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  • April 9, 2014

    3 Upcoming Hunting Dogs You Should Know-1

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    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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  • April 2, 2014

    Of Dogs, Wolves, Cougars, and Hypocrisy-2

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    Once bitten twice shy? Not so for Shelby, a husky-wolf hybrid who lives outside of Twisp, Wash. She’s survived two attacks in the last year, which are indicative of Washington state’s loose definition of “management” when it comes to apex predators.

    Last March, Shelby was sleeping on her porch when a wolf attacked. The dog was saved, albeit torn up, when her owner and another dog jumped into the fray. About two weeks ago, Shelby was attacked by a mountain lion in her yard.

    She survived and a depredation permit was issued for a houndsman to track and kill the cougar. Much like California, since hound hunting for cougars was made illegal in Washington, conflicts have become more common – especially this year.

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  • March 21, 2014

    Setter Makes National Field Trail Championship History with Repeat Win-0

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    Last year, Shadow Oak Bo, an orange and white setter from Georgia, took the bird-dog world by surprise by becoming the first setter since 1970 to win the bird-dog National Championship at Ames Plantation. Well, that feat apparently wasn’t enough for Bo, his handler Robin Gates, and owners Butch Houston and Dr. John Dorminy. This past week, Bo made history again by becoming the first setter in 112 years to win back-to-back championships!

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  • March 20, 2014

    Helicopter Crew Rescues Dog Stuck on 90-Foot Cliff in California-0

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    Here’s hoping your hunting dog never gets into a predicament like this one: A black and white labrador named Oreo had to be rescued by a helicopter crew on Saturday after trapping herself halfway down a sheer 90-foot cliff at Portuguese Beach, Calif. The lab survived unscathed, but it was a close call.

    Fire and state parks officials responded to a request at 1:47 p.m. to aid the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department with the helicopter rescue, reports The Press Democrat. Somehow the lab had scrambled 40 feet down a rocky cliff before realizing she couldn’t continue or turn back.

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  • March 13, 2014

    U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Takes Fight to Crazy Anti-Hunters in California-1

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    Akin to entering the lion’s den, the Ohio-based U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance has opened a western office in Sacramento, Calif. The move is an important one for hunters, trappers and sportsmen in general – especially for hunting-dog enthusiasts.

    From West Hollywood to the Bay area, California is a bastion for crazies. Modern anthropomorphism of wildlife started with Disney’s Bambi in 1942, and California crazies have successfully used the tactic, as well as emotional imagery, to subvert the game commission, wildlife regulations and pet-ownership laws to fit their agenda and belief systems.

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  • February 25, 2014

    Help Your Bird Dog Fight the Winter Blues-0

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    You’re not the only one suffering from cabin fever. Bird dogs can also get the winter blues, and your four-legged hunting buddy is likely distressed due to enclosed spaces and lack of stimulation.

    Several top professional trainers weighed in on this topic during last week's Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee, Wis. One of the most popular draws at Pheasant Fest was the Purina sponsored Bird Dog Bonanza Stage. It featured some of their top professional trainers – including retriever trainer Tom Dokken, bird dog-training royalty Rick and Ronnie Smith, and walking canine brain trust Bob West, Director of Sporting Field Operations for the Purina Professional Engagement Team. Each trainer, which also included SportDog’s Josh Miller, took turns giving seminars on everything from the basics of building a bird dog and advanced training to e-collar use/introduction and even shed hunting.

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  • February 19, 2014

    Shed Hunting Dog Competition Continues to Grow-1

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    For the last three years or so, pro trainer Tom Dokken has been championing the use of dogs for shed-antler hunting. There are several trainers out there teaching dogs to search out and retrieve shed antlers, but Dokken has created an association that holds qualifying events and ultimately an invitational championship. This year’s North American Shed Hunting Dog Association 2014 World Shed Dog Championship will be held April 12 and 13 in Northfield, Minn.

    The NASHDA has grown to include three qualifying events, a couple of seminars a year, and even a wild shed-hunting derby. It’s also expanding geographically, with qualifying events now held in Indiana and South Dakota. Dokken is eyeing expansion into the West, where shed hunting is a big deal for sportsmen, and where whitetail, mule deer, elk and even moose all roam.

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  • February 11, 2014

    New Hunting Pants: The Complete Sitka Waterfowl Line-0

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    Sitka has introduced two new pants for their waterfowl line. The Boreal Bib Pant (pictured) completes the company’s warmest waterfowl system. Working with the Boreal jacket, as well as Sitka’s other layers of high-tech clothing, the bib pants feature Gore-Tex and welded, watertight zippers to lock out the ever-present elements associated with waterfowling (you know, namely frigid water).

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  • January 30, 2014

    Stormr Stealth: A Neoprene Waterfowl Coat-0

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    When faced with bitter cold, wet conditions, like those found during waterfowl season – especially sea duck hunting – the key to staying warm is to stay dry and to layer up. With duck hunting that often means sporting a base layer and mid layer under neoprene waders – and that’s all it takes to keep the bottom half of your body warm and dry. Doing the same with the upper half has always been a matter of the right coat combined with the right layers – not always an easy thing to do.

    Now, Stormr brand clothing has introduced an all-neoprene hunting coat called the Stealth. The company, a division of Henderson Sport Group, which has made wet suits for more than 50 years, came on the scene in 2012 and produced fishing-focused gear. They’ve since turned their attention to the hunting market and have produced the neoprene coat and a pair of bib overalls.

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  • January 23, 2014

    Why Tracking a Wounded Deer With Your Dog Should Be Legal in All 50 States-4

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    A canine’s ability to detect scent has made it an invaluable tool to man. Federal, state, and local agencies use dogs to detect everything from explosives to contraband. Hunters use them to locate and track game. Dogs are even used to detect diseases such as cancer, or to alert low blood-sugar levels in diabetic humans. So it’s beyond me why some states still don’t allow hunters to use their dogs to legally track a wounded deer.

    State agencies say they have many reasons why they won’t allow it: enforcement issues, fear of herd decimation, concern for dogs’ safety, etc. The loophole, however, is that it’s pretty hard to stop someone from walking their leashed dog in the woods. Of course, I’m not condoning breaking state laws … but when it comes to recovering game, you’d think state agencies would be on board with doing everything possible – and that should include using dogs to recover wounded deer in all 50 states. There are too many success stories to ignore it any longer.

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