Archive for gundog

My Top Five SHOT Show Introductions

Late Thursday afternoon I achieved my goal of walking every aisle at the SHOT Show. Here are the five new products I'm most excited to test in 2011:

January 24, 2011

Former Spouses Fight for Custody of Chocolate Lab

A divorcing Canadian couple who apparently share a very special kind of hate decided they couldn't agree on custody of their chocolate Lab without a judge's assistance. I say special kind of hate because, for one thing, they went to court over a dog and, for another, the judge wrote that "a high degree of animosity exists between the parties." Clearly. Talk about a serious commitment to ensuring your former lover's continued unhappiness.

January 05, 2011

It's Official: Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

An Oxford University study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences settles an age-old argument: Dogs are indeed smarter than cats. The study suggests that animals benefit intellectually from interactions within a peer group. Over time, social species develop greater mental capacity than animals who prefer to go-it-alone.

November 29, 2010

Setter Falls Off Cliff, Lab Falls Down Well

Two gundogs were rescued in separate, frightening incidents.

November 19, 2010

Who Will Bag the Million Dollar Pheasant?

I'm sure you don't need another reason to hunt pheasants in South Dakota (quick aside: if one more outdoor writer refers to S.D. as "ringneck mecca" or "the pheasant capital of the world," I will surely gag). However, if you do, get this: the Aberdeen Convention and Visitors Bureau has banded and released 100 pheasants in Brown County, S.D., one of which carries a band worth $1 million! According to the contest rules, all banded birds are worth at least $100-$500 and will automatically be entered into a drawing to determine the million-dollar winner.

November 03, 2010

QF's 2010 Quail Hunting Forecast

Quail Forever says the hunting should be as good as last year or better in the bobwhite stalwarts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

October 06, 2010

2010 Pheasant Hunting Forecast

Pheasants Forever (PF) has published a comprehensive, user-friendly pheasant hunting forecast. It is broken down by state and, frankly, it is really well done.

September 10, 2010

Attention Purina: I Am For Sale

Purina has a long history of sponsoring field trials, hunt tests, NAVHDA events and other gundog games. It's proven to be a very strong marketing plan—support the hunting community, get dog owners to try the product and in turn sell dog food. One thing Purina has never done, however, is sponsor an individual dog.

August 19, 2010

A Dove Season Danger: Avoiding Canine Heat Stroke

With one of America's greatest outdoor traditions almost upon us—the opening day of dove season—it's the perfect time to review the prevention and symptoms of canine heat stroke. Every year a few dogs suffer its effects, usually due to the negligence of their owners.

August 16, 2010

Would You Hunt Pheasants Without a Dog?

Over at the Pheasants Forever blog, Bob St. Pierre responds to a question about hunting pheasants without a dog. He provides three pretty good tips:

August 10, 2010

Ten Things I'd Buy If I Weren't Getting Married

As my fellow Twitter geeks are aware, earlier this year I got engaged. Yes, I'm very happy, but I'm also saving my tail off in order to pay for a wedding reception that will inevitably render me penniless again.

July 20, 2010

Finally Some Good News for CRP

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is still on shaky ground, but after many setbacks it's finally gotten some good news: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has acquired $2 billion for CRP by renegotiating crop insurance contracts. It's not a permanent solution to the key problems dogging the program (ethanol production comes to mind), but it'll certainly help.

July 15, 2010

Wisc. DNR Offers Wolf Alerts to Dog Owners

With Wisconsin's wolves attacking dogs, including hunting dogs, at a record pace, concerned sportsmen and the Wisc. DNR have taken notice. If you train dogs or hunt in the Badger State, click this link and follow the instructions to receive an email alert whenever a wolf attacks a dog.

July 12, 2010

Wisc. Wolves Attacking Dogs at Record Pace

While Wisconsin continues to wait for federal approval to hold a wolf season, its wolves are attacking dogs at a record pace. In 2009 wolves killed at least 23 dogs and injured 11. Many of these attacks were on gundogs during fall hunting seasons and summer training sessions. By May of this year, at least nine attacks on dogs had already occurred. The stories are heartbreaking. From Wisconsin Outdoor News:

June 11, 2010

Another Reason to Quit Smoking

According to some veterinarians, it's bad for your dog. From a USA Today report:

May 17, 2010