From what I knew, this was probably not a place I would have gone to if I didn't "have" to as part of our retreat and yet now that I know better, I'd go again tomorrow if I could (and bring friend, family, strangers, etc.).Richard D.
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For firearms, combination of the receiver or frame and breech bolt together with ohter parts of the mechanism by which a firearm is loaded, fired and unloaded.
(pronounced bih-spohk') is a British English term employed in a variety of applications to mean an item custom-made to the buyer's specification.Bird Boy
(BB) The person who throws the bird, bumper or other item for the dog to retrieve.
When a dog is close to a pheasant the dog's tail and rear end will often shake back and forth and the dog will make erratic turns. This dog language is referred to by pheasant hunters as "birddy".
A desirable quality in a dog that describes a high interest in birds, high desire to retriever birds. Sometimes used to describe prey drive.
When the dog locates the bird or bumper on a retrieve and does not fetch it.
Having a lot of bottom is a term used when a dog is perceived as 'tough' or has the ability to handle a lot of pressure.
A brood is a group of pheasants from the same hen and nest. A brood will typically stay together from hatch until the birds reach full size. Pheasants reach full size and leave the brood in about 2-3 months.
A pouch at the base of the pheasants neck that allows them to gather food and take it back to heavier cover to digest it.
A dirty field refers to a crop field that contains weeds or grass cover in addition to an agricultural crop. Pheasants prefer dirty fields as they provide cover right in the food source.Driven Shoot
Captive birds are released from a central location to fly over the Guns, who are arranged in a line.
Point of entry into the water or structure in route to a retrieve.
Elements can influence a retriever to veer off line. These include wind, terrain, water, cover and diversions. The more advanced the dog, the more they are able to overcome various factors to hold the line.Filoplume
The tiniest, hairlike feathers on a turkey.
When a dog avoids continuing on a straight line on which he was sent due to pressure applied previously in that general area.
The gizzard is an organ in the digestive system of a pheasant that consists of a strong muscle that contracts and uses rocks and other hard objects swallowed by the bird to grind up food.Guns
Traditionally the word "Guns" is synonymous with "Hunters" who are lined up with shotguns to fire upon driven birds.
Pads on the feet of pheasants that are pressure sensitive and help pheasants feel ground vibrations.
Guns are all in a straight line, not the throws of the marks. There can be variations of the inline concept including throwing direction, shift in placement of gun stations, retriever guns, terrain considerations, flyer placement, throwing order as well as factors such as wind and weather. The debate is whether or not this is a test of a dog’s marking ability or their ability to take a line. While seen in tests and/or trials, some feel it is a training concept and should not be used in competition.Instinct
Behavior that is naturally ingrained in an animal.
On a firearm, it is the length between the trigger and the butt of the stock.Loaders
An attendant who loads an additional shotgun at a driven shoot.
Losing feathers and regrowing them at different stages in life.
The extra eyelid on a pheasant used to keep the eye moist and deflect wind during flight.
After one animal has exerted the effort to kill prey, the remains will be eaten by another animal (the opportunist) who benefitted by, but did not help in the hunt.
The wattle is the red skin and ear tufts on a rooster. The primary purpose of a wattle is to attract a hen during mating season.
The position of the sun over the direct center of the Earth. It occurs the first of spring and autumn.
The wing feathers of a turkey.Retrices
The tail feathers of a turkey.
Full grown adult male game bird. Pheasants, turkeys, etc.
Male pheasants, or roosters, have a sharp point on the back of their legs called a spur. These spurs are used to fight other roosters during mating season. Spurs are used to age wild pheasants. The shorter and more blunt the spur the younger the bird. Mature birds spurs can be up to 1/2 long.
When the dog runs directly to the area of the fall and after a short hunt in a small area directly around the fall, finds the item. A very good thing.Tom
Maps that show elevations and depression of the land. They are useful for locating areas that may harbor deer.
A call a turkey makes while roosting in a tree.
Turkeys excrete uric acid instead of urine.
The meat of a deer.
A dog’s manner or style of entering the water. Eager leaps into the water are said to be stylish.Whistle Commands
The commands used via whistle to communicate with the dog. A single blast means to “sit” and repeated blasts (usually three) mean to “come in.”
The dog is going in to flush a bird, and the handler will tell him “whoa” to make him stop in place so that the dog will go in easy.
The act or practice of shooting at game birds in flight or at flying target.
Type of call a hen turkey makes.