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Gunner Kennels’ founder talks safety, dog training, hunting … plus a new publicly-accessible chukar spot

Gunner Kennels’ founder talks safety, dog training, hunting … plus a new publicly-accessible chukar spot

August 13, 2020

The backstory on "Man's Best Kennels," is just the beginning. From duck hunting, to dog training, to the care and feeding, literally, of our canine companions, Addison Edmonds will share his hard-won experience. A self-described "weekend warrior" in the marsh and field, his experiences with Gunner the Lab are helpful to any dog owner.

And what guy wouldn't want to name his company after his dog? We'll dig into the new products and innovative thinking behind the world's toughest dog crates.

Plus, "This Land is Your Land" puts you in an Idaho chukar spot.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

A bird hunting hit man … Idaho sharptail destination … do face masks confuse your dog?

A bird hunting hit man … Idaho sharptail destination … do face masks confuse your dog?

August 4, 2020

You know him as the editor emeritus of Gun Dog magazine, but Rick Van Etten has an alter ego: novelist. And his new novel's protagonist has one too: murder-for-hire, when he's not bird hunting. This new book has something for everyone: dog lovers, hunters, mystery fans. Get the full story here, plus advice on helping your older gun dog, from an expert.

 

The "Handle It" segment asks if mandated face masks confuse your dog ... our public access feature targets Idaho sharptailed grouse. And there's a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

 

All brought to you by these sponsors:

 

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

What bird hunters - and their dogs - should put in their mouth and why, fitness tips for both of us!

What bird hunters - and their dogs - should put in their mouth and why, fitness tips for both of us!

July 23, 2020

Former pro football player, strength and conditioning coach, hunter, Lab owner, Mark Paulsen now devotes his considerable energy to WildernessAthlete.com. His supplements and other products were originally conceived to help hunters perform better under the stresses they encountered in the field.

Now, he's helping our four-footed friends achieve peak performance, too. From hydration to nutrition, exercise to performance psychology, Mark has advice of all types for those of us who put one foot in front of the other in pursuit of game birds - and bird dogs.

We cover the two critical exercises for bird hunters, timing of supplements and what to look for in nutritional products, how they work, how you and your dog can better recover for a second-day hunt.

Plus, "This Land is Your Land" helps you narrow down your chukar-hunting search, and in the "Handle It" segment, how where you train is as important as what you train, and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Chukar dogs, hunting strategies and tactics, training, breeding and picking puppies … from a pro wirehair breeder/trainer

Chukar dogs, hunting strategies and tactics, training, breeding and picking puppies … from a pro wirehair breeder/trainer

July 16, 2020

Kelly Jobes of Bone Point Kennels has been breeding, training, testing and hunting German Wirehaired Pointers for two decades, living the chukar hunting life even longer! His hard-earned advice will help you become a better hunter no matter what kind of bird you're chasing.

From puppy care and socialization to physical fitness for the both of you, shooting tips, and where to start your chukar hunt, Kelly knows of what he speaks. Save yourself time, effort, frustration and energy with some of his tips.

Plus, when to give a command or praise and why, and travel tips that could help you keep your dog "found" and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping on your Gunner Kennel.

 

Industry insider takes us to school on the firearms business, his hunting passion, and the state of the business

Industry insider takes us to school on the firearms business, his hunting passion, and the state of the business

July 9, 2020

Andy McCormick, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Legacy Sports brings us up to speed on why the firearms business is booming - and what might change that. Tips on buying, trends, what's hot in shotgun gauges and styles ... all from a guy with 40 years' experience in the industry.

Legacy's brands include Pointer shotguns and Howa rifles, among others.

We also talk hunting dogs and valley quail, the most common gun-care problem his warranty department gets, and how the current virus and political situation might affect our hunting season.

Plus, why sunglasses might put a kibosh on your dog training success, public-access hunting in New Mexico and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Puppy season! Commiseration, advice, inspiration from callers and pro breeders.

Puppy season! Commiseration, advice, inspiration from callers and pro breeders.

July 2, 2020

Your calls on the joys, trials and tribulations of a new hunting partner ... from feeding and training, to care and of course PUPPY BREATH.

I'll talk with first-time puppy owners, seasoned veterans, pro breeders, and get some positive, upbeat stories from owners of cuddly, cute Weimaraners, Setters, spaniels, shorthairs and even a Lab cross!

Plus advice on jump-starting your dog-training regimen, planning your public-land, DIY hunt, and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping on your Gunner Kennel.

Our “tailgate obsession,” who really pays for wildlife conservation, Himalayan snowcock

Our “tailgate obsession,” who really pays for wildlife conservation, Himalayan snowcock

June 25, 2020

Brian Koch is the founder of UltimateUpland.com, a website dedicated to upland hunting and even some philosophical matters related to dogs, birds, hunters, and conservation. He'll share his thoughts on a variety of topics, some of which need sayin' even if they're not quite PC. WARNING: If you're an REI member, bird watcher or fan of birdie body piles, prepare to be butt-hurt.

Plus, a short primer on snowcock hunting, some fitness advice, and as always, a public-access "catalog" of lesser-know spots, advice on dog training and simulating game bird behavior with your pigeons, and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping on your Gunner Kennel.

What’s in my bird hunting vest? “Don’t leave home without it” is more than an advertising catchphrase

What’s in my bird hunting vest? “Don’t leave home without it” is more than an advertising catchphrase

June 18, 2020

In this edition of the bird hunting podcast, I go pocket-by-pocket through my own hunting vest. Somewhere in that mess is something you forgot, wish you had, gotta get, or never thought to bring. Take it all, and 1) you'll soon be in better shape because it's heavy; 2) you'll hunt harder, longer, safer, and so will your dog.

From ammo to zippers and everything in between, here's the stuff I take on every hunt ... and why. Plus, some of the hard-earned lessons on why I bring that gear now, and wish I had in years past.

Plus, a public-access hunting spot or two in Texas, advice on thinking like a dog to train better, and of course, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Bird hunting conundrums: Lost dogs - find ‘em; new hunters - find ‘em, too

Bird hunting conundrums: Lost dogs - find ‘em; new hunters - find ‘em, too

June 11, 2020

I'll address two of the most-discussed topics I hear from YOU, offering tips and advice from hard-won personal experience and experts who've been there and done that. From a hasty search for your dog, to preventive tactics you can use to keep your hunting buddy found ... some tried-and-true methods are outlined.

