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Puppies Anticipated Here

Quick update: This past week had Annie spending it out with Dave Hughes at Hughesview Kennel in Clearfield, PA. This wasn’t a training operation but a trip to get her out to a stud dog. She came in heat earlier in … Continue reading

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Popinjay Strikes Again, in Tougher Competition

Yesterday the grouse wagon’s engine came to life again at 5:30am. This time pointed straight north shortly after a quick detour to my parents. It seems in all the pomp from last week of Pop taking first, my dad wanted … Continue reading

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Popinjay in the Books

I haven’t Facebook’d or really tweeted about the preparations spent this past week getting Pop ready for this past weekends field trial. It was an “open” (as in to both Pro’s and Amateurs) stakes trial but there were no purses and … Continue reading

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Left to Wallow In Mud and Misery . . . Hundreds of Miles Outside of Puppy Classic Judgment

About a week ago Pop was hobbling around on three good legs with one week ago today marking the entry deadline for the Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic. I decided to scratch Pop from the entry and save the fee, … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law (again!)

I had Pop out yesterday. I loaded up Blaze, Annie and him to head out to an area I run dogs at occasionally. Annie and Blaze were run first, and separately. Pop was out of his box last and placed … Continue reading

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Insta-wha?

We are now on Instagram, we go by (the username) Grousedogs there. Most of our hashtags are #grousedogs #grousehunting #coverdogs #woodcockhunting #grousepuppies . What the heck is Instagram? Essentially, it’s a simple photo sharing (social media)  website. You have a … Continue reading

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Out “West”

The weekend had two trips in store for me both out farther west of me in PA. The weekend started out Friday night by attending Woodcock Limited’s annual dinner, it’s sort of the high-water mark of their woodcock weekend between … Continue reading

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Last Dress Rehearsal

I ran Pop for the last time before we head to a trial this weekend in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest. Essentially, I’ve just been letting him roll; a lot of hands-off, no handling. Our practice course at … Continue reading

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“Quailiens”

Last night Pop, Tipper and I loaded up and headed down the road to a nice open tract of woods, we weren’t expecting to finds bird in it but were anticipating a nice 25-30 minute run to brush up on … Continue reading

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Pups and Boot Slups

I spent much of this past Saturday judging the puppy stake for the West Branch Grouse Trial Club. I did start the day showing up later than I wanted to… to watch the first brace of all-age (AA), which had … Continue reading

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Contact Has Been Made

We really missed most of the woodcock flight last spring, we did time up one evening well, but that was about it. Determined not to miss it this year we began early and didn’t wait for the majority of the … Continue reading

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First “Spring” Run

We’ve heard that a few are a finding returning woodcock, we went out this past weekend and found none. I would venture to guess that in you have access to land in the southern end of the state that slopes … Continue reading

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RST “Reloads”

Congratulations are in order to our friends at RST Shotshells on their new streamlined website. Couldn’t imagine shooting anything better over the dogs whether it’s a modern double or vintage gun.

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Getting Back Into Training Mode

For us, hunting season has been over for nearly a month. The dogs have had a considerable amount of time off and it’s time to start putting some work in again. Unfortunately there’s a hard crusting of snow right now, … Continue reading

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The Gang Back Together…

It happens once a year, one excursion I don’t take any notes on… I wait to jot it down here  (weeks later) and what I end with is the Cliff Notes version. It had been awhile, since the trip north … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

As I mentioned on here a while ago, Annie’s tail was somehow broken, about 2/3rds of the way out. It was done within PA’s deer season, so she either did it in her dog door, or while out roaming the … Continue reading

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