Hunting with top tree dogs

Jakt med trädskällare

What time of year do you go tree bark hunting?

Hunting with a tree cellar or hunting with a barking bird dog is carried out with great advantage from when the hunt starts on 25/8 until the snow becomes too deep to reach the dog. So even if hunting with tree cellars is most effective at the beginning of the season, it can largely be conducted as long as the snow depth allows. This means that you can get a lot out of your dog and his hunting days with the dog during the season, which can be from 25 / 8-15 / 2. Ie lots of hunting days with your tree cellar.

Hunting with tree cellars, how does hunting work?

When hunting tree cellars, the dog's task is to find a bird on the ground or already sitting in a tree. Most often, it finds the trail of the bird on the ground (the run) and follows the trail until it scares the bird into trees. Alternatively, it feels that a bird is already sitting in a tree and locates it with the help of weathering and its sharp hearing. Once the dog has located the bird in the tree, it should bark with an even, dense shell that makes the bird safe. The sound mat hides your sneak up to the tree. An article about caliber and ammunition selection for hunting with tree cellars can be found at

Procedure for finding the bird

To locate the bird in the tree when hunting with tree cellars, I usually try to see where the dog looks when it barks at the tree. The dog usually looks at the bird with a steady gaze, which gives me a great opportunity to discover it before it discovers me. A good hand binoculars (8 * 32) is preferable as it is relatively easy to carry with you when hunting with tree cellars. As the distance is usually about 20-70 m, I do not recommend more than 8 times magnification of the binoculars, with more magnification it is easy for the image to be too detailed. And it is usually the whole, or rather some detail that disturbs the whole of the tree that usually makes me discover the bird.
Last but not least, never be in a hurry when hunting with tree cellars. If the bird has been sitting for 5 minutes, it will probably sit until you frighten it, so with that in mind, take the time you need to get there.

The flattery

Be sure to hide light areas on the body and avoid crunchy clothes, the bird usually reacts with immediate flight when it detects you. Hands, face, etc. I usually wear a cap, face net and gloves to hide. Be sure to try to plan the sneaking already when you see approximately where the dog and bird should be. Set up a sneak peek that will keep you hidden right up until your shooting position. Eel, crawl or squat depending on protection.  If possible, have a tree between you and where the bird is until you are in a position to release shoots.

 Good luck 

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