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  • June 19, 2012

    What's the Best Way to Pack a Downsized Hunting Rig?

    By Chad Love

    A while back Phil Bourjaily had a really good blog post about downsizing your hunting rig that generated a ton of comments, both pro and con. Now, I haven't spoken with Phil and can't say for sure whether he's going to take the downsizing plunge or not, but for me, the issue's (mostly) been settled for a while. I inherited my wife’s beloved 2000 Subaru Forester a few years ago when she decided to buy a new car. The plan was to use the Forester as an economical daily driver and save my big, gas-guzzling, full-size four-wheel-drive truck as a dedicated hunting/fishing/wood-hauling rig.

  • January 6, 2012

    Dog Survives Avalanche That Killed His Owner in Montana

    By Chad Love

    Here's an amazing story of a dog that survived an avalanche that tragically killed his owner. Pretty incredible stuff, and testament to a dog's innate will to live.

    From this story on the Herald Tribune:

    A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing. Search and rescue team member Bill Whittle said he was "positive" that the Welsh corgi ˜ named Ole ˜ had been buried in Saturday's avalanche. "The avalanche guys were up there on Monday investigating and they were looking for the dog too and never seen any signs," he said.

  • October 22, 2010

    How to Dry a Wet Dog

    By David DiBenedetto

    Pritch loves to swim but she apparently doesn’t love to be wet. How do I know? Well, seconds after coming out of the water she tries to use my legs as a drying post. If not my legs, she’ll beeline for a nearby tree or fence. Or she’ll perform a good ol’ fashioned ground rub (as in the photo here). Lately I’ve been working on Shake—an easy and useful command to help stem her antics when wet.

  • May 14, 2010

    Off-Season Gun Dog Projects

    By David DiBenedetto

    The joys and rewards of owning a gun dog are legion. And, in my case, they keep growing. Here’s an example:

    Back during duck season I got an e-mail from my friend and F&S fishing editor, John Merwin. He knew I was taking Pritchard wood duck hunting and requested some of the barred feathers from a drake’s flank. As some of you may remember, the wood duck hunt was a success, and Pritch made her first waterfowl retrieve. Of course, I pulled some feathers off of a drake and sent them to Merwin back in January.