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Bird hunting podcast: Wild chukars in Northern Nevada opening weekend! How dogs ”talk,” and your own opener in words & pictures

Bird hunting podcast: Wild chukars in Northern Nevada opening weekend! How dogs ”talk,” and your own opener in words & pictures

October 21, 2021

My music-school buddy Dave and I debrief our opening weekend in Northern Nevada ... wild chukars and valley quail, rugged ground, some pretty good dog work, and better shooting than usual from this guy! We talk habitat, tactics, eye-melting scenery, strategies, and keep our music insider chat to a minimum :)

You'll also get a chance to win a Peet boot dryer, find out how dogs warn us - sort of, and everyone chimes in on their own opening weekend - if they had one!

Brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: 30 years‘ experience on the road … what to bring, why, and how important it is to stop and smell the wild roses

Bird hunting podcast: 30 years‘ experience on the road … what to bring, why, and how important it is to stop and smell the wild roses

October 14, 2021

Plus, your own suggestions on essential gear for your next hunt ... a chance to win a boot dryer, bird forecasts for Nevada and Missouri, too.

I'll share stories of how I learned many of these tricks, suggest some ways to make your hunting trips more enjoyable, memorable, safe, and productive. No shooting tips! Why would I have anything to offer there?

Brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: Guide to my top-four states for public access and wild birds, NE pheasant forecast, more open to hunting land

Bird hunting podcast: Guide to my top-four states for public access and wild birds, NE pheasant forecast, more open to hunting land

October 6, 2021

My boots, their ground ... I tip you to the four states that in my experience offer the best access, most wild birds, and an incredible total bird hunting experience. If you're looking for new country for this season, here's a good place to start. From bird species, general locations,terrain and habitats, towns to headquarter in, nightlife and culture too.

News on wildlife refuge hunting, pheasant numbers for Nebraska, and a chance to win a prize just for listening.

Brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, Pointer shotguns, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: public access from A-Z, a prize, and the ultimate simple survival kit

Bird hunting podcast: public access from A-Z, a prize, and the ultimate simple survival kit

September 30, 2021

Start the season with a bang ... maybe a double!

"This Land is Your Land," and this primer on finding public access hunting grounds will take you from nowhere to unexplored (by you) territory that might become your favorite spot. From online and IRL information sources, to the people and apps that can help you find walk-in land and the birds you and your dog love to pursue.

A few warnings about who you can and can't trust or don't want to piss off (bureaucrats), whether you should trust your mobile mapping app (NO) and the main reason you should exploit every information source you can.

Then, don't leave home without it: the ultimate "10 Essentials." Call it a survival kit if you like, but these must-have, must-carry lifesavers should be in every hunter's vest.

And a chance to win a Peet boot dryer too!

Brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: Montana Sharptail hunt debrief, find a job, pheasant phorecasts for ND, KS

Bird hunting podcast: Montana Sharptail hunt debrief, find a job, pheasant phorecasts for ND, KS

September 23, 2021

My recent foray to public lands near Lewistown was enlightening and exciting. A celebration of wild birds, camaraderie, and wonderful dog work, I'll give you a brief rundown on what we saw, did, and shot ... plus tips on sharpie hunting strategy and tactics, habitat and the amenities available in the area.

We'll flank quivering pointing dogs, celebrate the wildest of wild, and revel in the big sky, get practical on important details and explore the Block Management Access system.

There's news on job openings in our world, plus pheasant population guesstimates from North Dakota and Kansas.

Brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

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

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

September 16, 2021

Our most popular episode, remastered and worth another listen. 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: opera and bird dogs … ptarmigan hunting, public-access spot, your doggy dreams and what they mean

Bird hunting podcast: opera and bird dogs … ptarmigan hunting, public-access spot, your doggy dreams and what they mean

September 9, 2021

How a beautiful dog in the field is like an operatic aria ... and other poetic observations. Those are part of this week's interview with Alaska hunter Christine Cunningham as we explore her state's iconic birds, the three species of ptarmigan.

From habitat to tactics, the joys of a household with eight dogs, uniquely Alaskan hunting challenges, Chris covers the vast spaces where ptarmigan dwell, rocky crags and spongy tundra and most of it home to brown bears!

Chris is an artist with words - in print and on this podcast - so get ready to be inspired by her descriptions of our shared lifestyle.

We also find out who mentored most of us, take a look at news and controversy over duck stamps, visit a public-access spot in Kansas, and learn what your dream about hunting dogs really means and the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: A boy dog named Sue and his inspiring human … public-access tipsters, gamebird population estimates for three states

Bird hunting podcast: A boy dog named Sue and his inspiring human … public-access tipsters, gamebird population estimates for three states

September 2, 2021

She braved national television, putting her shorthair and herself to the test: agility, acrobatics and grueling competition. For her, it's about that magical bond between dog and human ... maybe you too?

Sara Chisnell is a lawyer, hunter, and she and her dog Sue are heading to the NAVHDA Invitational soon. She offers insights and advice to anyone ready to go to whatever is their "next level." For her, it was the TV show "America's Top Dog."

From favorite hunting quarry, to Shutzhund training, Sara's can-do attitude is an inspiration to us all.

