Today I talk with Marty Monger and Steve Johnson. They chase bears with their Walker Dogs all over the UP and lower Michigan. Marty is also a K-9 officer in Marquette Mi. We talk about bear hunting, Wolves, Police Dogs. and a few chase stories with their pack of Walker hounds.
Justin McGrail from Black Creek Training Center, joins me to talk about his approach to training,and hunting, both his dogs and his clients. I have brought several of my personal dogs to him, for various stages of training. Black Creek is first class facility with top shelf training grounds. We talk about starting a pup, wild birds vs pen raised, hunting in Montana and Kansas, shitty shoots and memorable retieves. and much more
Ed Bailey is a life long hunting dog owner, Ph.D. majoring in animal behavior. Ed was one of the founding members of NAVHDA. He shares a few stories of the past, answers a few listener questions, and gives a real feel for what we need to do with our four legged partners. We cover soft dogs, field trial lines, cooperation, obsessive compulsion,and how Cableas built right on top of his favorite dog training area.
This is a great interview with the next generation of dog loving hunters. Cassandra is a nationally ranked competior in the "Bird Dog Circuit" In her spare time she is one of the nations most renowned eye surgeons for all creatures great and small. From penguins to ardvarks, and all of our canine companions. We learn about what we should be doing for our dogs before and after a day in the field. And also talk about why dogs eat socks and panties. (because they can) and we learn those lessons the hard way.
This was such a treat for me to talk with Ben O Williams. Ben has been hunting since a young boy, starting in Illinois, then moving west after college. His love of bird hunting with his Brittanys has brought him to national notority, Author of over a dozen books along with writing articles for every major upland hunting publication. As well as a professional photographer and sculpter. Ben shares some stories and knowledge about what he has learned in his life with dogs. If you dont learn something from this episode you should sell your guns and give your dog away.
We cover dogs, shotguns, training, puppies,and a few old yarns about some long gone dogs.
This was a real blast, getting to talk with Dez Young. He single handled produced a TV show that featured his dog Hank in the field. Then after being well recieved, continued to film his upland bird hunting experiances for many years. Not just with Hank, but also with Hanks offspring "Dash" It was my favorite show. Dez talks about his start in TV and many other subjects. If you arent old enough to remember the series, then you should google Dez and his two great dogs, and learn a little about what upland hunting is all about.
This Episode was recoreded in Wisconsin at the SCOA Specialty. For those of you who have no idea what Im talking about, All parent breed clubs of all sporting dog breeds hold an annual meeting with hunt tests and conformation shows. Now i know most of you wont run around the ring with your hunting partner, but it is truly an important funcuntion. The reason most of us fall for a particular breed, is because of the dedication of breeders to maintain the standards set by these parent clubs.
WARNING: this podcast had some language barriers, as I talked with Doctors Amadeo and Maria Louisa Bottero. They are international confomation judges from Italy. They own and hunt my Favorite breed in its motherland.
This episode is with Ronnie Smith, of the famous Delmar Smith family of dog trainers. Ronnie answers some listeners questions, along with giving great advise on when he starts a pup on birds, force fetching, porcupines, deer chasing pointing dogs, and when and how to use an E collar. if you dont find something from this interview to take in and use for your dog, you might want to get a hearing aid!!!!
This week i talk with Stephen Sprago. He host the biggest hunting podcast from the land down under. We compare a boat load of subjects from small game to silencers, all the differences between New Zeland and the USA. and touch on traditions from deer camp to duck camp. or as the Kiwis call it MiMi (MyMy) for those who cant speak the language.
I brought Mike back to find out how his Virgina grouse season finished. Also about another gem of a hunt he enjoyed, shooting wild quail and woodcock over his two Brittanys. Also a few of my own trips thrown into the mix. and my new toy, the Garmin Alpha. Also talk about off season play time with dogs and shotguns.
I sit down with my friend Al Harmeyer. Besides being the hardest working man I know, he is also a professional trainer, and applies that work ethic to helping folks with their K9 partners. Krystal Creek Kennels in Cedar Grove Wisconsin is where he lives and trains birds to all levels needed to compete, test, of simply getting your dog tuned up for hunting season. We tell a few old stories, but mostly Al answers questions from listeners of the HDP.
We continued our conversation about Craigs travels and observations about our favorite animal. Rich history of the development of the pointing breeds in Europe.
We touch on hunt tests, breeders, and those who traveled back to North America to hunt with Craig.
The most indepth discussion about the history of bird dogs. Craig made 12 trips to Europe to compile this book. It is without parallel, in the dog world. And if you just like pictures and dont read?? your in luck. over 400 photos. We talk about what he experianced and how he put this together.
I sit down with my friend Chip Parkins. We talk with Colonel John (Jack) Mercer Patton. Jack shares some stories with us about hunting, brid dogs, wives, and a slice of World War II. At 93.5 years old, Jack plans on joining us for the dove opener this coming Sept.
On this episode I have two of my oldest training partners, Dave Dean and Craig Jones.
Dave has had German Wirehairs for almost 40 years, and never formally trained a single one of them!! ( and they all hunted great) and Craig is a fan of the German Shorthairs who started with an American Water Spaniel (not his best dog)
Learn how Dave spoils his favorite breed. and how Craig almost got run over by a freighter in Lake Michigan while he was in his homemade layout boat,shooting diver ducks!! And the downside of importing a birddog from Europe.
After John's Griffon cleared the room we resume for more laughs and lies
I travel up to Traverse City Mi to talk with 3 people Ive know for almost twenty years. Lance Vernam and John Macneal talk about their 3 year quest to shoot every known species of upland birds in North America over their personal gun dogs. Judy Balog ( who handled the first Weimaraner to a Versatile Champion in NAVHDA history) joins in to tell us how she first found her favorite breed. Warning: most us us were over served prior to this podcast. Sounds problems due to my lack of recorder placment and Johns dog farting us out of the room, caused me to stop the podcast instead of pausing. So you will have to listen to both podcasts in order to take it all in.
I talk with Mike Carpenter about his higher than average sucess hunting grouse in the Appilacian mountians. His approach is google driven!!! and his almost photografic memory is also his secert weapon.
Walters reminisces about the many hunting dogs he's owned that he rarely spent any money on. We also touch on our love of old English double barrels.