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E-collar, check. Dog, check. The rest is up to you. It will be worth your while!

Can you improve the Ultimate Upland Checklist version 2.0? Do you want to win great stuff, including a TriTronics Sport Jr. collar? 

Have you got some cool ideas for stuff you take that we should too? An improvement on gear that should be in everyone’s vest? Go here, and get the details, and get ready to win!

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Get out your catalogs, your computer mouse, and of course, your wallet. Time to start re-stocking for this hunting season.

The newest version of my “Ultimate Upland Checklist” is now available for your packing – and purchasing – pleasure.

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions and additions to last season’s list. For the life of me, I can’t think of anything else to add … but you will. If you do, note it in the comments section below and I’ll update as the weather and your credit card cools.

[Shameless plug: the Blaze Buddy Bandanna is a perfect addition to your safety gear ensemble … and all proceeds go to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, so spend your money here.]

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I’ve put off doing this because it will officially signal the end of the 2008-2009 Awesome Upland Road Trip, but enough is enough. Congratulations to the many winners of Irish Setter boots and jackets who told me where they would wear theirs if they won.
One place I wore my Irish Setters ... chukar country near Clarno, Ore.

One place I wore my Irish Setters ... chukar country near Clarno, Ore.

Answers were creative and touching, from church to grouse coverts with family and friends … and I’m glad the winners were chosen at random because any other way would have been too tough for the judge (me). If you won, you know it and congratulations. If you didn’t I hope it kindled one more fond memory or prompted another hunting trip. It sure did for me.

Thanks to Irish Setter and Tri-Tronics, as well as the State of South Dakota, who made the Awesome Upland Road Trip possible. Stay tuned for the 2nd Annual AURT, coming soon (but for most of us, not soon enough!).

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Though in meetings most of Day One of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, I was able to visit a few manufacturers’ exhibits. Innovation as always, is a keyword at this gathering and already one product jumps out at we dog folk:

Tri-Tronics’  TracerTM Light is designed to fit any G-series receiver.  Hunters are able to turn the light on or off with a simple press of a button on their transmitter, and can choose between a blinking light or constant mode, which is visible from up to a  half  mile. It is inserted at the “base” of your collar battery unit and wraps around the entire battery. It doesn’t appear to add much weight or bulk to the collar, and won’t lighten your wallet too much.

If you let your retrievers “help” with decoy placement before first light, run dogs until full dark, or just want the added safety of light when walking Fido on a busy road, this might help. My guess is, houndsmen will find this item most helpful.

For hunters who run multiple dogs, the TracerTMLight is available in three colors: red, white and blue. It  is available as a single accessory ($49.00 MSRP), already attached to the accessory receiver ($193.95 MSRP) or pre-installed in a Trashbreaker remote trainer ($514.00 MSRP).

[SHOT Show gossip you didn’t hear here: watch for another GPS tracking collar to compete with Garmin, this one with stimulation so your dog doesn’t need to look like a retail display mannequin for electronic collars. Maybe as soon as this hunting season.]

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Okay, time to recap the bird season, particularly what you wish you’d hauled with you and didn’t.

Remember the “Ultimate Upland Checklist?” Dozens of you helped flesh it out before this season launched, and hundreds of you downloaded what I’m hoping was a useful tool that ensured you didn’t get stuck, lost, stranded, frozen, hurt, starved or (horrors) forgot your dog! Now that the season is winding down and you’ve had some long, boring drives to contemplate your bad shooting and worse memory, it’s time to improve the current version, 1.1.

Did you regret not bringing that knife sharpener? That neck gaiter sure came in handy in Utah. What would your dog wish you’d brought for him?

What did you leave home, totally space, veg out on, lose in the flashback,  or simply wish you’d taken bird hunting … that is not YET on the “Checklist?” I’ll give a Blaze Buddy Bandanna to every person who offers a (legitimate – my opinion rules) addition/improvement. And out of all the great ideas (again, my opinion), I’ll choose one at random to receive a pair of Irish Setter boots and jacket.

Take a look at the current list here, then leave your suggestion/addition in the comments section, below.

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Thanks Capt. Caddis for enlightenment on the “mystery berry,” which, apparently is a type of currant or gooseberry. See my Sept. 1 entry for photo … and if you disagree, I’d love your input/guess/authoritative opinion.

New destinations are being lined up for part three of the Awesome Upland Road Trip: Texas and Arizona are now on the itinerary … and if anyone has chukar suggestions for southern Nevada, please send them along.

Remember all the great stuff you should take advantage of here:

1. The Ultimate Upland Checklist: thanks for all the feedback – see the Aug. 27 post for links.

2. Blaze Buddy Bandana – support Pheasants Forever and keep your hunting partner safe. Go to the right-hand column for a link.

3. Win great gear from Irish Setter. See the Sept. 1 post for details.

Thanks to Awesome Upland Road Trip sponsors Tri-Tronics and Irish Setter who make the trip possible!

Scott

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