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Tips for keeping your legs healthy during long bird hunts

Scott Linden
It starts with minimizing the strain on thigh and calf muscles by stepping over, not on top of, logs and rocks.
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All bird retrieves are "blind"

Scott Linden
Waterfowl guys have a term called "blind retrieve," where the dog doesn’t actually see the bird drop yet is required to streak right to the duck and bring it back.
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Revise your dog training lexicon

Scott Linden
Sound-alike conflicts are a major bugaboo. Many of our commands can sound like names. Call your setter "Beau," and he might "whoa" when you want him to hunt on.
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Breaking your gun dog's boredom

Scott Linden
Make a list of skills you think you have down pat. Then add another column with ways to make them harder, in increments, and you'll keep your dog firing on all eight cylinders.
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VIDEO: Slow your dog down to find more birds

Scott Linden
Scott Linden and "Buddy" discuss ways to effectively slow down your dog and flush out more birds.
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Open up your pattern and bag more birds

Scott Linden
If you’ve patterned your shotgun, you know an improved cylinder choke at 30 yards only makes a pattern about three feet in diameter.
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Use a hitch to speed up dog training

Scott Linden
The basic concept is that a dog will stop — and stay stopped — when he feels pressure on his flank. The hitch applies it.
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A survival plan is something every hunter should have

Scott Linden
We might be able to tough it out with our survival skills when lost, but at some point wouldn't it be great if someone came looking for you? A survival plan will boost the chances you'll be found.
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Bird hunting terms you should know

Scott Linden
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.
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Gear review: Darn Tough socks

Scott Linden
Have you ever seen a lifetime guarantee on a sock? Darn Tough offers one. It's doubtful you’ll ever have to take them up on it though.
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