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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.

Veterinarian John Holcomb, columnist, Gun Dog magazine

Veterinarian John Holcomb, columnist, Gun Dog magazine

August 29, 2019

First aid and what vaccinations your dog must have are two of the topics in our talk with this second-generation Gun Dog magazine columnist. Dr. Holcomb also covers pre-season conditioning and dietary considerations that ensure a long, safe day in the field. What about spaying or neutering, and when? Again, in-clinic experience is Dr. Holcomb’s bailiwick and you may be surprised at his answer.

Listener Thomas Stone asks about the “right” heartworm medication and Dr. Holcomb has strong opinions on this topic and others. What you should always carry in your vest, stapler vs. super glue, what we should expect from our veterinarian in the way of advice and instruction, and some of the questions he gets while writing his magazine column are also on the agenda.

Plus a free place to hunt, and a trivia question and prize!

 

 

Training, trial legend George Hickox

Training, trial legend George Hickox

August 22, 2019

A dog training and trialing legend, George Hickox has honed his skills not only training champion bird dogs, but canines for our Special Forces. On this podcast, he’ll offer insights into dog psychology, practical tips on how dogs learn whether pups, adult dogs, or other people’s dogs

What happens at a pro trainer’s “summer camp?” George will tell us. He’ll explain the critical way of thinking we should adapt to ensure your dog works with you, and a few things you need to watch for in terms of dog health and safety.

Plus, how a dog thinks & why, the only two rewards your dog wants, and the answer to the question: Why clicker training? Hickox offers help training steadiness if you don’t have access to wild birds, plus his “four curses” of dog training.

As always, I’ll introduce you to a free and accessible place to hunt, answer a listener’s question, a give you a “pop quiz” with a prize.

Montana pro guide Al Gadoury, 6X Outfitters

Montana pro guide Al Gadoury, 6X Outfitters

August 15, 2019

You’ve seen him on my TV show a lot, for good reason. This guy knows wild birds: pheasants, sharptails, Huns, sage grouse … and I’ve shot them all with his help. He has a sixth sense about how to find birds on the vast Montana prairie, and will share that with all of us.

Al will also outline his strategies, tactics, shooting advice (he is a sought-after spaniel trial gunner) and even his love for vintage side-by-sides. Some unique dog handling techniques and insights into the natural world are all on the docket.

He’ll tell us what the biggest mistakes hunters make in the field are, and how to correct them.

Plus a publicly-accessible hunting spot, a trivia question and prize, and none of the junk that you would fast-forward through. We get to the meat of the matter. Concise, focused, useful information from experts who can string a few words together and help you become a better dog owner, hunter, and shooter.

Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream magazine’s shotgun guru

Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream magazine’s shotgun guru

August 8, 2019

Field & Stream magazine’s shotgun columnist Phil Bourjaily knows shotguns and shotgunning. He tests them all, hunts a lot, and on top of everything else is starting a new pup. Answering listener Randy Fusi’s question, he offers us tips on what to look for when shopping for a used gun, affordable side-by-sides, talks hunting strategy and where birds hang out, Labs vs, pointing breeds, and insights into his literary family.

Phil is living the dream – or nightmare – of a young dog and suggests some ways to survive puppyhood. He has strong opinions on how to start a beginner, shares his upland experience in Uruguay and Iowa and helps listener Brian Lee Wynn with his son’s gun-fit problem … or is it?

All this plus a free public hunting spot, a trivia question and a prize ... and none of that stuff that gets in the way of learning more about how to be a better hunter, shooter, and dog owner!

Craig Koshyk, author, photographer “Pointing Dogs Volume One: The Continentals”

Craig Koshyk, author, photographer “Pointing Dogs Volume One: The Continentals”

July 8, 2019

“Most people write books because they have answers. I wrote my because I had questions.” Learn about every single continental hunting dog breed in Craig’s book … the first of two. And the good news is, the second volume, on English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish breeds, is soon to come.

We explore the continent, discover some very rare and unusual dogs, learn a thing or two about photography, and live a globe-trotting life vicariously as Craig takes us on an epic journey where he personally met every single dog breed he wrote about.

Craig helps a listener – and all of us, really – avoid “Americanizing” European breeds, and of course, tells us what he loves most about hunting dogs and why he hunts.

A trivia question and prize, another place to hunt - free - on publicly-accessible land, and more, all in this fascinating edition of the Upland Nation podcast.

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“Hunting with Hank” host Dez Young

“Hunting with Hank” host Dez Young

July 8, 2019

Dez Young needs no introduction to bird hunters who have electricity at their home. His “Hunting with Hank” TV series was pioneering in the genre and inspired many of us, including yours truly. The show was so popular, he still offers fans DVDs of his favorite shows.

But do you really know Dez? He’ll reflect on his musical career, memorable hunting trips here and abroad and offers up tips on traveling with dogs and European hunting. What’s important about hunting? Dez’ answer may surprise you. Questions from listeners Bobby Westbrook, Keith Clayton, Derek Moore and Dean Stainberg will inform and enlighten you about this bird hunting icon. Finally, the real story behind “Never spoil your bird dog.”

Plus, a public access spot you can hunt free, dog handling tips, your questions answered, and a trivia question and prize.

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Dave Carty, columnist, trainer, author

Dave Carty, columnist, trainer, author

July 8, 2019

"Carty is the best kind of writer: he tells the truth and has fun doing it." – John Gierach

Even with a new novel about to be published, Dave takes time to clue us in on all things dog and dog training. You know him from his column in Gun Dog magazine, sage advice, and maybe even his books and here he’ll talk about everything from a day in the life of a dog trainer to the value of repetition when training a new skill.

Dave’s got a unique take on “reading” a dog, and he’ll show us the ropes for Blue Grouse hunting, where and when … offer in-field tips and tactics, help us cope with hot weather hunting risks and how to find Huns in winter. If you’re shopping for a pro trainer – or want to become one – Dave will offer you sage advice. And of course, he answers the question: “why hunt with dogs?”

Plus, we answer one of your dog care/training questions, direct you to a place to hunt public-access land, ask a trivia question and a prize for one of you!

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Rick Van Etten, Editor Emeritus, Gun Dog Magazine

Rick Van Etten, Editor Emeritus, Gun Dog Magazine

June 10, 2019

Rick Van Etten was the editor of Gun Dog magazine for decades, curating great writing and photography for our enjoyment and education. But there are myriad sides to him that we never saw while he was the “man behind the curtain,” shining the spotlight on incredible writers and photographers.

Passionate bird hunter, dog lover (Irish Setters a specialty), Rick offers insights into everything from becoming an outdoor writer, lesser-known authors who deserve your attention, tips and insights, and dog training strategies that might surprise you. 

Also: a question from listener Andy Upwards, our public-access feature looks at South Dakota, and the Upland Quiz question and answer with a prize for one of you!

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