WORK THE DOGS CLOSELY
Foster is not a fan of dog whistles because he thinks hunters overuse them and alert edgy roosters. Instead, he says, “let the dogs be dogs. Once they’re in the field and have a nose full of rooster, their hunting instincts will take over. All a whistle does is distract them.”
Foster is mainly concerned that the dogs don’t range too far ahead. He wants his dogs to use their energy ranging laterally—from side to side—instead of racing to the end of a field. If your dog is routinely outpacing you and flushing birds out of range, then slow yourself down. Dogs often mirror the pace of their owner. And be sure to slow to a crawl when you encounter heavy cover, such as cattails and briars.