Some questions don’t have to be asked twice-I’m going to visit Vic’s breeder and he has a litter
of Vizslas; “Would you like to come with?” Heck, I don’t remember hearing an answer but the Jeep had both the grandkids sitting in it ready to go. Clearly, those kids had puppy fever which was betrayed by all their quivering as we drove the 200 some miles to Lone Oak Vizslas in Hutchinson Minnesota.
I have to admit this trip could have turn out to be “dangerous” for me, Vizsla puppies, particularly those from a strong hunting line are very, very tempting to a man with an empty
place in his heart. However, I am not known as a fellow who would pass on an adventurous trip due to any type of challenge being involved. Besides, the main reason for this trip was to talk to Marc about breeding Vic. We had planned to do this a few years ago but Mrs. elk’s cancer put those plans on hold.
Vic will be seven years old in December 2017, it’s getting time for him to work with an apprentice. Turkey dogging requires a dog to learn a specialized skill set and to know the difference between turkey hunting versus other upland birds. For example, Vic knows he must range out 200 to 400 yards to find a flock of turkeys then charge in to scatter those birds rather than point them. If I have heard the turkeys scatter Vic finds me and leads me back for a setup. While on setup during the call back he needs to be still and hold steady at the gun as the turkeys come into range. On command, he goes out to hold the bird in place rather than retrieve as he does with the traditional upland game birds. As regular readers of this blog know when Vic and I are hunting the upland birds like grouse, pheasant, and woodcock he works the traditional pointing style hunt. That is he finds the bird, points holds steady to the gun and retrieves to hand. Assuming I have done my part in that equation, if not, I become the recipient of “the look.”
All that is easy to write and with the right bloodline in the dog, training in all those different skills is achievable. With Vic, it was remarkably easier than I had anticipated. Marc is a good breeder who loves his dogs who have good hunting pedigrees.
As of a couple of weeks ago, there were a few puppies not spoken for from this litter so if you have an interest you can contact Marc or Kerri at Lone Oak Vizslas. Also, there was another litter born last week with some puppies not spoken for yet.
We plan to breed Vic late October – early November, so his puppies will be born in December and ready for pickup early February 2018. There is never a guarantee, hopefully, Vic’s offspring will continue his hunting pedigree. To say I am excited about training up another hunting companion is an understatement.
Enjoy all the pictures.