Category Archives: A year in a working pointer’s life

The Glorious Grouse Pairs Counting.

Such beautiful weather!!! This is the time of year where the grouse moor ‘keepers want to know what the breeding potential is, in other words how many grouse are planning on a family on each moor. It is an ideal … Continue reading

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Gollum’s Lightbulb moment

After the many grouse days on the moor, where Gollum did so well, I was confident that he would change seamlessly to hunt and point pheasant, snipe and woodcock. However, he misses half his pheasants and in my snipe bog, … Continue reading

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The grouse season this year

It is with some apprehension that I write about the last three weeks of grouse hunting on the Scottish moors because it is, of course, not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if I start by addressing some of the right … Continue reading

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Life has started again.

At long last it is time to get back out with the pointers, forgetting about dog beds and chewproof dog beds or the otherwise, lovely, Tuffies in general. This is the time of year where we can start counting grouse … Continue reading

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The two BORING months with HPRs.

For us with working pointers, May and June are boring!! They are the only two months where we must truly keep our dogs off the moor so we don’t disturb the nesting birds. Already in July we can start looking … Continue reading

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Catching that moment

For ages I have been wanting to take that one, very specific photograph, where you see the bird, right as it flushes, and you see the pointing dog’s face at the same time. Usually, you try to work the pointer … Continue reading

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Counting Grouse Pairs on the Moor.

As I work my pointers on the grouse moors together with my fantastic friend, Anne Johnson, we are involved in the grouse counting from time to time. Early in the year, February-March-April, the grouse is pairing up ready for the … Continue reading

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The last part of the HPR season

The shooting season finishes on 1st February. Apart from working on “rough shoots”, the HPR is often used for picking up on driven shoots. I don’t do much of this any more as I find driven shoots too un-natural. However, … Continue reading

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What is an HPR?

HPR stands for Hunt, Point and Retrieve. Dog breeds like German pointers, Vizslas, Brittanies and Weimeraners are all HPRs. When they are used as gun dogs, they should hunt the terrain and use their nose to find sitting birds. As the … Continue reading

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