Welcome to the August/September issue of Bird Dog &
Retriever News. It's time to start preparing for bird season.
The most important information I have for you is: the first week
in June brought only minor rain storms across the U.S. What does
that mean? It means the pheasant, grouse and quail hatch went
well and we should have a good number of birds this fall. A record
number? NO, but enough for all of us to have a good time this
fall. If we have the same weather next June, THEN we are looking
at record numbers. The actual numbers are just starting to come
in, by September we'll give you the complete picture like no
one else in our Oct/Nov issue.
It's damn tough to produce a dog magazine without a dog. The
Guldan household has been dogless for almost a month. Both Scooby
and Jenny are in the last few days of a month with trainers,
and it's just not the same around here. I miss having Scooby
at my feet as the red dog is pointing birds out my window...
and no one greets us at the door or to wake us up if we sleep
past 3 AM. Jenny has spent the month in Idaho at Dave Walkers
place with Jerry Jordan of Kojac Kennels of Iowa training on
wild birds. Scooby spent the month with Bethann & Tony Roettgers
in North Branch, MN. Both dogs are going through training 101.
I wrote the first of a two part series of taking your dog to
a trainer on page ten.
So what's new in this issue? Dave Duffey looks at how hard we
hunt our dogs a good primer with the season about six weeks away.
In" 'Old Tricks' For A 'New Puppy'" Jerry Thoms takes
a look at puppy training. Gail MacMillan tells us about the hunting
dog with the longest name and strangest hunting technique: The
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. David Krassler continues
his series on working with springers. While Bob and Jody Iler
take a look at introducing your dog to guns. Bill Hanus helps
us get that gun safe we have always dreamed of. Plus bird counts
and seasons and a bunch of interesting stuff.
Stay tuned the next few issues are the bible to owning and hunting
upland birds and waterfowl all over the fruited plain. And if
that isn't enough I'm just finishing putting all twelve years
of back issues on-line for free. And by the time you read this
with two or three clicks from Bdarn.com you should be able to
read any of hundreds perhaps thousands of articles we have brought
to you over the past twelve years. Have fun! And do me a favor,
this year take a kid hunting, I'm gonna. We could use a few more
voices on our side.
Publisher Bird Dog & Retriever News
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