I invited a few folks up to my room after the NAVHDA judges workshop. We swap stories from our collective memories. Worst dogs, worst days, and the reason why we do what we do. Its all about having fun and making friendships for life.
This was a quick picnic table interview from last year. I was judging in Minnesota and got to sit down for a few minutes with Kirk Sunquist and Frank Spaeth. They are two of NAVHDAs earliest members and judges. Wish we could have spent more time recording, old stories about old friendships are the foundation of the hunting dog community.
This age group of hunters may just pick up the slack in hunter numbers. A.J.DeRosa started with a simple idea, and its making a difference in the R3 movement. Starting with one short film, Project Upland has grown to be a force in the world of young hunters. The message is beautifully captured in the dozens of films that capture the essence of upland hunting.
We sat down with Pheasant Forever CEO Howard Vincent, Ruffed Grouse Society CEO Ben Jones and Wisconsin's R3 coordinator Emily Lehl. We cover the efforts needed for hunters recruitment (which means the future of wildlife conservation in North America) Hunter dollars make-up 80% of the funding for conservation. When the Boomers age out of hunting, we will need the next wave of hunters to follow in our steps. R-3 can help that become a reality.
A different sort of episode. I sit in on a group of hunters, who take their season to another level. Their season lasts twelve months a year. True friendships are made with dogs, guns, and a love of the wild things we chase. The Pipes & Beers gang gets it! What kept us alive since the beginning of hunting and gathering, still lives on with this group of dog loving, foraging fly fishermen. Sit back, pour a glass,light a smoke and join us.
Long overdue conversation with Damon. he is the reason that Orion coolers are the hands down the best on the market. He is also the new owner and trainer of a Tekel Hound. helping folks near him track wounded game. Listen and learn!!
I chat with NAVHDAs past president Marilyn Vetter. We go deep into some NAVHDA history and how this organization has grown and developed. From an informal gathering of bird hunters, to the 7000 plus membership with almost 80 chapters in North America. A lot has changed in fifty years, but the mission and passion of NAVHDA have not.
Listen and learn for a veteran dog trainer. Justin trains hunting dogs for the field. If you are on your first or fifth dog, you will learn something for this episode. I always walk away from there with a new nugget of training insight. You can teach and old dog new tricks!!!
Justin trains bird dogs, no testing,no trialing, no ribbons. His approach to getting your dog ready to hunt, comes from a deep hunting background and even a deeper trianing background. He started cleaning kennels before he was old enough to drive a car. Learning from his mentors and applying that to wild bird hunting, gave him a no-nonsense approach to what it takes to have a dog that truly ready to go afield. I learn more every time I visit him, and you will too!!!
If you haven't learned about BHA yet, here's your chance to learn about a very motivated group of outdoors people. BHA is growing at warp speed all across North America. Helping all of us to keep public lands and waters in public hands. Your hands!!!
Nick is back in the kennel to talk retriever training and hunt testing. Not to mention... he passed his Kenny dog at both of the retriver worlds top venues. And of course a bit about things that have nothing to do with dogs.
Amanda part of a growing segment of outdoors people, passing on their knowledge and passions to those who haven't had the opportunity. T.E.A.C.H. outdoors is a homespun group of hunters, fishermen, and dog people, that give so much more than just lip service to recruitment. They put their talents and boots on the ground for others to experience the world live in and the world we love.
Admittedly I asked Jordan to come on the show to answer questions about my first Cocker. It turned into a great episode about training, breed bias, and raising children. Of course, we talk about more than that!! Enjoy this one and listen twice, if you really want to learn something.
Ben Jones is the president and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society. We talk about the decline of my favorite game bird. It's not to late to get to save the resourse that we all hold dear to our heart. Its really about all species. We need to devote our time and wallets to what is the most important to us.
After talking with Brandon,I found a new place to hunt. When the birds bounce back in Montana, I will be knocking on his door. We talk about his dogs, family, guns and a bit about using OnX maps.
After meeting Phil Swain in my early years of judging for NAVHDA,I was impressed. As I grew in my roll, I was still learning form him. He is currently one of the longest standing and most articulate judges that the organization is proud list in their ranks. We break down the (NA) Natural Ability test. Share a few laughs and hopefully explain the standards that we use when evaluating dogs in the field.
What an eye-opener for me,to hear about the amount of dogs in just one breed and in just one area of the country. Amber Miller and the network of "true" dog loving folks. We get some sad numbers, yet happy stories from the world of dog rehoming. Amber and her husband Bo, along with dozens of others, help the German Shorthaired Pointer world. I'm sure this plays out in every state and every breed. I can only hope that someday their efforts won't be needed.
What an eye onpener for me,to hear about the amount of dogs in just one breed and in just one area of the country. Amber Miller and the network of "true" dog loving folks. We get some sad numbers, yet happy stories from the world of dog rehoming. Amber and her husband Bo, along with dozens of others, help the German Shorthaired Pointer world. I'm sure this plays out in every state and every breed. I can only hope that someday their efforts won't be needed.
One of the best trips I ever took, Rusty,Russ,Ruf, all names for the same person. We have been hanging out since 1962. Hunting in Illinios as teenagers,we have almost always spent at least one trip over the years together, reminiscing the old days and embracing the future. We hit our old stomping grounds around Tyndall SD. Even staying at the same motel that was built before indoor plumbing!!
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").