The Hunting Dog Podcast is a series of interviews with friends, family and industry professionals all related to the world of hunting with dogs. Expect minimal good information, lots of stories of past hunts and opinions that are not necessarily those of the management.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Anna Artz joins me today to share her experience with the Chesky 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!!
Well even on TV we get more reruns during the COVID 19 era. One of my listeners asked if I could re-release this classic interview. So I thought, what the heck, yes!! If you have any other old favorites, write me a note and we'll see if they can be dug out of the archives.
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!!!
I'm joined by Randy Herlin and Jeff Jalbert to talk about their journey through cancer and the uplands. We poke a bit of fun about their obstacles compared to what we are currently going through in the country today. What you will learn from these two hunters, is a lesson about friends, family, and faith. and of course how our dogs play a part in our mental and physical health.
Art Wheaton is a life long wingshooter. He wrote the book "Grouse Country" it is one of my favorite books. Not because of the subject, but because of the content. The secret of bird hunting is not about the dogs or the birds, it's about the friendships we build!!
This episode is about getting more out of our hunting partners, both human and K9. Most of us add something to our daily intake. Why don't we think our dogs wouldn't appreciate the same thing. I remember when a friend told me to start yoga, to improve my flexibility. Hunting, for us and our dogs, is a physical endeavor. let's give them every advantage!!
Vince Falasca joins me to talk Bracco's, but we really go down a few rabbit holes. growing up in Italy, Vince fell in love with the German Shorthair. After emigrating to the US he was on a search for a bird dog that reminded him of his youth. We have some similar feelings about hunting, training and what we have done here in the USA with our dogs. This is a conversation, not the gospel! We talk testing, judging, and a few other subjects that we might be biased on. enjoy and listen close....
I spent a great deal of time with Kelly at Pheasant Fest. So after the event, we turned on the microphone for a history lesson of one of the best names in the game-call industry. Kelly grew up in the family business. One of the top competitors in the county, he now runs the family duck camp. kelly brought the calls with, and we woke up a few neighbors.
Justin and I wrap up the remaining listener questions and give a recap of my Kansas trip. As always, if you listen close to Justin, you can learn a lot. His training style and patience can develop your training to the next level.
I had a great trip to Kansas to chase quail and chickens. Justin was there for three weeks running dogs and training. Wild birds are the key to making a well-rounded dog, and that's why he goes the extra mile/season to make sure his dogs and his client's dogs are on the top of their game. Then we answer listener questions to help you get ready for next season.
Dave Miller is the shotgun product manager for CZ USA he shoots world records and runs flushing dogs. he might be my idol.... We talk about new products, wild bird shooting and why target and birds are different
Mike Carpenter proves that miles equal grouse. Mike and his French Brittanies run the ridges of the Appalachian mountains in search of the bird that most of us hunt on flat ground. His mountain biking background gave him the love of the area, and love of upland hunting keeps him hiking with a gun and finding the mountain grouse of the Eastern United States.
2020 kick off with Bart George, Biologist, houndsmen, an all-around great hunter who dances with wolves. Bart has a small pack of hounds that live in the house and sleep in beds. Don't think that these pampered pooches can't dish it out to a mountain lion. They do!!!!
RGS Biologist Heather Shaw joins me to talk about the status of grouse around the great Lakes. and a few nuggets of info that you need to hear. We can't speak for all the Great lake States, but Michigan has their S_ _ T together!!!
Robert and I dig a bit deeper into the world of Retrievers. We talk about the elephant in the room. And also talk about the Queen Mother at field trials. His book "Absolutely Positively Gundog Training", is refreshing and informative.
This is part one of my chat with one of the countries best dog trainers. Robert started out like many of us. bending a dog to our will, but found that positive communication and reward, was the path to better dogs with less training time.
Three newbies hit South Dakota via Georgia. Four seasoned hunters do their annual trip. Two very different outcomes. If your thinking about making the journey for ringnecks? This episode is tailor-made for you!!
Kaci & Cory Gillen decided to purchase and remodel an upland hunting lodge in her home state of South Dakota. The only catch was that it was all Kaci's to manage, guide, and occasionally mop the floors too!! Podcast listeners came from as far away as Florida to experience White Lake Hunting Lodge. We came away with a feeling of meeting family. WLHL is a gold star lodge with a blue-collar heart.
Christy, and company jump on the line to give us a peek into their South Dakota DYI adventure. They loaded up their dogs, guns, and ammo. left the kids with the husbands and headed north until they found wild roosters and wild places.
Lisa Williams was given the challenge to FIX the problem. The PA game commission has been working day and night to get the answer that we all have been waiting for. Were not out of the woods but.... There's science-based mapping that is going to give us the edge on West Nile and what we can do to work around it!! Don't skip any of this episode!!
