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  • In this episode we are talking all things NAVHDA Natural Ability Test with Angie Coenen and Lisa Pehur. The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and improving the versatile hunting dog. The natural ability test is for dogs up to 16 months old. No game is shot and no retrieves are required. There are 4 phases of the NAVHDA Natural Ability test which include field, tracking, water, and evaluation of physical attributes.

    This episode is jam-packed with what a novice and experienced handler should know about all 4 phases of the test.We also touch on how to prepare for the day and some advice on how to get the most out of training days.

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    7:28 Angie Coenen intro

    8:20 Lisa Pehur intro

    10:05 2021 Invitational Update

    17:50 What does the NAVHDA NA test prove

    23:30 What does a typical day of NA look like

    26:30 Order of the day

    30:05 Field Phase

    39:20 A convincing point

    45:00 Gunshyness test

    47:17 Gunshy vs Gun Sensitive

    50:45 Tracking Phase

    58:40 Find a NAVHDA Handler’s Clinic

    1:00:00 Tracking cover

    1:03:15 Variables that occur in tracking

    1:09:25 Water Phase

    1:17:35 Importance of training on different bodies of water

    1:20:00 NAVHDA NA Video

    1:23:30 Evaluation Physical Attributes

    1:31:30 What should you bring to the day of the NA test

    1:35:20 How much are you allowed to talk to your dog

    1:37:35 When should you test and enter a test

    1:45:25 Dogs that test in NA that are already broke

    1:46:00 How to get the most out of a NAVHDA training day

    1:50:00 Making connections within the NAVHDA family

    1:51:50 Pitch in

    1:53:30 When should someone consider retesting their dog in NA

    1:56:00 NAVHDA website

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  • Linda Hinz is a turkey hunting enthusiast that has been pursing gobblers for over 20 years. She is heavily involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation's Women In The Outdoors Program in Wisconsin, where she's hosted an annual 3-day education event for the past 20 years. We discuss the event, prep for spring turkey, shotgun patterning, calling, gear and more!

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    8:00 Getting started in turkey hunting

    9:05 GSP’s

    9:40 NWTF WITO

    16:15 2021 WI WITO Event

    18:20 Learn To Hunt Turkey Program

    22:15 Mission to mentor

    22:50 Changes since start of WITO event

    28:20 NWTF Programs

    30:10 Prep for turkey season

    32:00 Shotgun patterning

    37:10 Decoy setup

    38:55 Early season vs late season

    41:00 Calling

    43:00 Turkey sounds

    49:40 How often to call

    56:00 Boss Hens

    1:01:40 Turkey gear

    1:04:40 Turkey Recipe

    1:05:25 Annie Oakley Award

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  • Bird Dog eAcademy - New Online Training Courses teaching you how to train your bird dog. In this episode we discuss the first course available, 'The Reliable Retrieve'. An 8 week course with a positive approach, of little to no pressure. A new module is dropped every week, and full support is provided with live videos to help you and your dog through the entire process.

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  • Ashley Peters is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society. She’s a conservationist, newer hunter and carries some deep envy for anyone that owns a bird dog. We discuss the current state of Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock and forest habitat. Along with the importance and best approach of mentoring, hunting essentials on a budget, and more!

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    7:15 Living in Minnesota

    9:50 Growing up with conservation mindset

    12:30 Bird Nerd Enthusiasts Unite

    15:00 Getting started in hunting

    25:45 Bird dog dreamin’

    31:00 Role at Ruffed Grouse Society

    36:10 Importance of public lands and forest management

    38:45 Current state of Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock

    41:15 West Nile Virus in Ruffed Grouse

    https://ruffedgrousesociety.org/west-nile-virus-in-ruffed-grouse-and-test-kit-how-to-video/

    https://ruffedgrousesociety.org/the-scientific-impact-of-west-nile-on-ruffed-grouse/

    42:30 Success of The Great American Outdoors Act

    44:00 Restoring Americas Wildlife Act

    45:00 Replant Act

    46:00 Wildfire forest management

    48:30 Who are RGS members

    51:10 How to become a member

    53:50 What can we do to help

    57:30 Montana Grouse

    1:02:30 Mentoring

    1:05:50 Essentials to hunt on a budget

    1:13:50 Favorite gamebird recipe

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  • Jordan Horak is known as the ‘dog whisperer’ of Cocker Spaniels and he’s the maker of the Cato Board, a training place board for all breeds of dogs. Jordan discusses the training differences between Pointers and Spaniels, males vs females, and why that extra x chromosome is superior, eh I mean creative. Jordan shares some great insight on training, hunting, and living with different types of bird dogs. This episode is a must listen!

