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All the best New episode of Wingshooting USA is up and ready for viewing! Go here and enjoy!

Here’s a preview: Sure, everybody does a “Greatest Hits” episode, recapping some of the good stuff from previous shows. But we had so much excellent hunting, we’re making a “Greatest Misses” show, sharing the fantastic out-takes that missed the cut the first time around. These are the shots, the points, the retrieves and other notable footage that we didn’t have room for on other episodes. And in keeping with the title, you’ll probably see a few “interesting” shots by all of us.

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Fueled up? Yes. Dog in truck? Uh huh. Ammo purchased? Yep (ouch!). Must be time for the second leg of the Awesome Upland Road Trip. We’ll be making TV shows across the West, for next season’s Wingshooting USA.

New friends and old, some fresh scenery, and lots of birds are some of the highlights of this trip, which starts at Double Barrel Ranch near Spokane, Wash. Ron Olmstead is a sensitive dog trainer and great host and this is a repeat visit (we made some Cast & Blast episodes there about five years ago). Strong dog work (except when Buddy’s on the ground) is a given on the rolling hills and coulees of eastern Washington

From Spokane we vector toward Havre, Montana and a new outfit, Sage Safaris … interesting concept for an upland hunting operation. Sara and Jake have outfitted their place a la’ luxury African safari camps – floored tents, real beds, wood stoves, etc. Should be interesting.

Dog is my co-pilot: Buddy always wears his seat belt.

Dog is my co-pilot: Buddy always wears his seat belt.

From Montana we head to beautiful downtown Mott, North Dakota. It’s been on my list since a friend here in town bought a place there just for pheasant hunting. We’ll be just down the road from Larry (there aren’t that many in Mott), at Tailfeather Inn, and hunting ringnecks and a few sharptails on nearby farms. Tailfeather promises an interesting stay: part of it is a restored convent (no smart remarks you former altar boys). Looks like the bird numbers are strong in this part of North Dakota, so we are pumped! Thanks to everyone at North Dakota’s tourism department for logistical support, especially Mark Zimmerman.

Then, it’s back to my favorite state, South Dakota. Ever had this thought? If there was a Nordstrom nearby, I’d try convincing my wife to move there! I’m hunting near Aberdeen, where I’ll help out at the Camp Gilbert Celebrity Hunt there, raising money for that great operation that supports kids with diabetes.

If they’re not sick of me and the crew after the celeb hunt, we will hunt the area for a couple more days, basing out of Rivett Refuge Preserve. Trees, water, sounds like a good time.

And in what’s becoming an Awesome Upland Road Trip tradition, we conclude again at Ravenwood Lodge near Topeka, Kansas. Ken and Bev Corbet run a beautiful place, full of history and incredible habitat. It’s like a tailor-made hunting amusement park, with a little of everything plus sporting clays! Want a preview? Go here and see some snaps and a report from last year.

Watch for the rig, give a honk or stop by and say hello! And safe travels on your own Awesome Upland Road Trip. Let the dog ride up front.

[Thanks to road trip sponsors National Shooting Sports Foundation and www.wingshootingusa.org, TriTronics, Irish Setter and Black’s Wing & Clay Waterfowl.] Speaking of which, leave a comment and you might win a pair of Irish Setter boots and hunting jacket!

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Welcome behind the scenes!

There are hundreds of decisions that go into making a good TV show. From the name, to graphics colors, location choices … everything must eventually be clearly defined and set in stone, so to speak. Some are dictated by the networks, others by necessity, some are strategic, and then there’s the fun stuff. This one is definitely in the latter category.

The opening theme sets the tone for the entire episode. It’s gotta sound “organic,” but not corny. High energy, but not head-banging. With luck, it’s a bit of a cue (like that Intel thing) and you sit up and watch when you hear it. Mainly, though, it should be listenable and have a bit of rhythm, conveying the spirit of the sport and the show.

So put on your producer’s blaze orange hat. Time to help pick the official opening title theme song for Wingshooting USA. After listening to dozens of tunes, we’ve narrowed it down to a couple options (the accompanying video is just for giggles – not a final version by any stretch of the imagination). You can help with your comments, and vote in the poll.

Sit back, crank up the volume (give it a minute to download) then help choose the tune you’ll hear every week starting in late September.

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Now, take the poll, and leave your comments below.

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Don’t hold back.  Tell me how you really feel.

About wingshooting and hunting dog TV shows, that is. What really, really, makes you mad about the current fare? Anything you wish a producer would include, that isn’t? Places that should be featured? What do you want more of, or less? What trips your trigger, or is a pet peeve when you’re watching those other shows?

Go ahead, tell me what you want.

Go ahead, tell me what you want.

Here’s your chance. I’m putting the finishing touches on my next TV series and it’s as good as YOURS. That is, help me make it the best wingshooting and bird dog series … ever. I can’t promise to list you all in the credits, but you’ll watch knowing you had a hand in the creation of the show.

Go ahead. Spill. Right … down … there, in the comments section. Or in the poll, above. Or both.

And thanks.

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The ballots are in, the votes counted, and the Clay Target Shootout TV show’s “Viewers’ Choice” competition is now a matter of record. Casey Jones of Texas was the top vote-getter from among almost 50 shooters who competed on the series created and produced by Scott Linden.

Casey was one of the show’s “Young Guns,”  competing in the Scholastic Clay Target Program. Almost 10,000 television viewers went to the National Sporting Clays and National Skeet Shooting Associations’ websites to vote. Jones chose the Kawasaki Disease Foundation as beneficiary should he win the balloting, and that organization will be receiving $1,000 from Linden. He will take home a ProMatic Firefly trap thrower and a TruckVault for garnering the most votes for his charity.

Casey Jones, come on down!

Casey Jones, come on down!

Clay Target Shootout is the official television series of both the National Sporting Clays Association and National Skeet Shooting Association. More information: 541-382-1726 or www.scottlindenoutdoors.com.

To find out more about Casey and his chosen beneficiary, go here.

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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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SHOT Show Shorts: Despite the economic laments, things here at the largest shooting and hunting trade show in the world are looking up. The consensus is if it’s “black,” it’s putting manufacturers’ and retailers’ bottoms lines there, too. In other words, self defense firearms, tactical gear and related products (even if used by hunters, a la’ the AR-15-style rifle) are hot sellers despite (or because of) the credit crisis, political uncertainties and general down-in-the-dumpness.

That said, here are some more great new products for guys and gals like us:

Remember MAD magazine? Remember their ongoing cartoon “Don’t you hate …”? Well, most of us could have chipped in with “I hate plastic bumpers that sink after one puppy bite.” Innovator Tom Dokken (Dead Fowl Retrievers) has solved our problem with foam-filled plastic knobby retrieving bumpers. Available in 2-inch diameter size only, they will float until incinerated, appear impervious to puppy teeth and shot, and will also hold injected scent, just like his clever and realistic bird “bumpers.”

(Watch for a new book from Tom on retriever training, with eventually, accompanying video.)

I also saw another new shotgun, this one an autoloader from Weatherby that runs about $700. It’s made in Turkey with an eerily Italian look, and comes in both wood and synthetic stock choices. Weatherby says their Turkish gun differs from competitors in the use of machined rather than cast metal parts and a dual-gas valve system. Hmmm.

And kudos to Smith & Wesson, a relative newcomer to the shotgun market. They received a Field & Stream magazine “Best of the Best” award for their Elite Gold SxS shotgun. A sweet, nimble shooter at $700.

Duty calls – cocktail parties to visit. Gotta go!

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