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Yours truly actually "working" at SHOT ... you'll hear this interview on my radio show.

Yours truly actually "working" at SHOT ... you'll hear this interview on my radio show.

(ORLANDO) SHOT Show updates … What innovation there was in our universe was in the highest-tech segment of our world, dog training collars. Translation: ho-hum of a show in many respects. But here are some more notable exceptions:

Dogtra introduced their “RR Deluxe,” a remote bird-launcher release system that has a loudspeaker mimicking both duck call and beep sounds. It interfaces with their pheasant and quail launchers, and uses a standard, codable transmitter that allows you to chain up to 16 launchers if your wife will let you buy them and you can figure out how to code them all! 

The duck call feature is particularly intriguing for added “realism” for retriever trainers. The beeper is described by Dogtra as helping you locate the launcher system in heavy cover (helpful, especially when you’re trying to locate your dog at the same time). I’d like to see uplanders served by a pheasant cackle on version 1.1, or better yet, the last launch of the day featuring a comely synthesized female voice announcing the start of happy hour.

If you live the shotgun lifestyle, you might visit www.shotgunlife.com, a new site creators are describing as in the “Best Gun” category. You’ll find articles (many very long), some product information, and at least a nod to women shooters, so pour yourself a half-skinny-soy-no foam latte’ extra caffeine and take a look.

SportDog is touting their new SportHunter 1825, a slimmer-profile receiver and transmitter system that offers up to 16 stimulus levels (requires a few button pushes – ask your texting-savvy kid to help) and (thank you) vibration AND tone through the collar receiver. Both should come in handy for creative dog trainers. They’ve also built a new “docking” system for charging batteries. No word on whether or not you can combine tone and vibration to perform the drum and guitar solos in the surf tune “Wipeout.”

There’s a black version and a camo version, both are waterproof,  and can be adapted to handle up to three dogs using SportDog’s “Add-A-Dog” (a great title for a spouses’ worst nightmare)  collars.

Next stop on the Awesome Upland Road Trip: Reno, Nevada and the Safari Club International convention, next week. How about for you? Where would you wear a new pair of Irish Setter boots? Tell me in the comments section and you might win a free pair!

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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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Well, I’m finally getting that hall pass.

Instead of hunting behind other people’s dogs for my TV shows, my wirehair Buddy and I are hitting the road on the FIELD & STREAM Radio “Awesome Upland Road Trip.” Thanks to sponsor Irish Setter boots and apparel (and more to come) we’ll travel the west and hunt well-known and unknown coverts for as many species as we can find. Feel free to visit the Irish Setter site, www.irishsetterboots.com and see what’s new. 

I’ll file audio reports on FIELD & STREAM Radio throughout the season, and written reports here. And watch for the big white rig as we travel from (so far) Oregon, to Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. Among the highlights so far: I’ll serve as master of ceremonies at the South Dakota Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt in mid-October in Pierre, SD; a visit to the National Sporting Clays Championship in San Antonio in late October; speaking at the Pheasants Forever “Pheasant Fest” held in January in Madison, WI.

And get ready to win! Following each field report on the radio show, I’ll ask you “where you’d wear your Irish Setters?” Call our toll-free number or respond here, and you might win a pair of Irish Setter boots or  hunting jacket.

Right now, I could use your suggestions. That’s right, tell me where to go in the comments section below. Mainly upland, west of the Mississippi. Keep your secret spots to yourself, or invite me along (sworn to secrecy). Whatcha got for example, in Nebraska? Eastern Montana?



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This is the rig Buddy & I will be taking "on the road"

Not quite as good as going, but helping is better than nothing …

Looks like I’ll soon have a sponsor lined up for the first-annual Field & Stream Radio wingshooting road trip. I’ve got my own ideas on where to go but (get ready) you (here it comes) can help by (ta-da) telling me where to go.

Criteria: Upland bird hunting only; west of the Mississippi; mainly public land but private/lodge recommendations welcome.

That’s it! Maybe we can connect somewhere along the road (watch for the rig pictured). Make your suggestions in the comments section below, then watch for me and Buddy in a field near (but not too near) you!



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