Saturday, 24 July 2021

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 the wind picked up across the open bay. The paddling became steady with no breaks just to make headway untill the other shore gave some relief. Once the 3 mile marathon paddle was over the coast broke the wind where some more unsuccessful fish was had.

9 miles was done for the day and one angler hooked on kayak fishing in the ocean. There is something soothing about paddling in the ocean with the tides changing and the abundant wildlife all around then pulling a fish from the water just inches from where you sit. With he makerel it is usually used for bait for the more sought after fish the striper but this one was destined for the dinner plate. Never trying one before I decided to see if they were more then just a bait fish. Cooked on the grill with garlic and lemon it was a mild tasting fish and one I would eat again. 

Saturday, 10 July 2021

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 makes it so they are not having to drink tons of water after to play some sort of catch up. Good ways to carry and offer water is in a watering system from one of the top kennel manufactures or in the field with a water bottle with a squirt top. Using a water bottle squirt the water across the mouth not down the throat. Across the mouth they will be able to drink at their pace and stay hydrated. 

   Besides giving water there are things that should be done after a summer time run to help the dogs cool off and settle down. To cool them off before the trip home you should have them calm down at the truck with water. Let them hang out and stop their heavy panting. Soaking them down water from a water bottle on the top oh thier head and ears can help in them cooling down. Making for a safe and comfortable ride home.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

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 then the next scent and point. 

   Like most things in life hard work and knowledge will get you where you want to go. A journal of your daily session will help you stay on track and give you something to go back to when all goes wrong. Set goals but keep timelines out of it. Have fun and grow as a handler and don't rush your sessions. 

  When everything seems to be going wrong remember that breakthrough could be right there. 

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...