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Gun Dog October 2018

Gun Dog Magazine is the best magazine for hunting enthusiasts who are owners of retrieving breeds. Each issue is guaranteed to be filled with useful information devoted to you, your dog and the sport of upland bird and waterfowl hunters.

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KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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dear dad,

(Editor’s note: This is a letter I wrote to my father recently. He’s been gone close to 30 years, but I still write to him sometimes because, hell, I just miss talking to him. Hope you have a fine fall.—JG) WE MISSED YOU again last duck season. It was a damn good one, but not the same without you around to tell us what to do, though by some miracle Carl and I still shot plenty of birds (well, he fired his gun in their general direction…you know how that story goes). Do you ever think the DNR will open that old island on the river we used to hunt? I sure would like to go back there with you some day. Spots like that don’t exist around here anymore. You…

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Portuguese Water Dogs I ENJOYED READING Tony Peterson’s article on hunting with standard poodles (June/July 2018). I started upland bird hunting with a Portuguese water dog in 1999 and currently am hunting with my second Porty. I also hunted with a friend’s standard poodle for the last two years. There are many similarities between the two breeds. My wife was a breeder of Portuguese water dogs for many years. Based on her observations and feedback from several Porty owners who were also upland bird hunters, she convinced me a Porty could become a bird hunter. She was correct. I agree with Peterson’s concern about getting an unbiased opinion from those of us who use a non-typical hunting breed. Since I am probably one of maybe a handful of folks who hunt with a…

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in the pocket

IN THE FLUSHING -dog world, you hear a lot of talk about the perfect “windshield wiper pattern,” a dog that hunts before the hunter in the same arc as a windshield wiper. There’s a reason for that: flushing dogs of necessity must hunt close, and a windshield wiper pattern is, all other things being equal, an effective way to cover ground at close range. It’s also pretty much mandatory to win spaniel trials. When it comes to pointing dogs, however, the analogy only goes so far. Yes, we want our dogs to cast back and forth in front of us, but does it have to mimic the rhythmic pattern of a windshield wiper? Not for any reason that I can see. I’ve never been a believer in forcing pointing dogs to run…

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mr. fix-it

AT 36 YEARS OLD , Ashly Kite, owner of Moss Bend Retrievers (mossbend.com), has accomplished a lot. Kite, who refers to himself as “pretty much a Lab guy,” grew up in a family of upland hunters but it was his grandfather who was truly instrumental in steering the youngster toward a life of dogs. “I started following my grandpa around with a toy shotgun in the field,” Kite recalls. “When I turned 12 I heard about a fellow named Keith Pittman who was selling quail, so I went out to meet him. He was a bird dog trainer and I would worry the mess out of him, just absolutely aggravate the tar out of Keith.” It’s no surprise that, given his early experiences with upland dogs and dog trainers, Kite would gravitate…

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overlooked training opportunities

IT’S A RARE day when I run across a dog that is overtrained. As you can probably imagine, it’s the undertrained retriever that I encounter far more than anything. This is mostly due to the reality that most of us have a lot going on in life, so training a dog for hours each day isn’t even a remote possibility. Being short on free time shouldn’t be an excuse to not train, however. Each of us has countless small, daily opportunities to teach our dogs a lesson. This is the good news. The bad news is that you’ve got to identify these times and then stick to a plan to take advantage of the two-minute windows in which you can slowly craft an obedient pup. And it should start with pups. The…

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group learning

EACH SUMMER I return home to New York’s Hudson Valley to train dogs with my close friend, Danny Lussen of Pondview II Kennels. Our daily schedule never varies: we head out to the training ground in Salt Point with a trailer full of dogs in varying stages of training, eager to take advantage of the cool early mornings. We park on the field edge and get our training tools together, and it is the rare day when a revolving cast of characters does not roll in just after our arrival, usually with coffee and donuts (which we appreciate). The folks who come to watch us train are generally locals (some with dogs in formal training with Danny) looking for guidance, tips and a chance to spend time with flushing dog enthusiasts.…