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    6:42 Cato Outdoors

    9:25 Cocker Spaniels

    12:30 Boykin vs Cockers

    16:35 Difference between Pointers and Spaniels

    26:00 Training for dogs that want to work with you

    34:15 Training dogs after they’ve been allowed bad habits

    45:40 Positive reinforcement with pigeons

    49:56 Wild bird dogs vs Highly obedient dogs, male vs female

    1:02:50 Hunting pointers and flushers together

    1:07:20 Cato Board for the retrieve

    1:15:15 Connect with Jordan

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  • Elsa Gallagher is a biologist for The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund and an avid bird hunter and field trailer. She’s down from an even dozen hunting dogs to a mere 9 these days. We discuss her Vizsla named Hatch, and his recent placement at the AKC National Champion, along with her lifelong dedication to quail, as well as her most recent project with The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund and how you can qualify for free seed mix with their Seed A Legacy Program.

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    6:50 AKC National Championship

    10:50 Training with Perfection Kennels

    15:50 He’s a bird dog before a field trial dog

    18:00 Life’s dedication to quail

    20:00 First bird dog and those after

    27:15 Current string

    30:50 Making the transition into horseback field trials

    34:00 Getting started hunting

    36:00 For the love of quail

    38:25 Ideal quail habitat

    40:50 Quail Biologist and not for profit habitat projects

    47:10 What is a pollinator

    51:30 Lifecycle of the butterfly

    55:15 Honeybees

    57:00 Seed mix diversity

    58:40 Seed A Legacy Program

    1:00:30 Minimum acreage for program

    1:01:50 Site prep

    1:04:00 When to apply

    1:05:10 Habitat upkeep

    1:07:10 Grasses in seed mix

    1:09:30 Ideal acreage for program

    1:15:50 The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund

    Seed A Legacy Program

    YouTube Webinars

    1:16:20 Favorite game bird and rabbit recipes

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  • Lauren and her family self-sustain year round with their harvested wild game and produce. She joins me in this episode to discuss how she shares her passion for the outdoors and bird hunting with her son, gear and safety tips for hunting with a toddler, as well as her experience this past season as a first time bird dog owner.

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    7:30 Growing up in a non-hunting home

    9:00 Obsessed with the hunt

    13:30 Drought affecting bird numbers

    20:45 Covey shooting

    24:10 First bird dog

    22:00 Hunting with toddler

    28:40 Safety tips for hunting with kids

    38:55 Onx

    40:30 Garmin InReach

    41:00 Garmin Alpha 200i

    41:30 Garmin 550

    42:10 Getting kids use to wearing ear protection

    47:30 Hunting while pregnant

    52:00 Future plans with growing child

    58:00 Being a first time bird dog owner

    1:01:00 Claddagh Online Training Courses

    1:02:50 NAVHDA

    1:09:30 Lauren’s favorite recipes

    1:22:30 Focus for next season

    1:23:10 Connect with Lauren

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  • Robin MacFarlane is the owner and training director of That’s My Dog and also heads the TMD E-academy, a continuing ed program for dog training professionals. Robin’s ability to read and understand dogs is unlike any I’ve ever seen. In this episode she discusses the importance of a choosing a breed that’s right for your lifestyle and how that relates to dogs bred for a purpose. In addition, she gives tips on how we can better understand our dogs, help them overcome situations, and breaks down the proper use of remote collar training.

    Watch for details this week for your chance to win the training videos mentioned in this episode from Gun Dog Supply, in addition to a training consultation with Robin herself!