Tom Cooper chats with me about one of my favorite birds. The American Woodcock/Timberdoodle/Mudbat. Whatever you call it, it's the most interesting upland game bird in North America. We talk tailgate biology and science-based data about this mysterious bird.
We took off in a windstorm, landed on dirt and then jumped onto a charter boat. The dogs even got motion sickness! This trip was a once in a lifetime adventure. Grouse hunters are known for difficult terrain, difficult shots, and the world's fastest flushing gamebird. So we thought, why not add travel logistics to make it even more challenging.
CZ USA hosted the best Scholastic shooters from around the country, to break and set a new Guinness World Record of ( the most clay targets broke in a twelve-hour period.) Dave Miller and four teenagers stood strong for 12 hours and now they are in the record books.
Al Harmeyer, along with Chris, Tracey, and Steve have 100 years of combined service to NAVHDA. From Training to testing, to Judging and raising litters of great dogs at Krystal Creek Kennels. This family bleeds NAVHDA. Al and I went hunting grouse for a few hours and then sat down to chat about the day, along with some of KCK's training tips for Utility gun dogs.
This week Steve Kline from TRCP joins me to talk policy, ducks, Pudelpointers, and what's happening for sportsmen in this great nation. Washington DC may be a swamp, but TRCP can get through it like a Johnboat with a Go-Devil motor.
I stopped at Juggernaut Spaniels to visit Jordan Horak. His new twist on an old training tool will be standard equipment in my kennel from here on out. He didn't just reinvent the wheel, he showed me some proven techniques to yard training that I had not thought possible. Especially for those with limited space. Jordan's success in the Spaniel trial world was built off this idea.
Had a great front porch chat with John. His farm in Northern Michigan sure doesn't look ducky... bet when he floods it, they will come. This guy has figured out how to build his own personal duck factory, yet he has also traveled the globe, chasing waterfowl on three continents. But when it comes down to it, there's no place like home.
Dr. Rollins isn't your average Doctor. But his life's work to keep the Bobwhite quail forever on the landscape could be more important work than most medical doctors in practice today. The Rolling Plains Quail research facility is doing state of the art research into the life and times of the iconic quail of Texas. listen and learn...
I invited RGS's Ben Jones and NBCI's Tom Franklin to hunt doves and talk about conservation, poor shooting, poor habit, and poor membership numbers. Game bird populations are in decline. Hunter numbers are in decline. We need to pick up our game NOW!
Brent and I sit down to talk brass tacks about the journey to develop the upland hunter's technical gear, that Brent envisioned for years. It's ready for ordering! We also give a sneak peek into what's next in the Pyke Gear line up.
NAVHDA's president Dave Trahan jump on the phone to swap a few stories and update listeners on what's next with NAVHDA. The membership is soaring, and strategic planning is the way we stay ahead of the curve.
I get two of the best dog trainers that I know, to talk and compare E Collar training for dogs Justin Mcgrail from Black Creek Training Center, and Pete Fisher from Dogtra Collars. Pay attention and try to train your next dog correctly. Because I know you just screwed up the last one!!!
Zsofia Miczek is a dog woman like no other! Starting with a breed that was all but forgotten, she is showing the world, yes the world, how good these dogs can be. Her methods are old school and effective. Zsofia recently flew to the USA and ran 2 dogs in The Utility Test, and knocked it out of the park!! listen and learn. You might need to listen twice to this one.
Del Whitman is one of the rare breeds of true Gunsmiths. everytime I visit his shop, I feel like I am stepping back into time. When Craftsmen were true artists. We take some listener questions and shoot the bull about gun repair and dive into some deep water facts about scatterguns.
Larry has a long background, with a breed that has a lot of myths and mystery. We talk about how this dog has developed, improved and still keeps its reputation as a well-balanced hunting, and family dog.
After 3 days of watching the end of our rod tips, we get the recorder out to catch the grove of the cove. Actually, Matt hooked an 80 pounder, and I stuck the harpoon in it. other than that, we just struggled.
This will be great information to not only NAVHDA members. It will give any dog owner some insights on reading your dog. Great explanations on everything from search, pointing, nose and all the mysteries of what judges see and what handlers think!! Enjoy and take notes. Blaine has been hunting, testing, breeding and judging dogs longer than most of my listeners have been on this planet!
Finally got to sit down and swap a few stories with a colorful, funny and serious dogman. Kevin and I met in Nashville for the BHA pint night. We shared a few stories with the crowd, then met at Adam's Ammunition plant to talk a bit more about our life with hunting dogs. Found out that he even has two English Setters! I forgot to ask him if they retrieved???
I squeezed in a trip while visiting the family in Pensacola. The Hardscrabble Plantation is in the part of Florida known as Lower Alabama. Old school pine plantations make for challenging wingshooting. and when in season, migrating Woodcock (probably the ones I missed) from the great white north, make their winter home in some of the nastiest swamp cover I have ever seen.
