What if you bought a puppy that was promoted as a natural instinctive pointer. What would you expect of the dog to make a hunting dog out of it and what time frame would you concider reasonable to get there?
Don, ya know me, new as a pup's frist point, on all this "bird dog" stuff...but I would think a dpg that was promoted ""natural instinctive pointer"" would show interest and pause at anything with abird scent, well most anything. I would think it would take little training from handler to sharpen up point and such.
As far as time frame.... again not ever haveing trained a dog, Ild say maybe a good 12-18 months to get 'em to prime hunting form.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...