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Let the dog hunt the bird, You hunt the dog! ???

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What does the quote below mean?

"Let the dog hunt the bird, You hunt the dog! "
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I think it is a great tag line. I have repeated this to myself when I am hunting. It comes back to recognizing that the dog is better at this than you. The dog wants to get the bird more than you do and will do a better job of getting the bird than you will. This goes for WHOAing your dog when it is in the scent cone. A well trained pointer will not flush the bird and I need to remember that!

There are times when I override my dog's desires. He may have not covered a spot well enough for me or not ranged far enough in one direction or the other to cover the turf my hunting party is working. It is my right as Alpha dog to be a pain in his backside from time to time. All in all, I just try to let him do his thing and just admire the gifts that God has given him.
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