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What the Dogs Taught Him

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


With National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic coming quickly on the calendar, it’s time to contemplate your plan of attack. Scott Linden, host of the Wingshooting USA TV series and a regular contributor to the Quail Forever Journal, told me he’s on tap for presenting two different seminars each day at Pheasant Fest – Go West, Young Man [or woman] for Wild Quail and What the Dogs Taught Me. Scott’s seminars are informative, fun and usually audience interactive. Definitely put him on your Pheasant Fest schedule.

Along with that plug for Scott’s seminars, I’d like to give a big recommendation for his new book, not-so-surprisingly titled What the Dogs Taught Me. Scott, who owns two German wirehaired pointers, has compiled a book of training and hunting tips, advice and anecdotes – a wealth of practical info for bird dog owners and upland bird hunters.

cover-what-the-dogs-taught-me-final-finalIt’s hard to characterize What the Dogs Taught Me. Scott’s discussions range from general to specific, novice to advanced, researched to anecdotal. He has hunted upland birds across the country and has an impressive amount of experience to draw on, but his humility and respect for the wonders of upland hunting and bird dogs are always evident. While some readers might disagree with a comment here or there (we bird dog owners are a notably opinionated bunch), it’s hard to argue with clear-headed advice such as not using your hands for corrections until your dog truly understands the command you’re teaching: “…A dog should trust your hands.”

The first half of the book covers dog behavior and a variety of training issues along with how to shoot better and hunt better. The second half is organized more as a reference book, with chapters on “Care and Feeding,” “Skills Every Bird Hunter Should Have,” questions from Scott’s viewers with his answers, and a terrific chapter that is a straightforward bullet list of tips such as using a ball of duct tape as a fire starter, how to move cows off a road and what direction is best for squirting water in a dog’s mouth. Also included is a chapter titled “Road to the Utility Test” in which Scott chronicles training his dog Manny for the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Utility Test. While analyzing the challenges of teaching steadiness, clean retrieves and a 10-minute duck search, Scott touches on many of the issues he discussed in the earlier chapters on dog – and human – behavior. The book concludes with Scott’s handy “Ultimate Upland Checklist” and a glossary of terms.

Throughout the book, Scott’s sense of humor keeps the tone lively. Talking about “face time” with your dog, Scott says, “Anyone who doesn’t let their dog lick their face once in a while probably prefers cats.” Talking about trying to see things [while hunting] in a different light, he says, “…there is a lot more to bird hunting than obtaining protein.”

What the Dogs Taught Me is one of those books you read straight through, learn a lot, then leave on the coffee table or nightstand to pick up and leaf through again, each time discovering something new.

Nancy Anisfield, an outdoor photographer/writer, sporting dog enthusiast and bird hunter, serves on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors. She resides in Hinesburg, Vermont.

Shut Up and Hunt

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Keeping quiet when you leave the truck can help put more birds in your bag.

Earlier this week, I was chatting with television host and wingshooting legend Scott Linden.  As tends to happen when two dyed-in-the-wool bird hunters gather, we traded stories about our early season upland observations, used hyperbole to extoll the virtues of our bird dogs and shared a few laughs.


While I can’t remember Scott’s exact phraseology or the topic’s genesis, I do recall the main point of his observation: hunters would shoot a lot more birds if they learned how to be quiet in the field.


We’ve all read the tips and tricks about not slamming truck doors at the parking area of a WMA, but do you actually practice the habit of being quiet when leaving your vehicle for a hunt?  From my observations, most folks don’t.


In the same vein, do you figure out your hunting game plan when you’re still in the truck or do you chat about the directions everyone is going to walk after uncasing the shotguns, collaring up the dogs and joking around at the tailgate?


Don’t get me wrong, I understand the camaraderie of a tailgate.  But, I’ve also had my ear chewed off as a Pheasants Forever representative at sport shows with the same refrain . . . “there are no birds on public land.”  Well, you may not believe me, but I can promise you there are roosters out there.  They’ve just been running for their lives since opening morning and have wised up to how the game works.  They hear you slam the truck door.  They hear the laughter about last night’s hijinks at the tavern and they know you’re going to walk the path through the grass beaten down by the previous morning’s group.


Do you save your tailgate chatter for after the hunt? You should.

For a change of pace, give quiet a try this pheasant season.  You may find more birds and you may also find a little peace in a world of noise.  Give it a shot . . . shut up and hunt.


The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.




Bird Dog Birthday Party

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Trammell wonders why I don't celebrate her birthday with a party like other dog owners.

Last month on his Facebook page, Wingshooting USA television host Scott Linden asked an interesting question:

“Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday?”

Although I’ve openly described spoiling my German shorthaired pointer in past blog posts, I have to admit I’m not certain of my pup’s actual day of birth.  I think it is April 17, 2007, but I could be off by a day or three.  Needless to say, Tram’s four birthdays have gone by without fanfare. 

What about you?  Do you bust out the special doggy treats and party hats for your pup’s birthday celebration?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.

Nebraska Pheasant Hunting and Pheasant Fest

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

National Pheasant Fest is the nation's biggest event for pheasant hunters.

It ain’t over ’till it’s over, and pheasant hunting in Nebraska definitely is not over. For those of you thinking about mixing in some pheasant hunting during your trip to “The Good Life” in Nebraska for National Pheasant Fest 2011, or mixing in some Pheasant Fest with your late season Nebraska pheasant hunting trip, here are a few good-to-knows.

  • Nebraska’s 2011 licenses are now available. Nebraska’s annual hunt permit is valid for the entire calendar year, which means once purchased, it’s good this January, and then next pheasant hunting season for October, November and December.
  • Nebraska’s pheasant hunting season runs through Monday, January 31st, 2011, meaning you could extend your Pheasant Fest weekend (Jan. 28-30) to wrap up with a day of hunting.
  • At Pheasant Fest, youth age 15 and under can enter in a drawing for Nebraska Game and Parks half price lifetime permits. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will draw for 20 half price youth lifetime permits at National Pheasant Fest. If drawn, youth can get a lifetime permit at half the cost, with the other half courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation. Drawing options include lifetime hunting, fishing and combination hunt/fish permits, as well as lifetime habitat and Nebraska migratory waterfowl stamps. Each winner may choose one permit or stamp. Drawing forms can only be filled out in person at the event. Anyone may enter a youth in the drawing.
  • Scott Linden from Wingshooting USA will bring back his popular “Bird Hunting Boot Camp” seminar to the Cabela’s Hunter Help stage for all three days of National Pheasant Fest.
  • And of course, from A (Ammunition) to Z (well, at least “Y” for Yellow Lab), if it relates to pheasant hunting, it’ll be at Pheasant Fest.

The Pheasant Fest Blog is written by Brad Heidel, Pheasants Forever’s Director of Special Event Sales