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.
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.