I have known Carol and Norm for 20 plus years. All that time they were running the Spinone in the NAVHDA training and testing arena. From the beginning they believed in the Spinone, was the perfect breed for them, and today it still is.
Ok, listen up and make plans to hit South Dakota. I'm going twice this year. Are you? After this episode you'll be thinking about it. After last year's low harvest, pheasants are springing back in great numbers. 46% overall increase, which means over one million roosters will fall to the gun this year. With any luck I'll bring home a couple dozen for the freezer. America's most popular non-native is waiting to see you in America's friendliest state.
We sit down to talk about our favorite hunts, dogs,shots, and other things that keep us hunting the uplands. Six of my listeners/ guests join in the roundtable to talk about the week.
We recap the day's hunt. Evan Boyle and his father-in-law Steve and Reid Bryant from Orvis, try to paint the picture of a great day in the woods. There were wet feet,wet dogs and cold beer on the table.
Here's a peak at the first three days of the HPD hosted hunt, at The Hungry Trout Lodge in Wilmington NY. set in the Adirondack mountians. We find many timberdoodles and miss a few Ruffies, along with a day of fly fishing (something I meant to practice beforehand). Stay tuned this week for more episodes from the mountains.
Scott Rall joined Pheasants Forever two years after its inception. Thirty-plus years later he is still giving 100% of his efforts to the country's best land and conversation organization. We talk about habitat, habitat, habitat ("If you build it, pheasants will come").
We dig into Andy's new Book Idaho Grouse Hunting Get some education, some laughs and some memories. Then go buy his newest book. Andy writes from the heart. No exaggeration, no impossible feats, just a bird hunter/dog lover who shares his passions. If I could write a book, this one is how I would picture it!!
I sit down with Addison Edmonds and Adam Ziegler. Both of these men started companies, with one thought in mind. How can I make the best product? Gunner Kennels set the standard for safe transportation of mans best friend, Adam Ziegler is setting the standard for upland and waterfowl shotshells.
My friend Ed Arnett comes on to talk about the disease we have all been talking about. its past and its future. and what it could mean in the future. And of course, we talk a little about DOGS!!
Nick Hoffman has a hunting, travel, adventure show. Nick's Wild Ride is no flash in the pan. He brings many worlds together with his TV show. Filmed around the globe with gun,appetite, and appreciation of cultures that many of us don't get to experience. He came in from Nashville and somehow ended up here at the kennel to talk with us about, dogs, kids, wives, and eh beer!!!
Casey Weismantel comes on this episode to talk pheasant hunting in the friendliest state in the USA. We talk about the oppotunities, the history and reason more birds are harvested in SD than anywhere else in the country. The bird numbers are up and so is my desire to get back there!!!
Brian Zanghi answers some listeners questions and gives a ton of good information about what it takes to keep our K-9s in tip-top shape and health.
Tracey Nelson brings us up to par on the test of all tests, under the NAVHDA umbrella. We break down what this event is all about. From its beginings to present. A few stats, a few tips, and a few funny stories of my past efforts and others that have trained for it. This test ain't for sissys!!
After the second day of a three-day judging assignment, TJ and I set down for a beer and swap tales of bird hunting, raising daughters and all things in between.
Very good conversation with Stephen Faust and his life with Gordon Setters. Not only does he guide in several states, he has been mooching birds right in my backyard!! great final story on his favorite double gun. And some old soul stuff as well. Enjoy
We catch up with Meadow right after her week-long competition. Matching her skills against the top women of the outdoor world. Along with some stories of her adventures with her sister Maggie, around the globe. And of course, we touch on Wirehairs..opps Dratharrs
Lars is a man that wears many hats. Lars Jacob Wingshooting could be your one stop shop. Whether you are looking for a new destination, a new gun or some help in learning how to use your gun effectively. They say form follows function, but in the wingshooting world, it's fit first, then form and then applying both to your favorite game bird.
Jared Wiklund is the Public Relations Manager for my favorite conservation organization. We catch up on some of the latest PF&QF projects around the country. We also touch on the 2018 farm bill. Along with the usual tall tales about our great dogs.
Mike Thurman is our Knight in shining armor. This group is largely responsible for keeping our rights to hunt with dogs in Michigan. Listen close and learn a lot. Please share this info with your friends and family. if you love your dog,you owe the MHDF a debt of gratitude.
Ken Dalton is a man with a mission. Remembering the good old days of pheasants in Michigan, he is determined to create hunting opportunities for family's to get back in the field, chasing the iconic Ringneck pheasant. By modeling after states like Pennslyvania and Wisconsin and at least a dozen other states from coast to coast.
The Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative is getting closer to becoming a reality. Lets get behind this movment. Building hunter numbers back is crucial. This program can help put a finger in the Dam.
Jason works for USA High School Clay Target League. You won't believe how big this program is. 22,000 school age kids are swinging scatterguns as part of their schools sports program! Wish I had this back in the day.
Ken is one of my early connections to NAVHDA. He also has a long history with VDD GNA ( that's German Wirehairs registered in Berlin) We just touch on his 40 plus years of hunting,testing, and judging the versatile breeds. I will be having Ken on again, to get even deeper.
Chris and I talk ammo, some do's and some donts. We also talk about great waterfowling around the country. His best and worst dog tales from the blind.Along with some of my worst dogs ever.
Larry Brown is a well known writer, for more years than I have been hunting. His backstory is as interesting as his life with dogs,birds and shotguns. Shooting over pointing dogs while stationed in the middle east, and bringing that passion back to the states, and eventually to the pages of GunDog and Pointing Dog Journal magazines. Larry shaers some stories and secrets on pheasant hunting and espionage.
Ben's new book is getting printed as we recorded this interview. We talk about his training days as a college student. and how it shaped his future hunting. The up and down cycles of birds, His slightly odd way of using dog training collars. And much more. including his favorite drink at the end of the day.