Scott offers some less-likely candidates you might cozy up to if you're looking for more public-access hunting ground, three states' gamebird population estimates for fall, and a "found dog" story that will put a smile on your face.

And the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Himalayan snowcock to the chachalaca … he’s shot every single North American upland game bird. Better cellphone photos, giving back, your Opening Day, and Oklahoma public access.

Himalayan snowcock to the chachalaca … he’s shot every single North American upland game bird. Better cellphone photos, giving back, your Opening Day, and Oklahoma public access.

August 26, 2021

Bird hunting podcast: From America's least-hunted bird on the summit of Ruby Dome, to a bird whose name is harder to pronounce than it is to shoot ... photographer/author Gary Kramer takes us on a continent-wide adventure in pursuit of every upland game bird. He personally chased and photographed - with a hunter's eye - every single one of them. His book GAME BIRDS - A Celebration of North American Upland Birds is the ultimate hunter's reference and conversation-starter. You can get it here.

Gary helps us take better photos with our cellphone, of birds, the habitat and our dogs, offering tips and advice that will make every nimrod a better "shooter." Oh, we'll also debrief his recent Amazon-basin fly fishing trip just for fun!

We look at lesser-known public-access ground in Oklahoma, get your thoughts on Opening Day (yay!), cover news you can use from a bright spot on the crowded fields we might be anticipating to another way for you to pay it forward and the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

 

Bird hunting pro guide shares his secrets, Her Majesty has something for your dog, best sage grouse spot

Bird hunting pro guide shares his secrets, Her Majesty has something for your dog, best sage grouse spot

August 19, 2021

What do pro guides think of clients, and vice-versa? What are the most important things we should do in the field? Rich Knarr of Rrank Gundogs shares guide secrets on hunting strategy, habitat, tactics, and dog training this week.

Rich cites his most important training too, what's important for hunters in the field, and more. He helps us if we are going to work with a pro guide, and why he chose shorthairs as his breed of choice ... along with a few cockers! Strategic feeding and his go-to remedy for a dog's low-blood-sugar problem (luckily, seldom needed) are also covered.

You'll get news you can use, also: youth hunts, a mentored hunter program and even Queen Elizabeth's new venture into the dog world. Our public access feature directs you to the best sage grouse prospects in the West. And the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

 

Bird hunting: yep, snipe are real and we’ll learn how to hunt them at 10,000 feet. Make your hunting dog’s road trip stellar too.

Bird hunting: yep, snipe are real and we’ll learn how to hunt them at 10,000 feet. Make your hunting dog’s road trip stellar too.

August 12, 2021

Not just a great practical joke! There really is a snipe, and hunting it in the high elevation wetlands is an adventure, says Michael Salamone. He recently authored an article on the topic for Upland Almanac, and he'll spill the beans on the bird usually associated with burlap sacks and unsuspecting rubes literally holding the bag.

We'll get local intelligence on habitat, behavior, strategies, dog choices, tactics, and why this little shorebird hangs out in wet mountain meadows. Shot size and gun gauge are covered, as are the "real" reasons we go. We'll wend our way through fens and over beaver dams in pursuit of the jinking-juking-vexing migratory birds.

I'll offer two tips on making your dog's road trip as fun - and relaxing - as your own, and the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting podcast: America’s largest, most durable bird … sage grouse, Nevada chukars, and why Amazon isn’t doing your hunting dog any favors

Bird hunting podcast: America’s largest, most durable bird … sage grouse, Nevada chukars, and why Amazon isn’t doing your hunting dog any favors

August 5, 2021

Outdoor Life's Andrew McKean catches up with one of his former writers - me! We talk everything sage grouse, what he calls “America’s largest, most durable bird.” The myths, magic, mystique, and of course, how to hunt them. Except when you shouldn't hunt them - which might be this extreme-drought season.

We explore strategy and tactics, habitat needs, diet, and the importance of good boots. What you should look for, where to start your hunt, and why the type of sagebrush is critical. We cover dog choices, what he loves most about these iconic birds and their surroundings, and

Our public access feature covers a little spot in Nevada that is way off the beaten path but worth the effort. We also learn why dog food prices have risen four times as much as our own food, and why Jeff Bezos and Amazon are no friends of bird dog owners when it comes to dog food, and the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

 

Bird hunting: who pays for habitat? Wildlife management? It’s not who - or how - you think!

Bird hunting: who pays for habitat? Wildlife management? It’s not who - or how - you think!

July 29, 2021

It still amazes me how many hunters believe hunting licenses ... or income taxes ... or property taxes fund wildlife management and conservation. Even at gatherings of long-time hunters, when I mention this topic in a speech, there are more than a few blank stares!

So, please bear with me as I get this off my chest once and for all: in the depths of the Great Depression, hunters went to Congress and asked to be taxed so all forms of wildlife could be more carefully managed and habitat acquired for it.

I'll explain how this magic funding mechanism works, who gets what, and who doesn't pay (hint: "non-consumptive" users from birders to kayakers, backpackers to mountain bikers). When you're done, I hope you'll agree that whether you're a vegan, anti-gun activist or fence-sitter, to help wildlife you should buy a gun, ammo, bow and arrows.

