Welcome aboard! Idk about your assumption that flushers are better at finding birds. However I have 2 pointers so I may be biasedThanks for all the kind words and encouragement. I'm in the Des Moines area. While flushers are probably better at finding birds, I really enjoy watching a pointer. Maybe a GSP. I don't want to rush into it, so I'm just looking at options.
Welcome Smusher. You're looking at the right time & have come to the right place for expert advice (myself excluded). Lots of different thoughts on training/hunting, but if your goal is to have a hunting/family dog, my opinion is to get him on birds. And more birds. And more birds. If you find the right dog, I'd try to get him so he's 5-6 months by opening day & hunt the little guy. If you have notions of training to a super high level & possibly competitions, maybe not. Some others on this site are more well versed in that sort of dog than I am. You a married man? If so, at some point she's going to have to like the dog too, so keep that in mind. Speaking from experience. Cuteness counts. Good luck with your search!Good stuff, fellas. I'm defintiely willing to keep my options open. Like I said I don't want to just get any old pup and call it a hunting dog. I want the right one.