What time of the year should you hunt with barking bird dog?
Hunting with barking bird dogs are carried out with great advantage from when the hunt starts on 25/8 until the snow becomes too deep to for the dog. So even if hunting with a barking bird dog is most effective at the beginning of the season, it can largely be conducted as long as the snow depth allows it.
This means that you can get a lot out of your dog and your hunting suring the season, which can be from 25 / 8-15 / 2. Which means many hunting days with your dog!
What is the hunt like?
In this type of hunting, 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 feel safe. The sound mat hides your sneak up to the tree. An article about caliber and ammunition selection for this type of hunt can be found here.
Procedure for finding the bird
To locate the bird in the tree, I usually try to see where the dog is looking 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 pair of binoculars (8 * 32) is preferable as it is relatively easy to carry with you. 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.
Be sure to hide light areas on the body and avoid loud clothes, the bird usually reacts with immediate flight when it detects you. Hands, face, etc. I usually wear a cap, face net and gloves. 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.