Our public-access feature covers some of my favorite North Dakota spots, and the entire podcast is brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Pro guide and trainer: desert quail strategy & tactics, let a pup be a pup, trust your dog, and where to find chukars and an alligator in Arizona

Pro guide and trainer: desert quail strategy & tactics, let a pup be a pup, trust your dog, and where to find chukars and an alligator in Arizona

July 22, 2021

Our featured guest is Rashawn Gordon, Gordon’s Gun Dogs and Guide Service, Wellton, Arizona. Rashawn, a new guide and seasoned dog trainer, shares his experiences and hard-won advice. Plus public access ground, and news you can use.

First, listeners’ advice to new hunters, from expectation management to what not to do, to how to train the retrieve, and where the heck is the Owyhee River?

Then, Rashawn’s advice: Gambel’s quail strategy and tactics … do hawk calls really work? Let a puppy be a puppy, and a dog be a dog … trust his nose.

Critical training commands, chukars in Arizona? Best dog breeds and why. A rabbit hole is gone down, talking about Bodo Winterhelt (R.I.P.). How his advice changed Rashawn’s life … and many others’ as well.

Rashawn covers developing a pup’s natural abilities, introduction to birds, range, his two most important commands. He likes “wing on a string,” but not for the usual reasons! Rashawn outlines the most common “re-training” problem we dog owners create, and defines the two kinds of dogs he trains: hunting dogs, and competition dogs.

Rashawn shares early on-the-ground observations on Arizona quail populations for this season, a hunting dog that outdoes Lassie when it comes to alerting its owner, tells us when a dog is right to road in on birds, and where to find chukars – and an alligator – in Arizona. We debate 28 gauge vs. 20 gauge, ballistics, and the value of giving away shotguns.

There’s news on the Vermont woodcock opener and when you can get your duck stamp, and our public access segment covers pheasant ground in Minnesota.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Listen this week! Bird hunter’s guide to gun care, finding new hunting ground, and great photos

Listen this week! Bird hunter’s guide to gun care, finding new hunting ground, and great photos

July 15, 2021

Get the entire podcast here.

The dumb things bird hunters do to our guns, and how to avoid them ... that's one of the topics Fred Bohm covers in this wide-ranging discussion. Fred is founder of Sage & Braker Mercantile, a gun care products company, so he's seen it all. (Host Scott Linden has probably done it all!)

We cover preventative maintenance, cleaning tips, simple ways to avoid making problems worse. But that's just the start. Fred's a big-time hunter, with a Pudelpointer and now, a Setter pup. We'll trade notes on hunting strategies, get the lowdown on ptarmigan hunting, talk scouting new ground, and of course, rejoice in the reasons he - and we - go bird hunting.

Fred is also an artist with a camera, and he'll give us some basic guidance on what makes a great bird hunting photo, whether it's with our cell phone or a fancy-pants SLR.

In "This Land is Your Land," Scott concludes his thesis on the economic benefits of public land hunting ... for the nearby communities.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunter’s guide to gun care, finding new hunting ground, and great photos

Bird hunter’s guide to gun care, finding new hunting ground, and great photos

July 7, 2021

The dumb things bird hunters do to our guns, and how to avoid them ... that's one of the topics Fred Bohm covers in this wide-ranging discussion. Fred is founder of Sage & Braker Mercantile, a gun care products company, so he's seen it all. (Host Scott Linden has probably done it all!)

We cover preventative maintenance, cleaning tips, simple ways to avoid making problems worse. But that's just the start. Fred's a big-time hunter, with a Pudelpointer and now, a Setter pup. We'll trade notes on hunting strategies, get the lowdown on ptarmigan hunting, talk scouting new ground, and of course, rejoice in the reasons he - and we - go bird hunting.

Fred is also an artist with a camera, and he'll give us some basic guidance on what makes a great bird hunting photo, whether it's with our cell phone or a fancy-pants SLR.

In "This Land is Your Land," Scott concludes his thesis on the economic benefits of public land hunting ... for the nearby communities.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Kali Parmley, editor in chief of Gun Dog magazine, on mentoring, sharing hunting spots and more

Kali Parmley, editor in chief of Gun Dog magazine, on mentoring, sharing hunting spots and more

June 30, 2021

Kali Parmley, editor in chief, Gun Dog magazine is our featured guest, but your voice is also coming through loud and clear ...

You and your fellow hunters’ thoughts on feeding … twice daily, even on hunting days? What are the dangers, physiological, safety, and performance considerations?

Kali talks about the importance of mentoring, the ethics of sharing some hunting spots, why the magazine has a new look and editorial emphasis, and her favorite hunting challenges. She’ll explain her dog breed choices, and the joys of hunting dog ownership. Parmley lists some essential gear she uses, and explains what she finds most fulfilling about upland hunting, from a dog’s first point to a bucket-list hunt or five.

Scott shares some more advice on getting along in hunting country, becoming a “temporary citizen” of rural America.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; RuffLand performance kennels, HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com. 

Bird hunting trainer & guide takes us from puppies to running roosters, strategy and tactics for training and hunting

Bird hunting trainer & guide takes us from puppies to running roosters, strategy and tactics for training and hunting

June 23, 2021

A rare treat: a dog trainer who guides. You'll get the best of both worlds in this interview with Ethan Pippitt of Standing Stone Kennels in Kansas. He'll provide insights on puppy training from Day One, to managing dogs and hunters in the fields of South Dakota, where he guides hunters from a lodge near Winner.

