Labs vs. Pointers

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by MatthewEitutis, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. MatthewEitutis

    MatthewEitutis 6 pointer

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    All. Hunted opener for SD phes again up here and we had quite a few birds that our dogs walked right by. We were running labs that work close and are patient and locked in all day. Do any of you all have comments on preference of dog when it comes to actually finding the birds? Pref on noses/eyes of labs vs. pointers?
     
  2. jrfrmn

    jrfrmn Fawn

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    Labs vs Pointers

    By a good Springer Spaniel.

    English and Canadian bloodline.




     
  3. BurleyDog

    BurleyDog 10 pointer

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    Labs 100% all the way. No better upland dogs IMO

    has it been dry or extremely windy up there? Sometimes that messes with a dogs nose.... were your dogs (sorry about this) "dog tired"
     
  4. uplandchessies

    uplandchessies 10 pointer

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    Has more to do with experience and exposure to birds than breed of dog.
     
  5. MatthewEitutis

    MatthewEitutis 6 pointer

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    perfect conditions

    there was lil to no wind at 6mph and it had snowed.
     
  6. wildcovey

    wildcovey 6 pointer

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    pointers

    pointers 100% for upland hunting :).good hunting.
     
  7. olducker

    olducker 8 pointer

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    Hey,, we do have pointing Labs to ,,,#1 AKC and UKC They can do it all .:D
     
  8. brettfrancis1

    brettfrancis1 6 pointer

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    A pointing Lab is about as awkward as my Pointer retreiving geese. The day I see a lab work better than my pointer I'll change my mind. Probably not for a long time.
     
  9. grouseguy

    grouseguy 12 pointer

    After experiencing a couple of days of following labs in search of grouse in Northern WI (these were guided hunts where the clients INSISTED on using their own dogs), I can honestly say, that if I had to hunt upland birds behind a lab, I'd take up GOLF ... and I DESPISE the game of golf!!! :eek:;):cool::confused:
     
  10. wildcovey

    wildcovey 6 pointer

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    pointing labs

    amen to that brett and grouseguy!labs are great for retrieving no dought but because and this is not to down any dog at all but pointing labs is just a name like labradoodle being registered in akc does't mean they have been tested for any kind of performance but for appearance only.good dogs but not for upland imo.pointers 100%
     
  11. uplandchessies

    uplandchessies 10 pointer

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    Tested for performance, as in field trial/hunt tests? Met a lot of titled/championship pointer/flushers that would have been better off left in the truck.
     
  12. jeff

    jeff 8 pointer

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    As long as your dog is doing want you want it to do and your happy, the HELL :eek:with what other people say!;) If your pointer points birds, you shoot, dog points-dead bird, you go pick it up and are happy, you have a good dog. You have a Lab, finds some birds (not all birds in field) you shoot and he brings them back to you and your happy, you have a good dog. A person should decide what they want a dog to do before getting it and how much time they are willing to spend training it to get it where they want it to be (or how $$ sending it to a trainer). A good breeder can help you decide what you looking for (he will not sell you a dog knowing it's not what your looking for).

    Good link on getting a dog:
    http://www.vommoorehaus.com/how_to_buy_a_gun_dog.htm
     
  13. capnball45

    capnball45 6 pointer

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    I like the english setters for upland birds, and to find a good pup, just throw a bird feather in the kennel and get the one that locks on point.
     
  14. jrfrmn

    jrfrmn Fawn

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    Labs

    What were these dogs doing? Springer spaniels will hunt circles around a Lab.


     
  15. uplandchessies

    uplandchessies 10 pointer

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    I'll be picking up my springer pup this Friday, but wouldn't say springers will hunt circles around a Lab (or any other breed). My buddy in Oregon has a really good Lab (and a springer, too) and has had many pointer owners (chukar hunters) offer him money for Raven. Pat Wray (author of A Chukar Hunters Companion) even asked if my buddy was going to breed her.

    Everyone puts too much faith in breed and everyone has the best bird dog.
     

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