In recent years warmer-than-usual falls mean hunters have to keep a close eye on their hunting dogs, which are susceptible to heat stroke. Back in 2003, hundreds of hunting dogs were treated for heat stroke in South Dakota after 80-degree temperatures hit on the pheasant opener. Scores of dogs died.

Most dogs, of course, kept hunting, even in the heat, and their owners didn’t realize the seriousness of the situation until it was too late.

The bottom line: Heat is a dog-killer.

Even 70 degrees is too hot for pheasant hunting. Some Minnesota ringneck hunters have delayed their hunting trips until later in the season, hoping for colder weather. Always carry plenty of water and try to keep your canine hydrated.

Dogs are more susceptible than humans to overheating; they don’t sweat. Watch for signs of overheating: excessive panting or a dog seeking shade or being unsteady on their feet. Don’t risk your dog’s life for a hunt. Find some other tips here.

Doug Smith