Dogs and M44s

This has been bothering me a lot. It’s not the first time in the last couple years…

Mouthful of Feathers

My setter knows “come” and “whoa” and snake avoidance. She’s vaccinated against rabies and rattlesnake bites. She will turn on a whistle and even follow a hand signal when she’s close enough to see.
She works at a range I like, stretching to find birds in open country.
Unfortunately, she can’t read.
And apparently, the ability to read a sign might be all that separates her, or me, from a cyanide-filled land mine.
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Last week, a young man and his dog ran into an M44 cyanide trap. The young man escaped serious injury, but the dog died. It happened in my state, in my town, not far from a place I hunt grouse. And it scares the shit out of me.
My dog often runs at the edge of my vision. Hell, my boys are often running at the edge of my vision and they don’t read that much better…

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    Back in the 1960s my dog was caught in a couple of traps labelled California Fish and Game. The traps had been set for coyotes. After I got the dog released I wrote the trapper a note and took the traps. Needles to say I was not a very happy camper while watching my dog limp back to the car. Explosive poison traps should never be located where sport dogs can get to them.

    On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 7:59 AM, Chukar Hunting wrote:

    > Bob McMichael posted: “This has been bothering me a lot. It’s not the > first time in the last couple years…” >

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