• marc posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    It was all Mauser! LOL!

  • marc commented on Brad Higgins‘s photo 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful and stylish!

  • marc posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months ago

    A short clip of steadiness.

  • marc posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the excellent debrief Brad. I shoot lefty, so approaching from the left is a better sight window for me. This is our first few times on pheasant in fields. I have been an upland ruffed grouse for my entire life (as is young Mauser). That’s where I’ve developed the “quick draw”. To me, that was actually slow! I will concentrate on paying…[Read more]

  • marc posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’d like your input to help me understand Mauser.

    We were pheasant hunting Sunday, and Mauser would find the shot birds, pick them up briefly, but drop them in place despite me kneeling down and calling him. I’d just go over and pick up the bird. Like you explain in your writings, he will fetch thrown objects – even dead pheasant, due to his…[Read more]

    • Hello Marc. I like these easy ones. The best way to get a natural retrieve is to not ask for it. When he leaves for a retrieve, you turn around and walk the other way slowly. DON’T SAY ANYTHING! When he gets to the bird, he will look up to see where you are. If he sees you walking away, he will pick up the bird and come to you. When he is on his…[Read more]

      • LOL! I’m glad I didn’t make you sweat! Thanks. Now that you provided the answer I think I may have read that in your blog a while ago. I makes perfect sense. I’ll take him out tomorrow and see what happens. Film at 11.

          • Hello Marc,

            All in all, nice work. I’d like to go through it with you. First, at 34 seconds in, you swung on the bird before looking at the dog first. Rule #1, Always be looking at the dog on flush. You must be certain he is steady on the flush before looking at the bird. Only takes a split second. This is the hardest thing for us hunters to…[Read more]

            • Thanks for the excellent debrief Brad. I shoot lefty, so approaching from the left is a better sight window for me. This is our first few times on pheasant in fields. I have been an upland ruffed grouse for my entire life (as is young Mauser). That’s where I’ve developed the “quick draw”. To me, that was actually slow! I will concentrate on paying…[Read more]

  • marc posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    • Hello Marc,

      All in all, nice work. I’d like to go through it with you. First, at 34 seconds in, you swung on the bird before looking at the dog first. Rule #1, Always be looking at the dog on flush. You must be certain he is steady on the flush before looking at the bird. Only takes a split second. This is the hardest thing for us hunters to…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the excellent debrief Brad. I shoot lefty, so approaching from the left is a better sight window for me. This is our first few times on pheasant in fields. I have been an upland ruffed grouse for my entire life (as is young Mauser). That’s where I’ve developed the “quick draw”. To me, that was actually slow! I will concentrate on paying…[Read more]

  • marc posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    LOL! I’m glad I didn’t make you sweat! Thanks. Now that you provided the answer I think I may have read that in your blog a while ago. I makes perfect sense. I’ll take him out tomorrow and see what happens. Film at 11.

      • Hello Marc,

        All in all, nice work. I’d like to go through it with you. First, at 34 seconds in, you swung on the bird before looking at the dog first. Rule #1, Always be looking at the dog on flush. You must be certain he is steady on the flush before looking at the bird. Only takes a split second. This is the hardest thing for us hunters to…[Read more]

        • Thanks for the excellent debrief Brad. I shoot lefty, so approaching from the left is a better sight window for me. This is our first few times on pheasant in fields. I have been an upland ruffed grouse for my entire life (as is young Mauser). That’s where I’ve developed the “quick draw”. To me, that was actually slow! I will concentrate on paying…[Read more]

  • marc posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks Brad. I believe he remained steady until the first shot. He was on the move during the second, for sure. That was the first time I missed with the first shot (way behind it!). I’ll pay more attention next time to him the next time!

  • marc posted an update in the group HGD Community 5 months, 1 week ago

    Great post Brad. Here’s an example of Mauser (on his 2nd birthday) first scenting a pheasant from the hedgerow, then stalking it until he decides he’s close enough. I offer him only praise, and he was rewarded with the bird. He does not know the word “whoa”, although I catch myself saying it sometimes! He is trained with your methods, and we are a…[Read more]

    • Looks good Marc. Be sure he remains steady to flush. Remember rule #2. On any flush, don’t look at the bird, look at your dog first. Make sure he remains steady to flush before you turn to shoot the bird.

      • Thanks Brad. I believe he remained steady until the first shot. He was on the move during the second, for sure. That was the first time I missed with the first shot (way behind it!). I’ll pay more attention next time to him the next time!

    • No problem there Marc. He waited for the first shot which was his release cue. This works well in wild bird hunting. The second shot is safe because there will be plenty of room between the bird and the dog for a safe shot. After just a few more birds, he will teach himself to be steady to shot and he will release himself on the fall.