Finn from the Cascades, Season 4

JLS

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We’re back. We passed. Three other dogs didn’t. It’s a hard test with lots of areas where little shit can go wrong and fail a dog.

Finn took a wrong turn back on his 300m fox drag and retrieve, got a little lost, and I had to whistle him in. He took a big scoring hit as a result, or he would have had an exceptional score.

Finn got very high praise for his blood track (10 minutes for a 400m overnight track) and was never off track by more than about 5-10m.

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I waffled a LOT early in the year on whether to do this test. Having done it, I will take every future Drahthaar through this level. The bond with the dog and the utility of the skill set is invaluable.

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We’ll be getting hips and shoulders x-rayed. A breeder at the test was very interested in Finn.
 

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There is a ton prep work for that single piece of paper to score that well. Congratulations to both of you On such an outstanding result.

The english subtitles are in such small font, that at first I didn’t see them, and on further inspection, some areas don’t have the translations.
 

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There is a ton prep work for that single piece of paper to score that well. Congratulations to both of you On such an outstanding result.

The english subtitles are in such small font, that at first I didn’t see them, and on further inspection, some areas don’t have the translations.
Thank you. The scoresheet at this link has the translations, as well as an explanation of each task.

 

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Outstanding! Great job getting through all that. These dogs are truly amazing! Good luck on your hunts this fall.
 
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Way to go, both you and Finn sure earned it!

Best wishes for a great fall season, I’ll be on the sidelines nursing Molly through some tough times to the end.

Road hunting is all it looks like she can handle. But her heart is still in the hunt.
 
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Did the pheasant play nice and hold tight. Or were they the running SOB's they usually are?
 

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Did the pheasant play nice and hold tight. Or were they the running SOB's they usually are?
Some of both. It rained all morning, so early on they were holding incredibly tight. The first rooster tried to back door us and Finn pinned him between us. The second was running in the heavy cover and flushed when Finn pointed him. The last rooster flushed wild while Finn was retrieving bird #2. Fortunately, I’ve learned my lesson about immediately breaking open for a reload after killing a bird and got him as well.
 

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Been pretty light on photos as of late. We found a covey of quail yesterday, but the state section I was hunting has been absolutely hammered this year. I called in a favor from my best friend for today.

Pics 3&4 are pretty amazing @JLS
great hunt and share👍🏻
 
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We did an overnight trip, as I got tired of waiting to see a photo of Greenhorn carrying a whole ram over his shoulders out of the Spanish Peaks.

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It was a very cold and blustery day. My face was pretty well sandblasted with snow by the end of the day. We hunted a brand new spot that did not disappoint.
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Day two was a little warmer and a familiar haunt.
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