Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house, not a canine was stirring, not even a mouse. The dogs were all nestled asleep on their beds, while visions of food bowls danced in their heads. Their stockings were hung in the kennel with care, in hopes that some milk bones would soon be found there. Mama with her wine glass and I with my beer were enjoying a nightcap cause morning was near. The dogs rose before sunrise and started to bark, we loaded them up and off to the park. The moon on the crest of the new-fallen snow made it easy to find places for the dogs to go. We quickly picked poop with bags on our hands and promptly tossed it park supplied cans. Returning to home we found the old elf, he was filling the stockings alone by himself. We thought if we scared him he might disappear, and the dogs would not get their favorite pigs' ears. Laying a finger aside of his nose he said Merry Christmas and up the chimney, he rose. The dogs were all happy The End
RGS Biologist Heather Shaw joins me to talk about the status of grouse around the great Lakes. and a few nuggets of info that you need to hear. We can't speak for all the Great lake States, but Michigan has their S_ _ T together!!!
Robert and I dig a bit deeper into the world of Retrievers. We talk about the elephant in the room. And also talk about the Queen Mother at field trials. His book "Absolutely Positively Gundog Training", is refreshing and informative.
This is part one of my chat with one of the countries best dog trainers. Robert started out like many of us. bending a dog to our will, but found that positive communication and reward, was the path to better dogs with less training time.
Three newbies hit South Dakota via Georgia. Four seasoned hunters do their annual trip. Two very different outcomes. If your thinking about making the journey for ringnecks? This episode is tailor-made for you!!
Kaci & Cory Gillen decided to purchase and remodel an upland hunting lodge in her home state of South Dakota. The only catch was that it was all Kaci's to manage, guide, and occasionally mop the floors too!! Podcast listeners came from as far away as Florida to experience White Lake Hunting Lodge. We came away with a feeling of meeting family. WLHL is a gold star lodge with a blue-collar heart.
Christy, and company jump on the line to give us a peek into their South Dakota DYI adventure. They loaded up their dogs, guns, and ammo. left the kids with the husbands and headed north until they found wild roosters and wild places.
Lisa Williams was given the challenge to FIX the problem. The PA game commission has been working day and night to get the answer that we all have been waiting for. Were not out of the woods but.... There's science-based mapping that is going to give us the edge on West Nile and what we can do to work around it!! Don't skip any of this episode!!
Tom Cooper chats with me about one of my favorite birds. The American Woodcock/Timberdoodle/Mudbat. Whatever you call it, it's the most interesting upland game bird in North America. We talk tailgate biology and science-based data about this mysterious bird.
We took off in a windstorm, landed on dirt and then jumped onto a charter boat. The dogs even got motion sickness! This trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. Grouse hunters are known for difficult terrain, difficult shots and the worlds fastest flushing gamebird. So we thought, why not add travel logistics to make it even more challenging.
CZ USA hosted the best Scholastic shooters from around the country, to break and set a new Guinness World Record of ( the most clay targets broke in a twelve hour period.) Dave Miller and four teenagers stood strong for 12 hours and now they are in the record books.
Al Harmeyer, along with Chris, Tracey, and Steve have 100 years of combined service to NAVHDA. From Training to testing, to Judging and raising litters of great dogs at Krystal Creek Kennels. This family bleeds NAVHDA. Al and I went hunting grouse for a few hours and then sat down to chat about the day, along with some of KCK's training tips for Utility gun dogs.
A special episode about my week chasing grouse and woodcock. Starting from the RGS camp tour and on to Minnesota and back to the UP of Michigan
This week Steve Kline from TRCP joins me to talk policy, ducks, Pudelpointers, and what's happening for sportsmen in this great nation. Washington DC may be a swamp, but TRCP can get through it like a Johnboat with a Go-Devil motor.
I stoped at Juggernaut Spainiels to visit Jordan Horak. His new twist on an old training tool will be standard equipment in my kennel from here on out. He didn't just reinvent the wheel, he showed me some proven techniques to yard training that I had not thought possible. Especially for those with limited space. Jordan's success in the Spaniel trial world was built off this idea.
The second part of Johns journey into all things duck!! and I read a few bad reviews from iTunes!
Had a great front porch chat with John. His farm in Northern Michigan sure doesn't look ducky... bet when he floods it, they will come. This guy has figured out how to build his own personal duck factory, yet he has also traveled the globe, chasing waterfowl on three continents. But when it comes down to it, there's no place like home.
Dr. Rollins isn't your average Doctor. But his life's work to keep the Bobwhite quail forever on the landscape could be more important work than most medical doctors in practice today. The Rolling Plains Quail research facility is doing state of the art research into the life and times of the iconic quail of Texas. listen and learn...
I invited RGS's Ben Jones and NBCI's Tom Franklin to hunt doves and talk about conservation, poor shooting, poor habit, and poor membership numbers. Game bird populations are in decline. Hunter numbers are in decline. We need to pick up our game NOW!
Brent and I sit down to talk brass tacks about the journey to develop the upland hunters technical gear, that Brent invisioned for years. It's ready for ordering! We also give a sneak peek into what's next in the Pyke Gear line up.
NAVHDA's president Dave Trahan jump on the phone to swap a few stories and update listeners on what's next with NAVHDA. The membership is soaring,and strategic planning is the way we stay ahead of the curve.
I get two of the best dog trainers that I know, to talk and compare E Collar training for dogs Justin Mcgrail from Black Creek Training Center, and Pete Fisher from Dogtra Collars. Pay attention and try to train your next dog correctly. Because I know you just screwed up the last one!!!
Zsofia Miczek is a dog woman like no other! Starting with a breed that was all but forgotten, she is showing the world, yes the world, how good these dogs can be. Her methods are old school and effective. Zsofia recently flew to the USA and ran 2 dogs in The Utility Test, and knocked it out of the park!! listen and learn. You might need to listen twice to this one.
Del Whitman is one of the rare breeds of true Gunsmiths. everytime I visit his shop, I feel like I am stepping back into time. When Craftsmen were true artists. We take some listener questions and shoot the bull about gun repair and dive into some deep water facts about scatterguns.