New hunters are critical to the survival of the sport ... and the resource. Find out why, then let's talk about how to identify and recruit newcomers. (Hint: the best prospects are just like you.) Many of you already take a newcomer hunting every season, so thank you. For those who don't - yet - here are some ways to make it easy and fun for both parties.

In the "This Land is Your Land" segment, learn a few ways to save money on public-access, D-I-Y road trips. And in the "Handle It" segment, learn why pointing and steadiness is only instinctive for a moment ... then it's your responsibility!

All brought to you by these sponsors:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

12 public-access tips and strategies from 30 years of exploring … I’m sharing my sorta-secrets!

12 public-access tips and strategies from 30 years of exploring … I’m sharing my sorta-secrets!

June 4, 2020

Actually, they're probably someone else's secrets, but I wrote them down and live by them. In 30 years, hunting 26 states for wild birds, I've learned a helluva lot about finding and utilizing private ground open to hunters and publicly-owned land. If you're a do-it-yourself hunter, you might find a tip or two of use. If you're just getting started, this information might shorten your learning curve.

From timing to tactics, how-to and where-to, I'm sharing some hard-earned lessons and answering a few questions from listeners, too. I'll give you my top 12 strategies, list some states worth the drive for their publicly-accessible ground, and hopefully, provide encouragement to new and experienced hunters.

And in the "Handle It" segment, learn why acoustics are to blame for your dog's "disobedience."

All brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Bird hunting magazines: how they’re made and why. Editor Jake Smith takes us behind the presses at Pointing Dog Journal and Retriever Journal.

Bird hunting magazines: how they’re made and why. Editor Jake Smith takes us behind the presses at Pointing Dog Journal and Retriever Journal.

May 28, 2020

From how stories and images get chosen, to what readers want from their magazines, editor Jake Smith takes us deep into the world of sporting magazines. Plus, a preview of the next issue of Pointing Dog Journal.

Jake's wildlife background and journalism experience combine to provide us with hunting tips and advice, too. Plus great stories, insights into dogs and people, public access suggestions and dog training strategies.

Interested enough to subscribe? Go here for PDJ or here for Retriever Journal.

All brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Author Charle Fergus: “Rough Shooting Dog” and more … on why we hunt, and a murder mystery starring a bird hunter

Author Charle Fergus: “Rough Shooting Dog” and more … on why we hunt, and a murder mystery starring a bird hunter

May 21, 2020

Insightful, introspective and prompter-of-deep thoughts in us, Fergus has written some of the most memorable books in the genre. Titles include A Rough Shooting Dog, A Hunter's Book of Days, The Upland Equation, and Gun Dog Breeds: A Guide to Spaniels, Retrievers and Pointing Dogs. Charles was book editor for Shooting Sportsman magazine as well.

But Fergus also writes books about wildlife and nature, and his deep appreciation for all things outdoors show in every word he writes ... including his newest book A Stranger Here Below, a murder mystery set in the 1830s. The protagonist is a sheriff and a grouse hunter, and his dilemma is shaped not only by crimes but classic shotguns, dogs, and birds among other things.

We talk about writing, how dogs and birds affected him and his writing, and how a deeper working knowledge of the wild world could benefit all of us. He picks his favorite bird hunting book, shares some stories, and may just change your way of thinking about bird hunting and dogs.

Plus, my own tip on public land access, a hard-earned lesson in yard training, gear discounts and a chance to win a Pointer shotgun. All brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

 

 

Bird dog training and performance: Are you overtraining? How to get the most from your dog in the yard and the field.

Bird dog training and performance: Are you overtraining? How to get the most from your dog in the yard and the field.

May 14, 2020

Author of the classic book Absolutely Positively Gundog Training, Robert Milner talks philosophy and practical applications of his minimalist-positive-science based approach to training.

Milner founded Wildrose Kennels, "retired," then founded www.duckhillkennels.com, where he trains British Labradors in ways you may not know about yet or even agree with! A student of "horse whisperer" Ray Hunt, Milner talks about the right number of training days per week and times per day to get maximum performance from your dog. He outlines why "punishment" or "correction" are superfluous if you read your dog well and reward the expected behavior, and what types of reward work.

Creating neural pathways that create "right" behaviors, from the very start, ignoring misbehavior, and how B.F. Skinner's operant conditioning research can be applied to dogs ... all are part of a wide-ranging discussion that only scratches the surface.

Milner gives us mini-lessons in recall, retrieve, and steadiness to wing-shot-fall, suggests the one most important command, and offers solutions to the problems his clients' dogs have most often.

Milner was a pioneer in importing British-style Labradors to the U.S., and he'll also outline how those dogs differ from American-style retrievers, and how English field trials work.

Plus, my own tip on a slightly-different way to look at public land access and information, a hard-earned lesson in yard training, gear discounts and a chance to win a Pointer shotgun. All brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Bird hunting podcast: flushers vs. pointers … the “debate” begins - all in good fun!

Bird hunting podcast: flushers vs. pointers … the “debate” begins - all in good fun!

May 7, 2020

What’s your fave? Callers and Facebook commenters extol the virtues of their favorite hunting dog style. From pointing-and flushing - Labs to staunch shorthairs, you love your dogs and we’ll find out why. We celebrate our relationship with our hunting dogs every podcast, but this podcast is particularly close to the heart for all of us.

Is it the mystery and magic of a quivering point? The rollicking excitement of a hard-charging field-bred cocker? Or both, paired, working as a team?

Ebullience, hunting range, personality … are females more “biddable” that males? Is the energy level different from breed to breed or flusher to pointer? Training tips from a Canadian pro and her take on the “debate.” And how you should “never give a dog a chance to fail.”

Plus: Why you should keep your young dog from jumping up or down … the effects on “growth plates.”

