Posts Tagged ‘English Setter’

Dog of the Day: “Patch”

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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Darrell Dame and his English setter, “Patch,” hunted up this nice rooster in Nebraska.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Emma”

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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After a day of hunting, “Emma,” Deb and Jim Wallenberg’s English setter, jumped into the bed of the truck and curled up for a much-needed nap. “Seemed like she was saying ‘these are mine, I found all of these birds!’” Deb said. Deb, who is also a professional photographer, also showed her talents in capturing Emma, Jim and a flushing rooster all in one frame on a South Dakota pheasant hunt.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Chance”

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Paul Beam and his six-year-old English setter, “Chance,” had a great day of pheasant hunting near Esbon, Kansas.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Macey”

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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Mike Mikolich, treasurer for Pennsylvania’s Somerset County Pheasants Forever chapter, enjoys pheasant hunting with his English setter, “Macey.”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Hey, Nice “Pocket Rocket”…And Other Bird Dog Breed Nicknames

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

English cocker spaniels like the author's "Sprig" are often called "pocket rockets," pocket describing their size and rocket describing their drive. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

English cocker spaniels like the author’s “Sprig” are often called “pocket rockets,” pocket describing their size and rocket describing their drive. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

I consider nicknames terms of endearment, so please don’t be offended when I call your:

English cocker spaniel a “Pocket Rocket”

English setter a “Shag”

Labrador retriever a “Meat Dog”

German Wirehair an “Ugly Dog”

Golden Retriever a “Swamp Collie”

Pudelpointer a “Wookie”

Vizsla a “Velcro Dog”

Weimaraner a “Ghost Dog”

What bird dog breed nicknames am I missing?

Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.organd follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.

Dog of the Day: “Baron”

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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DeCoverly’s Borland Baron JHA, call name “Baron,” is Don Williams’ talented English setter.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Saige”

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Robert Cebula is a new Pheasants Forever member and now he has a new English setter pup, nine-week-old “Saige.”I’ve learned a lot this past year reading the Pheasants Forever magazine and all the posts on Facebook, I’m very happy I joined and very excited about my new pup,” he says. Cebula adds that “Saige” knows her name and is sitting on command. “That’s a start, right?”

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Burr”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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Charlie McLravy’s 11-year-old English setter, “Burr,” pointed these pheasants on the prairie near Hettinger, North Dakota last October. “The birds were plentiful,” McLravy said, “The dogs did their job better than the hunters, as usual.” McLravy is one of the founders of Michigan’s Ingham County Pheasants Forever chapter and currently serves on Pheasants Forever’s National Board of Directors.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

Dog of the Day: “Buck”

Friday, April 5th, 2013

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Nick Nankivel adopted “Buck,” his now 10-year-old English setter, four years ago. They’ve since had many successful pheasant hunts.

Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at ahauck@pheasantsforever.org.

The Best Bird Dogs I’ve Ever Seen

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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The author watches Sam Cook’s “Lucy” work a western Minnesota Walk-In Access hunting area. Photo courtesy Sam Cook / Duluth News Tribune

I’ve joked with friends that I’ve never met a dog owner who wasn’t an expert. While in jest, when it comes down to it, there’s nothing wrong with having extra confidence in your training and your dog if things are working for you. “The best dog in the world” phrase may be about as ubiquitous as “Best Dad” coffee mugs, but it’s all relative – as a shamelessly biased owner and utterer, I would know.

But what if you put aside partiality and emotion for a second, then what dog(s) stands out as the best you’ve ever seen. What friends or relatives had a pup that impressed you with its all-around ability – field work, obedience and personality? What dog made an indelible impression on you at a field trial or hunt test?

Here are four from my experiences that stand out:

“Lucy,” Yellow Labrador Retriever. Sam Cook is the longtime outdoor scribe at the Duluth News Tribune, and I joined him and his Lucy in 2011, touring some of western Minnesota’s first Walk-in Hunting Areas. Bird numbers were as low in this part of the state as they’d been in years, but if there was a ringneck in the field, Lucy found it. And what we did find were runners, but that’s where her ability to stop on a whistle came in handy, allowing us to catch up before the chase resumed. She retrieved to hand and, like any lab worth their weight in kibble, made you feel like their best friend.

Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

Brad Mccardle’s “Teigen.” Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

“Teigen,” English Setter. Brad Mccardle is a bird bum living in Lewistown, Montana whose singular upland passion is hunting Hungarian partridge. Lucky for him, he’s got Teigen, a beast of a big-running setter bound with athleticism, drive, a nose and style. I hunted with Mccardle and a small group of pro-level dog guys – making me the odd man out – but even a relative novice like me could see a dog oozing with greatness. If I lived in open country, I’d want a dog like Teigen.

“Finn,” Black British Labrador Retriever. It’s practically a prerequisite for an outdoor scribe to have a good dog – see previously, Sam Cook – and Chris Niskanen, the former outdoors editor at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, is no different. Niskanen hunted with my family and other members of Minnesota’s Lac qui Parle County PF chapter for a pheasant hunting season opening story a few years back. Already a decade-long veteran, Finn was the workhorse for a big group. And all the flushing and retrieving came in a compact British size, or about half your typical lab. I saw online this past autumn that even at 13-years-old, Finn was retrieving ducks in North Dakota for Niskanen, who is now the Communications Director at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Bob St.Pierre's "Trammell." Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

Bob St.Pierre’s “Trammell.” Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

“Trammell,” German Shorthaired Pointer. Regular readers of Pheasants Forever’s blog know of Trammell, who is dog #1 in Pheasants Forever Vice President of Marketing Bob St.Pierre’s family. I’ve seen her in the field enough to witness too many points to count, a few outrageous retrieves, but mostly I’ve seen quality performance after quality performance. There’s consistent and good, then there’s consistently good – that’s Trammell.

If you still end up listing your dog, consider yourself biased beyond repair. And that’s okay. Just know that you don’t have the best dog in the world…because I do.

Anthony’s Antics Afield is written by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.