Novice Bird Hunter Check out the latest stories from novice bird hunters and other first-hand perspective information from first time gun dog trainers, including videos, tips, and tactics from the Project Upland series.

On Building Trust, Partnership and Teamwork with your Gun Dog. And The Look.

My single biggest goal as a hunter is to be good enough to deserve my gun dog. I say that lightly but also honestly. While a variety of activities and competing obligations pull...

A Season of Firsts: Setting Expectations for the First Bird Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog. The young pup looked at me quizzically and cocked her head to one side. I snapped her new orange vest into...

Things They Don’t Tell You About Bird Dog Training – Pigeons are Disgusting and Other Surprises

Not everything in bird dog training is disclosed when you get your first gun dog. This article is the second in a series on upland hunting from the beginner’s perspective....

Gone with the Wind – Confessions of a First Time Gun Dog Trainer

A hard lesson learned about wind direction for a first time gun dog trainer. In my mind, wind direction is kind of like divination for deer stands. Thermal currents shift with...

What Just Happened to My Life: Bringing Home Our First Gun Dog

First hand perspective of adding a first gun dog to the family. This article is the first in a series on upland hunting from the beginner’s perspective. Follow my failures,...

May Every Woman Have a Hunting Dog

Being outside with a dog gets us out of our heads, forcing us to focus on the moment. As a therapist, I know the value of learning to be present. Dogs have the ability to help us...

Bird Hunting Without a Dog – Breaking the Stigma

Bird hunting without a dog is a controversial subject in the upland community, but nevertheless it is an important part of our culture. I shot my first Woodcock and my first...

The Other Reasons We Buy Hunting Dogs

There are many reasons, unrelated to wingshooting, that we buy hunting dogs. The decision to get a hunting dog puppy was made last spring. Though that decision was not necessarily...

Why Upland Hunting is the Ultimate City Escape

The Ultimate City Escape is in the covers of the Upland World. Long before I was head first into upland hunting, I was a diehard bowhunter—or more accurately a diehard urban...

Gun Dog Training – Five Things a Novice Should Know

First Time Advice on Gun Dog Training from a Struggling Novice Beginning on the path of gun dog training is no small feat. It is a world of obstacles, failures, and defeat. But...