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  2. Snipeaholic

    2019 Photo thread.

    Silly bird.
  3. rosies dad

    Dog named Sue update

    Finley looks like a "Deluxe Couch Potato", but from what I know about bird dogs, he will be a LOT more than a house doggy. Really, getting a NICE house dog is the hard part. Most of the rest is just bred in.
  4. kgb

    Stanley Cup Playoffs

    There are times, watching pro sports, when I get the feeling I want "my" team to win more than the players themselves seem to. It cannot be so, or should not, but it occurs that it can get a bit silly rooting sometimes so then I just don't. Malkin and Letang both have instances of what looks like lackadaisical play when giving the puck away on poorly chosen passes or just mishandling it, the sort of thing any player has happen from time to time, and on one of the many occasions Letang returned from an injury I wondered if he was really ready. There's always next year.
  5. After 13 years and nearly 6,900 plate appearances Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds finally popped out to the first baseman. For a left handed hitter to go that long without popping out to the first baseman is amazing. He has only popped out 89 times in those 13 years and went 8 years with only 7 pop-outs. https://www.mlb.com/reds/news/joey-votto-pops-out-to-1b-for-first-time-in-career Below is a chart of his 89 pop outs by location on the field: The Reds aren't very good so far and Joey is off to his usually slow start. However, he is a joy to watch and to hear in an interview. He is obsessed with hitting his way and I have so much respect for him. There are only a handful of pro athletes I'd like to have an actual conversation with but he is near the top of the list just behind Johnny Bench.
  6. SelbyLowndes

    Wood Duck Houses

    Cool pictures...SelbyLowndes
  7. SelbyLowndes

    Themacell sale

    Skeeters have not come on bad yet this turkey season, but when they do my thermacell is waiting in the door to my truck. I just returned from a fishing trip last week to the Everglades. They were bad there only after sundown...SelbyLowndes
  8. Clueless1

    Something to think about

    Late to this party but I get pissed when I see it and it doesn't even come close to my car. And it doesn't have to be smoldering either. You wanna smoke I don't care, but take care of the butts. I keep dreaming of sitting at a light and watching someone throw one out the window. Getting out and picking it up and returning it with a "Hey, noticed you dropped this." Bad luck would be the person would shoot me worrying about road rage though.
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  10. CzechSM

    Small Munsterlander

    You are perhaps correct that this might be a topic for another thread but I’ll stick my neck out a bit now. I have owned SM’s for about the last 18-20 years. I still have two that are now 11 and 13. They have provided a lot of enjoyment over the years and as any dog, some frustrations also. I have hunted these dogs on most upland birds and have trained in a limited German venue (HZP) and through the NAVHDA program NA, UT and took one to the Invitational. I agree with SLR that on the average....and I’ve been around a lot of them... that their point is one of their weakest traits. As a versatile breed that multi task it should be a focus for the American breeder to focus on strengthening that trait of pointing over other versatile traits they should want to accommodate the buyers that purchase the breed for the pointing part of the breed. I don’t see SM breeders ( for the most part) doing that. It seems that the crazy prices... $1500-$2500 per pup seems to have most breeders focused on reproduction rather than pointing genetics/traits. IMO, why at times breed topics get testy with some is that there is a big difference between marketing and what you actually will get after the purchase. The SM is a fun breed and people seem to enjoy them. Just be sure your expectations match your breed.
  11. atticus

    Themacell sale

    Thermacell--perhaps the Best invention ever for the outdoors! We use them on the patio every night from Spring through late fall. Awesome!
  12. Talon1

    Small Munsterlander

    I've been around a few, and all of them had a very weak pointing instinct. I saw one run in a NAVHDA NA test and she would sit when she went on point. Wasn't really a point, and I think that she was hit pretty hard on her score because of the fact. A friend has one and I helped him last year prepare his dog for the NA test. It took a bit to get him to even point at all. In fact, when he would scent birds, he would just attempt to pounce on them. We were able to get him to steady up through some various training exercises. He finally got to where he would hold a point long enough to declare a point in the test. He is probably a better retriever than anything else. Fortunately his owner is a pretty serious duck hunter, so he doesn't mind his soft pointing too bad. He does have decent prey drive. Beautiful dog, but I personally wouldn't own one. Mainly because I hunt chukars and Huns more than anything else, and his dog would not be a good fit for me. I am hesitant to even say what I have said here, but this has been my limited experience with them.
  13. Kemo Sabe

    Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Exactly.
  14. MAArcher

    Wood Duck Houses

    Wood duck houses are a great project to do with boy scouts.
  15. MNice

    Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Alex is one of my all-time favorite Gopher blue liners.
  16. dogrunner

    2019 UJ Catskill Gathering

    Last time I shot with you I thought you had a nice semi auto and I hope your catching a big supply of crabs 🦀.
  17. Urban_Redneck

    Small Munsterlander

    I think the Brittany was the dog originally used to put more point in the breed. Probably a topic for another thread, but, why is hard to love a breed for what it is? With so many breeds in existence, anyone should be able to find a dog that suits their need. The desire to "fix" what isn't truly broken is disturbing.
  18. NCgrouse

    pick up dog #4 next Friday...

