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Registered: Dec 2011
Location: South Carolina
A few years back I was in the same boat you're in now, only mine was alittle female.
She was alittle older than two and had spent most of her life in a kennel never being able to tree anything. But she came from really good blood and she was showing a few good signs so I agreed to take her and give her a chance.
It took about two years to get her doing good enough to say she was well started. I dont think if your dog is showing some good signs then he's not to old to start. You just have to remember to be patient, most of these dogs do what they do naturally and you have to only teach them the things you dont want them to do. And as he gets better at finding what he's meant to hunt I would expect him to venture alittle further and hust out as needed. But then again, I've seen some dogs that don't ever hunt out more than about 75-100 yards.
As for the feeders, I dont think feeders are a bad thing. I scattered corn in the woods around the trails I would take my little Rose for her walks and let her tree the squirrels we came across. And though I'd never tell you to shoot something out of season, rewarding for good behavior is the best way to make sure it continues. Maybe find something that would work as an exceptable reward.
And it could just be me, but if the reward is meat dont give it meat from somethingyou dont want it trying to get. While cleaning dove one afternoon I had Rose playing in the field and she took some of the wings I had cut off. Two weeks later she killed a crain and came dragging it back to me like she had done something amazing.
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