You also get dog training tips, another publicly-accessible place to hunt, gear discounts and a chance to win a Pointer shotgun. And it's all brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Bird dog training and chukar hunting tips from a pro: Jeff Funke of Three Devils Kennel

Bird dog training and chukar hunting tips from a pro: Jeff Funke of Three Devils Kennel

April 30, 2020

On this bird hunting podcast, wisdom and insights from a breeder/trainer with 30 years’ experience. Jeff Funke of Three Devils Kennel of Nampa, Idaho, is my wirehair supplier, for good reason. His dogs are biddable, birdy, and beautiful. A chukar hunting fanatic, Funke has firm beliefs, interesting training strategies and a world of expertise on the hunting side.

A test judge, clinician, and successful breeder of champion dogs, Jeff answers question on picking a pup, what you should and shouldn’t do with that young dog, he gives us background on a number of dog training/testing groups he’s been deeply involved in, and tells the backstory on why some of the principle founders of NAVHDA formed another group.

Why a new “federation?” And another “alliance?” What are the benefits of each? Jeff offers up his own three “golden rules” that form a great hunting dog … why resilience is the key to puppy development and formal training, and how to breed/pick good versatile hunting dogs. He outlines the difference between training a field-trial dog and a hunting dog … and how wild birds train the dog.

Jeff also offers chukar hunting strategies and tactics, including some that will surprise you that flaunt the conventional wisdom on these “devil birds.”

You also get dog training tips, another publicly-accessible place to hunt, gear discounts and a chance to win a Pointer shotgun. And it's all brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); win a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel. May 1-4, you also get $75 off your new Gunner!

Pro bird hunting guide Mark Nissen on all things grouse, dogs … and a few woodcock, too!

Pro bird hunting guide Mark Nissen on all things grouse, dogs … and a few woodcock, too!

April 23, 2020

Orvis wingshooting guide of the year for 2018, Mark Nissen of Classic Bird Hunts guides hunters in Wisconsin for ruffed grouse and woodcock, then travels to Arizona for quail and doves when the snow flies. Fifty years in the woods, 40 of them guiding, he knows a bit about the sport, the dogs, and how to help you become a better hunter.

We discuss everything from puppy's most important early lessons to safety in the woods. Strategy and tactics for both bird species from a guide's perspective, beeper-versus-bell, must-take stuff you probably forgot, and shooting tips for those pesky trunks and branches.

Mark also helps us train our dogs for all types of birds, provides insights on working with a pro guide, tipping etiquette and (drum roll, please) ... a great woodcock recipe.

You also get dog training tips, another publicly-accessible place to hunt, gear discounts and a chance to win a Pointer shotgun. And it's all brought to you by these sponsors - check out their deals:

Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10; wing a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Bird hunting podcast: What do you admire about your hunting dog?

Bird hunting podcast: What do you admire about your hunting dog?

April 16, 2020

You'll be surprised at the attributes callers cite when they tell me what they love about their dogs. From heart and drive to that special bond between human and animal, I'll bet you can relate.

Intensity? Sure. But many callers say their dog keeps them young, fit, and in stitches sometimes! Facebook messages are just as creative: mischief and comic relief, to loyalty and single-mindedness in the field. Does your dog have an on-off switch too?

Some of your friends might be on this week. Check the list: Marc Reeves, James Fritz, Matt Templeton, Ken Welsh, Jeremy Slate Smith, Mike Siebert, Linda Seick, Jim Brehm, Lance Larson, Ludell Heaton, Mark Kimbrough, Joe Omundson, Ken Welsh, Bobby Westbrook, Michael Deegan, Bob Clayton, Seth Rauch and Steve Maus all weigh in on their dogs and why they love them.

You'll also get exclusive tips on public-access, advice on pups and old dogs, breed info from insiders, a hunting dog care tip (save some money), discounts on gear, and the chance to win a shotgun.

It's all brought to you by Cabela's, Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection, Dogtra, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner Kennels.

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on any purchase over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10; wing a Pointer shotgun at FindBirdHuntingSpots.com; 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's with the code UPLANDNATION; and financing on your Gunner Kennel.

Upland bird hunting podcast: Side-by-side vs. over-under, the virtues of a pump gun … and the advantages of a semi-auto.

Upland bird hunting podcast: Side-by-side vs. over-under, the virtues of a pump gun … and the advantages of a semi-auto.

April 9, 2020

Callers share their love of shotguns ... and take us to school on the fine points. No rivalry is more rampant than this one, unless you talk pointers vs. flushers! If you're partial to a double gun, you may change your mind (I doubt it!). But you will understand the passion each aficionado has for their style.

Not only will you learn why you love your gun(s) and your friends love theirs, you'll get helpful tips on caring for your shotgun. Learn about chokes, cast-off, gun fit, and all the intangible stuff that makes guns an extension of our psyche. From grandpa's heirloom Purdey, to the most efficient Italian semi-auto, you'll get an education on the why's and wherefore's of shotguns.

Some of the stories will remind you of your own ... fathers bestowing vintage guns on sons, first birds by daughters, great dogs and wonderful friends long-gone. Take out your (unloaded) gun and listen along with callers and Facebook messagers who shared their memories and advice on shooting, ammo choices, gun fit, and gun care.

Plus, gear discounts, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun, dog training advice and Scott's bucket-list public access destination for this fall.

The Upland Nation podcast is brought to you by @cabelas @sageandbraker @espamerica @drtims and @dogtra

Keeping things positive in these wacky times: bird hunting podcast covers your favorite bird species and why - calls, messages, and opinions

Keeping things positive in these wacky times: bird hunting podcast covers your favorite bird species and why - calls, messages, and opinions

April 2, 2020

We will be hunting this fall!

Inspiration and motivation from callers and Facebook messagers comes this week in the form of passion for a favorite bird species. Find out why they love their sharpies, timberdoodles, chickens and ditch parrots ... among others ... and learn something to help you this fall.

Out of some fascinating conversations came tips and techniques, hunting strategies, family traditions and touching stories of multi-generational hunts and childhood memories. Plus, what we can learn from some of the old-timers about hunting dogless, learning how birds and dogs think, and what defines a "good hunt."

Funny stories, how to stage-manage a large party pheasant drive, and finding woodcock habitat are also part of the discussion as we look downrange to the coming hunting season.

Hey @Don Mraz, @David Brebner, @DSunDet, @Gary Forrest, @John Pivetta, @Brandon Murphy, @Celia Rausch, and @Billy Turner ... you're on the show this week!