    Not to complain, but where's the dang puppy pics B-B??
  19. Clueless1

    Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Pens looked old and fairly uninterested and a couple after the last game actually said "They wanted it more." Not "outworked us" as is the standard answer when you get beat in hockey, but actually said "they wanted it more". At this point, with all the talent the Pens have, any team that will play 'buttoned up' for 60 minutes will eventually be able to take advantage of Penguins mistakes. It doesn't show up so much in regular season but in the playoffs? They get antsy, Letang being the biggest culprit. Malkin right behind him. Eventually they will make a boneheaded play expecting that they are better than the other guy. Letang might be the most frustrating player I have ever seen. Edit: Kessel can be frustrating too, but you know what you are getting with him. When he's on he can carry a team, when he's off you don't even want to see him on the ice. This will be interesting to see how this team looks next year. I believe they are saddled with a few of these guys as it's not like the other GM's haven't seen these deficiencies as well.
  20. Superbelley

    Keen

    Went on the site, its a scam .They take your information, then it times out. I called the real Keen customer support, they were trying to get the site closed down. Had to change my debit account.
  21. I'll agree with Dogwood on this one. I worked in Animal Nutrition for over 45 years. Have a B.S. and M.S. in the field, and up until retirement was ARPAS certified, an organization that monitors and requires yearly credits in approved conferences in regards to continuing education. The BETTER Dog food companies formulate these diets to meet nutritional requirements established over many years of sound, duplicated research. And continually update them based on new findings. The better Dog food companies formulated their diets to meet those long term requirements on an intake vs animal weight standpoint. So, Say you have a 55 lb. dog and you are feeding the companies large breed formulation as the weight range they recommend is feed from 50# & up. So, then you cut their recommended amount by 1/3 and add meat, milk, or whatever. Well, in this case, you are likely now short on various macro minerals, trace minerals, vitamins, etc, and possibly protein in the case of green beans. Even, salt, a very cheap, but important mineral in the animals diet will become limiting very fast. All kinds of things can go wrong in the blood, which can do long term damage to the dog, especially the working and sporting dogs who don't just sit on the couch all day. And, even if they don't get visibly sick, it still could be affecting their longevity, their performance, and their immune system. So, please let the nutrition up to the nutrition PhD's in HIGHLY REGARDED, LONG ESTABLISHED companies. They do know and really do care what is best for your dog as it is their business and their future depends on it. They have millions and millions to lose if they are wrong. Years ago back in the early to mid 70's, the average popular nutrition content for Horseback Field Trial Champions was around 26% protein, and 10%fat. (Fat has about 3 times the energy of other low fat ingredients such as corn, soy, or low fat anything etc.) So, the dogs did well. There were many Champions on similar diets. If the dogs were too thin, you just fed more. Maybe threw in a little tallow if really bad. Rarely was obesity an issue. Times and fads have changed. Now there are very popular formulas out there with 3 times that fat level, extremely high in energy. Great for dogs working heavily, day after day. But, the average dog does not need that much energy in the off season. So, why not cut back to a lower energy (lower fat) formulation and avoid the various issues that can result? My dog actually looks much better on a Weight management, low fat dog food starting from now (nesting season) thru the hot summer months when on that formulation as compared to the hi performance, hi fat formulas I feed when the dog is working hard. I tried reducing the amount, but she is on that borderline of the weight cutoff, so just wasn't getting everything she needed with a lower than recommended amount. Just makes sense. And, dogs as most working animals, will try to eat toward their energy requirement. So, naturally, if you lower the energy content of their food, they will want to eat more as you describe in her increased appetite. (Also doesn't hurt that the dog is getting better, and feeling so too,....). Excellent nutrition is a complicated field for all the numerous variables such as size, activity, housing conditions, weather, life stage, ingredient quality and variability..... Don't be afraid to call the BETTER Dog Food Companies support people for nutrition advice. The better companies are continually doing their own research to keep one leg up on the competition. Don't be afraid to call them for their expertise on nutrition matters. Most not only have PhD's on staff, but also Veterinarians who are monitoring the health issues of their research dogs but also are much stronger versed in nutrition matters than our average vets in the field who have to cover a much broader range of issues. If they can't help, well look for a company who can. There are good companies out there who do the work and spend the big bucks day in day out to do what is best for your dog. anything less is a crap shoot. And the long term odds are not in your favor. RR
  22. Hammergun

    Randall Knives - Why do people pay so much ?

    Wow this Randall Knife thread has gone in a different direction. Just goes to show you the interesting places our sporting collectibles take us.
  23. Kemo Sabe

    2019 Red Sox Topic

    I saw Boston play Oakland a couple weeks ago. They seemed to lack last years spark, and the A’s took 3 of 4 games. But there’s too much talent on that team for them not to return to their 2018 form. The Houston Astros are in town, and man do they look good. If I were to bet on who wins it all this year, my money would be on them. They are rock solid at every position.
  24. sharptail grouse

    Wood Duck Houses

    Nice pics! My older brothers both worked on wood ducks when I was a kid and they used to take me along when they were doing their fieldwork - nests got whacked all the time. Clean 'em out and they'll re-nest. That bear might figure out your chum line though....
  25. Desert Wings

    Small Munsterlander

    I hunted behind one on quail this last year. Never gave a solid point, but excellent tracking and retriever skills. As a niche breed they are quite expensive, otherwise I'd consider one for myself.
  26. Brad Eden

    2019 Red Sox Topic

    That's it. I'm not following them for awhile. For my own sanity. I've always been a fair weather fan anyhow. Got sucked in last season. I'll wait until they start acting like professional WS winning athletes. Boston/New England fans are the most brutal. Things are going to get testy at the ball park.
  27. dogrunner

    2019 Photo thread.

    Guess that’s why they call them Whitetail. 😉
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