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Road Trip 2014 logo-003Almost 8,000 Wingshooting USA TV fans have already risen to the challenge in the third annual “Cabela’s Awesome Upland Road Trip … destination Kansas” contest. The sweepstakes is in its final stages, with prize values growing as the Dec. 31 deadline looms.

Fans of the show are asked to outfit host Scott Linden’s Amped travel trailer and his hunting dogs for a 6,500-mile journey across bird country. On the trip, Linden signs copies of his What the Dogs Taught Me and visits fans at Cabela’s stores, and makes future episodes of Wingshooting USA. Fan suggestions ranged from the ridiculous (hot tub for the Amped trailer) to the sublime (a day off and pampering for Linden’s hard working dogs).

Practical suggestions ranged from ammo to electronic dog training collars. A Stack-On gun cabinet and Rough-Tuff dog kennels and storage gear were added enroute due to fan suggestions. Early in the contest, fans also suggested stops along the way, including the Kansas City Cabela’s store and a hunting lodge in South Dakota where Linden dropped by for a meet-greet-hunt. Many entries are accompanied by photos of entrants and their hunting dogs.

Upcoming prizes in the run-up to contest end include a SportDOG Tek GPS collar, Mossberg Silver Reserve shotgun, and $500 Cabela’s dog gear gift card.

Entries and photos can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/wingshootingusa/app_451684954848385

Sponsors of the Road Trip included Cabela’s, Kansas Tourism, EverGreen RV’s “Amped” toy hauler trailer, SportDOG and Mossberg.

The most-watched upland bird hunting show in the U.S., Wingshooting USA is the official TV series of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It is broadcast year-round on seven television networks. More information: www.scottlindenoutdoors.com.

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Heads up! Here’s what’s happening on Wingshooting USA for the week of Jan. 4, 2010 …    

This is one of viewers’ favorite episodes, who loved the interaction and backstory of the dog team we worked with. Montana’s big sky country is the setting for big-running Pointers after Hungarian partridge on the prairies. I’m in awe of this mother-daughter dog team and their scaling of rocky ledges and sweeps through coulees to produce birds for me and my host John Shirley of Eagle Nest Lodge. Handler Jeremy DeVries gets a blue ribbon! The hunt comes full circle in a number of ways: acquaintances become friends by the end of the hunt, and mother dog shows daughter a thing or two about hunting! And remember, both dogs are working on behalf of a non-profit and your vote can win them $500, so go here to learn more (click on the “Hot Dog” button). If your name is picked, you’ll get $500 of Cabela’s gear.  

On our Breed Showcase, the little dog that started in England and ended up in France … and why. Vote here for your favorite breed and win its rescue group a ton of Native performance dog food.  

This service brought to you by Happy Jack ... Kennel tested dog remedies.

Watch Wingshooting USA on In Country TV, Dish Network Channel 230, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (East), Thursdays 9:30 p.m. (East) and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. (East), and now on DirecTV channel 344 Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays 9:30 p.m. Eastern. On the Sportsman Channel (DirecTV Channel 605 and many cable systems), Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m.), and now on the over-the-air digital feed from your local TV station via Untamed Sports Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 9:30 p.m. Eastern.    

Watch to win: an appearance on the show for you and your kid, or $500 in preserve/lodge hunting, or a pair of ESP electronic hearing protectors. Enter here (click on the “Win a Shot on the Show” button).  

PS: Wingshooting USA is now on Facebook. Search for us and let’s be friends!

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Historic Mission Creek Lodge, at Ravenwood since the Civil War era

Historic Mission Creek Lodge, at Ravenwood since the Civil War era

Good friends often do make the hunt. That was the case along the edge of Kansas’ Flint Hills at Ravenwood Lodge. 

I’m often happiest hunting alone, nobody else determining the direction, pace, nor “helping” handle Buddy. But after a week on the road, friends are a welcome change from solitary pursuit. This stop on the Awesome Upland Road Trip was all about that.

The Corbets, big and little Ken, tend some of the best habitat in the Midwest. That, in turn, offers challenging yet satisfying hunting. Buddy cast left and right, first with the wind at his back and doubling into it on each turn. One memorable buttonhook pattern yielded a quail-ringneck double that little Ken and I shared

Even Buddy’s well-honed sense of smell was challenged and after several wild flushes, I asked that we get to the downwind side and do it right. I am glad I did. 

Have you ever argued with your dog about where the birds are? I learned long ago to follow the hunter with the longest nose, and after a fruitless pass through head-high CRP, I let Buddy lead us to the fencerows.

The Tri-Tronics beeper with hawk scream earned its recharge that night. We never saw Buddy lock up once. But we heard him, and followed our ears into bobwhite after bobwhite. True to form, Buddy never griped about the tough conditions.

Maybe you’ve experienced that day in the field when your dog is at his best, even if your shooting isn’t. And you had witnesses who appreciate it. That was today, and it reminds me that hunting dogs are simply four-footed miracles.

Take a moment, and remember when it happened to you …

You’re welcome.

We wore our Irish Setter boots through thorn thickets and grass that pulled at laces all day. Where would you take your new pair? Tell me in the comments section below, and you might win a pair!

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