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My game player - German Shorthair Pointer

MinnDakota Kennels Fine German Shorthair Pointers

By: David P Bruns, Minndakota Kennel and Guide Service
for UGUIDE South Dakota Pheasant Hunting

How to win the game in the pheasant hunting fields of South Dakota

As many hunters can tell you the outcome of your day is sometimes based on the amount of luck you have. With that said there are a few things to take into consideration. Weather conditions, time of year early/late season, patterns of the birds and dog work. Even though each day brings a new challenge there is one thing that remains the same. The players in the field, meaning birds versus a man and his dog. If there is one thing that will bring you consistent success in the field it is a quality birddog.

Now there are quality dogs in every breed but today we are going to touch on pointers. Specifically the German Shorthair Pointer. My knowledge on the breed and in the field is based off from my personal experience. Why the German shorthair? I think the saying goes something like this ?we do what our Dads did.? I am a third generation pheasant hunter that has chased the ringneck behind a German Shorthair. Just like hunting it has become a family tradition.

To give you a little back ground, the German Shorthair Pointer was introduced to America by soldiers returning home from World War II. They are considered one of the continental versatile breeds and this status reflects the additional tasks the GSP may be asked to perform such as blood tracks, retrieves out of water, and hunt varmints. Due to the German Shorthairs versatile abilities they are always a worthy opponent for any game bird. As in any sport the best way to win is stack the odds in your favor. We feel the GSP gives you the most valuable player every time you hit the field.

There are many things you can do to improve your dogs performance in the field. Training, conditioning, building that bond/team relationship, more training, etc... But the one thing you can?t do is train experience. The time you spend in the field is the most valuable training tool you can have. Make sure you have completed training and have control of your dog. Then, my best advice is go hunting. Preferably in and on ground that has plenty of opportunities for bird exposure. Nothing makes a bird-dog like birds. (I think I may have stolen that line from every good trainer out there.) If you have done your home work and bought the right pup (That will be a different article) for your type of hunting situations and spent the time and/or money to train them. Your chances of out witting the wily ringneck have greatly improved. It actually might not involve much luck at all. As with many things we do it sometimes doesn?t matter if we win or lose but it is nice to have a good showing. The time you spend in the field with friends, family, or just your four legged hunting partner are memories that are never forgotten. Good luck on your next outing and hopefully a limit every once and awhile.

Dave Bruns lives in the heart of pheasant country South Dakota, near Mitchell. Dave is the owner of MinnDakota Kennels and Guide Service and is a top breeder and trainer of German Shorthair Pointers. For more information go to Dave's website at german shorthair pointer