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    PA HIP Number

    Can someone give me any information on how to obtain my PA HIP Number? I can't find anything on the Game Commission website, except for links that take me to the US Fish and Wildlife website, that then link me back to the PA Game Commission website. I called the Game Commission, and they...
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    Opening Day - What to expect?

    I was wondering if anyone can provide some insight on what to expect for opening day of pheasant at the SGL's? I've heard it can be pretty crowded, but I wanted to confirm. Since this is Sadie's first year I'm hesitant to take her opening day if it will be that chaotic. Would like her to have...
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    Scouting Trip Summary

    The attached picture basically summarizes my scouting trip today. Went to 19 farms, talked to 17 farmers and pretty much got the same response....they haven't seen pheasant for years and if the game commission is stocking their property, they don't know about it. Lack of cover was the...
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    Poor Delivery/Hold from Lab

    I'm hoping someone can help me out and tell me whether my plan is a good one and maybe provide some advice too. I have a 14 month old lab who I have trained myself. That being said I am not a pro. She is pretty well trained for upland hunting, but the one thing I'm really struggling with is her...
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    Dog First Aid Kit for the Field

    I read an article the other day about a guy who took his dog upland hunting, and they got in a bad situation where the dog got torn up pretty bad from some barbed wire. Fortunately, he had a well stocked survival kit in his truck and was able to stitch his dog up which probably ended up saving...
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    Sitting on Flush

    Hey Guys/gals, I have a 1 year old lab. I haven't had her on live birds recently because of the time of the year, but in the winter when we were working she would take off running after a bird in flight that she flushed. Any recommendations for how I can teach her to sit on flush? I'm sure...
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    New Hunting Partner

    Hey everyone! I mentioned in my puppy progress post that I haven't been on a in a while. Well this is why. My first son, Bryce, was born on 6/5/2015. We had no idea what we were having, so we were very surprised when it came out a boy. He is dong well and Sadie is treating him just like her...
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    Weekend Trip to PA

    I'm heading up to PA this weekend to see my family for my nephew's 5th birthday. As long as the weather stays decent I plan to take my lab out to one of the local SGL to let her run and see if we can find any holdover pheasants. If nothing else it will be nice to get outside and let her run in...
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    Puppy Training - 6.5 months old (pic heavy)

    I attempted to get out duck hunting Wednesday, but unfortunately the river I was going to go to refroze the night before. Since I had off the afternoon from work I decided to take the pup out for a simulated hunt. We went to a local game preserve and released two chukar and one pheasant. It...
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    Flushing Survey Information

    Hey guys, I know this may be a little early, but I'm curious to hear more information about the flushing surveys. Is there a website I can go to that would have more information? If I'm in a good spot in training with my dog I would love to get her out, run some birds, meet some new people...
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    First Hunt

    Every year after Thanksgiving we get together with our neighbors and friends for "Deer Camp" to bring in the first day of rifle season. As you can imagine deer camp includes much more than just hunting. It includes, stories, good food, camaraderie, poker, and maybe a few beverages. One of the...
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    Delivering to Hand and other questions

    My lab Sadie is 20 weeks old. I have recently begun having a few issues with her and I was hoping for some advice. 1. Picking the dummy/bird up by the end. She loves to retrieve and gets amped up to go run down a dummy/bird, but when she gets there, she will hesitate to pick it and play with...
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    Standard Time - Killing my Training Regimen

    The end of Daylight Savings Time is really killing my training ability. I have a 19 week old yellow lab and she is coming along nicely with the training, but now that it is dark before I get home from work it is making it extremely difficult to do training exercises with her. The good thing is...
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    Firearm caliber for hunting with flushing labs

    I'm looking at getting a new shotgun for next season and was wondering what caliber everyone prefers for hunting over flushing labs? I know I could use a 12ga and have no problems, but I'm wondering if a 20ga would be effective. Since labs flush and often won't hold the bird until you get...
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    Back to Pheasant hunting in PA

    Well it's been about 10 years, but it's time for me to get back into some PA Pheasant hunting. Due to school and moving out of state I've been unable to do the thing I love most, but I've decided its time that changed. Starting this year I'm going to begin purchasing my out of state license...
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