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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

Grouse Hunter Shoots, Kills Wolf at 8 Yards

A hunter was pursuing ruffed grouse with his bird dog near Park Rapids, Minn., when all heck broke loose. There was a commotion, and the dog ran back toward the hunter with a wolf hot on its heels.

October 11, 2012

Labrador Retriever Saves Drowning Toddler

Patricia Drauch entered her garage assuming that, as always, her 14-month old son, Stanley, was close behind.

July 02, 2012

Pro Bird Chaser: Salary $76,000

A good friend of mine is fond of saying, "I may not get a bird every time my dog and I go out, but I sure as heck move a few!"

May 25, 2012

What's Your Dog Thinking? Dog Brain Scan Revealed

I doubt anyone who's owned a dog hasn't occasionally wondered what the dog is thinking. Dogs are an emotive species, with ample facial muscles to show fear, anger, excitement and even joy (have you ever owned a dog that smiled?). There are, of course, trainers who run into trouble when they too closely assign human emotions to their animals. Dogs don't entirely mirror us with their thoughts and emotions. They're dogs. Remember that.

May 10, 2012

Do You Take Your Bird Dog to Work?

Our friend Anthony Hauck, online editor for Pheasants Forever, has some great reasons why you should take your bird dog to work with you:

May 04, 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

NPS Ranger Tases Man Walking Dogs Off-Leash

I've been known to flout a leash law or two (just ask my dog), but after reading this story I might just fall into line.

February 01, 2012

Three-Legged Bird Dog Runs Off, Found a State Away

Here's a dog that knows no disability. An energetic English setter, Zip may only have three legs, but that didn't stop him from embarking on a seven-day, interstate adventure that began in New Hampshire and ended in Massachusetts.

January 24, 2012

Epic Wins & Fails of 2011

The year was full of great stories of successful and not-so-successful hunters. Here's who'll ring in the New Year with champagne and who should stick to fried coot.

December 30, 2011

He's a Pheasant, Not a "Ditch Chicken"

On paper the ring-necked pheasant shouldn't be all that tough to kill. He's a predictable fellow, feeding around the same time each morning and afternoon and rarely straying more than 800 yards from his roost. So, he's far from the most elusive bird in the uplands, and when flushed he isn't the swiftest creature either. (Though if given time to accelerate, pheasants can top out around 60 mph, just 5 mph shy of the powerful mallard.)

October 13, 2011

Dog E-Collars Disrupt French Army Communications

The French military has long been the brunt of jokes (my personal favorite: How many gears does a French tank have? One forward and three in reverse).

October 12, 2011

PETA Asks Middleton to Halt Prince's Bird Hunt

Prince William just wants to take younger brother Harry bird hunting for his 27th birthday, but PETA has called for the event's cancellation. The "animal rights" group known more for over-the-top antics than actual accomplishments has written a letter to William's wife, Princess Kate Middleton, begging her to ask the princes to stop the hunt.

September 29, 2011

Meet a Dog with World-Record Ears

As a Denver Post writer quipped, here's a dog that's "all ears." In fact, owner Jennifer Wert of Boulder, Colo., says Harbor, an 8-year-old black and tan coonhound, had to grow into them.

September 12, 2011

"Invaluable" Lab Trained to Fetch Beers

What's the only thing better than a dog that fetches ducks? One that will go get you a cold beer!

June 27, 2011