Archive for gundogs

Late Dog Leaves Gift of 10 Puppies

There's a popular sentiment among human beings that "everything happens for a reason." Some believe a higher power is at the wheel, yet even the occasional atheist will acknowledge that life can sometimes seem engineered. All I know is there have been some incredible coincidences in my life—some happy, some sad, some a little bit of both—that my heart tells me were more than just chance.

November 09, 2012

Blood-Tracking Dogs

When done properly, blood-tracking can be an extremely useful conservation tool. 30 states allow some form of it. So how do you get started? Ron Spomer explains.

October 31, 2012

Letter to a Dog

Dear Freedom,

A friend of mine says good dogs and bad pheasants both spend eternity in the same place. If that’s the case, then I’m sure you’re giving those roosters hell.

October 19, 2012

Meet a German Shepherd Duck Dog

Eastern Shore market hunters loved the Chesapeake Bay retriever. The new breed fetched ducks all day and guarded the boat all night—just what these men needed. But perhaps they overlooked a dog that would've been even better suited to those dual roles: the German shepherd.

October 10, 2012

The Best Gundog Breed Ever Developed

What’s the best type of hunting dog ever bred? Get ready to settle this age-old argument once and for all.

September 20, 2012

Your Dog's Worst Fear: The Cone of Shame

A few days ago, my springer, Freedom, had minor surgery. Nothing serious. He basically had a wart removed from his left front leg. And all was going just fine, that is, until the veterinarian uttered the words dreaded by both man and dog: "We've fitted your dog with a cone, which he'll need to wear for the next two weeks."

August 20, 2012

Is Your Dog Ready For the West?

The Western states offer plenty of opportunity for waterfowlers, but can a dangerous place for man's best friend. Are you and you gundog ready?

August 15, 2012

Gundogs: The Trial Champ vs. The Blue-Collar Dog

There are good hunting dogs, and there are trial champions. They all do the job admirably, but only one's going to be right for you. Here's how to pick.

July 25, 2012

Gundog Operating Manual

There's some assembly required when it comes to equipping your gundog for the season. Here are a few recommendations.

June 18, 2012

Gundogs: Stop Hard-Mouth Before It Starts

Poor training or breeding can leave any dog with a bad case of hard-mouth, but with a bit of work it can be corrected.

May 30, 2012

AKC: 2011 Was "Year of the Setter"

The American Kennel Club (AKC) releasted its annual list of most popular breeds. There's no news regarding the top dog—the Lab reigns supreme for the 21st straight year—but check out this list of setters on the move:

March 05, 2012

Headache-Free Dog Travel Tips

Sure, driving or flying to the bird fields may not be as convenient as walking out your back door, but nowadays the West’s opportunities are worth it.

June 27, 2011

Update: CA Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill Dropped!

Similar bills still loom elsewhere.

September 17, 2009

Study: Dogs Take Hand Signals Better Than Chimps

Two studies have confirmed the amazing ability of dogs to read human hand gestures.

July 14, 2009

FWS Releases 2009 Waterfowl Survey

It's amazing what a little water will do.

July 08, 2009