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      anybody bird hunting

      cant believe sharptail and waterfowl have opened and nobody has posted anything.
      I hunted sharps ne of Bismarck and was surprised by the amount of young of the year coveys I flushed everyday. hopefully pheasants had a good hatch this year.
      I got nothing on waterfowl besides I think they open the season 2 weeks early.

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      Been out for sharp-tails 5 times so far. Opener was good, bird numbers have been good, weather is crap. Wind, rain, heat, repeat. Very few hunters that I have seen. I'm hoping to get to the badlands for grouse before pheasant season opens.


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      My lab tore her ACL saturday, surgery is next wed. I may need to get counseling.

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      Quote Originally Posted by NG3067 View Post
      My lab tore her ACL saturday, surgery is next wed. I may need to get counseling.
      Oh man how shitty. Sorry to hear

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      awwwww!!!!! s--t!!!!!!!! Sorry to hear that. Hope all turns out for the best.

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      Quote Originally Posted by NG3067 View Post
      My lab tore her ACL saturday, surgery is next wed. I may need to get counseling.
      ugh... one of the shittiest deals ever other than dog getting killed or some such

      it's a long sad trip - especially when they blow the other one after surgery

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      Quote Originally Posted by NG3067 View Post
      My lab tore her ACL saturday, surgery is next wed. I may need to get counseling.
      Unfortunately, this is pretty common with labs that hunt upland birds. Happened to my last lab and I just got a
      new lab puppy so I will probably end up going through it again. Almost without fail when you hear about this it is a lab.
      They are just such damn good dogs though.once you’ve had one it’s hard not to always have one.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dirty View Post
      Unfortunately, this is pretty common with labs that hunt upland birds. Happened to my last lab and I just got a
      new lab puppy so I will probably end up going through it again. Almost without fail when you hear about this it is a lab.
      They are just such damn good dogs though.once you’ve had one it’s hard not to always have one.
      Can the ACL issue be diminished by going to good breeders? Im a springer guy and they have their hip and eye problems which can be mostly avoided by going to good breeders with hip and eye guarantees.

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      The way I understand it, while they excel and hunting in water and on land, they are just not structurally as sound for the twists and turns of upland hunting. I don't think its a genetic thing. Some breeds are just set up better physically for that type of activity than others.

      My lab tore one at 2 1/2 and one at 7 1/2 years of age. Both times happened right at the beginning of hunting season so that sucked pretty bad. Expensive surgery but quick recovery and she bounced back to 100% each time.

      http://www.ivghospitals.com/uncatego...or-retrievers/

      Here's a link with some info.

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      I feel very fortunate have had 3 labs and never an acl issue. One shoulder though. Best of luck with it.

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      I have a 3 1/2 year old springer, he tore his ACL this spring and it was a long difficult road to recovery. Trying to keep a springer "inactive" is damn near impossible. I believe it healed up OK, not great.... after a long day he starts limping pretty good. I fear he may never be back to 100%, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down TOO much. Bad deal.

      On another note, I have not been out for birds yet.

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      Shot our 9 grouse opening day, went out early goose hunting one time. The weather patterns and amount of crop that was and is still standing i think has been my biggest deterrent. I also was kind of storing all my hunting up for the trip i just got back from in Saskatchewan, which was really good by the way. Four shoots and 190 birds with 5 guys, best we have done in the three years going up.

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      The hatch seems good this year, seeing usually 6 to 12 per. It's been poor weather for grouse hunting but still fun.


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      Hope the injury goes well.
      I have a lab thats about year 1/2. I shoot decoys in the yard to chase down. And their is no stopping him going ballz out every time, skidding, rolling, end over end. I cringe every time thinking of what I did to my knees growing up. But its fun to see the him so excited.

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      Quote Originally Posted by NG3067 View Post
      My lab tore her ACL saturday, surgery is next wed. I may need to get counseling.
      that sucks nothing worse than a hurt dog at the beginning of bird season. This is my fourth lab and no acl injury's yet. a couple of front shoulder injury's in there later years.

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      opens on saturday, numbers are supposed to be up should be fun

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      Plan on partaking Sunday at some point. Looking forward to a refresher for the GWP.

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      youth waterfowl down here this weekend. Getting the puppy out and the kid

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