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.

Hunting Valley Quail on Public Land – Practice Makes Perfect

A brief guide to hunting valley quail this bird season. On my public hunting grounds in central Washington, chasing valley quail (California quail) can be deeply satisfying and...

Traveling on the Road Long Term with a Bird Dog

Have you ever considered spending an entire bird season traveling the country? On September 1, 2017, Watson and I stood on the plains of Montana at sunrise about to start our...

The Etiquette of Hunting Over Someone Else’s Bird Dog

Think about these rules to get invited back to hunting over someone else’s bird dog. I will say it up front: I am far from being an expert on bird dogs. But if there is one...

My Bird Dog Pup Goes to the Big Leagues

Or, That Time I Drove 900 Miles for a Dog Test I popped an antacid into my mouth and tossed a second one to Joe. It was indecently early in southeast Idaho and our nerves were...

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...