Posts Tagged ‘International Sportsmen’s Exposition’

You really do learn something new every day. At the ISE show in Denver today, it was all about wildlife. I am a bit color blind, so when that bright red Kestrel tail waves at me from the sky, hovering over a hapless rodent, it’s pretty awesome.

You know the feeling – a bonus, what the Cajuns call lagniappe, something extra in a day of bird hunting (in our case, at least). Whether it’s a trickle of water in the desert, or that elk skylined against a cobalt-blue sky when you’re after mulies. 

So when I passed the exhibit at the ISE show and saw this tail, I knew it was worth asking about. There is something just a bit different. Take a close look, you wildlife watchers (aren’t we all?). Tell me what’s unique about this kestrel tail.

And thanks for coming out to hear my presentations – it was fun! See you in Des Moines in late February.

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A better way to haul dummies

Besides re-connecting with so many old friends and road warriors (from John Kirk to the Edwards family to Mike Chausee from Island Lodge), a sportsmen’s show like this is a chance to learn something … or more. You’ve sat in a boring, slow-moving lecture, presentation, or “seminar.” This is just the opposite. While at it’s worst, I’ll consider learning one thing enough to justify the price of admission, more than that is a bonus!

My first day, two things you’ll be interested in were bestowed on this feeble mind:
1. Thanks Tom Herman, owner of Grits the Labrador Retriever, for this insight. How to gauge whether or not you’ve provided enough positive feedback to your dog? The lips have it. Tom suggests a dog is satisfied with your praise (at whatever level) when he licks his lips, and swallows. Tom also says most of us over-praise. Experiment with less, look to the pup’s mouth, and decide whether more is required.
2. You’ve seen and maybe use, that leash-around-the-waist trick. C.J. Kausels and Tom Herman both coupled it with another lead on the collar for “stereo” training. Remember your physics or geometry, and you’ll recall that two points of leverage trump one every time. Try it some time when “heel” is a pain in the uh, heel.
3. Herman also had one groovy time and effort-saving trick. Whether you shoot waterfowl or not, use that dusty duck strap to hang your retrieving bumpers. No extra duffle bag, vest, or belt required.
Thanks, guys. My turn tomorrow – see you all in the Sporting Dog Arena and Hunting/Adventure Theater!

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Denver in January? Of course! Please consider this your personal invitation to attend the International Sportsmen’s Exposition taking place Jan. 7-10, at the Convention Center, particularly the 9th and 10th when you have the rare opportunity to heckle me in person rather than via the boob tube.

I’ll be giving talks on two subjects: “What the Dogs Taught Me,” and “Bird Hunting Boot Camp.” If you like the Buddy & Me segments on Wingshooting USA, you’ll love the first topic. It’s all about what we learn while training dogs: about them, about birds, about shooting and hunting and about us.

Scott & Buddy

Learn something and maybe win a prize at one of my Denver talks this weekend.

Boot Camp is more nuts-and-bolts information about what to do, bring, how to comport yourself in the field, and other stuff that will help newcomers get acquainted with our passion. But you seasoned Upland Nation citizens will learn something as well. So bring a friend, child or spouse and stand by for fun and helpful tips.

Both talks will include plenty of two-way conversation, games, prizes, and as noted above, the chance to razz me often and loudly. Bring your sense of humor, questions, favorite bird hunting stories, and let’s talk! Get more information on the show here.

Thanks to the sponsors who make this visit possible: National Shooting Sports Foundation/wingshootingusa.org; Happy Jack; Filson and TruckVault. And plan to attend the Pheasant Fest in late February in Des Moines – see you there too!

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