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Sea kayak fishing

     As an avid outdoorsman I find peace in being outside. Hunting and fishing are a rest to life for me. When the opportunity arose to try something new and sea kayak I did it. It's a little out of my realm from running bird dogs and beagles on my weekends. But trying new things and experiencing what bring others joy in the outdoors can help give a new perspective.  The first leg if the trip was. 4.5 miles all in the pouring ran out to an island off the coast of Maine. With a few chances to fish on the way out the makerel were around but no bites to be had. It was filled with wildlife. There was many of seals, a few porpoise,  some eiders and many more bird species. It was a scenic view on the way to the island for lunch and a hike.  The trip back the rain stop and the fish struck just off the shore of the island. There was two of us fishing and to fish aboard. That would be the last of the fish caught though the effort was there. With the paddle the paddle back to the main land t

Summer time Beagles

 The peak of the summer time heat is upon us. We have had an on and off one in the northeast but it is humid and hot out. Keeping your beagles in top shape year around can lessen the burden of getting them in shape for hunting season and also significantly decrease the risk of injury. During the summer months we have to be diligent in keep are packs safe when running.     There are many things we can do before and after taking them for a run to keep them safe. Running early in the day or late in the afternoon on hot days. Checking the weather is vitality important for summer running. Sunny days when it feels like the sun's rays are burning through you are better spent fishing. High humidity also takes a big toll on dogs. The feeling of wearing a blanket all day is uncomfortable. As humans we have the ability to sweat on those days but dog have to pant to get rid of the heat.     Making sure your dog has water before they run keeps them hydrated during running. Water before also mak

The growing trainer

    Improving as a dog handler is a major goal for this off season. Working a full time job and raising a family makes it hard to be fully dedicated to a training schedule. Really thinking about your daily routine and where that training would fit in. There is time in the day to get it done and you won't even know the difference. Except in your dog you will see leaps and bounds.     They say the best way to become a better trainer is to work dogs. There is alot to be said about that but I also think it needs to be added with knowledge of books, dvd, and another trainer. I'm finding the more I train the more the knowledge taken from those sources comes out.      The other day was a struggle when a dog went from pointing to trying to take a bird out. After a few attempts of trying and failing I thought back to those sources and got the answer . It was time to launch the bird at the sign of scent. It worked perfectly the next bird he hit scent went cautiously right into a point th

Solo the pack

 Running beagles In a pack can make the hare hunting experience mind blowing. The music that a pack of dogs make through the quiet woods is exhilarating. It is very practical to run dogs together when hunting. In a pack there is more dogs to find the rabbit and keep the trail.  What happens when you find your self down to one dog. Dogs unfortunately get hurt, come in to season or it might be something different and they need some time off. How is the single dog going to react. Some will take off like nothing is different and others will act like they have never been out before.  Why not solo hunt dogs during the season? It a tough thing to leave dogs home that are ready to go but maybe the best thing for your pack. In any pack all dogs should run the rabbit solo with no help from other dogs. During the season a dog running only in a pack can start to rely on the other dogs. The ones with the stronger noise or faster legs could leave your pack weakening each time out leaving the other d

Winter Hare Gear

  The mid season of snow shoe hunting the temperature is going to 20s and below. Keeping warm during these hunts can be difficult because to get in the action you have to move long distance fast building sweat. Then you stand waiting for the dogs to circle it towards you really cooling you off.  The ride to get to good snowshoe hare country can be long you don't want to sweat on the way. Don't dress for the hunt until you get there. The best method is to dress in base layers with a long sleeve shirt and carhartt pants for the ride. Wear shoes or light boots on the way. Just to keep from sweating.  Once on location you want to have outer wear that is easy to get on so you can get hunting sooner. The less fussing at the truck the more hunting.  Boots and socks: Get socks that are as close to wool that you can. Wool will keep your feet warm even if you sweat a little. For boots you want a rubber boots to the knee that has flexibility not stiff like most of the hunting style rubber

Mobile Ice Fishing

 The comforts of a big ice shack make it feel like home. Having almost anything from a oven, tv, and bed. While also leaving you in one spot day after day. While fishing From the same location and the same pond can be nice at times. Being able to get out and fish new territory weather it's a new spot or a new pond brings on a new challenge.  The ability to be mobile while ice fishing gives you more flexibility and opportunity fishing. Being able to change locations on a lake with a quick and simple pack up could mean more flags on a slow day. Scouting a new pond means you can change locations a few times to find fish. No longer do you have to fish the same pond every time out because of the big shack. The gear that makes you ready to get out there and be mobile is a gear sled, portable ice shack, small heater.  For an ice shack a shelter made onto a sled is very nice for the fact that you can haul all your stuff out in it. Setting it up  is a breeze and some even come with built in

No winter blues

 The notion of cabin fever has set in to most northeastern's by now. Short days and cold temps keep them looking forward to April showers and May flowers. Unaware of the beauty of winter woods and hard water.    Nothing is quite like a frosty morning sunrise behind a few beagles. It is something mind clearing to listen to the pack giving chase on a snowshoe hare over the snowy hills and in the icy swamps. Music to a hunters ears baying beagles echoing through the quiet winter woods.     There is a lot we can learn and see in the snow covered woods that would be non-existent any other time of the year. Wing beats of a ruffed grouse taking off, Tracks ending at impressions in the now where an owl grabbed some dinner. Animal tracks telling a story like a lynx's going after the very same quarry those beagles are tracking over the ridge.     If the the hunting is limited or fishing is more your style. Hitting a frozen pond for the chance at chasing some flags will surely make cabin