On the training side, we'll cover socialization, introduction to guns and birds, and steadiness. Ethan will tell us what kind of rewards best motivate dogs and why, how clicker training works, and what we should do more - and less - of when training our own dogs. In the field, we'll talk safety, better shooting, etiquette and how pointing breeds can handle running roosters.

Finally, Scott will suggest a public-access destination for ruffed grouse and woodcock in Vermont.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food, RuffLand performance Kennels; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting ahorseback: a bucket-list experience. Here’s how, plus dog care, sharptail strategies and public access tips

Bird hunting ahorseback: a bucket-list experience. Here’s how, plus dog care, sharptail strategies and public access tips

June 16, 2021

Jeff Gillaspie of Tinker Kennels takes us for a ride, almost literally, on the rolling prairie of South Dakota. We saddle up and head out in pursuit of sharptails and prairie chickens, following elegant English setters.

Jeff outlines the mechanics of a horseback hunt, but also the intangible magic that comes from going really "old school." From gear and fitness, to strategy and tactics, we get the lowdown on why this should be on your life-list.

Jeff's hard-earned experience running dogs in big country will help any hunter's string, with advice on hydration, feeding, conditioning and training.

Scott outlines a short list of less-common public-land providers you might explore.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; RuffLand performance kennels, HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com. 

Bird hunting and dog training podcast: Pro trainer insights from picking a pup to what he needs to know, common training mistakes we make and that most critical command

Bird hunting and dog training podcast: Pro trainer insights from picking a pup to what he needs to know, common training mistakes we make and that most critical command

June 9, 2021

Jared Moss of Best Gun Dogs shares his secrets and philosophy of breeding and training exceptional dogs. While his breed of choice is shorthairs, his advice is relevant for any dog at any level.

We go from the earliest bird contacts to the field, from his mentors to those we can still learn from in their books and videos. We'll cover the do's and don'ts of training, critical skills and gear, plus that one most important command - and why.

Jared will help us think like a dog, be more perceptive in our training, and probably get better results by moving slower!

I'll direct you to a hotbed of public access in Nebraska, too. And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; HuntHuronSD.com, UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

 

Bird hunting basics: or are they? Some suggestions that might help you shoot better in the field.

Bird hunting basics: or are they? Some suggestions that might help you shoot better in the field.

June 2, 2021

Once he hits that point, it's all up to you. Managing what happens next can better ensure you actually hit a bird and reward your hard-working dog with a retrieve. I've pulled together some of the lessons learned the hard way that might help you next season.

From foot position relative to the birds' flight, to getting your dog to stay steady in the face of running birds - and the birds to stay put - to determining if you're cross-dominant (so that's why you miss!).

Perhaps it's not your fault at all - it's your hat's. Or maybe it's because you are looking but not seeing the bird. Have you considered your chokes? Patterned your gun? I'll explain why it will put more birds in your vest.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunting: it starts with better bobwhite habitat; and public-access hunting in Cali?

Bird hunting: it starts with better bobwhite habitat; and public-access hunting in Cali?

May 26, 2021

We dive deeper into the bobwhite situation with John Morgan, director of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. An avid hunter, conservationist and academic, John tells us what his group does, and how it interacts with other upland conservation groups.

He outlines current research efforts, what works and doesn't (including "planting" birds). John also addresses a common question: why do groups like yours do so much work on privately-owned land?

Host Scott Linden also outlines some better places to air your dog on a road trip, and suggests a southern California public-land hunting spot worth a look.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Shooting wild birds and clays - a British expert’s tips and suggestions; finding ruffed grouse, saving those training birds

Shooting wild birds and clays - a British expert’s tips and suggestions; finding ruffed grouse, saving those training birds

May 19, 2021

Let's take a trip to the British moors in pursuit of red grouse ... guided by Chris Batha, shooting instructor, clays champion and gun fitter - among other things! We'll live like kings for a day of shooting, learn some of the history of hunting over there, then dive deep into how we can become better shooters over here.

We get insights usually only available to those attending his lessons and workshops, on everything from gun fitting to non-toxic ammo, solving common shooting problems starting with foot position and ending with "push sir, push!"

Our "Handle It" segment addresses the dilemma of shooting all our training birds and how to save a few while teaching steadiness. We also explore a less-well-known region managed for ruffed grouse. Hint: it's not in Wisconsin.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Why aren’t there more quail? Your questions answered. Bird dog shopping, an alternative pheasant destination.

Why aren’t there more quail? Your questions answered. Bird dog shopping, an alternative pheasant destination.

May 12, 2021

Why are bobwhite numbers so dismal? What can we do? What is Quail Forever doing? Why can't we simply plant more birds? Those are some of the questions I ask Southeast Regional Director of Quail Forever, Tim Caughran.

Tim has answers to all those, and many more, as we dive deep into quail behavior and biology, habitat, and why butterfly-hugger are critical partners. Tim offers up a tip on where to find wild bobwhites on public land, what kind of cover is your best bet, how to find hidden quail hangouts, and some hunting strategies.

