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My Rule Number One: Don’t Bird Hunt For Business by Tom Word

Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2020 12:08:38 AM

Soon after I became a bird hunter I adopted a rule: Don’t take anyone bird hunting in search of law business. I had figured out you only wanted to bird hunt with a few folk who shared your love of the dogs and the sport, folks who were safe and not game hogs. .

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Pup’s first year … or so

Posted on Monday 29th June 2020 05:04:29 PM

Your hopes and dreams are wrapped up in that little ball of fur you just brought home. Training started the moment you gathered him up in your arms for the first time, and it never ends. It is a continuum of more and bigger distractions your dog must endure while executing a command, and “finished dog” is always a relative term.

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Cadillac Farm by Tom Word

Posted on Monday 15th June 2020 12:58:15 AM

My great friend Joe Prince, farmer and every-day-in-season quail hunter of Stony Creek, Virginia, died from a tractor accident I predicted in 1997. His brother, Dr. John S. Prince of Emporia, died of old age at 97 last month, having practiced as an Internist to age 90. They were alike as two peas in a pod, smart, hard working, opinionated. Both had served in WWII, Joe as an enlisted radar operator aboard troop transports to Europe, John as a Navy officer aboard a cruiser.

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You Can’t Just Have One

Posted on Monday 1st June 2020 11:23:46 PM

I love the saying ‘anything done in moderation shows a lack of interest’ because it’s true. My gun cabinet, my rod rack, my decoy rack and my kennels are all full. I’m immoderate, just like you.

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Timing is everything - by Scott Linden

Posted on Tuesday 12th May 2020 01:42:10 AM

Some day I’ll talk about “tells,” those little signs that clue you to when your dog is getting birdy, or ready for direction, or in need of correction. We’ll also talk later about timing your commands, praise and correction for that “golden moment,” when he’s amenable to them. But just like those indicators of readiness, there are times when you’re wasting your breath and your emotional energy. You can yell, scream, jump up and down, or do cartwheels and your dog will steadfastly ignore you.

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What you must understand about dog containment systems and e-collar training

Posted on Friday 1st May 2020 05:32:37 PM

Just like modern e-collars, the newest in-ground fencing systems, also known as containment systems, have improved life for dogs and their owners. A containment system helps keep your dogs from wandering out of the yard, which is great for their safety and your own peace of mind.

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Rare breeds vs Popular breeds - By Craig Koshyk

Posted on Monday 20th April 2020 09:05:50 PM

Breeders of the more popular gundog breeds sometimes use the term 'popular' to promote their breed; the implication being that 'A million owners can't be wrong'. And sometimes breeders of less common breeds use the term ‘rare’ to promote their breed; the implication being that their dogs are super cool ‘one in a million’ hunting machines.

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How your dog thinks … I think - by Scott Linden

Posted on Sunday 12th April 2020 11:09:47 PM

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.”

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Joe and Denny and Me—and Lucky - by Tom Word

Posted on Tuesday 7th April 2020 03:20:35 PM

In the summer of 1973, when I was thirty-five and a striving Richmond lawyer, I got an amazing gift from a more striving life insurance salesman hoping for referrals from me, an introduction to his brother, Joe Prince, perhaps Virginia’s most striving grain farmer, and after his crops of wheat, peanuts, soybeans and corn were up, most striving quail hunter.

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COVID-19 in Our Bird Dogs - By Shawn Wayment DVM

Posted on Saturday 21st March 2020 02:02:37 AM

The current status of our world today resonates like a Hollyweird thriller...I remember frighteningly reading the Hot Zone by Richard Preston while in veterinary school and thinking to myself how scary...good things that will never ever happen! Well...Hello 2020 hold my Corona!

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Running Spring Woodcock - By Tom Keer

Posted on Monday 16th March 2020 12:43:37 AM

A pro trainer recently asked me about my training bird bill.

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Long Distance Runaround - By Craig Koshyk

Posted on Monday 9th March 2020 03:13:27 PM

In a perfect world the pup of your dreams, from the breed of your dreams, would be whelped by an awesome breeder living just down the street. And when the happy day came for you to bring you puppy home, all you'd need to do is walk half a block to get him.

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Whatever you do, don’t panic if you accidentally shoot the dog

Posted on Wednesday 4th March 2020 02:38:23 AM

My liver and white pointer Gep stood staunchly on point on a covey of scaled quail on the Colorado prairie. I hadn’t seen my 6 month old coverdog-setter Gretchen for almost an hour since I turned her loose on the shortgrass prairie. My last check on the GPS showed her 700-plus yards out to the west. As I approached Gep, a large covey of scalies erupted in a whirr from the cholla as I raised my Parker GH 16 bore to pick an escaping bird. The first bird folded and I swung to pick another bird out of the covey. I pulled the back trigger just as I detected motion from the corner of my right eye...Gretchen appeared out of nowhere and it was too late. I had already fired the second barrel on a late riser just as she arrived on the scene. I was pretty sure she got peppered by the tail end of my pattern.

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Advice on a Dog Sale - By Tom Word

Posted on Tuesday 4th February 2020 01:23:24 AM

Ben Reach religiously followed a policy, preached to him by his father, not to get involved in law suits involving dogs. But ironically, he was asked for advice on bird dog matters constantly. This was because Ben had many friends in the bird dog world and was trusted. He had judged trials over many years and never shown favoritism. Nor did he ever decline to try to help a bird dog professional trainer-handler in distress, and there was never a shortage of them. The profession was by its nature highly risky.

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Whatever you do, dont shoot the dog - By Tom Keer

Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020 08:45:32 PM

I've never seen a bird dog get shot, but I hear of at least one instance per year. When the stories roll in I get sick to my stomach. They unfold in pretty much the same way. A group of folks review the pre-hunt safety talk. All have heard it before, all are in agreement. The dogs are cut loose, the hunt is underway, and spirits are high. Jokes fly around, conversation is light, and everyone agrees they are more happy in the field than at work.

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