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I've been out hunting pheasants 3 times in SGL 117. I do have a dog my GSP mocha who is 1 years old has been trained. we only found 2 birds 1 of them was in the field cackling but 100 yards away that I put her on the bird but end up having to get it myself because it was in a big Jagger bush and wouldn't go in. the other bird got off the ground about 80 yards out before we even got a chance to get a point on it and was not s inhooting range. we have walked many fields for hours but no luck. I need some tips to get my dog on some birds. I know she will do her job because we where on the hpa pheasant hunt and she did great! Anyone have any thoughts?
 

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get out of the fields and look for places where the birds would have escaped too and where there is some feed. Im finding them now in the woods and not in the fields.
 

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I to am finding more birds in the thickets and woods. i have put up a couple in the fields, but most run out of range with my pup chasing them and then they flush giving no shot. Fence rows, small thick woody areas, and woods have produced a lot of birds and provided solid points, which leads to good shots.

Next time out go where you would not normally go. Thick stuff on the fridges of the hunting land. Get your dog into the brush and you may have some better luck.

Running birds and young pointing dogs are a challenge. I am on my first pointing dog which has presented some issues this season.
 

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I have an older dog and running birds give him problems. He'll point then he'll start moving in on them creeping or stalking but they are long gone. I don't know how to train him to move faster when they are moving on him.
I never had a dog as staunch on point as this dog. I don't want to mess that up. When he locks up on a sitting bird he wont move until you flush it.
 

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Pheasants are notorius for confounding pointing dogs... grouse are a close second...

Woodcock and quail are a pointing dogs best friends
 

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Be careful what you ask for. A slow moving trailing dog is better than one that runs them out and flushes them too far for a shot. Many times the running will stop at the edge of cover and give you your shot opportunity. Some pheasants just love to run and they are difficult to get. Using blockers at the end of fields is one way of getting the Nike wearing roosters.
 
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