Gun Dog

Gun Dog

September 2021

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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7 Números

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7 min.
the big 40

“OURS IS a simple editorial philosophy, but one which may have complex implications in this runaway world. We are upland bird and waterfowl hunters, whose passion for our dogs, and whose passion for the uplands and marshes we hunt, is a major part of our sanity.” I can’t help wondering if David G. Meisner, founder and original editor and publisher of GUN DOG, had any inkling of how prophetic those words would be when he wrote them to open his editorial column in the magazine’s inaugural issue. That issue was datelined September/October 1981, and now, 40 years later, Meisner’s words seem every bit as relevant as they did back then—maybe even more so. Ours is indeed a “runaway world” and there’s no doubt that many of us rely on an escape to…

3 min.
where to bury a dog

Editor’s Note: In the history of GUN DOG magazine, we have never reprinted an article or story that’s appeared in a previous issue. This is an exception—a very worthy one, we feel. "Where to Bury a Dog," by Ben Hur Lampman, appeared in the very first issue of GUN DOG magazine. That was in September of 1981, exactly 40 years ago. At the time, we had approximately 7,500 subscribers. Today, over 43,000 gun dog owners subscribe to this magazine. That means that roughly 35,500 of you may never have had the opportunity—the incredible experience—to absorb this brief, but timeless and very significant message. Therefore, we felt it appropriate to repeat Mr. Lamp-man’s thoughts in this, our 40th anniversary issue. This article originally appeared as an editorial in the Portland Oregonian on September…

8 min.
the (new) good ol' days

REMEMBER THE DAYS when it was commonplace to walk into a South Dakota field and see hundreds of roosters take flight? There were less outfitters leasing up thousands of acres of ground across the country and landowners were more likely to offer you a beer than reach out an open palm looking for money. It’s easy to start reminiscing with hunting buddies about what once was, and how easy we had it. Over the past few years, I’ve come to the realization that the grass isn’t greener on the other side, and we are currently living in the good ol’ days. If you look back at historical bird numbers, there’s no doubt populations have suffered. Sage grouse were once estimated as high as 16 million birds, now down to less than…

3 min.
from our readers

HEAR, HEAR! I received the Summer 2021 issue of GUN DOG and, as always, have taken the time to read it from cover to back. I read your Editor’s Letter, The Golden Rule, and wanted to add my congratulations to the multitude that is sure to reply in kind. The melting pot that was America has degraded into tribal pockets of cultures, beliefs—issues of a seemingly endless variety all claiming to be of the highest importance. Our sport has so many facets. Ethics, wildlife, and its habitat can be further diluted into game, dogs, shotguns, ammunition—even gender! It is not this diversity of means and methods that should be the emphasis, but the unity. The commonality of those of us that have a shared love for all of these finer qualities that,…

4 min.
dove & sunflower seed hummus on toast

I CUSS like a sailor when I hunt doves. No other outdoor activity has that kind of effect on me. Doves are quick, obviously, but every year, their Matrix-like moves never cease to amaze. Hitting feathers won’t take down a dove. Coincidentally, this slight, though clever, target is made of more feathers than vital area. Just when I think I’ve hit one, it keeps on sailing to the next county. Still, the same reasons that make doves so frustrating to hunt are also reasons that make them so thrilling to shoot. On good days, when my hunting companions and I could get birds close, there’s no better place to be in the world than standing over a field of sunflowers or hiding near a dead tree in the middle of Nebraska…

6 min.
adapting as a trainer

RETRIEVERS retrieve and a flusher will flush. It is in the dog, plain and simple. Where things get more complex is exactly how, and to what degree we require them to do those things. That answer varies based on several factors including genetics, training, and the handler’s personal preference. As a retriever, some are more than happy with a dog that simply gives chase and brings things back. Others need steadiness, the ability to line, handle with precision, and ultimately deliver to hand. When it comes to flushers, a quick Google search, “what’s the definition of a flushing dog” gave me two different answers, neither of which I think is right, wrong, or complete. 1. “Flushers are designed to locate birds and put them in the air hard and fast.” 2.“Flushing dogs…