Plus, gear deals from Dogtra (10% off plus free shipping with code SLUN10), Gunner Kennels (finance your purchase), and Dr. Tim's dog food (30% off first order with code UPLANDNATION).

Also brought to you Cabela's, Sage & Braker gun care, ESP hearing protection, and FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

BREAKING NEWS: Ruffed Grouse Society restructuring and it’s implications for birds, members, and the conservation community as a whole

BREAKING NEWS: Ruffed Grouse Society restructuring and it’s implications for birds, members, and the conservation community as a whole

April 1, 2020

In this special edition, the organization's CEO Ben Jones joins me for an exclusive interview outlining the reasons for a massive revamping of the group's business model.

A model for every group? Jones says there are fundamental economic realities exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis that his group has addressed in sweeping actions including layoffs, new hires, and cost-savings, but primarily in a new way of funding the organization. Their approach to "entrepreneurial conservation" may prompt other organizations to look at what RGS and sister group American Woodcock Society are doing:

Replacing biologists with foresters adept at timber marketing as well as biology; utilizing the forest as a cash source; becoming more adaptable and nimble to meet the needs of both the resource and the organization's mission ... pulling ruffed grouse and woodcock back from the brink of endangered or threatened species designations.

The long-term objectives, Jones says, will be exponentially greater acreage under conservation management, a financially-stable RGS/AWS, and larger membership base ... while redoubling the group's commitment to science and member service.

We WILL be hunting this fall! Callers share their favorite bird hunting states and why you should go there.

We WILL be hunting this fall! Callers share their favorite bird hunting states and why you should go there.

March 26, 2020

Stay positive. Be optimistic. Plan ahead. We will beat this thing.

In the spirit of sportsmanship, our callers share their favorite bird hunting states ... from bird species, to terrain, to scenery, challenges, and the people who make visiting so fun.

Passions are many, and you'll hear them all in my continuing effort to stay focused on the future, when we are all free again to pursue our sport ... with our friends, family, and our dogs.

Thanks to all the callers who kept things upbeat and encouraging - personal stories about friendship, dogs, family and nostalgia that will keep us going until the leash is unclipped and we're in the field again.

You'll also get gear discounts, a chance to win a shotgun, dog-care tip, and strategies on planning your public-access hunting trips.

Bird dog podcast: “shelter in place” doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your dog! How to cope with the “new normal.”

Bird dog podcast: “shelter in place” doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your dog! How to cope with the “new normal.”

March 20, 2020

Your calls on ideas for these wacky times ... from training tips to gear, motivation to encouragement.

An update on news that affects bird hunters and dog owners, a way to help victims of the Nashville tornadoes, too.

Improve your shooting and your dog's skills ... no matter what kind of challenges you face during these trying times. Plus gear you can make, a buckaroo's tip on negotiating the most challenging aspect of public-land access ... barbed-wire gates!

Gear and dog food discounts, too!

Special Edition: Coronavirus - effects on our sport and our dogs

Special Edition: Coronavirus - effects on our sport and our dogs

March 16, 2020

While everything is changing on an hourly basis, here are some things to know, now.

What should we do? Avoid? How do we protect ourselves from a virus that may have come from a Chinese live-animal market?

Is my dog food safe? Can my dog infect my family? Vice-versa?

What about my field trial - cancelled? Conventions and sportsmen's shows?

How do we protect our dogs? Are there risks in using training birds?

What about gear? Should we be worried about our new Italian shotgun now on order? What about components sourced overseas?

I've done some digging and have up-to-the-hour information from industry insiders, public health experts, and others ... in hopes of bringing a bit of sanity to a crazy issue. Hope it helps!

Bird hunting podcast covers all things PUPPY

Bird hunting podcast covers all things PUPPY

March 12, 2020

Got a pup? Want a pup? Need a pup? Selling, buying? Or do you just need some encouragement and sympathy?

Your calls are the star of this podcast! This edition of the Upland Nation bird hunting podcast covers it all. Behavior, tricks and tips, advice from those still cleaning up after puppies. Listeners call in with questions and a ton of hard-won advice you can use today.

Reading body language, what goes through a pup's mind and how to use that knowledge, critical commands, things they should learn early, how to socialize a pup. How much and how to discipline? How much praise, and for what? Why LOVE is an important factor.

Why the most important thing you might do is ... nothing.

How trust impacts a puppy's development, long-range goals and how to reach them.

And it's all from experienced pro's and those agonizing - right now - over their first pup.

Plus, a public-access spot for your next season, an important dog-training tool, discounts and deals, and the chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

Bird hunting podcast digs deep into CRP: PF/QF’s Dave Nomsen on why we fund it, how it helps us, what we can do to get more acres.

Bird hunting podcast digs deep into CRP: PF/QF’s Dave Nomsen on why we fund it, how it helps us, what we can do to get more acres.

March 5, 2020

If you hunt "walk-in" land, you're likely hunting CRP ground. On this upland bird hunting podcast, I interview an expert in the subject, one of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s longest tenured staff members, Dave Nomsen. Dave is the recipient of the George Bird Grinnell Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation, a former university professor, and a prime mover on PF/QF’s conservation initiatives.

Nomsen is now Pheasants Forever's director in South Dakota following more than two decades as the organization's vice president of government affairs.

Dave takes us to school on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and related policy matters with acronyms like CREP, VPA-HIP and others. These federally-funded programs are paid by your tax dollars, and in many ways benefit upland hunters: new habitat, directly. Access to private ground, indirectly. CRP acres grow game birds, songbirds, pollinators, big game, and conserve soil and clean water.

Among the many questions Dave answers: Why should we taxpayers fund CRP when farmers and ranchers get the paychecks? How much are we paying, and why? How can game birds take advantage of the habitat we help fund?

Dave will bring us up to speed on the program’s status today – in the midst of a re-enrollment period. He’ll make it relevant to upland bird hunters, what we can do now to positively affect that re-enrollment and policy in general. If you’ve wondered why CRP ground can be hayed or burned, plowed or disked, he’ll explain.

CRP is a gigantic federal spending program ($2 billion) and a massive game bird factory. Is it worth the investment? You decide after this primer on the biggest conservation program that taxpayers fund.

