Posts tagged: Dan Hoke
HUNTING — I took Scout, my English setter, out for two, short, early morning hunts this weekend to celebrate the opening of the quail and partridge seasons. Emphasis on short.
It's simply too dry and warm out there to be working a dog too hard.
In case you missed it in the Sunday Outdoors section, dog trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel near Cheney has some excellent early-season tips for hunting with bird dogs.
But I did see enough birds on my short hunts to be optimistic that late hatches produced a decent crop of quail, Huns — and even pheasants. (I saw two young roosters that still weren't feathered out.)
November and December will be prime time.
GUN DOGS — A black Lab won the battle of the breeds today at the Spokane Bird Dog Association's 2011 Fun Hunt.
Among the breeds were German shorthair pointers, springer spaniels, yellow Labs, English setters and German wirehairs.
They went head to head in braces during the timed event at Espanola to see how fast they could bag a pair of chukars.
I'm still checking out the rumor that the Labs and springers are sponsored by PETA. The handlers generally didn't have to fire a shot as their dogs moved in quickly to nail the pen-raised birds.
It's not clear whether the flushing-dog owners can't shoot — or whether they really don't want to.
HUNTING — He saw the storm coming Wednesday, but he had eight dogs scheduled for training and he welcomed the wind and snow flurries as a learning experience.
“You can't just train hunting dogs when it's nice,” said Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel off the I-90 Four Lakes Exit . “Sooner or later you're going to have to hunt or run a field trial in difficult weather, and you want your dog to be accustomed to it.”
But when the storm bloomed into a full-fledged blizzard, he loaded the horses and dogs in the trailer and beat it out of the lonesome Lincoln County scablands.
“Being in the field in a storm isn't so bad, but you don't want to kill yourself and your dogs on the slick roads getting home.”