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About DonT

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    Hunterdon County, New Jersey
  1. I have been feeding my dogs raw for more than 15 years, very happy with results and never had a problem.
  2. Looks like a nice dog!!! You should be proud all that training is paying off. Just love to watch a young dog turn into a hunter.
  3. DonT

    State to stock 10K fewer birds!

    I think ones perspective is based on if your area was helped or hurt with the new pheasant allocation and how many years you have been hunting. The numbers don't lie, there will be a 50% reduction in birds at many WMA's in north Jersey compared to 2015 numbers. With fewer birds the state has increased the areas that they stock. The state should take another look at their stocking practices, reduce the areas they stock, do away with 1 of the mid week days. Stop putting birds out in the first field from the parking lot, this would be a start. For me its all about bird density, or flushes per hour. I am not a big bird killer, I like to work the dog, if he does everything right I will shoot the bird. If he doesn't I let the bird fly, pick it up later or let someone else have at it. For me it's not about what you kill, ground shooting, or out of trees, or banging away at a passing bird is dangerous and turns my stomach. But I would like the dog to have a reasonable number of bird contacts. I look at the bigger picture of Upland hunting in NJ, there are somethings that should be addressed. The cover in the north should be improved, mowing lanes through the nasty stuff is BS hunting and dangerous. I cant get into most dog training areas preseason, they don't mow them out and there isn't a good field to work near the parking lot. Can anyone tell me why do we have a Grouse and Partridge season? I live 10 minutes from Clinton, I can't train there and I don't like to hunt there and last year the bird numbers where down a lot. So I travel one to two hours each way to hunt, some days I pass 3/4 WMA's. Along with everything I said I just get pissed off with stupid stuff the state dose, Why would you plant that much Sorghum in the dog training area at Pequest, you cant walk though it? Why would you stock fields that are on the road or around homes or in a safety zone? I'll end it here and take the dogs out for a run, Good luck everyone enjoy the season!!!
  4. I went to Pequest early Saturday morning trying to beat the heat. The entire big main field is now cluster planted in sorghum, not in rows. It beat the hell out of my young pointing dog and me and in 30 min he was bleeding from nose and tongue. He did put up 2 hens after working them for 10 mins each, just kept relocating, although all I could see was the tops of the sorghum move. So we went to the other side and worked the hedge rows and put up rooster, for a total of 3 birds. Most others didn't see a bird, it's tough in there and I don't think that they put out a lot of birds, saw a lot more birds last year. Took the old dog for a short walk at Clinton Sunday evening we didn't see any birds but Clinton is hard on an old dog.
  5. DonT

    THE NFL HYPOCRITES

    I guess i'll just have to watch hunting shows, when they take a knee it's not about politics. Besides the dog likes them better and he is a great judge of character.
  6. DonT

    State to stock 10K fewer birds!

    Nice first post Upland 75, your spot on. I saw a Huge reduction in birds in the north, some areas are un-huntable. I got calls from other hunters last season, asking about the lack of birds. On big stocking days I hear 5/6 birds shot with 30/40 hunters, all over in a hour or less, lot of bitching going on. I live 8 mins from Clinton WMA , in there about a dozen times, saw 1 bird, 50 % of the time I don't carry a gun in there. I travel to hunt now, 1 to 1 1/2 hours just to find a safe area that has a few birds. I don't think getting 30/40 shooters to line up with a couple of guys walking in early to shoot 6 birds is safe or enjoyable. NJ Stocking #'s 2015 55K total North Total 29K Clinton 4,630 Flatbrook 6,460 Black River 4,460 Birds 2016 Clinton 3,610 Flatbrook 4,240 Black River 3,330 Birds 2017 41K total North Total 15K Clinton 2,560 Flatbrook 2,650 Black River 2,200 Birds I don't think they are releasing the numbers they say they are, I don't see that many birds. On the positive side I do see some attempts at improving the field conditions. Lots of Sorghum being planted, clustered not in rows, like it should be. I just don't like the direction this is headed.
  7. DonT

    Quad sold

    Great price and it runs!!!
  8. DonT

    Look what my girl made!

    That came out very nice, hang in there
  9. Finally a good picture of the Loch ness monster. Nice to see the Lab working, there's is a lot of money in those sunken/reclaimed logs I hear.
  10. DonT

    Looking for a 28 gauge

    I sent you a message. Good luck
  11. DonT

    Cleaning up the White House

    I hope you don't kiss your mother with that mouth!!!!!
  12. DonT

    Tacoma or 4Runner

    Not on the rug, got it right, if you need a open bed, get it. The 4 runner is a nice sized truck. I need a P/U and when I do I need a bigger bed size. So I drive a crew cab 6 1/2' bed f150, I would never not own a P/U. My BLI has had a few 4 runners, his new 1 is a little slow.
  13. Hang in there, I can tell it not easy for you. Nice that you could join us at the NAVHDA training, hope to see you there again.
  14. DonT

    Mans best friend

    Nice job, putting in the work, that's a lot of birds. Congratulations on the NA test.
  15. I hope that there is a place that good dogs go, where the fields are endless and the birds are abundant. You are welcome to join me and my dog (young WPG) anytime, for a run, help/watch me train or hunt.
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