In The Field and Hunting Tips

Labs and Sharptails on the North Dakota Prairie

Originally appeared in Gun Dog Magazine (October/November, 1992) The Federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has converted over two million acres of North Dakota land back into grassland, and after just a few years of CRP conversion, the sharptail and partridge numbers are on the rise. Here’s how you can use your Labs and retrievers on […]

Gun Dogs and Land Trapping

Written by Carl Altenbernd  originally appeared in Gun Dog Magazine Land trapping is one of the most misunderstood sports practiced in the field today. It has been an easy target for the animal-rights groups, thanks to myths and misunderstandings. As a dog owner, you should be aware of the basics of trapping. The snare, conibear, and […]

Better Tasting Birds – Alter Your Field Vest

  We pay a lot of money for a field vest that may feature recoil protection, a zippered game bag, bellows pockets, 24 shell loops and a water repellent finish. But most field vests have one major flaw: they feature a lined game pouch to protect your back and legs from blood. One of the […]

Cleaning Birds with a Tin Snip

You have hunted hard and had a good hunt. Your first job home is to make sure the dogs are clean, injury-free and fed. Next we will unload our gear and then tackle a cooler full of birds. I transport all my birds pre-gutted on ice. The feathers are left intact for identification purposes and […]

Water In The Field For Your Dog

Article originally published in Gun Dog Magazine. It is not uncommon for my wife and I to walk for three to four miles on a sharptail hunt in 70- to 80-degree early season weather and find ourselves getting weak because of dehydration. You, your hunting partners and dog need water. We are not into solid […]

The Spotting Scope – Make it a Useful Tool

Doing our homework prior to going to a new hunting area takes a lot of time. Interviews with local farmers, hunting buddies, state game and fish personnel, start our minds working. The study of topographical, plat book and other general maps narrows our plans but the actual scouting may be spent driving or walking an […]

Pheasant Tail Tracks

The 1995 Pheasant Season in North Dakota was just an average year. In the areas we hunt, above average snowfall and heavy summer rains hammered the Central Dakota’s keeping the Pheasant numbers in check. Our last weekend hunt was cold and windy. North Dakota Season runs into the first week of January. I would guess […]

A Classic Picture – Recycled Duck Stamps

In my business office I have various items on display. A couple of bird mounts, framed art prints, a hunting and fishing library, photographs. Yet, there is one item that everyone always draws to and states, “boy, I wish I had kept my duck stamps, are they worth anything?” As illustrated, I have mounted all […]

Common Courtesy In The Field

Tips on how dogs (and you) should behave in the field Probably one of the most important things a gun dog owner can do before a hunting trip is to discuss his or her dog approach and field manners with their potential partners. Nothing can ruin a hunting trip faster than a companion who doesn’t […]

Gun Dogs and Traps

Traps are few and far between but here’s some advice just in case. Most gun dog owners wait with anticipation for fall. It’s a time when they hopefully will get to see the fruits of months of training—good field work by their dogs. But they’re not the only outdoor types who live for this time of year. […]