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  • December 30, 2009

    Translate Duck Speak Contest: And the Winner Is...

    By David DiBenedetto

    The response to the duck call translation contest was tremendous. Clearly plenty of you speak quack or, as Man’s Best Friend regular kelmitch said, that “fowl language.” So without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff.

    Smpeach spoke to my inner sports fan with his translation:

    Cold Beer! Cold Beer! Who needs a cold beer?!

  • December 28, 2009

    Gun Dog Training Resolutions for 2010

    By David DiBenedetto

    On Christmas morning Pritchard chased my in-laws’ cat through the middle of our family gift-opening session, nearly knocking over Grandmother and sending the cat scampering across the piano keyboard (playing notes with each step) and onto the tree. For a minute I felt like Clark W. Griswold. But we all survived. Hope you did, too.

  • December 23, 2009

    Worst Dog Gift Ever? A Chastity Belt

    By David DiBenedetto

    Okay, I admit it. Pritchard is getting a Christmas gift. (A Nylabone.) This is a first for me. I’ve never given a dog a gift. But according to an Associated Press poll, 52 percent of pet owners will give their dogs a gift, up 43 percent from last year. Hey, at least I’m trendy.

    Would she rather a steak? Yes. But I know she wouldn’t want any part a product that recently came across the Man’s Best Friend Desk. It’s called the PABS (Pet Anti Breeding System), and it’s described as “the first chastity belt for pets.” I’m not making this stuff up, folks.

  • December 21, 2009

    True Story: Pugs Eat Owner, Now Up For Adoption

    By David DiBenedetto

    From the truth is stranger than fiction (and sometimes more depressing) department comes a tale out of Papillion, Nebraska. It seems earlier this month, the owner of two pugs committed suicide in his home but didn’t make plans for his dogs, Harry and Sally, after he departed this world.

    Dogs being dogs, Harry and Sally, left without food, eventually began to...

  • December 18, 2009

    Contest: Translate Duck Speak, Win Decoys (and More!)

    By David DiBenedetto

    So you think you’re fluent in the language of duck? Well, my friends, here’s your chance to show us your stuff. We have a video (below) of World Champion caller Ryan Nolan letting loose with a comeback call. Your job is to watch the video then translate the call into English. Your answer can be long or short but make it creative—the more we laugh the better.

  • December 16, 2009

    Adventures in the Swamp: 4 Tips for a Gun Dog's First Duck Hunt

    By David DiBenedetto

    Last I left you in blogland I was feeling a swell of emotions as I stood in the duck swamp with my two nephews and my pup. We had set up at our hole and were keyed in on a couple of woodies that were zipping through the morning sky and headed to our spread. And in they came…

  • December 14, 2009

    The Duck Swamp: Where It All Comes Together

    By David DiBenedetto

  • December 11, 2009

    Want to Raise a Good Kid? Then First Train a Dog.

    By David DiBenedetto

  • December 7, 2009

    Pro Clinic: Your Biggest Dog Training Mistakes

    By David DiBenedetto

    I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a true amateur when it comes to gun-dog training. In the last 10 months I’ve learned a hell of a lot, but I’d love to be able to rewind the clock a bit and correct my mistakes—which are legion. No such luck. But if you’re just starting out, I asked three highly regarded gun-dog experts the most common mistakes amateur trainers make with their new pups. Here’s what they had to say:

  • December 4, 2009

    What's the Ultimate Gun-Dog Road Trip?

    By David DiBenedetto

    One week from today I’m going to load Pritch in the truck and head three hours west to Greenwood, SC for our first inland duck hunt. To be honest, I love nothing more than covering miles with my dog and gun in the truck with the promise of birds—in this case wood ducks—in front of us. Plus, I’ll be hunting with my older brother and nephew, making it a very special trip. All of which got me thinking about ultimate gun dog road trips and, of course, discussing them with my buddies.

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