Plus, advice on puppy shopping and intel gathering, and where to go in a pheasant state that doesn't have the initials SD.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Great bird hunting books, how to enjoy them, places to stay when walk-in hunting, health warning for your dog

Great bird hunting books, how to enjoy them, places to stay when walk-in hunting, health warning for your dog

May 5, 2021

Listener Preston Fulmer suggested we talk about sporting literature and we got to it this week with guest Glen Blackwood. Glen authors a column for Upland Almanac magazine, reviews books for the Ruffed Grouse Society, and is a book dealer himself.

For Glen, it started on Christmas morning, when he would often find a vintage first edition under the tree.

We start comparing the psyches of fly anglers and wingshooters, then explore great writers of the past and why Glen thinks we should read them; then, on to contemporary authors who are up-and-coming, their titles, and why Glen things they’re so good.

We talk about “wildness” and why it fuels so much of our literary legacy as well as our own pursuits. We get advice on finding and buying first editions, and reasons not to. We learn why story collections are great “samplers” of genres and authors.

We also share some your best shooting tips, learn some warnings and prevention tips for your dog’s arthritis, and outline some less-common places to stay on your public-access hunting trips.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Making an upland bird hunting magazine, public bobwhites, dog gear, your gear recommendations

Making an upland bird hunting magazine, public bobwhites, dog gear, your gear recommendations

April 28, 2021

We go behind the curtain at Upland Almanac magazine, talking with publisher John Gosselin and Tom Carney, editor. From how cover paintings are chosen, to how any good writer professional or not, can get his story in ... writing tips to the economics and mechanics of getting a magazine off the press and in your hands.

Our wide-ranging discussion also covers bird dogs and hunting, writers and artists we should follow, and a few things we three might regret!

We'll look at public-access quail in Georgia, and listeners and readers suggest gear they won't leave without, and safety equipment that could save your dog's life.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

New way of thinking, faster puppy development, better performance in the field

New way of thinking, faster puppy development, better performance in the field

April 21, 2021

Change your way of thinking and you'll have a happier dog working at his peak. Alec Sparks of Snowbound Kennels has trained dogs for almost three decades and his approach has evolved with the times. His unique approach to how dogs think and how we should think as a result is worth listening to, whether you've got a new pup or an old dog you're teaching new tricks.

Using operant conditioning, marking, rewards of various types, and minimizing the traditional reliance on compulsion, he believes dogs learn faster, retain better, and thus excel in the field.

We take a look at listeners' favorite dog names, and discover a new way to scout for new hunting areas, too.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Phascinating Pheasants: a deep dive

Phascinating Pheasants: a deep dive

April 13, 2021

Some things you know, some you don’t. But you will, after listening to this special edition of the Upland Nation podcast. “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,” so the saying goes. And when it comes to this bird’s origins – and especially it’s future – the more we know, the better.

It seems like every “expert” has useful insights: guides, biologists, conservation leaders, your hunting buddy. But there are many dark, unexplored corners of the bird’s origins, lifestyle, and behavior. We’ll learn how they got here, what is being done – and not done – to help them, we’ll dig into threats to them, and the threats they pose to other birds.

With luck, you’ll pick up something that makes you a better hunter, and conservationist.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Bird hunter’s hacks, tips, advice, suggestions and points to ponder

Bird hunter’s hacks, tips, advice, suggestions and points to ponder

April 6, 2021

Seventeen helpful observations from Scott's decades of stealing other people's ideas - from guides and outfitters, hunting friends, and strangers encountered in the field. These are ideas you can take for your own, share with your friends.

From dog training tips to shooting advice, hunting strategy and tactics, and even care and feeding of your dog and your human friends. Want the entire list? Go here.

Plus, using motion to help your dog understand you, and schmoozing the gatekeepers of public-access lands.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

That critical first 12 weeks of puppyhood, and how they impact his entire hunting life

That critical first 12 weeks of puppyhood, and how they impact his entire hunting life

March 30, 2021

Breeder, trainer, former field-trialer Mark Fulmer of Sarahsetter Kennels outlines his rationale for a puppy training program that begins the moment a dog's eyes open. Brain training, utilizing instinct, and some operant conditioning ideas all combine to leverage the massive growth in a pup's brain in the early weeks to make a good dog great.

An unusual tool to introduce gunfire, why feeding quail to a pup builds prey drive, unique tools and gear, and a ton of insights into the why of puppy training are all part of the discussion. The "Handle It" segment covers feeding for maximum in-field stamina, and our public access feature covers a less-known South Dakota location.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com.

Pro trainer’s insights on forest grouse, dogs, shooting and how to be a good guest

Pro trainer’s insights on forest grouse, dogs, shooting and how to be a good guest

March 23, 2021

Forest grouse ... in Montana? We've got the inside story on ruffs, blues, and dusky grouse and how to hunt them, no matter where you are. Strategy and tactics, how to handle a dog in the deep woods, bird behavior, it's all part of our discussion. Gear and habitat, bells or beepers, we'll cover it all.

The "Handle It" segment covers an oft-forgotten pro trainer attribute we can all emulate, and our public-access segment touches on the unsung state of Oklahoma and bobwhite quail.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Scalies, bird dogs and the desert - from an expert

Scalies, bird dogs and the desert - from an expert

March 16, 2021

Orvis-endorsed wingshooting guide of the year Ryan O'Shaughnessy of West Texas Quail Outfitters takes us to school on scaled quail, bird dog training, and related topics. From handling cactus to pad health, hunting strategy and tips on communicating with your own dog, Ryan has answers to your questions.

