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Hunters who are out to harvest pheasants are no strangers to taking their dogs for the added benefits; from flushing our multiple birds to retrieving them in dense foliage. The relationship between hunters and their dogs can also be very close.

But it is when hunters don’t have their beloved hunting partners with them that the difference they make in the fields can be demonstrated. One hunter has shared his experiences on a recent hunting trip; where he had his dog for only part of the trip.

The hunter was part of a three man hunting group. Each one had a setter dog: Ty, Brigh and Rub. Each of these dogs accompanied the hunters on their hunting adventures on the first four days. During these trips, the group were able to achieve their bag limit every time. Some days the bag limit was achieved in 90 minutes.

However, on the fifth day, the dogs were looking the worse for wear. Ty was injured and walking on three legs, Brigh was gimpy and Rub had sore paws after coming across sand burrs. Therefore, the group, not wanting to waste any precious hunting days, left the dogs in their vehicles.

During their initial two hours in the fields the group returned with no birds. During the next session, Rub wanted to accompany the group and was allowed to do so. This had an instant impact on the hunt as three roosters were caught. But the time in the fields tired the young dog and he didn’t want to take part in the next hunting session.

The group admitted after the hunt that dogs are so crucial to the success of a pheasant hunt. Especially as their fifth day was the only day they didn’t achieve their harvest limit.

Do you take a dog hunting with you? Are they essential to your hunting experience?

Let us know in the comments below.

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