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So, where are we?

Heading West after a couple meetings in Kansas City and stopped for some things I couldn’t live without. The question is, which Cabela’s?

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Where is the Aliner parked tonight?

My guest at Warne Ranch was our “TruckVault Cares” Facebook contest winner, Bill Zeromski. It had been 25 years since he last pursued ringnecks with his late father, so you can imagine the anticipation permeating the air.

But it was also Bill’s birthday. A significant number (I’ll let him tell you how many some day) that many consider a wake-up call: do the things on your bucket list. We did our best to help.

Methodical Labradors teamed with first Buddy, then Manny, with many of the pheasants streaking for the far end of fields and CRP grasses before we could get within gun range. Some shots were taken, some birds fell, and we honored both Bill on his birthday and Bill honored his father’s memory.

We headquartered at the Best Western Ramkota hotel. It’s like a second home to me, having been a guest at least once every season for the last five. So while the Aliner rested in the parking lot, we relaxed in comfort without our wheels. But there are a lot of Ramkotas, so you’ll have to guess which parking lot is harboring my trailer.

The birthday boy, ready for a noisy flush from a wily ringneck.

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Somewhere in Montana …

After a long day in Post Falls, including giving back some of Cabela’s sponsorship dollars at their store, Manny, Buddy and I headed east. Skirting Lake Couer d’Alene, we continued on Interstate 90 until well past dark – racing to a date with 6X Outfitters’ Al Gadoury and some Montana ringnecks.

It was a civilized “Kamp,” as you can see. Can you guess where the Aliner is tonight?

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Gotta guess?

Let’s hope you recognize the store … the question is, which one? I’ll ultimately be in Pierre, SD to make some shows but am hunting my way over there from Bend OR. Any guesses?

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Can you guess where we are tonight?

Besides the usual hunting, dog work, hunting, dog work, hunting and dog work, we’re having some fun on this year’s Awesome Upland Road Trip … figure out where the Aliner pop-up trailer is and win a prize. Here we are tonight – any guesses? Hint: Lewis & Clark spent the night here.

Extra credit for guessing our destination for Thursday … Charlie Russell used to buckaroo there.

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The desired result.

Okay, I guess technically it’s not related to the NAVHDA Utility Test, but a dog that will jump into and out of a truck bed or similar objective can be a godsend. Now that he’s over two years old and his growth plates are fully formed, let the games begin.

While we are on the road and appearing at the Game Fair in Minnesota, one of my goals has been to get Manny to do the work I’ve been doing for two long years: launch himself into – and out of – the back seat and truck bed where his crate usually resides. At the Fair, he spends considerable time hobnobbing with the crowd from the crate in our Aliner pop-up travel trailer, so that’s also on the agenda.

An interesting sidebar to any “collarwise” discussion has been the key. On the road, I often leave electric collars and their transmitters in the side pockets of my truck doors. While putting away his e-collar in that storage compartment, I commanded Manny into the cab. He launched, and was licking my face (from face level) in an instant. Later, holding the transmitter at the door, he glanced at it, and teleported himself into the seat on command.

After a few days of travel and practice (I may be a slow learner, but I do learn) Manny is now in the seat about 70% of the time on the first command. His crate is in the back of a lifted 4WD pickup, raised higher by my TruckVault so it may as well be the Eiffel Tower to a young dog. But he’s also learning that a bumper is as good as an elevator when I use the same methods.

Cleaner clothes, no back injuries, no ramp to pack, and it looks cool too.

Have you “taught” jumping into things? How? This isn’t the easiest way, and probably not the right way, so help me finish the job correctly!

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No dirt, no snakes, but Manny and Buddy will be there as will the Aliner Expedition pop-up trailer.

Moved in, unpacked, and already made two new friends and saw a couple old ones. This should be a winner – 2nd Annual Gun Dog Expo this year in Portland Oregon. Starts tomorrow! Great seminars, including my “What the Dogs Taught Me,” and plenty for waterfowlers and uplanders.

We’re playing the “Real Bird Bumper Brawl” at my chukar camp … so stop by and win a prize! More info here.

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