This unique bird is on many hunters' bucket list, and Ryan pursues them all season long, from a guide's - and biologist's - perspective. With 18 dogs in his personal string, he's got practical advice on how dogs learn, care and feeding, what birds can teach them, what we should avoid doing in the field and what we should always do when working with our own dogs.

We discuss your thoughts on helping the habitat, listeners share their "beauty" shots, the "Handle It" dog training segment addresses the importance of birds in developing a young dog. In our public-access feature, we'll learn a bit about recon in our public-access feature.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

30 years of bird dog and hunting experience in the woods and prairies - yours for the asking!

30 years of bird dog and hunting experience in the woods and prairies - yours for the asking!

March 9, 2021

Tracey Lieske has been guiding, hunting, and training dogs for 30 years. Take advantage of his wisdom and hard-earned advice. From finding ruffed grouse to letting birds "train" dogs, he's got insights you won't find anywhere else.

Minimalist approaches to gear, command vocabulary, and creative ways to use the e-collar are all part of our discussion. What's important to ensure a sporting shot in the woods, scouting tips, and permission to get another dog are all covered in this wide-ranging discussion.

"Handle It" answers a listener question on an average dog's mileage, and our public access segment is an argument for spending money locally.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

10 questions: why your mobile mapping app might fail you; force fetch and “sit”

10 questions: why your mobile mapping app might fail you; force fetch and “sit”

March 2, 2021

Listener Glenn Ainsworth asks Scott 10 questions about everything from shotgun choice to outfitting your truck, dog breeds to why great clay target shooters aren’t always great bird shooters. The answers might surprise you - especially when you learn of a fatal flaw in your mobile mapping app. Other questions that might help you including finding lodges that welcome our dogs, how to climb the chukar hills longer, why to force fetch or not. 

We touch on your own stories about sharing the hunt experience with friends and family, debate whether or not to train "sit" in pointing breeds, and learn of a new mapping tool for Nebraska hunters.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Better shooting, better hunting: a lesson from the NSCA chief instructor

Better shooting, better hunting: a lesson from the NSCA chief instructor

February 23, 2021

Don Currie is the chief instructor for the National Sporting Clays Association, and also an avid upland bird hunter. He has a ton of advice on shooting better and how to practice on the range. From how to see a bird, to safety considerations in the field, intriguing eye exercises and not-so-basic tips, everyone will find something of use.

We'll find out what to do and not do, how to carry and mount our shotgun, and why your forward hand needs a little TLC.

I'll share a dog training new year's resolution you might want to make as well, and we'll learn about a new set of public acres in Nebraska that utilize "dirty farming" techniques.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

How was your season? Callers recap theirs and remind us of ours.

How was your season? Callers recap theirs and remind us of ours.

February 16, 2021

You will re-live your own season as we recap the highs and lows, surprises and incredible dog work with four callers, another four social media commenters, and a bit of my own year.

Pups and old dogs, first hunts and last, incredible places and wondrous moments in the field - we get perspectives from throughout the nation from experts, amateurs, hard-core hunters and everyone in between. Each has something to offer in the way of planning for next season, fresh hunting tactics and strategies, finding new hunting spots, dog training and care, and appreciating the real reasons we go afield.

Plus, a public-access tip on who might tip you to the "good spots," and I answer a question from a listener in the "Handle It" segment on a pup that is, um, shy on point.

And it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Be a better bird hunter: shoot straighter with a gun that fits

Be a better bird hunter: shoot straighter with a gun that fits

February 9, 2021

Knock the bead off your shotgun muzzle, and other shooting advice from a pro with 40 years' experience. Instructor, fitter, hunter Brian Bilinski of Fieldsport in Traverse City, Mich. takes us back to shooting school. Avid pursuer of upland birds, he's eminently qualified to suss out our foibles, failures and foulups, steering us toward hitting more birds.

We'll also learn how important it is to fit a shotgun, and why most people are ill-fitted to their current gun. Terms, why's and wherefores of the art of gunfitting are also on the docket. Critical moves for better shots in the field, common mistakes and how to cure them, tips on buying a used gun, why we are athletes and ought to admit it, and how important a "warm up" is and why. Is it worthwhile to pattern your gun?

I'll answer a listener question on why steady to wing-shot-fall is a good goal, and we'll learn about a new online tool for Wisconsin public land hunters.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Pro bird hunting guide helps us train our dogs … hunt reports, public access, and the future of our sport

Pro bird hunting guide helps us train our dogs … hunt reports, public access, and the future of our sport

February 2, 2021

Insights and advice from someone who hunts every day, all season: pro guide and manager of Pheasant Bonanza hunt club Trent Leichleiter. Trent is in the field daily, and his dogs must perform - so, his advice on helping our own dogs to peak performance are GOLD.

From steadiness to critical commands, introducing gunfire to necessary equipment, Trent has some tips. From the dumb things we do, to what are the best rewards for compliance? What should we avoid, and what should we always do to ensure great dog work? When, and when not to, use the e-collar.

Trent offers shooting tips and etiquette advice on hunting with multiple dogs and hunters, too.