Plus discounts on gear, a chance to win a shotgun, a public access tip (Scott’s second-favorite state for wild birds), and advice for puppy owners from your friends and Upland Nation listeners. Everything you want, nothing you don’t want.

Upland bird hunting podcast focuses on dog food: controversy, fact, what’s good and what’s not with the founder of dogfoodadvisor.com

Upland bird hunting podcast focuses on dog food: controversy, fact, what’s good and what’s not with the founder of dogfoodadvisor.com

February 27, 2020

Grain free tempest in a teapot? Why is corn in a carnivore's food? Dr. Mike Sagman, founder of the definitive site dogfoodadvisor.com will answer all your questions. Clear, unbiased evaluations of dog food are the goal, and Mike has seen it all, rating food on his website since 2008.

What government agency monitors dog food, and what do they regulate? The problem with calcium in a puppy food, difference between meats and "meat meals." How dog food is made, why not all "byproducts" aren't bad ... what to look for on a dog food label - it's all right here.

Why all those wacky ingredients from quail eggs to blueberries? And which ingredients you should avoid at all costs. The importance of rotating feed, and how manufacturers try to pull the wool over your eyes with "ingredient splitting." What nutrients are really, truly "essential," and the dubious value of carbohydrates in dog food.

You will be a better-informed dog owner and your dog will be safer and healthier when you're done listening!

Plus product discounts, a chance to win a shotgun, one of Scott's top-three states to hunt public land and why, and a dog handling tip that could get you another chance at a wing-clipped bird ... all in this episode!

Upland bird hunting podcast: NAVHDA founding father Ed Bailey on all things dogs

Upland bird hunting podcast: NAVHDA founding father Ed Bailey on all things dogs

February 20, 2020

There from Day One, Dr. Ed Bailey is one of the three original founder-members of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. In addition to his memories of that group's origins, we'll be treated to his unique insights into puppies and how to pick them, including the critical fifth week and what we should be doing then.

We'll cover behavioral problems including aggression and shyness, our biggest training mistakes and how to introduce the forced retrieve. "Reading" your dog, do's and don'ts for trainers are also covered.

Also a columnist for Gun Dog magazine, Ed is a hunter, scientist and dog trainer and what he's learned is invaluable to everyone who owns and trains dogs. We'll hit on the most common questions he answers in the column and some less-common training tips.

You'll also get a new public access hunting spot in Nebraska, discounts on gear, a chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

Bird hunting podcast: WILD FOOD! “From Field to Plate” celebrity chef Jeremiah Doughty

Bird hunting podcast: WILD FOOD! “From Field to Plate” celebrity chef Jeremiah Doughty

February 13, 2020

It's okay to drool while listening to this podcast!

In-field care, cooking tips, our biggest mistakes in the kitchen ... and indispensable tools and techniques for the clumsiest of us. That's what Jeremiah Doughty of From Field to Plate will provide - insights from a hunter and culinary adventurer ... and Lab owner.

Pluck vs. skin? Legs and thighs as the highlight of a bird on the plate. What the heck is "spatchcocking," anyway, and why should we do it?

You'll learn why most waterfowl tastes like liver, and what to do about it. How and why to undercook upland birds, easy recipes and different ways to look at wild food. What we should - and shouldn't - do in the field and kitchen to dazzle our friends and family and turn them into hunters via their stomach.

What to do with bones, fruit, pheasant legs and your smoker. Jeremiah also answers YOUR questions Paul Hagemann, Bob Wells, and Andy Upwards!

Plus, discounts on gear, advice on succeeding on public-access ground, a dog handling/hunting tip, and the chance to win a Pointer shotgun.

(Can't wait for the discounts? Get 10% off and free shipping at Dogtra with the code SLUN10; 30% off your first order at Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION. Win that gun by signing up for the mailing list at findbirdhuntingspots.com.)

Upland bird hunting podcast: guru Bob Farris on Pudelpointers, wild bird hunting, breeding and training

Upland bird hunting podcast: guru Bob Farris on Pudelpointers, wild bird hunting, breeding and training

February 6, 2020

Author of "Breeding and Training Versatile Hunting Dogs," NAVHDA judge, hunter, trainer and breeder, this guy has done it all ... including handling his dog to retrieve kicking tees for college football games! Bob Farris is well-respected for his dogs, training techniques, and insights that only come from judging hundreds of versatile hunting dogs.

We talk every aspect of dogs and hunting: wild bird strategies and tactics, puppy picking, socialization, training do's and don'ts. Bob covers the difference between breed clubs and the new Pudelpointer Alliance, and outlines the three most important skills you should teach to a dog and more.

Plus, advice on finding - and taking advantage of - public access ground, merchandise discounts and a chance to win a new Pointer shotgun.

(Can't wait for the discounts? Get 10% off and free shipping at Dogtra with the code SLUN10; 30% off your first order at Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION. Win that gun by signing up for the mailing list at findbirdhuntingspots.com.)

Bird hunting podcast: how was YOUR season?

Bird hunting podcast: how was YOUR season?

January 30, 2020

Highs, lows, your stories from the field - your calls about how your hunting season has gone. Sad ones, with happy endings ... inspirational tales and lots of practical tips from the field. This episode is all about your calls, your season, your dogs, and what we can all learn from the experiences of fellow hunters.

Loss and redemption stories will bring a tear to your eye. Hope and kindness, and a great Weimaranar! Public access tips and where to hunt birds advice. Strategy and tactics, dog training suggestions and a transition from bumpers to birds in your force-fetching routine.

Fellowship and camaraderie - this is your electronic campfire, sharing hunting stories with friends around the country. No attitude, no inside jokes, no ego strokes and no wasted time - because you've got better things to do. Just boots-on-the-ground tips from real bird hunters.

Plus a chance to win a shotgun, get deep discounts on Dr. Tim's dog food and Dogtra collars, and a theory on why bobwhite populations are still plummeting.

Bird hunting podcast on dog food: everything you wanted to know but didn’t ask … yet. A vet/dog food creator answers all your questions. Plus, your own training challenge questions and answers.

Bird hunting podcast on dog food: everything you wanted to know but didn’t ask … yet. A vet/dog food creator answers all your questions. Plus, your own training challenge questions and answers.

