by Chad Love

Name an event where you can see – at one time – upwards of 40 different sporting dog breeds. The winner gets nothing…

If you replied “Westminster” you will be beaten about the head with a cyber-bumper. I mean real sporting dogs; wet, muddy, hard-muscled hell-for-leather hunting machines, not those overstuffed sausages and blow-dried travesties you see prancing about the show ring.

But if you replied “The 2011 Pheasants Forever Pheasant Fest, held January 28-30 in beautiful Omaha, Nebraska, presented by Cabela’s,” you would be right.

If you love upland bird hunting and sporting dogs, Pheasant Fest is the place to be. It is the largest upland hunting/conservation and sporting dog trade show in the nation, sort of a SHOT Show for gundogs, except these Booth Babes have four legs and would probably lick you for free. Try finding that in Vegas…

The bird dog parade alone is worth the trip, but there are hundreds of dog and hunting-related exhibitors, youth events, conservation seminars and of course, dog training seminars.

“…we devote an entire section of the National Pheasant Fest show floor to our four-legged companions. The Bird Dog Bonanza is where you can find exhibitors and information on everything bird dog related, including training and nutrition, all for over 30 sporting dog breeds! (Including) the Bird Dog Stage and its seminars and demonstrations from the world’s foremost flushing, pointing, and retrieving dog trainers.”

Anyone planning to attend?