View Poll Results: What Is The Best Hunting Dog For ALASKA?

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  • Labrador Retriever

    14 43.75%
  • Golden Retriever

    0 0%
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    6 18.75%
  • German Short-Haired Pointer

    1 3.13%
  • Brittany Spaniel

    1 3.13%
  • Springer Spaniel

    1 3.13%
  • Beagle

    2 6.25%
  • Hound (Bloodhound, Coonhound, Foxhound etc.)

    0 0%
  • Other

    7 21.88%
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    Deutsch-Drahthaar for me. The German Wirehaired Pointer, Deutsch-Kurzhaar and German Shorthair are close in the list. Fur and feather, point, retrieve, and track. Low maintenance coat. Good to colder temps than I am comfortable hunting in.

    Looks like the next litter will be mid-February. Let me know if you want to check them out.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2jumpersplease View Post
    Deutsch-Drahthaar for me. The German Wirehaired Pointer, Deutsch-Kurzhaar and German Shorthair are close in the list. Fur and feather, point, retrieve, and track. Low maintenance coat. Good to colder temps than I am comfortable hunting in.

    Looks like the next litter will be mid-February. Let me know if you want to check them out.

    Merry Christmas!

    -Tom
    You had some great pups in that litter last year; that female you had available last March almost converted me and it is a pleasure to see her littermate Dresden at our chapter events and trainings. Still prefer my pudelpointers though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveinthebush View Post
    Yea they shed a little. I think I used an entire roll of duct tape getting the hair out of the upholstery on one truck I sold.
    We use to joke that there was enough fur on the porch each spring to make a 2nd lab. It helps if you leave them outside most of the time. They get a thick winter coat, stay plenty warm, and only shed when the weather warms up.

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    Labs shedding? Bwahahaha....try a malamute....
    "– Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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    My chessie didn't shed much at all, and most the blacks I've seen don't seem to shed all that much either. But the yellow?......I ain't never seen the likes!!! And mine spent a lot of time outdoors when he was young. Didn't seem to make a difference. Tried to feed him all the good oils too. Finally just got used to it. That, and my wife vacuums....a lot! As much as I love the looks and temperament of the yellow, I don't believe I'll have another.
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Interesting....if you want to believe what one "expert" says: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/...cid=spartanntp
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Thanks for the kind words Jonathan! It is tough to tell the brown ones from a Pudelpointer sometimes. They are very closely related breeds.

    That Dresden pup has a great motivated owner that is providing the exposure and training needed for a young hunting pup. He’s good one in a good environment for sure.

    -Tom

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    I think its personal like. I grew up with hunting labs. Flushing dogs. Never really waterfowl hunted with a dog. My wife and i went on a second mini honeymoon when we got back from our first and met a couple with a GWP. We had never considered that breed but fell in love with theirs. We had originally been looking for a lab but gave a GWP a try and it is night and day difference in a pheasant dog. The only dog i will own now is a GWP. Handles cold wisco days great without a vest also ( i bought her a vest but she hates it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2jumpersplease View Post
    Thanks for the kind words Jonathan! It is tough to tell the brown ones from a Pudelpointer sometimes. They are very closely related breeds.

    That Dresden pup has a great motivated owner that is providing the exposure and training needed for a young hunting pup. He’s good one in a good environment for sure.

    -Tom
    Very true, they work and train hard with Dres and it shows. You almost had me convinced off a PP when we were talking a few years back. Almost. Had you had that female littermate of Dresden's back then you might have succeeded! She is stunning.

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    I’m a setter guy. In fact I have 3. I hunt them a lot, shooting piles of bids over them every year. They can handle weather etc. really well. They’re much more of an upland specialist, which is what I’m primarily interested in. Classic grouse dogs, with a huge storied past. I’m surprised they’re not on the list. I’ve actually used my old male for duck hunting a few times. He did really well. My two girls can’t sit still enough lol. They were born to cover ground, and they sure do. If I was much more of a duck hunter, or in need of a tracking work etc., I’d certainly look at a DD. Couple friends have them. They’re really nice pups.
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    I just got this in an email if anybody would like to quiz themselves as to which breed might be a good match. The questions don't cover all situations but it's not a bad start imo. https://www.orvis.com/s/welcome-to-t...et_rid=7517205
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2jumpersplease View Post
    Deutsch-Drahthaar for me. The German Wirehaired Pointer, Deutsch-Kurzhaar and German Shorthair are close in the list. Fur and feather, point, retrieve, and track. Low maintenance coat. Good to colder temps than I am comfortable hunting in.