January 23, 2020

America's favorite bird hunting podcast starts by answering listener questions and taking calls on the "biggest training challenges." From where to train on wild birds, to getting up those hills as we age, to physical fitness and how to shoot a single during a covey flush ... plenty of information!

Then, Dr. Tim Hunt of Dr. Tim's premium natural dog food answers questions on everything from how one develops dog food formulations, to buying advice, to protein sources, to feeding the day of a hunt, to what to look for on that ingredient list ... and more!

You'll also get a new place to hunt - New Mexico - and advice on doing a "duck search" on dry land. Discounts, free stuff, and no wasted time!

On this bird hunting podcast, we “ask the veterinarian,” we have your questions and his answers plus a public access spot, dog handling advice and more

On this bird hunting podcast, we “ask the veterinarian,” we have your questions and his answers plus a public access spot, dog handling advice and more

January 16, 2020

A bird hunting podcast that respects your time ... and intelligence. Concise and to the point!

This week: more than a dozen of your questions are answered by this bird-dog-owning, chukar-hunting veterinarian, Seth Bynum. From "mean seeds" to when-to-neuter, rattlesnake bite first aid to what he never leaves home without, Seth has advice for every bird hunter and dog owner.

You'll find out what you're doing wrong - and right - to your dog, as well as a "final answer" to the grain-free dog food question that may surprise you.

Plus, a public-access spot in North Dakota for sharptails, dog care and feeding tip and a ton 'o fun. Discounts on gear, too!

Bird hunting podcast: “Force Fetch” … yes, no, maybe? Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels answers your questions about dog training and how dogs think.

Bird hunting podcast: “Force Fetch” … yes, no, maybe? Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels answers your questions about dog training and how dogs think.

January 9, 2020

On the most concise, informative bird hunting podcast around, here's our rundown for this week:

"I love quail trucks and pheasants," says this renowned trainer famous for developing the Ducks Unlimited Labs Drake and Deke. Mike is our in-house expert on retrieving questions, of which you have a big bunch! Without spilling the beans, you will be fascinated at his answers to your questions about force breaking.

But we also talk about other aspects of training flushers and pointers ... from the history of force breaking to unusual places city dwellers can train dogs, to our biggest dog training mistakes, to his number-one piece of equipment. Mike outlines three ways we communicate with dogs, and answers a raft of questions from listeners and Facebook friends.

Plus, the debut of our "Ask me anything" segment, where I take calls and try to help listeners with their training, cooking, hunting travel and related questions. Did I help Dan and Fred? You be the judge!

A suggestion on another place to hunt public-access ground, gear discounts, and insights ... plus the fellowship of other hunters sharing their passion.

Answering your calls and questions on the bird hunting podcast: dog training and care. And training the trainer!

Answering your calls and questions on the bird hunting podcast: dog training and care. And training the trainer!

January 2, 2020

From force breaking to whining in the duck blind, if you don't learn something from this bird hunting podcast - about you or your dog - you need to turn up the volume!

We had calls on everything: the importance of patience and reasonable expectations for young dogs ... hunt test tips ... using backing dogs and silhouettes ... pointers vs. flushers for ringnecks and training a young dog alongside an old dog. I'll put in my two cents' worth.

A capsule review of the new book from Ronnie Smith Kennels and some suggestions on finding training birds from less-common sources.

If you like what you hear, please leave a review or 5-star rating wherever you get your podcast. If you don't like it, tell me: scottlindenoutdoors@gmail.com. Thanks.

A record number of callers, hopefully a few helpful answers, and of course, a new place to hunt open to the public that you've probably driven by on the way to other hunting spots!

Exclusive discounts on great gear, first notification on other stuff and all of it formatted to meet your needs: compact, concise, and intelligent mature discussion among fellow bird hunters. That's REAL community.

Bird hunting podcast: Finding new places to hunt, tips and advice plus your calls, “stump the host” questions

Bird hunting podcast: Finding new places to hunt, tips and advice plus your calls, “stump the host” questions

December 26, 2019

The bird hunting podcast that jams in more information to help you find bird hunting spots and be a better hunter and dog owner. This week:

Fun and fellowship as callers help listeners find new spots to hunt and share hunting stories, plus tips from insiders on new sources of information to help in your quest. From-the-field advice, some old-school tactics and a lot of hunting talk about places, bird populations and dogs.

Our first "stump the host" session includes callers asking about land management for wild birds, buying a first shotgun for beginners, and how to keep flushing dogs within gun range.

Plus, a new public-access spot near Las Vegas!

JUST THE GOOD STUFF formatted to respect your time and intelligence.

Border to Border Outfitter’s Phil Wechsler: advice on Arizona quails and South Dakota prairie birds

Border to Border Outfitter’s Phil Wechsler: advice on Arizona quails and South Dakota prairie birds

December 19, 2019

Exotic Arizona ... warm, late season and some less-common quail species. Phil Wechsler is an expert on Gambel's, scaled, and Mearn's quail and hunting them in the unforgiving terrain of southern Arizona. His advice on dogs, tactics, and strategy is relevant anywhere, any time.

Plenty of travel tips, as well, including where to go if your trailer-full of dogs is overheating - Pronto!

Phil's mid-season HQ is South Dakota, so he's got suggestions for you sharptail, Hun, and pheasant hunters too. From dog training to foot care, the practical experience Phil offers is worth its weight in megabytes.

You also get another public-access spot if you're hoping to round out your quail grand slam, so download today!

Your calls: stories on becoming a hunter … and the lessons we can learn about recruiting newcomers. Plus, the reasons why it’s so critical..

Your calls: stories on becoming a hunter … and the lessons we can learn about recruiting newcomers. Plus, the reasons why it’s so critical..

December 12, 2019

Calls from listeners! Your stories are inspirational and fascinating. Who helped you get started, and how - from dogs that dazzled, to kids who nagged, spouses, great-grandads and all the "usual suspects" who put us in the field with a gun in our hands. If you're looking for motivation to become a mentor, we've got practical tips and insights, why's and wherefore's on how important it is.

Without new hunters - NOW - there will be no hunting very soon. I'll explain why, and what you can do about it.

Plus, a free, publicly-accessible hunting spot you can visit, a dog handling tip that might put more birds in the bag - after the shot!

