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Late Season Care for Gun Dogs

Posted on Monday 25th January 2021 01:28:59 AM

As opening weekend and memories of early fall rambles through our favorite covers begin to fade, winter settles in across the northern reaches, signaling the last call for many bird hunters. For many of us, hunting the last days of the late season are an anticipated tradition, as we take extra time off around the holidays to spend time with family or travel to western or southern destinations to extend our season. Much like us, who will hunt as long as we are warm, dry and comfortable, our dogs are tough and ready for these winter wingshooting wanderings. Hunting in the cold and snow can be enjoyable and rewarding but following a few simple considerations will help to keep your dog safe and end the season on a high note.

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The Code by M.R. Thompson

Posted on Saturday 9th January 2021 03:12:21 AM

We’d been walking for several hours, neither of us speaking a word. Even the dogs at heel sensed the tension in the air. Frank looked hangdog while he occasionally checked his cell phone for service. My feet were sore and only getting worse in anticipation of the ten miles back to civilization when all of a sudden we heard the gravel crunch and diesel roar of a truck coming toward us on the logging road. We looked at each other, grabbed our dogs by the collars and jumped off the road and into the underbrush. The truck roared by and I tried to puzzle out the day’s events that brought us to this sorry state of affairs.

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Midseason corrections

Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2020 12:59:13 AM

Next year's quail opener was set before the season ended. This year’s was good, check that, it was really good, the best in recent history. There seemed to be birds everywhere we went, all of the dogs worked great, and that combination caused us to set the bar for next year very high. Ours was a reasonable goal, mostly because we had several months in which to prepare. And so we did.

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Stocking Stuffers for Gun Dog Owners

Posted on Thursday 10th December 2020 12:58:32 AM

If you generally dread holiday shopping and have a hard time picking out gifts for the gun dog guy or gal in your family who has everything, then you’re going to absolutely love this list. And if you’re at the receiving end of this holiday exchange, you’re going to find great value from these items, because just as you can never have too many gun dogs, you can never have enough gear and supplies for your gun dogs. The holidays are stressful enough so we hope this gift-giving guide will help you finish your shopping early and allow for more quality time with your family and four-legged friends this holiday season.

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How to take better photos of your Gun Dogs

Posted on Saturday 28th November 2020 11:09:13 PM

There is nothing we love more in our lives than our gun dogs; sorry to our spouses and significant others, but when was the last time they ran a blind retrieve, stopped on a whistle, or delivered a bird to hand? We have an ever-present desire to photograph our dogs and show them off to our friends and family, showcase our puppies and banter with our buddies. We have worked so hard to refine and polish our pup’s skills and we want to make sure we’re capturing and presenting them at their best.

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The Great Debate: Pointing or Flushing Dogs for Quail

Posted on Tuesday 3rd November 2020 01:07:06 AM

My wife said I winced when we pulled up to the only game in town. It was an old motel of a vintage that reminded me of the Golden Era of travel by car. Over the years families probably over-nighted here while on their way to any one of a number of the nearby wild quail Valhallas. No visible capital improvements had been done for a long time, at least I couldn't see any renovation. The 30-some-odd rooms looked sad while the adjoining restaurant and tavern was booming.

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Its a Dogs Life which isnt so bad

Posted on Monday 28th September 2020 01:55:03 PM

It doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that we bird doggers are different. Most folks remember beginnings and endings. They remember their first day in a new job when they couldn’t find the coffee or the bathroom. They remember packing up a box with their belongings on their last day and walking out the door. Everything in between usually just blends in, but not for bird doggers. We remember the beginnings, the middle and all the way up to the end.

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Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020 11:45:30 PM

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Buck and Booty by Tom Word

Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020 01:41:50 PM

Buck was handling and Booty scouting for Bootjack in the opening prairie championship of the season. The dog’s owner Fred Gray was riding in the gallery

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Hunting and training hacks by Scott Linden

Posted on Monday 10th August 2020 01:31:02 AM

Life is complicated. Hunting life is complicated times two.

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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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