Bird hunting terms you should know

January 22, 2014

Just like a French vacation, you'll get along better with the locals — and learn more — if you speak at least some of the language. The bird dog world is no different, especially in the wacky field trial or hunt test environment. Here are some terms you should know:

Whoa Post: Metal or wooden post in the ground around which a checkcord is looped to stop a dog's forward movement.

Trash: Game you don't want your dog pursuing, i.e., deer, coons.

Stop To Flush: Stopping upon seeing or hearing a bird fly.

Started dog: A dog that is somewhat obedience trained, comes when called and will point birds. Also "green broke."

SH (Senior Hunter): A suffix title conferred on dogs that have qualified the required number of times in Senior tests for pointing breeds, retrievers, and spaniels.

Race: A dog's performance style, in terms of ground coverage and speed, i.e. a dog with big forward race is far in front of the handler and covering a lot of ground side-to-side as well.

Poison Bird: A mark (thrown bird) the dog must ignore to successfully complete the assigned task, usually a blind retrieve.

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