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Upland Hunting Dogs

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Heated debates will continue to fill the halls of hunting lodges everywhere on what dog reigns supreme in the upland arena. There are so many variables when talking upland hunting — species of bird, terrain, weather, number of dogs fielded, solo hunter or a group, etc etc — to crown a single breed is a misconception. And why should we? The debates are fun and good for the sport.

Putting your four-legged partners in the field is an integral part of the upland hunting challenge, and whether they are Grand Champions or Grand Mongrels, are you really going to care when their nose leads you to the next flush? The combination of genetics, training and on-the-job experience makes hunting with dogs an amazing thing to behold.

In the interest of fueling discussion we’ve summarized a number of breeds (and of course we’ve probably left a few out as well), but we’ll continue to expand and improve this section as feedback arrives.

Bird Hunting Dogs
Lincoln the Lab

A Labs First Day Afield

“No, I don’t think you understand, he has NO prior hunting experience…only obedience training.” I wrote to Brian, my new upland hunting buddy. The early morning email asking for my young lab and me to attend an upland hunt had caught me by surprise, putting a nice end to a long workweek. “Kali, it doesn’t … Read more

Wyatt the Birddog

Why We Hunt With Dogs

This morning I took my lab Wyatt out for a weekend stomp on public ground. Yesterday while in the field at first light I saw several other trucks with hunters trying to hunt the same field which we beat them to that day. Needless to say, the public options close to population centers here in … Read more

Lab with a Rooster

The Lab Knows

Wyatt knows he’s black. He also knows this is the color of night. He’s been able to surmise that humans have terrible night vision. During daylight hours when we take breaks from hunting, he plots. He knows most mischief will not fly in the light of day. Raiding other camps, gnawing a nearby rotting deer … Read more