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FL hog doggers

Discussion in 'Sports & Activities' started by GSDbulldog, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. GSDbulldog

    GSDbulldog CH Dog

    Hey,
    This year I've been wanting to learn more about hunting with dogs and was just looking for hunters in central FL that wouldn't mind helping a n00b.

    I tried to join the Texas board from another thread but registration is closed.

    thanks all :)
     
  2. mlmaas

    mlmaas Top Dog

    well, your in a good area, id say just get up with some good ole boys and let them take ya out. down here we use 2-3 bay dogs(hounds/currs) and a pair of catch dogs(curr/bulldog x). bay dogs findem and nip at them till we get there with the catch dogs, them once the dogs gottem, we stickum.
     
  3. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    Interested in learning some as well. So what do you mean (curr/Bulldog x)?? what is the bulldog refering to an apbt? or an American Bulldog?
     
  4. GSDbulldog

    GSDbulldog CH Dog

    Thanks. I know one person whose husband and son hunt, so I'm gonna try and go with them next time.

    What goes into training a catch dog? I have a 3 yr old male whose never been touched in his life, but I think could make a good effort if given the chance. He's more interested in getting the job done than in other dogs, too.
     
  5. mlmaas

    mlmaas Top Dog

    Yeah we use curr/bulldog cross. A lot of byb bulldogs but they're good at what they do. Catahoulas are used a lot for bay dogs down here
     
  6. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    I heard alot of people like Scott's type....I got a 2yr old APBT mix and a 6 mo. old Johnson type. Wondering if you ever seen one work?? I hear lot of people say pure Johnson are too big and slow, over heat but my boy should be somwheres in between the two.....Regarding the APBTx, can a dog be too old to teach to catch?? She is tempered similar to what GSD described with his.
     
  7. mlmaas

    mlmaas Top Dog

    Only one way to find out, down here we'll put pups on a smaller pig. I put my 2yr old on a hog for the first time not too long ago, she fuckin loves it. She's too small to hold the big ones, she's cold as ice so we use her to bay also while the big dogs get hold.
     
  8. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    How big is your dog?
     
  9. mlmaas

    mlmaas Top Dog

    35 lbs lol..my pup is 47 already@ almost 8 months
     
  10. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    My bitch is about 41-42 and my 6 mo. pup is in the 50's already, growing steady though.......You use a bay pen to get them started? or just take her out and run her?
     
  11. mlmaas

    mlmaas Top Dog

    One of buddys has a bay pen we use, only 5 minutes to decide to take her to the woods..they either got it or they dont
     
  12. GSDbulldog

    GSDbulldog CH Dog

    I guess I gotta find someone with a pen ha.

    My dog is 55 pounds give or take.
     
  13. catchdog

    catchdog Top Dog

    make sure they are good and have tracking collars, bring a flashlite,knife n compass, do not get seperated from the bunch, when you go in to the thick terrain stay with the guy with the handheld tracking reciever, he marked the location of the truck n is likely to not get lost, stay quiet when listening for the dogs to bay(thats a courtesy)when you get to the caught hog, help get the dogs off and clipped to the leads or leashes, be ready to us a breakstick, follow that advice and youre likely to get invited back, on another note my friend and I slammed two tonite, only sows, we jumped a herd in a cotton field, caught and hobbled one and by the time we got there the main strike dog was bayed up again another 250 yards out, only carried out one set of hobbles so the number 2 sow turned into dog chow(she was all silver n black, weird colored),number one is in the bay pen recovering,somethin to think about would be not to pressure bringing your un finished bulldogs, gets kinda nerveracking always hearing people tell you how big their dogs are and how good they might be, however if these guys are your buddies, itll only be a matter of time before they call on you with your stock, because bulldogs go quick in that game, boars are tuff, then itll be like ok I am the catch department, all my training and feeding conditioning etc has all led up to this, and its legal,best to start em young, one last bit of advise, make sure these guys dont drag you all around trespassing, find out by making them tell you who owns the land and if they say they have permission to run it, ask em if it is written, only to avoid a ticket, that you will recieve
     
  14. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    Sounds interesting for sure. Thanks for the info guys.
     
  15. When referring to American Bulldogs, the standard type makes a better hog dog. They are faster and more agile. I took mine to a hogdog trial in GA and pits and standard type ABs dominated, but Johnson type were catching too. I have seen adult dogs catch just as fast on their first hunt as seasoned catch dogs. It is in their nature and its all about how game they are.
     
  16. When training a catch dog, it is best to start them off on a smaller hog in a bay pen. You want to let him get a taste and build confidence. Send him out with a seasoned hog dog who can show him how its done. The last thing you want for his first experience is getting beat by a bad boar in its environment. As soon as he gets hold of his first ear, he will be dying to do it again.
     
  17. One more thing I forgot to mention, if you love your dog, get a cut vest and dont go cheap. It only takes one bad boar to quickly end your dogs life.
     
  18. _braddy_

    _braddy_ Pup

    Im really trying to get into to this down here in Fla, been down here a week still warming up to the locals. Any tips where to look MCS?
     
  19. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    Nah nothing in particular. Just strike up convo with folks, you see a box in the back of their pick up ask em what they run. Etc etc.
     
  20. First thing is to try them out.... see how they like it and see how they catch.... you always want your dog to catch on the ear. Some people will give a dog a pass it they catch on the jaw, nose or the top of the head but the ideal spot is the ear, any where else is a cull.
    Protection is a big key in my book I always vest my dog up, even though is not 100% effective it does prolong his life better then a dog with out it. Everyone has there preferences on what company to use but I like useing wildboarUSA they've got top quality products and first rate costumer service
     

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