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Road Trip 2014 logoYou’ve been very helpful – and creative – in the lead-up to our “Road Trip” … helping find gear for my dogs, customizing the Amped toy hauler trailer, and even picking destinations in Kansas. Now, it’s time to reap the benefits – let’s get together somewhere along the way.

Virtually every stop is a chance to visit, meet Manny and Buddy, talk hunting, and ask questions about birds, dogs and bird hunting. I can’t guarantee a right answer, but will sure try! I’ll sign your copy of my book – and have FREE goodies to give away.

(Speaking of great stuff, enter the Road Trip sweepstakes here, and you could win a Mossberg shotgun, SportDOG Tek GPS collar, or $500 in Cabela’s gear.)

Consider yourself invited to any of the following stops, no purchase or admission fee required – just stop by to say hello. Here’s the schedule so far:

– Oct. 9-10 Ruffed Grouse Society National Hunt, Grand Rapids, MN – making TV shows, visiting with fans – see you at the Saw Mill Inn

– Oct. 14 Owatonna, MN Cabela’s store: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. informal question-answer in hunting dog dept., meet the dogs

– Oct. 17 Mitchell, SD Cabela’s store: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. book signing and informal Q&A in store, meet the dogs

– Oct. 18 Mitchell, SD Cabela’s store: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. book signing and informal Q&A in store, meet the dogs

– Oct. 25-26 Redfield, SD: making TV shows with the winners of our “Take Your Friend Hunting” sweepstakes – watch for meet & greet Friday or Saturday night
– Oct. 28 Kansas City, KS Cabela’s store: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. informal Q&A in hunting dog dept., meet the dogs

– Oct. 31 Sidney, NE Cabela’s store: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. informal Q&A in hunting dog dept., meet the dogs

– Nov. 21 Reno, NV Cabela’s store: 1 p.m. seminar: Upland Game Hunting Tips; 2 p.m. seminar: Hunting Dog Training Tips location: store meeting room, meet the dogs

– Dec. 20 Springfield, OR Cabela’s store: noon – 2 p.m. informal Q&A in hunting dog dept., meet the dogs

At every stop, just look for the tricked-out Amped trailer – I doubt you’ll be able to miss it.

See you down the road!

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Good friends, great place … what better locale for Manny to come into his own than Ravenwood Lodge in Kansas? Joe, Bob, and Mark shared the shooting duties while I handled dogs at Ravenwood’s Mission Creek fields, and with some trepidation I put both Uncle Buddy and nephew Manny on the ground at the same time.

If you’ve handled two dogs simultaneously, you know what it can resemble: rodeo, three-ring circus, cluster %&*%, right? When the stars align, though, it’s magic. That was today. 

Bird after bird held tight for Buddy’s points. Time after time, Manny would slide into a graceful, natural honor of his uncle’s find, reflecting his genetics twice over: ancestry and instinct. By the end of the day, he’d given up trying to eat the big birds, instead bringing them in the right direction (toward me) quite often. Force fetching is next spring’s project, so this was a true gift.

But enough words. If you have a pup, you’ll agree here’s something worth a thousand of them:

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