A little closet cleaning getting everyone up to speed and prepared for the New Year and all that it will bring to the show. Topics include getting fired, examining social media and the loss of yet another one of my Horcruxes.
Nashville's Nick Hoffman and Brent Pike took a little trip recently.
Getting the dogs used to helicopter rides was the easy part! The language gets a little salty on this one. PG 16 rating
I was a guest recently on the Silvercore Podcast. Travis Bader is the host. Travis reached out to me about breed choices of dogs, and the next thing we know, the tables were turned and I was his guest. Funny how that works sometimes.
Dan Abdelnoor aka Doggy Dan joins me to talk all things behavior and training. or is it training and behavior?? Dan works with pet owners all over the globe with his on-line training. We compare notes of how this relates to our bird dogs and our training. Remember in the end they are all K9s and they all learn like K9s. It is usually us that thinks they speak and listen in english.
Listen up and take action. Ben Jones, CEO of RGS, AWS jumps on to give us the State of the Union report of my favorite conservation organization! and a few stories about the new dogs in our kennels.
Tom Davis has being writing about wing shooting for over three decades. But his history of hunting started out long before. Growing up in rural Iowa in the 1960's the need for Plot books or permission, was rarely needed. Pheasants and Quail were literally at the bird feeder of his boyhood home. It was only natural that they became is first quarry. Along with his Irish Setter, Tom lived a life in the uplands, like Huck Finn lived on the Mississippi.
Join me as I travel through the second part of all the dogs I've owned and what I learned along the way. I hope all the dogs you have or will own, can give you what mine have to me. A life filled with laughs, friends, trips, and a few birds in your vest.
From a recent gift that a listener sent me, I needed to compile a list of all the dogs that have been a part of my life. So here is a not so brief history of yours truly and the the dogs that shape my life, and the lives of others.
Hands down, my trip to North Dakota goes into my top 5 all time hunting trips. What was different about this trip was, I came home with 2 birds and one of them was given to me! The real limits are the memories that I brought home. Taking an old dog out for what may be his last season. A young dog that showed me her stuff. And a inexperienced dog that showed me she is ready to step up to the plate and hit some home runs in the future. And new friends that will become old friends.
Heather and Trent Hardy are a real team. From raising their dogs, training, and hunting. They recently wrapped up a DYI trip to the Badlands of North Dakota. Camping, hunting, rinse and repeat.
Melvin ended up in Alaska in 1951. He took 160 acres of burned over land and built his piece of paradise. Starting a trucking line, he was the original ice road trucker, he also put in a landing strip on his property before there was an improved road to even get to his home! Stories like Melvin's were common one hundred years ago in the lower 48, But Alaska wasn't even close to being a State when he arrived.
Probably the toughest hunt I have done in years. And certainly one of the most fun. This trip goes down as one of my favorites and this podcast may be the same. When we broke down, I was sure the brown bears were going to spend the night with us!!! And the only trip I have even been on where a friend drop ships wader-boots, literally drops them from his plane to our camp. This one is epic!!
I get to catch up with Lisa Williams. She was the head grouse biologist for Pennsylvania. And with her new position there are even opportunities to look forward to the next season and many more. If your a grouse hunter you better not miss this one!
Todd Kellam is not only an old friend of mine, he also happens to be the vice president of the United Kennel Club. We do a little reminiscing of the old days and our Wirehairs and make a few announcements that may surprise you! and the next day we go grouse hunting....
"There I go again" in the words of Bob Seger I'm turning another page in my passion for bird dogs. This breed, the Wirehaired Vizsla wormed it's way into my heart a few years ago. Then by some series of events, that always seems to dictate my next dog choice, I find myself back in the game with a new pup. And what a pup he is!!!
The North American Pudelpointer Alliance NAPPA is a group of breeders that not only raise their own standards, but also clean under the sofa and behind the fridge. Bob Farris catches us up with the breed, the breeders and some thoughts on what he would like to see in the dog world.
Garmin set's the bar a little higher! This time it's the new compact and versatile Alpha 10 Rehan Nana joins me for a product review of the newest addition to the Garmin line-up. This unit does everything except feed your dogs. Go into the season with some high-tech peace of mind.
Had a great three day judging assignment outside of Boise. I had the pleasure, of again, making new friends and reconnecting with some old friends. Two of them are Anna and Jacquine. It takes the help of volunteers to pull off a test day, and these ladies had a lot to do with it! We share some stories,and some laughs.
Pete Aplikowski jumped into the mix a with a new dog, not too many years ago. he now runs the MN chapter, judges and continues to come up with more goals and programs to benefit new members that help with retention and growth. Does size matter? With 300 plus members, YES!!!
Ed Arnett from TRCP jumps in to give some not so good news about one of my favorite birds. The Sage grouse is losing its habitat at a rate that will have consequences beyond impacting our hunting pleasures. The time to act is now! All hunters need to join hands and wallets to keep what we have worked for.
Brent pike stops by the kennel to catch up on whats new and were were hunting this year. Good old fashioned bullshit session about where we have been and where were going. New dogs,new adventures and why we love them both.
A recap of last years grouse hunt with the bear Hunters. Elijah and crew came to the kennel to bait me into going back after black bear with a pack of hounds. You decide if I'll do it!!
Greg Blair works for Purina. As the area manager he attends most all of the tests and trials for pointing dogs. He personally owns a couple of dogs that excel on the circuit, as well as they excel on wild birds. We bust a few myths and learn a bit about his job with the worlds best dog food company.
I knew, that with all the breeds of dogs that were developed in Germany, their had to be one out there that might bring me back to my roots. The Wachtelhund is that dog. Dave Dyer has owned and bred them for a long time. Find out why!