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    7:00 That’s My Dog

    9:20 Choosing a breed ideal for your lifestyle

    13:15 Owning a dog bred to hunt that will never hunt

    19:00 Physically and mentally exercising dogs

    22:48 Biggest problem owners have with dogs

    25:05 How to better understand and read our dogs

    29:20 Being ‘alpha’

    31:30 Type of dog that’s difficult

    35:00 Importance of body language to our dogs

    39:50 Manners when running in braced dog events

    44:10 Helping dog overcome a bad situation during event

    45:30 Aggression

    48:05 What average person is doing wrong with remote collar training

    53:05 Guide to remote collar training

    55:28 When/how to use the different remote collar options

    1:01:20 Collar-wise dogs

    1:04:20 Are remote training collars for all types of dogs

    1:06:50 Services Robin offers

    1:07:50 Cato Boards and ‘Place’ command

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  • Barbara Baird is the publisher of the Women’s Outdoor News, also known as The WON. The WON is a one stop shop for resources, news, stories and reviews for everything regarding women outdoors. From shooting tips to guns and gear, hunting, fishing, archery, birding, survival and even how to pee in the woods. If you want to know about it, Barbara and her team at The WON have it covered!

    4:00 Meet Barbara from The Won

    9:10 About The Won

    12:18 Barbara’s background

    17:28 The Won content

    18:25 The Won Resource Page

    20:45 All things women outdoors, not just hunting and shooting

    24:15 Gear reviews

    28:35 Rising trend of women in the outdoors

    35:00 Media hunts

    37:10 Shotgun/shooting clinics

    38:55 Syren shotguns

    41:29 Most popular topics women are searching for

    43:39 How to pee in the woods

    46:45 New content and stories

    48:15 #wonphoto

    50:05 Barbara’s books in the works

    54:38 What’s new at The Won

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  • My 6 yr old son Burke joins me for an impromptu and unedited recording that may provide be some of the best bird dog training and hunting advice you’ll ever hear.

  • This episode is a complement to last weeks, so if you haven’t listened to Episode 45 with the girls, be sure to listen to that next! Today my husband, William Bastian, has taken over the mic for Guy’s Night. He is joined with Jason Marzolf of Marzolf X Kennel, Tate Martinsen or Martinsen’s Red Point Kennel, and Ethan Pippitt of Standing Stones Kennels. This is a great episode about their perspective as Dads, husbands, business owners, reputable breeders, and some of the best damn bird dog trainers I know.

    5:00 Meet Jason Marzolf of MarzolfX Kennel

    5:15 Meet Tate Martisen of Martinsen’s Red Point Kennel

    5:35 Meet Ethan Pippitt of Standing Stones Kennels

    6:08 Hunting season

    11:35 Hunting with wives

    16:20 His and Her dogs

    18:55 Hunting with Kids and growing up hunting

    27:05 Balancing work and family

    34:35 Training dogs with kids

    45:15 Importance of time for work and family

    47:35 Separating business from home life

    54:20 Finding your ‘me time’

    1:00:00 Advice for family and living the life of a dog trainer

    1:07:00 Steps to becoming a dog trainer

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  • I’m joined with Megan Marzolf of Marzolf X Kennel, Jenny Martinsen of Martinsen’s Red Point Kennel and Kat Pippitt of Standing Stone Kennel. Hear how these young, driven couples with some of the best bird dogs and top training businesses in the country have evolved in life and business since starting a family.

    5:50 Meet Megan Marzolf

    6:20 Meet Jenny Martinsen

    6:50 Meet Kat Pippitt

    8:15 How in the world do you do it all?!

    10:25 Organization

    20:25 Biggest struggle balancing all of the things

    24:55 Complementing each other

    31:55 Keeping the passion

    39:25 Self Care

    51:15 Allowing your partner to do what they’re passionate about

    1:08:35 Impression on kids

    1:19:00 Advice for starting a family in the bird dog business

    1:32:15 Girl’s only beyond this point

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  • Dr. Marty Greer joins us to discuss spay and neuter considerations. It’s all too common when you go into the vet clinic for your new puppy’s first appointment, that your vet is anxious to set up your puppy’s spay or neuter. Or for some, it’s us, the owner, that’s anxious to have it done because we either don’t want to deal with a female coming into season, or have been told a male will pee on everything. Dr Greer takes the time to explain these myths and ideologies in this episode, and what it’s actually like to live with intact dogs, and the risks and benefits to behavior, development, and overall health.

