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Dog of the Day: “Duke” Joins the 400 Club

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“Duke” the Wonder Dog joined Tom Kroll on pheasant hunts in Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota for the last decade. “He’s 86 pounds of muscle and beyond smart, but does struggle with algebra a bit,” jokes Kroll.

The retriever always impressed Kroll with his ability to run down or root out downed birds. “And he never complains about our poor shooting,” Kroll said, recalling a 3-day stretch last season in Kansas in which Duke recovered two hunter’s limits each day. “One bird dropped high on a hillside and we rushed to it. Duke sniffed around but lost interest,” Kroll said, “We then saw him 80 yards down the coulee behind us, he ran 20 more yards and picked up the rooster. He has an unreal sense of finding birds.”

Duke flushed 15 hens last week in Kansas, one final fun outing for the accomplished veteran who, with more than 400 wild birds to his name, is being retired. “He’s earned his time in the sun,” Kroll said.

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