Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Roadside Land Blinds

Maine Route 15

Today's travels by van left little time for training, so as the sun lowered in the sky, we pulled over at a deserted field and got in a little training, anyway:

SERIES A. Double land blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

The first blind (OD) was to the left at 80 yards. The 120-yard second blind (OD) was 75° to the right of the first blind. Both blinds made diagonal crossings thru strips of high cover. The line to the first blind was thru a slanted keyhole formed by large shrubs. The line to the second blind passed close to a large shrub on the left that could have caused wrap suction, pulling the dogs out of sight behind it. The line to the second blind ended in 20-yards of high cover, with the blind planted to the left of another large shrub.

Both dogs maintained their lines without noticeable influence by the shrubs, both dogs entered the sections of high cover without hesitation or prompting. Although the distances were not great, the variable terrain seemed to cause some veering off line, but both dogs were responsive to all WSs and casts.

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