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Moose and bear baying dog

I am going to introduce a new to most of you in Alaska hunitng dog breed. This is a hunitng Laika, the West Siberian Laika to be more specific. This dog is highly popular among moose hunters across NE Europe, Siberia and in Scandinavian countries. Unlike scent hounds and other dogs eager to go after moose, Laika can stop and bay moose in a close range from you. Laika is fast and silent on tracks, when the moose in sight, the dog never runs straight towards the animal, but will rather circle cautiously and start barking mildly at a distance. The moose does not run away from the dog; it may try to frighten the dog by attacking it or would keep foraging. Laika, baying moose never overly aggressive; the dog is taking time, sniffing bushes, scent marking, aproaching the moose closer, but still barking, letting you know, where the game is. Now, you have to figure out how to come up for a sure shot, walking quietly and taking into account wind direction. In season, moose harvesting with Laikas is most popular hunting. We do not have moose in Virginia, but we have Laikas, which tree squirrels, raccoons and occasionally black bears. I sold one male puppy to a hunter in Alaska. The dog bayed moose very well.

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It's alot more rewarding if you spot and stalk an animal rather than chase it with a dog.

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Bustbigking, different parts of the world have different hunting traditions. It doesn't make it right or wrong.

I've never hunted with a dog for big game, but I'm not going to knock it unless I've tried it. Who knows? We might actually learn something new and enjoy it. Big smile

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It takes skill to stalk your prey....it also takes skill to train a animal to hunt with you. It can be pretty rewarding when you have worked hard for a year or two, to see the dog respond to you commands and to work as a nother extention of the hunter.

I even heard of folks bow hunting rabbits, using dogs to point them and such.

The Laika is an interesting breed. Seems to be a hard working hunter.

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WiskeyJaR, you're absolutely right. Its very rewarding to work with a dog that is responsive and works closely with you. We've had a couple of Brittany Spaniels for pheasant hunting, so I understand hunting with dogs.

The Laika does look like an interesting breed. I don't believe I've ever seen or met one in person.

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I just dont agree with dog hunting big game. My brother hunted cougar with dog's on a special hunt and got one the first day. I have been hunting elk and deer in WA for a long time now and mabey seen one cougar. I mean im hunting in prime cougar country and rarley see them. I just think it take's the real pride out of the hunt when a cougar get's chased up a tree by a few dog's and then get's blasted because he is trapped. Try chasing that cougar by yourself with a bow and see what you get.

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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Moose and bear baying dog

Your brother trained cat dogs and treed a cougar and told you it was easy? I've never heard someone say that before. Maybe he was just tagging along with someone else's dogs?

Training dogs and then keeping up with them all day is certainly more sporting than blasting a cougar that happens to walk by your deer stand. I don't think it should be disrespected.

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