    9:50 Spay Options

    13:25 Physical appearance and effects of early spay/neuter

    16:40 Male behaviors and the relation to being intact

    19:55 Typical female heat cycle

    25:20 Housing intact dogs and bitches together

    27:50 Panties for the girls

    28:40 False pregnancies

    30:10 Breeding bitches back-to-back

    31:00 DHA

    35:55 Spay & neuter considerations as senior dogs

    40:30 Recommended age for spay & neuter

    42:40 Neuter options

    47:00 Hip dysplasia and working dog considerations

    48:30 Canine Reproduction and Neonatology Book

    49:45 Your Pandemic Puppy Book

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  • Carla Gibson is a badass chukar hunting extraordinaire and addict. She grew up hunting and navigating the hills of chukar country. It takes an elite athlete to have the strength, endurance, grit, and a bit of crazy to chase after those red-legged devils every weekend of the season, like Carla does. Not to mention a partner and dogs that are just as on par. This is one of the most difficult sports to be successful at, listen how Carla does it.

    5:45 The crazy people that hunt chukar every weekend

    7:50 Camping

    9:00 Hunting in snow

    10:30 Carla’s start in hunting and bird dogs

    12:20 Hunting Pointers and Retrievers together

    18:15 Chukar hunting with other women

    19:00 Hunting with first timers

    23:10 Preparing for the physical demands of chukar hunting

    26:00 Technique for hill climbing

    27:40 Evaluating terrain before tackling it

    31:00 Effects of mild winter and Covid

    32:05 Ideal elevation for chukar

    33:25 Considerations with early season vs late season

    35:00 Habitat considerations

    37:00 Falling is normal

    40:00 Devil birds

    42:30 Strategy

    49:00 Dog power

    1:00:00 Feeding schedule and snacks on hunting day

    1:01:20 Gear Talk

    1:06:25 Importance of foot care

    1:08:20 Shotguns, chokes, and shell size

    1:14:45 Best time of year and time of day to hunt

    1:17:30 Chukar calls

    1:19:30 Chukar etiquette

    1:23:30 Pick up your damn shell hulls

    1:25:00 Teaching others how to hunt chukar

    1:27:00 The rewards in the experience

    1:28:30 Chukar Tacos

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  • James and his brother Luke created Smile Outside Children’s books. As avid outdoorsman, hunters and conservationists themselves, they started a business to Educate, Engage and teach children about the importance of Conservation. Their books provide a link to introduce kids to wildlife, in a realistic approach, different from animated characters in most other children’s books.

    Even If you don’t have kids, you no doubt know a friend’s kids or have nieces and nephews who would love and benefit from these books. We also talk bird dogs, of course, and about the Chachalaca. And because this company is amazing, they’re offering all the Bird Dog Babe podcast listeners a promo code for 10% so be sure to listen to the end!

    7:00 Being a science teacher

    7:30 Inspiration to write children’s books

    13:00 Concepts of the books

    13:50 Growing up outdoors

    15:05 Start in hunting

    16:00 Bird hunting with a Griffon

    21:20 DIY bird dog training

    23:40 Conservation Partners

    25:40 Books in the works

    27:40 Conservation Series 1

    30:45 Conservation Series 2

    34:40 Working with sibling to publish childrens books

    38:40 2% for Conservation

    42:15 Favorite game bird recipe

    43:50 Chachalaca

    51:15 Next book launch

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  • Susan Jasmann is 70 years old and started hunting upland and waterfowl birds a year ago after she bought a Pudelpointer. She recognized her dog needed a job, it needed to do what it was bred to do. Susan had some challenges.. she had to learn how to hunt birds, learn how to shoot a shotgun, and how to train and hunt with a dog that had natural ability to make any hunter proud.

