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  • August 8, 2011

    Shed Dogs: Training Your Hound to Hunt For Horn

    By Chad Love

    As noted in an earlier blog, I recently attended a writer's event at the Purina Events Center in Missouri. As part of that experience my writers' group was treated to several informative seminars from noted trainer Tom Dokken, who has been instrumental in the exploding popularity of using your gun dog to find shed antlers.

    Dokken has a wealth of information on his website devoted to hunting sheds with dogs. There's even a new world shed dog hunting championship. Shed hunting with your dog is something a lot of guys seem interested in, so it's definitely something I'll be writing about in the future. Today, however, I'd like to talk a little about a training product Dokken makes and sells called Rack Wax.

    Basically, Rack Wax is deer antler-scented wax that you can smear on an old shed to give it a little scent. We all got a tube of Rack Wax at the event, and I decided to play around with it a bit this weekend. It comes in a Chapstick-sized tube, looks pretty much like Chapstick, and even smells sort of like Chapstick. In fact, if you were to absentmindedly pick up a tube of Rack Wax and smear it over your lips, I'd be willing to bet you wouldn’t even notice it until it was too late. And if you were a really unobservant dumba**, you might even apply it twice before realizing your mistake.

  • June 8, 2010

    Classic Gun Dog Covers from Field & Stream

    By David DiBenedetto

    I recently came across a terrific gallery of old Field & Stream covers, from 1929 to 1968, and was shocked at how many of the illustrations involved gun dogs. Of the 42 covers, roughly 75 percent of them were dog related. The cover shown here caught my eye, of course, because the dog resembles a Boykin spaniel, but best I can tell it’s a close cousin, the American Water spaniel.

  • November 12, 2009

    How Do You Show Pride in Your Gun Dog and Its Breed?

    By David DiBenedetto

    Not too long ago I asked if any of you would immortalize your gun dog in the form of a tattoo. The response was a unanimous…HECK NO! In fact, a few of you wondered if I had been sipping too much of the homemade hooch.

  • September 14, 2009

    Enter Our Gun Dog Photo Contest to Win This Gun!

    By David DiBenedetto

    If you’re like me, you think your pooch is the best looking gun dog in to ever grace a duck swamp, dove field, or rabbit patch. Now is your chance to prove it.

    Today, Man’s Best Friend is launching a gun dog photo contest. Thanks to the good folks at Remington, the winner will receive a Model 1100 Premier Sporting 28-Gauge with a nickel receiver and gold inlays! Plus, it comes with a travel case. The gun is valued at $1,400.

    Here are the details:
    You have until ...