Gift ideas for you and your dog from the experts. Public access, training tip and more.

Gift ideas for you and your dog from the experts. Public access, training tip and more.

December 5, 2019

If your dog could buy you a present, what would he get? And you know your dog is worthy of gifts too, so here are some ideas from experts at Bass Pro/Cabela's and Gun Dog Supply. What to buy, why, and how to use it once it's unwrapped ... from the guys who have done the shopping for you!

Your suggestions, calls, and Facebook comments too.

Plus, quail ground that's publicly-accessible in California, and a training tip (they're called "bird dogs" for a reason).

What are you thankful for? Your calls, my thoughts, and some science on gratitude and effects on YOUR HUNTING.

What are you thankful for? Your calls, my thoughts, and some science on gratitude and effects on YOUR HUNTING.

November 28, 2019

Our first annual Thanksgiving Day podcast covers gratitude: for dogs, places, people, and this great country of ours. We've got callers from all over North America celebrating the season, plus observations and ideas on why being thankful just might be the best thing that happens to you, your dog, your hunting buddies, and your health!

Plus, a public-access waterfowl spot that also delivers for uplanders on our "This Land is Your Land" segment, and insights on working with flushing dogs for those used to pointers, that might put another bird in the bag.

Listen while you cook, dine, doze, or get settled on the couch waiting for kickoff time!

Hotspotting and sharing - the controversy and your calls … deep dive on the Braque Francais

Hotspotting and sharing - the controversy and your calls … deep dive on the Braque Francais

November 20, 2019

So tell me how you really feel! Mention sharing your hunting spots and you're sure to make waves. So, why not have a civil discussion about the topic? That's what your calls are about in this episode. Everything from give-it-all-away, to strategic sharing, to "when pigs fly." You will be surprised at the take-away.

Plus, a hunt debrief and in-depth chat with one of the few breeders of Braque Francais in the U.S., Brad Boisen of Grand Ciel Lodge. From what happens when groups "Americanize" European breeds, to their hunting style, conformation, testing and the sheer joy of hunting with yet another fantastic dog breed. But you know how that feels!

And of course, a place to hunt, dog training and care advice, the Upland Trivia quiz and a prize.

Your calls on our future … another world record … make your e-collar multi-task

Your calls on our future … another world record … make your e-collar multi-task

November 7, 2019

Our first call-in episode and what a discussion! Upland Nation citizens like you address the problems facing our sport ... from habitat loss to mismanagement, recruiting newcomers, to our image in the media. Upland Nation fans have some pretty darn good ideas and fascinating insights!

But first, Guinness Book of World Record-holder David Miller of CZ-USA recounts his most recent success with four young shooters and over 14,000 broken clays. He also helps us translate clay-target success to the field, motivate youngsters, improve our gun mount and shooting techniques. You'll get a sneak preview on some proprietary technology in the new CZ shotguns as well as some new features.

You'll get a shot at a trivia question and prize, plus some of the other ways to make your e-collar earn its keep in the yard and in the field.

Trainer, trialer, author, seminar leader Evan Graham

Trainer, trialer, author, seminar leader Evan Graham

October 31, 2019

Best known for his "SmartWork" system of books and DVDs, Evan Graham made his mark scoring high in top-level retriever trials. But his way of thinking - and training - is useful to anyone with a dog. From managing expectations and measuring a dog's progress, to the right way to introduce gunshots, he's got suggestions for all of us.

Graham helps pointer guys get their dogs to retrieve, explains "force breaking" and what it really means, and shows us why most dog problems are really handler problems. We'll drill down to fundamental ways of thinking about your relationship with your dog and how it affects his performance.

Practical tips about using live and dead birds, a 100-foot checkcord, and many other topics are covered in this fast-paced interview. You can learn more about Evan and his upcoming seminars, order his books or DVDs, here.

We'll also answer a listener question about helping a flushing dog stay within gun range, look at publicly-accessible land in Nevada, and award someone a YETI Rambler in the Upland Nation trivia test.

Road warrior, author, blogger, podcaster, Randy Schultz

Road warrior, author, blogger, podcaster, Randy Schultz

October 24, 2019

A true road warrior, Randy Schultz travels extensively across the country with his five Brittany’s in pursuit of virtually every huntable game bird species. He chronicles his passion in a blog, “A Bird Hunter’s Thoughts,” a podcast “Turn ‘Em Loose,” and in his new book “Endless October.”

Randy shares his thoughts on traveling, offering tips and advice on everything from dog care to health and safety. He shares his favorite places and bird species … and why he’s so enamored with each. He offers a unique personal rationale for hunting, discusses dog training during a hunt, and why. He explains why and how trialing can help hunting dogs, and vice-versa. We'll cover training tips and must-have gear for the traveling bird hunter in this informative discussion.

Plus, a public-access tip, dog handling advice on how acoustics make your dog look worse than he is, and the soon-to-be-legendary Upland Nation trivia quiz and a YETI prize.

Threats to our sport and how to beat them, with the Sportsmans Alliance

Threats to our sport and how to beat them, with the Sportsmans Alliance

October 17, 2019

What's a pronghorn and a rifle hunter doing here? The short version of the long story is, Brian Lynn and colleague Bruce Tague are working on behalf of all hunters ... anglers and trappers, too. Their organization Sportsmans Alliance is in the trenches every day, defending our right to hunt. And don't worry - both are avid bird hunters too!

The Alliance is in court, the halls of state and federal legislatures, online and on the streets, counteracting the strident calls of anti-hunters, so-called "conservation" groups, and animal rights organizations who want to "free" your dogs, prevent you from pursuing gamebirds with them, take away taxidermy mounts of your bucket-list birds, and stop you from producing puppies to improve the health of your dog breed.

We'll get an update on the threats to our sport, and why we should work cooperatively with big-game hunters and trappers, bow hunters and anglers. We'll get a list of the "bad guys" and the good guys and find out more about how each works for - and against - us. And, how you should be involved to protect your sport now, and for future generations.

Plus, a place to hunt - free, the upland trivia quiz, and dog handling/training advice ... all delivered in a concise, respectful way so you can learn, act, and HAVE SOME FUN without wasting your valuable time.