    4:50 Susan’s start

    11:25 Why a Pudelpointer

    15:50 Learning how to train a pointing dog

    18:00 Most difficult part of training

    19:40 Making the e-collar fun

    22:15 Horse training relative to dog training

    26:50 Learning curve to start hunting

    28:00 Buying her first shotgun

    30:00 Practicing for hunting season

    32:15 Garmin Xero S1

    36:00 Learning at women’s shooting and hunting clinics

    36:50 Dogs motivating you to do more

    43:15 100 days, 100 new experiences

    45:30 Cruciate repair and rehab

    48:50 Snake school

    50:30 Biggest takeaways from this season

    53:00 Traps and snares

    53:15 Tips to get started

    56:50 Wild meat

    58:15 Parmesan Chukar & Quail Appetizer

    1:00:00 Pheasant Piccata

    1:00:40 Silo House in Kalispel

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  • Jennifer Dums has dedicated many years to help inspire and encourage women to get involved in the outdoors. She hunts upland and big game to provide healthy meal options for herself and her husband. Jennifer doesn’t own a bird dog and still has great success, and she shares some of her strategies with us in this episode.

    5:40 What inspires Jennifer to get women motivated

    8:40 Making connections with other women

    11:00 Jennifer’s involvement in all things women who hunt

    12:20 Legendary Longtails – Women’s only MN PF Chapter

    15:20 Women in the Outdoors

    16:10 Becoming an Outdoors Woman

    18:00 Jennifer’s start to hunting

    24:50 What’s in her freezer

    27:50 Hunting without a dog

    29:50 Perks of hunting without dog

    31:00 Bird Dog breed options

    38:50 Strategy in the grouse woods

    44:45 Woodcock and Grouse Recipe

    47:30 Game recovery

    49:30 Pheasant hunting

    52:15 Mule deer hunting

    53:20 Turkey hunting

    54:10 Gear Reviews

    58:30 Favorite Upland Prois Piece

    1:00Favorite Big Game piece

    1:05 Benefits of novice hunters at preserve hunts

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  • Dr Meg of On Point Veterinary Services joins me to discuss Bird Dog Paw Care, because if you’ve hunted your dog more than a few days in a row this year, you know the importance of this topic. We talk about how to condition paws for hunting season, treating sore paws, inflamed nail beds, dog boots, embedded objects and anti-inflammatories for pre and post hunt.

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  • I’m extremely grateful for the Patreon Patrons that support this podcast and help me keep the mp3’s rolling. So I sent out an invite to get a few to join me for a bonus episode to share a bit about them, their bird dogs, their favorite hunting experience this year favorite piece of gear this season, favorite bird recipe and something they’d like to improve on before next season.

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    6:30 Chrystelle –SD, Lab

    19:30 Sara – CA, Pudelpointer

    36:15 Pamela – PA, Pudelpointers and Drahthaars

    50:15 Beth – IL, Lab and GWP

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  • Laura was was determined, persistent and passionate to learn and navigate the ancient art of falconry in Qatar where it was known as a man’s sport. Years later, she now shares her passion of hunting, dogs and falconry with her husband and their 11 month old son.

    5:50 What is falconry

    6:35 Laura’s start in falconry

    8:20 The art of falconry

    9:20 Dogs in Qatar

    13:25 Relationship between dog and falcon

    16:05 Laura’s falcons

    16:45 Chukar hunting

    19:20 Relationship with a falcon

    23:30 Establishing trust

    27:05 Getting game off the falcon

    31:00 Why Laura started

    31:45 Acquiring a falcon

    36:45 Releasing back to the wild

    41:10 Hunting with dogs and falcons

    45:20 Adding a baby to the falconry team

    49:00 Living life with your passion

    52:15 Caring for a falcon

    53:15 Change of pace with a baby

    57:15 Best falconry experience

    58:00 Differences of falconry in the US

    1:01:00 Falcon living conditions

    1:04:48 Common falconry species

    1:06:40 Falconry misconceptions

    1:10:00 Getting started with/dedication to falconry

    1:14:40 The Raven

    1:23:25 Favorite bird recipes

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