Best Scenting Conditions.
Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:32 PM
Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:31 PM
As you know I always try to get out in the morning so we can get back before dark however some people like the evening.
Guess I just like the idea of getting the hounds home without stumbling around in the dark trying to get them
But the ultimate time to get in the woods with the hounds is anytime you can, the more exposure to bunnies the better the hounds are
Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:52 PM
Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:08 PM
Damper the better, a rainy day like today the dogs wouldn't stop all day, not fit to be out in tho. If you get a sunny day and the snow surface is warming up is good also. Cold and dry no good for scent. I seen me hunt in the rain and not be able to get out of the woods, fast as I shot one rabbit they were on another......fun tho
Just my .02 cents, no charge.....
Posted 18 December 2016 - 06:03 PM
damper for sure...
Posted 20 December 2016 - 07:47 PM
Thanks for the tips guys, got out today for about 5 hours cold and dry with a bit of wind. Dog had one short chase in 5 hours in a spot polluted with bunnies. Luckily my buddy managed to hammer 3 that were just hoping away from the dogs bells off in the distant. I managed to get a shot at one, as I made my way up to grab it it hopped off, dog ended up chasing it and grabbing it by the sound of the screams but then let it go, followed the blood trail until it went cold. Def not a great day for the dog today lol.
Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:32 PM
Boomer couldn't find a good scent and didn't really run, he was caught up in a thicket for 30min before we relocated, again nothing to chase. Moved again and same thing, boomer decided that he wanted to go home at noon and walked beside us as we walked out.
Hopefully things get better next time
Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:58 AM
Posted 21 December 2016 - 01:31 PM
Looking forward to it NSuplander
there is good info on scenting conditions you may want to look at;
opinions will vary but there is no substitute for your own experience
sounds like you're spending time out there so eventually you will
know what works best for YOUR dog Booster
Cheers and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:41 PM
The snow started with the wind and ruined scenting for the hounds but they still managed to find another one and run it to me and I made the shot to redeem myself.
Ended the day with 4 bunnies and a few memories, plans to get out again next week.
Nsuplander we are heading your way Sat morning if we can get there. Get the shotty ready for the day
Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:56 PM
Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:13 AM
Looking forward to it slickie, the gun is ready but I still can't seem to sort out that crooked barrel, new polymer cast junk lol. It's been interesting seeing how the dog runs over the last couple months in the different scenting conditions, damp days and even days where it was raining the dog did awesome (well as good as Booster can do) and the days where it was dry and cold was absolutely pointless being out though a few bunnies getting out of the way off the bell were shot. I wonder if it is good to take advantage of the miserable scenting days to get the dog out and challenge their nose so on a damp day they run even better?
Posted 08 May 2017 - 05:14 AM
try this old trick. stick your bare hand in the snow if the snow sticks your dog is likely to have a great day yea I know you may need to weight a few days to try this
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