    Looks like the next litter will be mid-February. Let me know if you want to check them out.

    Merry Christmas!

    -Tom
    Iowa winters aren’t much different much of Alaska. Last winter we hunted 6 hours when the temp was -8 and 20 mph wind. 3 of us killed our limit of 9 pheasants that day. We used my sons Deutsch Drathaar, my Moesgaard Shorthair and a blocky all black Deutschland Kurzhaar stud dog from Canada! Both my shorthair and the Kurzhaar did excellent in that weather but the Drahthaar was just phenomenal. She works a bit slower but I never ever want to hurry to keep up with a dog so that is perfect to me! She also pointed two birds that the other dogs missed. However she scored a 76 out of a possible 77 at the Heartland Chapter VJP test and was top dog.... she was just 9 months old when she accomplished that. She has had almost 300 birds (pheasants)killed over since then. She is now 2 and a half and will do her breed test this spring! She was the runt in the litter and weighs but 60 lbs but she will kill a huge bore raccoon in short order. She will track a wounded deer and is 4 for 4 on wounded deer going a half mile or more with no visible blood trail. I have raised and trialed shorthair for almost 40 years but none that were equal to this Drahthaar at 2 years of age! The Drahthaar does equally as well in a duck boat.

    I had my mind made up that I would have a Drahthaar next but the owner of the Kurzhaar awarded me free pick of the litter out of his stud dog. So this season I have had a 4 month old Kurzhaar pup in tow all season. She is now 5 months old and pointed a rooster yesterday and honored point to one that my shorthair was pointing. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing the light bulb come on when a good bird dog pup is figuring it out!

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    I gotta say the Lab (insert favorite color here) is my favorite family/outdoor dog. My girls are snugglers and not afraid to get out and retrieve in water or dry ground all day long. I wear out long before they do. It's not unusual for my chocolate to find something from the bottom of the lake to bring back it my black lab gets the bumper first. I have seen her dive down and bring back an entire lily pad so she didn't have to come back empty handed. I just sold all my chocolate pups before Thanksgiving and now am expecting a litter from my Black lab next week. So if anyone is looking for a lifetime companion let me know. Hoping to have all three colors in this litter.

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    Years ago our Devoted Springer, Freckles, a most Magnificent Field Springer, had to be put down. Time went on, it never felt right to replace her. One day a call came in from the Springer Rescue and we got our Gal Shelby. When we took her to our Vet he said: "So you're finally getting another Dog!?" I said, "Yeah, it's been a few years and it's time..." He looked at the file, looked at me, and said in a low voice: "Chris, it's been 12 years since you last had a Dog." It took us that long to get past the "too special to ever replace" point, but we did. Shelby is now also gone to Cancer, but our "new" boy, Atom, only 2 at the time, was rescued a few years before we had to put Shelby down. I vowed to never be without one after that. He's getting well into middle age, it's time to start seeking out our next best friend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duteman View Post
    Years ago our Devoted Springer, Freckles, a most Magnificent Field Springer, had to be put down. Time went on, it never felt right to replace her. One day a call came in from the Springer Rescue and we got our Gal Shelby. When we took her to our Vet he said: "So you're finally getting another Dog!?" I said, "Yeah, it's been a few years and it's time..." He looked at the file, looked at me, and said in a low voice: "Chris, it's been 12 years since you last had a Dog." It took us that long to get past the "too special to ever replace" point, but we did. Shelby is now also gone to Cancer, but our "new" boy, Atom, only 2 at the time, was rescued a few years before we had to put Shelby down. I vowed to never be without one after that. He's getting well into middle age, it's time to start seeking out our next best friend...
    Yep, I too went many years without getting another "replacement" if you want to call it that. They really don't replace what you had that's for sure...
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    I just got this in an email if anybody would like to quiz themselves as to which breed might be a good match. The questions don't cover all situations but it's not a bad start imo. https://www.orvis.com/s/welcome-to-t...et_rid=7517205
    Just took this and ended up with German Shorthaired Pointer! Been a Springer man my whole life. Oh well, I'm a bit of a non-conformist anyway...

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