This is the first time that I have ever interviewed two fellow judges and two apprentice judges after a very long day of following dogs. You will get a feel for how and why we spend our free time evaluating dogs.
Whatever you think you know about bird dogs. May have a bit of truth but listen to the common sense of Justin, to round out your knowledge.
Sean Curran of RGS/AWS helps kick off the largest membership drive of the year. You cant put it off any longer. If you shoot a wild bird in this country, you owe it to the habitat organization that supports that bird. if it's your bird, then it's your duty.
Ever think I could shorten up my intros? This one turned into the entire recording. Actually a listener sent me a list of training myths. So I dove into them with my usual finesse!! enjoy August is almost here...
CZ-USA invited me to attend the SCTP Championship. What an eye-opening experience. 1800 kids competing from around the country. This is the other side of the shotgunning world!!
Austin Choate joins me to introduce the newest product for waterfowlers, from Redneck. Me being a comfort-based hunter in my golden years, I see way more possibilities. Dove, Turkey, and Pigeons. This blind is so well constructed and roomy that I am adding a satellite dish, stove, and frig.
I get asked almost weekly if this breed is all they are cracked up to be. So I called George Decosta, to find out the why. And while we're at it we dig deep into the pro's and the con's Yes popularity can be a con. listen and learn.
The levy is breeching and we need your help with the sandbags. This is a really important episode that requires your thoughts, your input, and your support.
Diver ducks are in a league all their own. Water nesting birds can have all the same struggles that ground-nesting birds face, and a few more. Mike (almost a doctor) Johnson, shares his research with us. Mike has spent more hours in chest waders than most people do in a lifetime. I learned a lot and so will you!!!
What was going to be an update on Taffy's training, turned into one of the best episodes in the last year. Jordan's methods and explanations of training bird dogs hit a home run with me. and it will with you.
Re-release of episode #6 John (Jack) Mercer Patton. Being raised by one of the Greatest Generation, I can't pass on an opportunity to become all ears when they speak.
Morgan Mason just hired into BHA. His passion for veterans combined with his passion for all things hunting made him the best choice to head up the new wing of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers The Armed Forces Initiative. Listen and learn
Jess Johnson is one of the founding members of Artemis. And like the Goddess of the hunt, she slings arrows with the best of them. In mythology, Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and was said to have perfect aim with the bow and arrow. I'm not saying Jess is the daughter of a Greek God... but her parents might have miss named her....
A listener asked if I have ever had an episode on the subject of, what is a Versatile Dog??? So I had my friend and fellow NAVHDA judge (Jeff Jalbert) join me for a long chat on the subject. We start out with a trip down memory lane and bring it around to what we feel about the word versatile. Sit back this is a long one.
Another oldie from the archives. My interview with Rick Smith from his home in Crozier VA. circa 2015 !!
Anna Artz joins me today to share her experience with the Cesky Fousek. Anna is a veterinarian and a wingshooter as well as a senior judge for what may be the smallest breed club in the country. If what I learned from this interview is true, I might own a dog with facial hair again!!
Kirby and I catch up on all things double barrel. There is just something special about a good gun that has passed through a few hands over a hundred years. It's like shaking hands with the last owner, even if you never met him.
Steve Rinella jumps on the phone to catch up with me and his home town memories. I shoot a couple of listener's questions at him and a canine quiz at the end. The rest is just two friends rambling on about "life"
Mike Hook from the SC Dept. of Natural Resources joins me to update hunters on the latest news and progress of the Bobwhite Quail Initiative. South Carolina might not be a destination for traveling wingshooters yet... The plan is in place and working. Quail are responding to the habitat improvements. I might just sneak down there next year to chase northern woodcock and southern quail.
Joe is a listener that took me to task. After asking folks to write to me about their story/ journey into the uplands, He was one of the first to share his path and passion, and how the dog got him into on the ground habitat work for Pheasants Forever. Enjoy, we'll all be at it again soon.
It was a tall order but Mark and his Dad started out last Sept and hunted through Feb. Together they successfully took every upland gamebird flying in the North American Continent. It wasn't easy, but the Peterson's have no regrets. Not to mention a freezer full of feathered trophies for the dinner table.
Glen is the most well-read hunter and fisherman that I have ever know. His passion was spurred at an early age, and his life has truly revolved around those early experiences. he has also chased a lot of birds across the country with his Spaniels and now Cocker.
Will Bomier has run sled dogs since he was a teenager. So he got his first (English) Pointer to start hunting birds, he dusted off the old harnesses, Skis, and sled. Finding the drive of a great hunting dog can pull a sled just as well. I promised myself that next winter, I'm going to give it a whirl. Enjoy
Spring is the time of the year that gets us pumped for the upcoming fall. if the Timberdoodles do their thing, then all the other birds will follow suit. Greg Hoch is a passionate hunter with a soft spot for the woodcock. I really enjoyed his book and look forward to watching the dance this year.
Ben Jones and I talk about the sustainability of habitat organizations, their future, and their goals. In these changing times, we all make adjustments. RGS/AWS is no different. As hunter conservationists, we all need to double down on our efforts. The big picture is not what we have done, but what we can do!!!