Saturday, 10 November 2018

Guns for small game

     The first gun I ever used was a .410 single shot. I harvested my first ruffed grouse with it. There a are a lot of found memories with that gun it has alot of personal value as it has been handed down through my family. It was a nice little gun for riding the roads but I was longing for something different.

     I switched to a single 20 gauge. The advantage was it could reach a little further. It was a good gun that harvested a lot of birds but had a fixed full choke. It turned out to be a nice road gun also.
    A few years into hunting with my French Brittany's I decided all guns where not created equal. There were a few features I was needing in my gun. I needed a choke that wasn't full also more then one shot. So I made the switch to my duck gun a 12 gauge pump. It had the things I was looking for a screw in choke then I could decide the pattern for the hunt i was on and it also had three shots with the plug in it. The gun worked well for my needs but there were still a few thing about i didn't like it was long And heavy to carry in the grouse woods.
     I think I have found the perfect solution to my problems. It is a 12 gauge side by side with twenty inch barrels and screw in chokes. This gun I believe will be an amazing all around small game gun. The ability to maneuve with it in the grouse woods or in the thick hare habitat i think will be its biggest advantage.
                                         Jon
                  

Monday, 5 November 2018

My dogs

     I started hunting with dogs about five years ago. My passion for hunting and love for dogs came together to make time in the field more enjoyable. There has been a lot of mistakes made in my short time of having hunting dogs but the rewards of pushing past them have been many.
     My first hunting breed was a French Brittany named Gauge. He is now five. As My first dog I have trained I think I did everything possible to screw him up. Now in his fith year of hunting he is finally starting to point and get what hunting is about. He has become proof of if you work hard and don't give up it's never to late to for dog to catch on despite thier age or trainer.
     It was a year after getting Gauge I had to have another. I got another French brittany named Autumn. Deciding I did such a good job screwing one dog up I thought I would try training another. In her fourth year hunting she does a decent job finding birds and sometimes pointing.
     Last year I had the opportunity to hunt snowshoe hare. It is one of the highest action funniest hunts I have been on and the best part was listening to the dogs baying. I started to look for a beagle so I could further my small game passion and over this summer a friend gave me a four year old named Preacher. She had very little hunting experience to that point but he had her professionally trained before giving her to me. On October first with my friends other three dogs she had her first two rabbits shot over her.
    The newest addition is a eleven week old beagle named River. I have high hopes of the dog she will become. I hope to take you through the process of training her to hunt snowshoe hare. I hope you will stay with me on the new journey with River and The continued proceed with The others.
                                Jon

Season Prep

  This time of year the truck bed Permanently gets smaller till the season end with a two hole dog box. The equipment is packed and truck is...