On other hunts
There are still many types of hunting with a Spaniel. I told you about the most famous ones. Pogonysh and marsh hens are hunted almost the same way as crakes, except that they choose wetter swamps with barrels filled with water. Hunting for grey partridge is similar to quail, but the birds sometimes keep very large broods, taking off with great noise and crackling, simultaneously maneuvering in flight, and often again landing the whole flock 100-200 meters from the place of ascent. The smell of grey partridge is very strong, especially if the brood is fattening. One evening in October we were returning home with the dog from a not very successful hunt: only woodcock and snipe were hanging out in the torques of the jagdtash. Suddenly, on a road that runs along the edge of an abandoned field, the dog pulled sharply into the field, literally screeching with excitement. It was the wind that brought to her the smell of partridges feeding. I released the Spaniel from the leash, it rushed 100 meters into the weeds and, of course, spore out of the shot almost fifty flock of gray partridges. I noticed where they landed. I was no longer tired. Calming the dog, he started hunting. The brood rose three more times, some of the birds were delayed, and we took five in all that evening. Pilaf turned out excellent!
Hunting for capercaillie broods is similar to similar hunting for grouse, with the only difference that it occurs in more difficult forest lands, capercaillie run more, fly further and get them incomparably more difficult than grouse.
Hunt with a Spaniel on the Curlews, ruffs of sandpipers and other shorebirds.
I can’t say anything about pheasant hunting, but I know that even here the Spaniel helps the hunter well.
On spring hunting, the Spaniel is indispensable for searching for downed woodcocks on traction. He quickly learns to understand the voice of the pulling woodcock and calmly behave next to the hunter, without disturbing him to listen to the evening forest and wait for the approach of the woodcock. On other spring hunts, the Spaniel’s main purpose is to search for wounded and broken birds at the end of the hunt.
Some hunt with a Spaniel for hares on chernotropu. I have taken three hares from under them in my life, but I must say that they are not their game after all. Yes, the breed may chase small circles, the rabbit goes out from under him slowly, but at this hunt the dog loses contact with the owner, which is undesirable. Remember, we said that the Spaniel should always work with an eye on the owner, not moving away at a distance further than a reliable shot. Hunting hares just spoils the dog in this respect. I can’t understand the need for a Spaniel to work on the blood trail, which has been promoted recently. I knew spaniels that worked well on ungulates. But you must agree that there is a limit to versatility and hunting for the beast has its own traditional dog breeds, and the Spaniel is better to focus on feathered game.