I was thinking also along the same lines as the dog, sometimes the dog at the gunshot is out and after the bird. Unless some hunters have a hold of their dog, the dog will break. I have hunted with a couple folks that their dog would not break until given a command. Some dogs are amazing how still they can be when they see and hear a bird coming in. I am in the process of training one right now that needs a little further training as not to bark or break while the bird is coming in. It has been a blast this past year trying to train her. Although I have been fall hunting many years I have been a dog mootcher, hunting with others that had great dogs.
Below is a story from this fall on a very well disciplined dog in a tight situation. Oh yea, the caller did a pretty good job to.
TC is on the left, me right and the star front and center, Buster.
Earl and I had a pretty good morning...sadly the dogs wouldn't hunt together it was one of those "love at first sight" deals for Buster.
One morning we did manage to get Buster straightened out long enough to do his job.
About 9 o'clock I shot my second bird...she came in yelping to beat the band...boom.
Earlier this bird to the north kept coming in but just wouldn't show herself and I'd also heard several more birds calling north and east of our location....
I told Buster to stay and walked over to Earl and suggested we move 50 to 75 yards to a different location..he agreed.
We walked back to where Buster was....As we were standing there mapping out a new strategy to get Earl his second bird the bird north of us started calling with'n 50 yards of us....I chose to just stand...told Buster to stay.
Earl immediately dropped down and bob cat'd about 10 yards north to a location with a good view of a fire break. I again whispered to Buster to "stay" and I started calling on Steve's Extreme Kee diaphragm.
The terrain of the fire break rolled slightly down and without offering Earl a shot the hen made it across and came in directly behind me.
Buster's faced a lot of turkeys over the years and has always did real good...but this was going to be the ultimate test as I was standing up and Buster was laying at my feet (unhidden)....the hen turkey came in talking six feet behind the 12 inch diameter Pine tree I'm leaned against.....eye ball to eye ball with Buster.
I'm looking directly at Earl and through his face mask I can tell he's laughing his ass off.....at this point I'd would have laid odds this turkey wasn't going to die today.
After what seemed like and eternity this hen comes out on my right side about 10 to 12 feet from Buster...Earl said Buster moved his head a little one time and the hen looked at him but Buster held and she went back to looking for the hen that she thought was calling down the hollow in front of her...I still had my doubts that this hen would die.
She inched on past Buster and I.....about 15 yards out Earl let her have it....boom.
We both busted out in laughter and disbelief that we had "all" pulled this off.
Earl said he was wondering which one of us were going to screw up first....(meaning Buster and I)..... I was just hoping Earl didn't shoot us.
After all was said and done Earl commented that no one was going to believe this story when I told it.
Believe it or Not.
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