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Old 10-31-2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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After pheasant hunting Sunday I picked up an issue of Gun Dog magazine that addressed grass awns and how awful they can be to your dog. I walked some CRP with Canada Wild Rye. So reading the article made me think that wasn't a good idea. That looks like a no no for your dog. I knew that Porcupine Grass was an awn but not Wild Rye. Do any of you have any knowledge on that? I did some research online. Looks like it could be scary stuff.

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After pheasant hunting Sunday I picked up an issue of Gun Dog magazine that addressed grass awns and how awful they can be to your dog. I walked some CRP with Canada Wild Rye. So reading the article made me think that wasn't a good idea. That looks like a no no for your dog. I knew that Porcupine Grass was an awn but not Wild Rye. Do any of you have any knowledge on that? I did some research online. Looks like it could be scary stuff.

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I've hunted CRP with both Canada Wild Rye and Virginia Wild Rye religiously with no issues -- but it can happen. I spend 10 minutes on the tailgate after each hunt checking eyes, ears, gums, etc. To be harmful, the awn has to not only come into contact with bare skin, it has to work itself into that skin. They really aren't THAT sharp, so my understanding is that this usually happens in the eyes/gums or under a tight collar. The sire of my pup got into some last year and his owner said he'd hunted that field for years before having an issue and he thought it might have been because of wet conditions combined with the tight e collar. The dog came through it fine.

There's some element of risk every time we go out - I probably wouldn't hunt a 100% rye stand, but regular CRP mixes don't get me too worried.
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I may be mistaken but i believe wild rye is planted heavily in new prairie plantings as it is an early successional plant and is a native cool season to keep the spread of brome(sp) and other noxious plants to a minimum
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