The 'miracle' of handling

Running a dog on a blind retrieve isn't a miracle, it's merely a function of good training.

Updated: June 8, 2005, 1:55 PM ET
By J. Paul Jackson | Delta Waterfowl

Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on teaching your dog to take handle with the use of hand and whistle signals. For part two, click here.

I still remember that morning in November of 1986 as if it were yesterday. I was hunting on a large reservoir near Mexico, Mo., with my friend Richard Petty (not the race car driver) when four widgeon came screaming through our decoys about 35 yards out.

We rose at the same time and emptied both barrels of our doubles. Two birds ...

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The miracle of handling