by Simon Lusk
New Zealand’s Upland Game season runs from the first weekend in May until the last weekend in August. I have the kind of work that allows me to hunt every day of the season, and for the last two seasons I have hunted every day of the season.
The working relationship between a hunter and their dogs is hard to understand for those who do not work animals. Dogs need to be in sync with their hunter, working as part of a team, and working close, and flushing birds within range. A good dog is a joy to work with, and a really good dog means more birds, more retrieves and more satisfaction.
My current dogs, Mabo and Bruce are black Labs, and both love working the thick stuff. They go right into the thickest blackberry and gorse without thinking. Where I shoot that means the difference between getting birds and not getting birds, as blackberry and gorse are everywhere.