Got to spend time with a family of falconers, who also rehab injured birds of prey. Nathan Barnes is one of a select few falconers, who is licensed to handle, hunt and rehabilitate Eagles!! They even have a 23-year-old Falcon that lives in their family room! and Tyler Webster of B3 joins me to co-host.
This was after the moonshine kicked in, we did a live Instagram. I have no idea what is on this recording. Good thing there are no guidelines for doing a podcast. Cause if there was, we crossed the centerline.
My buddy Dave Utzinger popped over to visit and help answer a few questions from listeners. We had more fun than a fat man at an all you can eat buffet. Dave brought some moonshine to sample, and the rest is history.
Great info on two organizations that not only support hunters, habitat and wild places. RGS and BHA are fighting our fight. If you sit on the sidelines and wonder what you can do for hunting, conservation and future generations, look no further. We need YOU!!!
Paul and I go deep into all kinds of dogs. From bite dogs to bomb dogs to bird dogs. Paul's background is rare in today's world. Retired from hunting down criminals, and always training bird dogs, Paul shares some stories and knowledge about dog training. We even learn about rat hunting!!
I really liked getting into the Paleo side of hunting with dogs. Brett is about as hardcore about trailing lions and bears, as the country that he hunts. New Mexico can be a rough, drying and unforgiving a place. Brett has lived and hunted off the grid more than most folks. Great stories about dogs, mules and rattlesnakes, oh, and the occasional lion.
Another epic Q&A with the best dog trainer I have ever met. We dive into listeners questions. Justin is that trainer who walks the walk. No shortcuts, no miracles, no bullshit. Simply the guy who trains for the love of dogs, and helps you get to the field with your dog for a day's hunting.
This time I visit Bob in person. We go a little deeper into the breed, breeding, breed clubs and all things rare breed. He even let me borrow a young dog for a seminar!! Some people won't lend you their truck. Bob Farris's picture should be in the dictionary under "Dogman"
This episode gave me the green light to try chukar hunting. At 74 years young, he hunts all season in Oregon. he uses shorthairs, carries his shotgun on a sling and a camera in his hand. if Chuckar hunting was a martial art, John would be a 5th-degree black belt.
When Anna dipped her toe into the upland world, she had no idea what it would bring. She is a now the mom to four bird dogs, competitive sport clays shooter. CZ USA Ambassador and NSCA & NRA shooting instructor. See what happens when you love dogs!!
Anthony Hauck, Director of public relations for Pheasant & Quail forever, joins me for a great conversation about all things habitat and all things English Cocker. I will be hunting Minnesota this year!!! Get ready to Meet the Cockers
The Michigan NAVHDA guys got together for a card game. As usual, no cards were dealt, but a lot of stories were dealt throughout the evening. Just what a group of dog loving friends do in the offseason.
MUCC has been fighting for sportsmen since the 1930s. if only all states had such a group in their state capitol, hunters across the country would be more informed, more united, and we would have a voice that supports our passions nationally. Pay attention and get involved.
After walking my backwoods with Ben Schram and Rod Denning, we sat down in the kennel to talk about timber practice and conservation. Ben's Wirehairs and the saying here in grouse country. "Habitat starts at the edge of a chainsaw"
So glad I was able to get Bill on the microphone. At NAVHDAs 50th annual meeting, Bill gives us a snapshot of his 40 years as member and judge. growing up just miles from where we recorded this, it made me long to get in a time machine to see Bill shoot at his first duck from right outside the hotel window. Enjoy
I had Robin on the show a few years ago. He is now in North Carolina and bringing his methods to the eyes of many. This one was done at his new facility, I had a look-see around his place and then sat down for a Q&A about training dogs with an Old World style. I will be having Robin on again in the future.
Lots of driving, lots of laughs and how to pass a NAVHDA test with only a few hours to practice. I traveled to the Tarheels Chapter to run Bravo in a UPT test. afterward, we cleaned out the bird pens with a fun hunt. Taffy and Rodney got to find some birds, flushing style. Then we used some proper dogs to fill the cooler with birds. With a few beers down, we hit the record button.
I squeaked out a little time to talk with my old friend and employee. We also had Bob St. Pierre from Pheasants Forever join us. Steve came to Pheasant Fest to deliver a fantastic keynote speech about what we all care deeply about.
Morgan was hired as a new creative editor for Meateater Inc. At long last, dogs and birds will be one of the many new facets we will be seeing featured, within the nations best hunting network!! We chat about his beginnings and current love of the uplands.
Todd returns to the show, and we talk Spaniels. Springers, Cockers and more.A bit about field trialing, hunting, training and why these little powerhouses can make you smile. and why some make you cry. Just like all things in the dog world. Todd brings real common sense to training dogs.
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 it's 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 an old dog new tricks!!!