 

Shooting instructor, dog trainer, pro guide, all-around good guy Tom Fiumarello

Shooting instructor, dog trainer, pro guide, all-around good guy Tom Fiumarello

October 10, 2019

Rennaissance man Tom Fiumarello started adult life as a teacher and coach. Now he brings that insight to his shooting instruction, dog training and even guiding.

Tom's thoughts on everything from how a dog learns to how a human can learn - to shoot better - will have you re-thinking your own ideas and applying some of his. You've seen him shoot, and his dogs work, on the recent Fur Feathers Friends episode of Wingshooting USA and if that doesn't convince you he has some pretty good ideas about dog training nothing will.

As a former coach, Tom's enthusiasm and positive attitude will rub off on you and ultimately, your dog. You'll come away from this podcast rarin' to go ... into the field or onto the range, or to your training yard with your dog!

Plus, an upland trivia question and prize, public land access in Texas (!), and dog handling and training tips galore.

Author, film maker, columnist Tom Huggler

Author, film maker, columnist Tom Huggler

October 3, 2019

“You hunt memories,” says author/columnist Tom Huggler. And this guy has a few, with three decades of writing about the things we love: grouse, grouse woods, and bird dogs. You’ve seen his videos, some of the first in a fledgling industry back then. You’ve read his books, and you find his column in magazines every month.

Tom talks about hunting strategy and tactics, the allure of woodcock, and how to hunt without an e-collar in the thick stuff. He explains his literary dog names, is forced to pick his favorite book by himself, and tells a hair-raising tale of hunting on the Crimean peninsula.

All that, plus a publicly-accessible spot for you to hunt, an upland trivia question and a prize, dog training tip and a ton of fun without all the superfluous gab and attitude.

Spaniel trainer, trialer, champion Todd Agnew

Spaniel trainer, trialer, champion Todd Agnew

September 26, 2019

"We all have expectations to different degrees. Our expectations at Craney Hill Kennel are extremely high for our dogs. The theory is that if we set our standard to an almost unattainable level, when we fall short our dogs will still be very talented animals.”

If that’s not enough to intrigue you, consider Todd’s recent accomplishments: the 2017 National Open High Point and developed and won the 2018 National Open Championship. The guy gets results. And whether you're a spaniel guy, retriever or pointer man, you will learn something to apply today in your own relationship with your dog.

But do field trial blue ribbons make better bird hunters? Find out, and learn more about how Todd views what we do as “development,” not training. What works and what doesn’t, how clicker and treat training fit his training strategy, even tips that are as relevant to pointer guys as flusher guys.

This guy understands dogs as well as any more well-known training guru and we dig deep into the why’s and wherefores of his methods. You’ll be a better trainer when you finish listening.

We go from setting realistic goals as we enter hunting season and how to clean up when the season ends; to why hunting flushers with pointers is usually a bad idea unless you’re a plantation owner. Todd explains why you shouldn’t rush your dog’s training, and gives us his take on the biggest training mistakes we make.

You may not agree with Todd’s philosophy, but you’ve got to give him credit for turning out incredible dogs.

Plus, a trivia question and prize, public-access tip, dog training tip, and NO BS. Your time is valuable – get the good stuff here without all the junk that clutters your phone ... and your head!

Your tax dollars at work: Ed Carter, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, talks Pittman-Robertson, wildlife management, and where your money goes

Your tax dollars at work: Ed Carter, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, talks Pittman-Robertson, wildlife management, and where your money goes

September 19, 2019

Hunters really ARE the original conservationists, and today you’ll be armed to defend that audacious statement. Ed Carter, president of the Association of Wildlife Agencies, walks us through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, aka Pittman-Robertson Act. That’s the excise tax firearms manufacturers pay to the feds, which then is routed to state wildlife agencies for conservation and management. The fund has generated billions of dollars and we hunters are the ones who ultimately paid into it through our purchases.

We’ll learn where the money comes from, what your money is spent on, and what it can’t be used for, where endangered species fit, why mountain bike riders, hikers and wildlife watchers don’t pay (yet), and how P-R funds can now be used for hunter education and shooting range development. Ed answers questions from listeners Spiro Mavroidis, Jim Kuzilik and Pete Aplikowski, there’s a dog training tip on “place learning” and how it affects performance, we look at publicly-accessible land near Mott, ND, and the Upland Trivia question offers a YETI Rambler as the prize.

Craig Doherty, author, trainer, guide

Craig Doherty, author, trainer, guide

September 12, 2019

From a sneak preview of his new book, to insights into grouse woods, woodcock, and adjusting a dog’s range … all are covered in this in-depth interview with Craig Doherty. Magazine columnist, former publisher of Field Trial magazine, dog trainer, hunting guide, he does it all.

Craig offers training tips on everything from using pigeons the right way, to shooting in the thick stuff. His new book, “Building a Grouse Dog, from Puppy to Polished Performer,” should be on every grouse hunter’s bookshelf. It makes the case for a virtually-separate type of hunting dog, born-and-bred for the grouse woods.

Craig’s field and trial experience is invaluable to any hunting dog owner, whether you’re aiming for Ames, or just want a dog that produces birds in the woods. Not a grouse hunter? That’s okay, because Craig’s observations are cogent for any dog in any cover on any bird.

Plus, a trivia question and a prize, directions to a new accessible hunting spot down south, and great offers from sponsors that will get you something free or save you some dough!

Ronnie Smith, pro trainer

Ronnie Smith, pro trainer

September 5, 2019

One-half of the famous training team, Ronnie, along with his cousin Rick Smith, carry on the legacy of their legendary uncle/father Delmar Smith. It’s in their genes, and it shows. Ronnie offers insights into how a dog thinks and how you can use that to advantage in training, some traveling-with-dog tips, how to keep your dog in top condition, and why sensing a dog’s attitude is critical to building a strong relationship.

Ronnie also provides some pre-season physical and mental “warm-ups,” shows us the right way to “road” a dog, and how to use water to get your dog in peak physical condition. He helps us “train the trainer,” and reminds us what a dog wants and how we can provide it – to both our benefits!

Wondered about the Smith’s “Silent Command” system? How their “Wonder Lead” works? Ronnie will show us!

Plus, a publicly-accessible hunting spot, trivia question and prize, and listener questions, answered.

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