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Hooked on field training

10 Feb

Our introduction to the world of hunting upland game came during the new year holiday of 2011.  We were invited to join some vizsla friends for a 3 day trip to Rend Lake, Illinois for some pheasant hunting.  Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into!

In preparation for the expedition, we purchased what we thought were field clothes, ordered field collars for the dogs, and packed up.  As we were driving to the lodge, Ben asked me what all the excitement was with regards to hunting.  My naive answer was something like “Well, best I can tell it involves walking around in the freezing cold wearing a very unflattering shade of orange.”  [Note, I’m still not a fan of wearing blaze orange but obviously understand the importance of being visible for safety reasons.]

Anyway, we hit the field for the first time with 4 experienced hunters, 1 field champion, and 3 master hunters… WOW!  After the first 10 minutes, the field champion struck a hard point and didn’t move.  She didn’t even blink!  It was amazing!  Her owner stepped in the flush the bird, shot the bird, and then it was retrieved perfectly to hand.  This field champion was so exuberant in the field it was magnificent to watch!  We were hooked!  A little later in the morning, the same field champion went on point again and both the dogs in the field with her honored in the most spectacular way.  I was floored!  I couldn’t believe that 2 high-energy vizslas stopped hard to honor a fellow hunter who found a bird.  This was (and still is) amazing!

Now, we spend our weekends training our vizslas and ourselves to hunt upland game.  We buy Valentine’s gifts of bird launchers and anniversary gifts of e-collars!  Even my new pajama pants have bird dogs and pheasants on them… we are totally loving every minute of this.

For those who haven’t seen a vizsla work a field in search for birds, it is truly something else!  I couldn’t truly appreciate it until I saw it for myself.  It is safe to say, I’m bird dog crazy!

Happy weekend!