Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
8’s in an O/U seems way under gunned. A warning shot makes no sense because then you're training the wolf nothing bad will happen because if the noise. A lot was going thru my mind. I was fortunate but Im sure this isnt the first time this wolf did this.
I put up 5 on friday and 3 woodcock today. Didnt hunt saturday. I had my first wolf encounter today. Stood staring at me at 20-25 ft. Luckily the pup wasnt behind the wolf when I yelled for her. She wouldve run right up to it. I sat there with a leashed dog yelling at a wolf for 90 seconds or so until it took a step, stopped, took 2 more and stopped until it slowly walked off. Never taking its eyes off of us. That wolf had zero fear of me. I now know the adrenaline dump from a wolf being that close. I will never go in the woods with out my handgun with 2 loaded mags-35 rnds.
Depends on what you want. Some like the dog to be steady to wing (flush), shot and fall releasing only on command. Some like the dog to go on fall so they get a good mark (tough to see depending on cover). Some want breaking on shot believing that the dog will get to a cripple (maybe runner) faster. I am fine with my dogs doing that. I am not fine with them breaking on wing as I've seen some other guy's dogs jump for birds and be very close to the bird with their face when the (undisciplined hunter's) shot is fired.
I also don't mind if my dog understands the bird has moved (while I tried to get there) and relocates.
In a boat situation I want my dogs to be steady until I release them. Safety thing with tippy boat/canoe, limited space, etc. An unbexpected swim in chilly fall water is not fun.