I can’t turkey hunt all year, so the next best thing to slinging a tom over my shoulder is seeing my bird dog lock up on point and then retrieve a ruffed grouse after I flush it and make the shot.
A pointing do has to do it all – cover a lot of ground in search of birds, find them, pin them down or relocate on them if they run, then pin them again. After the shot, they retrieve or chase down wounded birds from land and water. That’s a pretty good skill set. But it doesn’t just happen year after year.
If you are interested in pointing dogs or want to get your dog in shape for the coming upland season, check out my Outdoor Canada piece on tuning up a pointing dog at the link below.