We look at the three top priorities to ensure our sport's future, as defined by your survey responses; get your hunting reports from last weekend; "Handle It" covers the best food treats, and "This Land Is Your Land" offers you a public-access tip: don't trust your mobile mapping app completely - here's why.

.. and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Sharing bird hunting spots … whose side are YOU on?

Sharing bird hunting spots … whose side are YOU on?

January 26, 2021

Where do you stand? “It depends.”

That’s the upshot of our collective reaction to sharing the good stuff with others. It depends on so many factors from friendship, to weather, to whether you’ve been burned in the past.

We talk about the ethics and etiquette, process and protocol of asking – and offering – help finding hunting spots. Callers chime in on why we should be more generous and welcoming, where to draw the line, how to “earn” your spots from a mentor or some guy on the next barstool.

We’ll talk about the magic of quid-pro-quo … address the minority of buttheads who absolutely refuse to help others in any way, shape or form. We discuss the benefits of bringing more bird hunters into the sport, and then we get to the science and art of research.

We talk about how to get good information from agency personnel from game wardens to biologists, how to get permission to hunt private ground, and how to expand your digital and on-the-ground searches.

From satellite imagery to boots-on-the-ground, what to look for and how … advice from seasoned hunters to wildlife biologist.

We get a rundown on listeners’ past weekend in the field, I’ll share a story from my last chukar hunt, “Handle it” talks about toning down your reaction to an exuberant dog … and our public-access segment previews an Arizona locale I’ll be scouting soon.

... and it's all brought to you by:

Sage & Braker Mercantile, Electronic Shooters Protection,  Dr. Tim's performance dog food; UplandNationDeals.com, Happy Jack, FindBirdHuntingSpots.com and Gunner.

Ten more bird hunting questions: strategies, tactics, dog choice, habitat and more

Ten more bird hunting questions: strategies, tactics, dog choice, habitat and more

January 19, 2021

Steve Shurtleff poses ten questions to Scott about everything a relatively-new bird hunter might want to know: from best breed for a first dog owner, shot size and gun choice, habitat types and bird behaviors.

We re-live some epic moments in the field, talk youth hunting, how to hunt without a dog, and how to find publicly-accessible land. Your own hunts are covered in our "Monday Morning Debrief," a new use for your e-collar "tone" function, and a lesson in how being nice might get you onto hard-to-find public land.

... and it's all brought to you by:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

Ten listener questions: on bird hunting, gun dogs, firearms and life!

Ten listener questions: on bird hunting, gun dogs, firearms and life!

January 12, 2021

(Just kidding on that last one) but we cover a raft of topics posed by listener Wayne Harvat, no slouch himself as a breeder-trainer of Epagneul Bretons. Wayne asks me about everything from choke tube choice to dog training, to hunting tactics.

We talk strategy, dog care, various bird species' behavior ... and a little of everything else including introducing young dogs to gunfire. E-collar use and when to keep your hand off the red button is also on Wayne's list.

Everyone learned something - on both sides of the control board - and so will you. (If you want to ask your own ten questions, drop me a line here.)

“Handle It” addresses sunglasses and their potential effect on your dog's ability to understand commands, and the public access segment lists some places to go in Kansas for a first time public-land hunter ... and it's all brought to you by:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

Sharptail primer: hunting “America’s bird” … how, where, when, and why

Sharptail primer: hunting “America’s bird” … how, where, when, and why

January 5, 2021

I'll cover their history, our heritage, places to go and how to hunt them. From Gen. George Armstrong Custer to Theodore Roosevelt National Grassland I’ll give you starting points, some guide-tested unorthodox tactics, and explain as best I can how “America’s bird” thinks and behaves.

We'll cover prime habitat and hunting in a circle, using dogs as blinds, where to go in South Dakota (and other states); I’ll give you a jump-start on chasing these fascinating, native birds. Best dog breeds, equipment and shotgun recommendations, too!

“Handle It” covers the dilemma of hunting two dogs simultaneously – the up and downside. I’ll suggest a ruffed grouse hunt in the Northeast Kingdom, and it's all brought to you by:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

What YOU think, want to know, what you do and why …

What YOU think, want to know, what you do and why …

December 29, 2020

We take a deep dive into YOU and your fellow hunters from our social media topics and questions to my annual Upland Nation Index survey. What's important to you?

From introducing a pup to gunfire, to how COVID-19 has affected your hunting, to our favorite dog breeds, what we do in our free time, and what we plan to buy this year. We'll get a look at the most important issues we face, what we want to learn, and why.

"Handle It" covers a new "cue" to help your dog respond to commands being pioneered by the Monks of New Skete; "This Land is Your Land" looks at Goodland, Kansas' walk-in hunting opportunities, and it's all brought to you by:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases over $200 at Dogtra with the code SLUN10 (plus sale prices on many collar-transmitter bundles); 30% off your first order from Dr. Tim's performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

Make a new bird hunter: here’s how, from the experts … and why it’s critical.

Make a new bird hunter: here’s how, from the experts … and why it’s critical.

December 22, 2020

Marissa Jensen and Colby Kerber of Pheasants Forever share their expertise on turning your friends and family into fellow hunters - from identifying hot prospects to sustaining their interest. What motivates newbies, typical objections, great "entry points" for a discussion about hunting are all covered.  We get an update on the progress their own initiatives are making in this area, and most importantly, we learn how important it is to create new hunters - for the habitat and the sport.

