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Shadow Oak Bo Remembered by Tom Word

Posted on Wednesday 1st January 2020 04:51:18 PM

I treasure many memories of Shadow Oak Bo, the first and clearest (I can watch it like a movie in mind’s eye today) at Coney Lake in the Lee County All-Age when Bo was a first year. I was riding with Luke Weaver in his pickup, following in the course path. Bo had a pretty find just ahead and we both said, “Wow, that’s a handsome setter.“ A couple minutes later he had another and got too close, bumping the bird. Luke stopped where we could watch Robin after judges and gallery moved on. Robin administered a stern correction with a rein to Bo’s chest, and an instant after, Bo, undaunted, was licking Robin’s hands, with tail wagging, happy as could be.

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The Joy of Cover Dogs - By Tom Keer

Posted on Tuesday 17th December 2019 01:11:23 AM

Places in snow country are reported to have lots of words to describe the white, powdery flakes gracing their winter countryside. Maybe that's true, but at home in New England we have the same with stone walls. Scratch farmers in our country's earliest years had to clear rocks struck by the point of a moldboard plow. They'd hump the granite, soapstone, flint, and quartz to the field edges and toss 'em in a neighborly fashion. These low-to-the-ground structures were called dumped walls and they served no purpose other than to allow for more successful tilling.

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Skin Laceration Repair in the Field by Shawn Wayment DVM

Posted on Tuesday 10th December 2019 01:57:05 AM

There is nothing finer than being afield in autumn’s country with bird dogs. The whir of wings as a covey of scaled quail erupts from the sand sage can stir the cholesterol from the morning’s greasy-spoon-country-dinner breakfast. Gun smoke clears the air as the setter climbs through the taut five-stranded barbed wire fence retrieving the first bird of the day. This is the Wild West, and ranchers want assurance that their livestock are protected. As you reach down to take the bird your well trained setter delivers gently to hand, you notice fresh blood on the dorsal surface of her back. A nimrod’s classic morning has now turned into a trip to the local vet…which in this case is 150 nautical miles from where the event occurred and it is Sunday.

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Beware the Twins - By Tom Word

Posted on Saturday 30th November 2019 05:55:35 PM

They were twins, and identical, at least every one said they were. Of course white folks would have said identical anyhow, they couldn’t have distinguished between them if they were just cousins, let alone twin brothers. They could each ride like the wind, and scout a bird dog, which Ron did for a living, working for the all-age handler, Sparrow Bates.

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Hunt Dog Mania - Black Friday Sale

Posted on Wednesday 27th November 2019 10:18:22 PM

Check out this huge Black Friday sale at Hunt Dog Mania. 15% off entire site, plus a free t-shirt with every Black Friday purchase.

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The Nose Knows: Reading your Birddogs Signs by Tom Keer

Posted on Tuesday 19th November 2019 01:12:18 AM

If you own a bird dog, let alone a string of 'em, then the odds are high that you know what their every movement and noise means. But if you're hunting over a buddy's dog then you might not be as keyed in to their tells. Here are two common situations that bird dogs encounter and some different ways in which they react.

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Two Heroes - by Tom Word

Posted on Monday 11th November 2019 02:00:02 AM

They are two heroes , both Pennsylvanians, both Vietnam combat veterans. Both are pointing dog professionals. One is a Marine, one is Army. They both saw much combat, and that has had its inevitable consequences, physical and mental.

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