's awesome, well done.
  

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Reply #11 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 9:25am
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Lucky you missing the first shot gave Finn and excellent chance to show you how good he is going to be Wink
  
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Reply #12 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 11:02am
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Your pup looks just like my GSP stud dog, long gone now though
  
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Reply #13 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 11:05am
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That is awesome young fella, and a great name to, one of my grandkids has it lol.
Nice result and it Looks like your back in familiar country. Wink
  
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Reply #14 - Jul 12th, 2018 at 11:40am
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Way cool way to form a very special lie long relationship.
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