There's a dog handling tip on timing of commands - what to watch for - plus the reader poll on what type of shotgun you're buying next. Our public access segment looks to Central Washington for a valley quail spot.

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

55 years of quail hunting and research … if you don’t learn something, you need to turn up the volume!

55 years of quail hunting and research … if you don’t learn something, you need to turn up the volume!

December 15, 2020

Dale Rollins, Ph.D. has spent his entire adult life pursuing quail ... 55 years of hunting, study, dogs and research, much of that time accompanied by his "Betters," a unique cross of Brittany and English Setter he co-developed. He is the executive director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, where he leads efforts to improve habitat and determine the limiting factors affecting bobwhite populations ... from disease to weather to predation.

Dale will share the Foundation's data, offer tips and suggestions on quail behavior and how to improve your hunting for them as a result. From a bob's daily schedule, to hunting strategy and tactics, he's got thousands of coveys of experience. He'll talk dog training and how to work most effectively with bird dogs in the field, and explain why he loves his "Better" dogs. Bonus: Dr. Rollins also has extensive experience with blue quail and we'll talk about how to hunt those elusive critters too. Learn more about the Foundation's efforts, and tap into their vast resources, here.

In the "Handle It" segment, I talk about how to stick birds once pointed, and "This Land is Your Land" touches on a western Kansas community with something for everyone, including your spouse!

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

Drive south! Snowbird hunting destinations … and hunters’ hacks to make life easy for you and your bird dog

Drive south! Snowbird hunting destinations … and hunters’ hacks to make life easy for you and your bird dog

December 8, 2020

If you're not already, many of you (and me) will soon be sick and tired of cold temperatures and snow and ice. If you're lucky, you can migrate south. I've got some suggestions on general destinations for bird hunting where the ground is clear and a light jacket might be just enough. (It's heavy on the West because that's where I go) but there should be a starting point for almost everyone.

There's also a dozen or so tips and tricks I've picked up from pro guides, seasoned hunters and dog handlers ... plus a few of my own that could save you time, money, and aggravation. From water storage to travel hacks, you might learn something of use on your next hunting trip.

I'll also offer an alternative to pricey dog boots, too, in the "Handle It" segment.

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

HO HO HO! The annual gift guide for bird hunters and their dogs with a special appearance by Santa Claus

HO HO HO! The annual gift guide for bird hunters and their dogs with a special appearance by Santa Claus

December 1, 2020

I'm outlining the things I use that would make great gifts no matter what you celebrate: Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus or the solstice. Any size budget, for hunters with two or four legs, every one of these would make a wonderful addition - under the tree or in a stocking that's been hung with care.

Naught or nice, the list includes everyone and has been checked twice - you're on it. Have your spouse listen too - just in case! And what you and your fellow hunters think are the most critical factors affecting our sport.

Plus, more practical gifts: a guerilla tactic for hard-hunted public ground, and advice for those who own hard keepers who won't eat after a hunt.

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 performance dog food with the code UPLANDNATION; and free shipping for your Gunner kennel.

Who doesn’t need a laugh? You might find one here as I answer some listener questions with tongue planted firmly in cheek

Who doesn’t need a laugh? You might find one here as I answer some listener questions with tongue planted firmly in cheek

November 24, 2020

Lighten up! Or at least try to with this (hopefully) funny take on some of the questions I get. But seriously, you'll also get some new spots to visit when the snow flies, how hand signals can confuse your dog, and your hunting reports too.

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 for your Gunner kennel.

Shotgun buying and selling from an insider, gun care, shooting advice from a champion, bird hunting tips and hunting dog care

Shotgun buying and selling from an insider, gun care, shooting advice from a champion, bird hunting tips and hunting dog care

November 17, 2020

Shooting advice from a champion, and how to buy a new or used shotgun ... just some of the topics we'll hit on when I interview John Fournier, g.m. at Pacific Sporting Arms.

John talks high-end and low-end guns, shopping tips, red flags, shopping protocols and what differentiates good from bad shotguns. We'll also cover the care and feeding of our hunting guns, why grease is better than oil (sometimes), cleaning misconceptions, common problems and how to avoid them.

The "Handle It" dog-care segment focuses on strategic feeding; "This Land is Your Land" offers road trip advice and routines so everyone arrives rested and ready to hunt.

 

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 for your Gunner kennel.

Valley quail primer: where, when, how and why to hunt them from a 30-year career chasing the little buggers!

Valley quail primer: where, when, how and why to hunt them from a 30-year career chasing the little buggers!

November 10, 2020

Inspired by a recent trip, I'd like to share some insights into these little magic-makers. Lore, legend, techniques and tactics, plus where to find them. Often a bonus bird when chasing chukars, they are often the salvation for footsore hunters an dogs on the third day of a long hunt, requiring less climbing and more opportunity.

Plus, some starting points to chase them throughout the west, and taking care of your dog's pads so he's ready to roll the next day.

It's all brought to you by these sponsors:

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

Take advantage of great deals from many of our sponsors: 10% off and free shipping on most purchases 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 for your Gunner Kennel.

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