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    Healthy treats for training

    With this much snow and ice still in interior Alaska easter Sunday: the only training I do is fine lining to food bowls every feeding session with a 5 year old lab. There is so much that can be maintained: eager obedience, 2-sided heeling, backwards heeling, push/pull lining, etc. I attribute...
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    Gun fire conditioning alone

    With labs, stand alone marks where I can stand and shoot a cap gun 100 yards away from the dog. Then gradually transition to a bumper launcher and gradually decrease the distance. Here is an example of beginning stand alone mark with puppy:
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    Favorite pant or chaps to hunt cattails in the snow?

    Filson are too loud for the silent hunting I do. I prefer a quieter rain pant that whitetail hunters typically use. Silence is golden.
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    To many hunters

    I started in Alaska Aug 10, moved down to MT Nov 1, ended with ducks Jan 19 in MT. Never saw another upland or duck hunter.
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    To many hunters

    I hunted uplands for 86 days in NW Montana this year and never saw another hunter. I did not start until Nov 1 and I picked spots that were at least a mile walk to pheasant habitat. And being retired, I only hunted weekdays.
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    Gun fire conditioning alone

    With labs, I make a lot of noise during feeding time, so they are excited about noise, pans banging means food. Then I transition to a hand clap, then fire a toy gun in the other room while pup is eating, gradually fire the toy gun closer and closer. Soon pup associates toy gun with good stuff...
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    Healthy treats for training

    I use regular puppy kibble with plates to teach lab puppys heeling, backwards heeling, lining and casting. Here is an example teaching 2-sided heeling/push-pull lining: Pup later placed in qualifier field trials. 100 percent owner trained.
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    Scary Moment

    A Leatherman will tend to crush instead of cut a snare....cutters designed for rope wire like Felco c7 will quickly cut a snare wire. Also a leash or belt will work for conibear or leg hold trap springs.
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    Scary Moment

    Also a leash or belt will work
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    Big Sky Sporting Clays -Polson, MT

    Big Sky Sporting Clays is Closed for the winter. Does anyone know if they have a website?
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    Dog's Name

    My labs have been named Tundra, Scoop, Skeeter, Jet, Bug, Splash, and Scout.
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    Hunter-Activated Beeper Collar

    Real-Time GPS accuracy is typically accuracy within 5 to 10 meters (16 to 33 feet) under normal conditions. Accuracy depends on how many GPS satellite signals are received which becomes lower when there is no horizon to horizon visibility (like in steep river canyons) or in dense vegetation...
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    Hunter-Activated Beeper Collar

    Yes I also hunt silently. I do have excellent hearing as I've always worn an ear plug in my left ear and a Walker game ear type plug in my right ear. My plan is to continue hunting silently, but I like the option of remotely triggering the beeper just in case my dog gets in trouble in dense...
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    Hunter-Activated Beeper Collar

    The problem is with a GPS tracking collar if the dog is in a snare in dense hawthorn I want to physically get to him as quickly as possible and the accuracy needs to be +/- a meter or so. My perception is I could follow sound quicker then GPS navigation and I can get to within a meter faster by...
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    What to look for in cable cutters to release dogs from snares?

    That is what I ordered. Thanks!
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    What to look for in cable cutters to release dogs from snares?

    Yes the these all have the design as above: HIT Felco c-7 Knipex When looking at cable cutters, specs such as max cutting of 5/32 or greater rope wire thickness C7 style cutters . Other styles of cutters cannot easily cut the cable off a dog if its tight.. The C7 design pulls the cable into the...
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    What to look for in cable cutters to release dogs from snares?

    From researching trapper websites, it appears there are 4 favorites among trappers: HIT Felco c-7 Knipex American Cable Cutter from the Snare Shop I am also purchasing a beeper collar I can remotely control to quickly locate the lab if she dissappears in dense brush or cattails and there is a...
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    What to look for in cable cutters to release dogs from snares?

    My impression is the cutters need to be designed for braided wire. The hardened steel is typically , harder than the regular wire cutter section on most multitools is meant to cut. And some other tools such as my big bolt cutters crush and splay out the mesh of wires, but to not cut them...
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    What to look for in cable cutters to release dogs from snares?

    Any recommendations for a pair of cable cutters that can cut snare braided wire? Looking for less than a pound in weight, less than $70 Hopefully never have to use them, but best to be prepared. How about Channellock 910 9" Cable/Wire Cutter with Compound Joint ---Made in USA Hardened M2 alloy...
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    First time with shock collar

    My 5 year old lab saw deer for the first time in her life when we moved this fall from Alaska to Montana. She was pretty jazzed when they ran away and wanted to chase them. It was easy to teach her not to chase deer...but she is a biddable lab...she runs hunt test/field trials, so understands...
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