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  • July 23, 2014

    Upheld: Hunting Wolves with Hounds Allowed in Wisconsin-0


    While the reintroduction of the wolf in the West has garnered most of the political, judicial and media spotlight in recent years, upper Midwestern states have been fighting wolf battles for more than a decade prior to their delisting in 2011. And management of the apex predator in Wisconsin just took a big step forward. 

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  • July 14, 2014

    How Much is Your Hunting Dog Worth?-10


    Our hunting dogs mean everything to us. But how much is one worth? How much could you get for yours if someone shot it dead? 

    Well, in Lincoln County, Arkansas, hunting dogs are serious business. In March, a jury awarded a man $145,000 for his treeing Walker when it was shot dead while on the hunt. The dog was reportedly worth $10,000, but personal injury, destruction of property and punitive damages racked up the remainder of ruling.

    According to documents:

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  • July 7, 2014

    Tip for Dog Owners: Beware the Brown Recluse-0


    Gun dog owners know that flea and tick season starts up in early spring, and by July both populations are in full swing. A preventative measure, such as a flea/tick collar or topical applicant, is a must. This year however, it seems higher-than-average rainfall in parts of the country has contributed to a booming brown recluse population.

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  • June 18, 2014

    Is Your Dog Breeder an Ostrich?-0


    People don’t change. We get set in our ways and beliefs, and if something runs counter to those systems, we resist, argue and dig in to defend our position. This happens even in the face of overwhelming scientific data. And dog people could be the worst offenders on the planet.

    All dog people learn from one another (sometimes what not to do), and begin to develop their own theories. These theories are usually related to what they’ve learned (been told) by someone else, and from their own experiences and their interpretation of those experiences.

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  • June 4, 2014

    Tri-Tronics Adds Features to Pro Series Collars, Lowers Price-0


    Remember about three years ago when Garmin bought Tri-Tronics and sent shockwaves through the dog world and caused everyone to lament that it would be the downfall of the stalwart company?

    Remember how even the wine-sipping New York City slickers at Gizmodo, who train kickin-sized dogs to perform stupid pet tricks during the Academy Awards, even had something bad to say about the buyout?  

    Remember how everyone said it was bad, bad, bad?

    Yeah, well. Everyone can eat their words.

    Thanks to big brother Garmin, Tri-Tronics has just upgraded its Pro Series collars to include new features – while lowering the price considerably.

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  • May 20, 2014

    Waterfowl: Spring Habitat Conditions Are Looking Good-0


    We’re currently living in the golden age of duck and goose hunting. Waterfowl hatches have been topping record marks in recent years and 2014 is starting off like those same record years.

    Ducks Unlimited has released their breeding grounds surveys, and overall, most of the Prairie Potholes Region is in good, very good or excellent condition – with only a few spots in fair to poor condition.

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  • May 8, 2014

    Winter Kill: How Pheasants Fared -0


    Pheasants Forever has released a review of the winter conditions of several states and how snowfall, storms, and habitat combined to either help or hurt ringnecks. Less snow and fewer blizzards give pheasants a fighting chance through the lean months of winter – good habitat, such as cattail sloughs and shelter belts can increase that survival rate even more.

    Of course, winter survival is not a clear indication of what we’ll see next hunting season – nesting conditions and brood-rearing environment play perhaps larger roles – but it’s at least an initial indicator.

    Here’s a quick synopsis of some of the states:

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  • April 29, 2014

    Does Germany Produce the Best Dog Breeds?-2


    Jade retrieving to hand after a 350 meter scent trail and retrieve. Photo courtesy of Blue Moon Wachtelhunds.

    When it comes to establishing and maintaining a new breed of dog — and to do it well — it takes strict policies on breeding practices and how that dog will be used. With a few hounds and the cur breeds being the exception, most of the breeds in the U.S. originated in other countries. Perhaps the most influential of those countries is Germany.

    Just a glimpse of the (at least) 46 breeds that were developed in Germany gives you an idea of how important the country is to dogdom, not to mention modern society. Among those breeds are some of the most popular and/or influential in the hunting realm: German wirehaired pointer, German shorthaired pointer, poodle, pudelpointer, small and large Munsterlander, Weimaraner and Dachshund. Not to mention working dogs such as the German shepherd, Doberman and Rottweiler, or popular companion dogs such as the Great Dane, boxer, Miniature Schnauzer, American Eskimo dog, and Pomeranian.

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  • April 25, 2014

    Where Does Your State Rank in Canine Health Issues?-0


    There are more than 850 veterinarian hospitals across the country. Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest system of vets in the country, has released its “State of the Pet Health 2014,” which details trends in canine health after analyzing data from more than 2.3 million dogs.

    You can give the complete report a read, but here are the highlights:

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  • April 9, 2014

    3 Upcoming Hunting Dogs You Should Know-1


    Hunting dogs have been developed around the world for thousands of years to assist man in bringing game to hand. We have some very popular breeds working in the U.S. that were developed in other countries – such as the Labrador retriever, German shorthaired pointer, and even the American foxhound.

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