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How do you get from where you are, to here?

How do you get from where you are, to here?

Just the opposite of what I long for: here I sit drinking bad coffee in a gigantic shopping mall, awaiting She Who Must Be Obeyed (nod to Rumpole). But maybe you have the same rationale … every day spent doing your spouse’s bidding is redeemable for one more day in the field.

With the first leg of the Wingshooting USA Awesome Upland Road Trip just about a week away, it’s a worthwhile investment. Points scored, husbandly duty fulfilled. It doesn’t negate the noisy, brat-filled monument to consumerism, overrun with of posers (white rappers in Beaverton, Ore.? Fashionistas of all shapes and sizes … many who should try harder to avoid spandex.) But there is a slight glimmer from the light at the end of the long, Muzak-drenched  tunnel.

As MLK put it, “keep your eyes on the prize,” and it’s easier to do when the remaining calendar pages turn quickly toward fall. Is it because you’re in a location that is the polar opposite of gold-tinged fields and the tinkle of dog bells? The contrast is notable: the only plant life in sanitized containers, leaves dusted daily, recirculating the exhalations of multitudes. Not a swatch of real camo, but plenty of the “urban” type, and too many males in designer suits instead of briar pants and sweaty hats.

Anyway, the prize is within sight … cackling roosters, rigid tails at 12 o’clock, dog slobber, the pungent and distinctive nose-bite of spent shells … but you know that, don’t you? You’ve been consulting the calendar, too, calling hunting friends and asking about bird populations. You’ve paid the $15 for a box of good shells, and promised yourself to make every shot count.

What else takes your mind from shopping to shooting? What keeps you sane during the “work day?” Where are YOU headed? Now’s the time to share and possibly win a pair of Irish Setter boots. Make your comment, and you’re entered in the random drawing. See you in the coverts, soon.

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I’ve put off doing this because it will officially signal the end of the 2008-2009 Awesome Upland Road Trip, but enough is enough. Congratulations to the many winners of Irish Setter boots and jackets who told me where they would wear theirs if they won.
One place I wore my Irish Setters ... chukar country near Clarno, Ore.

One place I wore my Irish Setters ... chukar country near Clarno, Ore.

Answers were creative and touching, from church to grouse coverts with family and friends … and I’m glad the winners were chosen at random because any other way would have been too tough for the judge (me). If you won, you know it and congratulations. If you didn’t I hope it kindled one more fond memory or prompted another hunting trip. It sure did for me.

Thanks to Irish Setter and Tri-Tronics, as well as the State of South Dakota, who made the Awesome Upland Road Trip possible. Stay tuned for the 2nd Annual AURT, coming soon (but for most of us, not soon enough!).

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Well folks, see what you think. Here’s the first video/audio installment from the Road Trip, recorded in the field just after the hunt. Comments?

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Though in meetings most of Day One of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, I was able to visit a few manufacturers’ exhibits. Innovation as always, is a keyword at this gathering and already one product jumps out at we dog folk:

Tri-Tronics’  TracerTM Light is designed to fit any G-series receiver.  Hunters are able to turn the light on or off with a simple press of a button on their transmitter, and can choose between a blinking light or constant mode, which is visible from up to a  half  mile. It is inserted at the “base” of your collar battery unit and wraps around the entire battery. It doesn’t appear to add much weight or bulk to the collar, and won’t lighten your wallet too much.

If you let your retrievers “help” with decoy placement before first light, run dogs until full dark, or just want the added safety of light when walking Fido on a busy road, this might help. My guess is, houndsmen will find this item most helpful.

For hunters who run multiple dogs, the TracerTMLight is available in three colors: red, white and blue. It  is available as a single accessory ($49.00 MSRP), already attached to the accessory receiver ($193.95 MSRP) or pre-installed in a Trashbreaker remote trainer ($514.00 MSRP).

[SHOT Show gossip you didn’t hear here: watch for another GPS tracking collar to compete with Garmin, this one with stimulation so your dog doesn’t need to look like a retail display mannequin for electronic collars. Maybe as soon as this hunting season.]

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On some of my best hunts, I don’t even carry a shotgun.

 

Letting a friend shoot while I handled Buddy was a brilliant move today, if I do say so myself. Knowing flying birds would probably yield to Rob’s shot, I was free to focus completely on Buddy: steady to wing, shot and fall, then a more complete retrieve to hand.

No gun = better dog work. Try it some time.

No gun = better dog work. Try it some time.

Birds were no worry, we were at Ron’s preserve, where the cover is good and the pheasants would fly strongly. Our mission was to get Buddy into them, keep him solid on contact, and good work after the shot.

 

Each find was gratifying for this trainer, a little creeping until reminded on the first couple birds but then solid as the Tri-Tronics hawk scream signaled a point. I believe that beeper scream pins birds, ensuring staunch points, and the more I use it, the more strongly I believe it.

 

The first few points, I clipped a short lead to Buddy’s collar to ensure we started off on the right paw. As more birds fell to the gun, we extended the time between shot, fall, and retrieve. But Buddy’s still at the point where a dropping bird is the main incentive for a retrieve, so the thud of a bird was quickly followed by “get it.”

 

Ron reminded me that every time Buddy didn’t bring the bird back, it was due to operator error. I would praise him for picking up the bird, he’d think “game over,” drop the bird and come back for more praise. When I bit my tongue until the bird was delivered, the retrieving improved dramatically.

 

Rob’s shooting was accurate and Buddy was bringing birds back … to the shooter. I guess I can’t blame him; he’s the guy responsible for all the fun!

 

[Where would you lace up a new pair of Irish Setter boots? Tell me your story in the comments section below and you might win a pair.]

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