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    Default Alaska Spring Ptarmigan hunt on American Gun Dog TV tomorrow!

    Hey folks, I just heard the show I did with American Gun TV is airing tomorrow on the Sportsman Channel. The web site said 1:30 pm. I hope it turned out well. I hope I even get to see it!

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    I've had the DVR set all season. Glad I finally have cable for the first time since I left the nest. I was a bit altricial I guess.
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    Just checked and it airs at 930 am on Sportsmans. I know what I'm doing after work. Jim, if you need to watch it you can come down to the Valley and bring the dogs and give me a field tutorial!
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    Eleven years ago I came home from work, turned the TV on and there was the usual drivel and slop and I presented my .45 and shot the middle of the screen. Now before the gun safety comments…I lived no where near anyone, no one lived with me, the wall behind the TV was a furred out concrete and I had dry fired at it for years knowing I was perfectly willing to destroy it and that no one was going to be hurt if I had a negligent discharge. That act was among the best things I ever did. Not watching the crap that is on TV these days reduced my anger level tremendously and I sure got out and got more things done. Having said that, there are rare times when I would like to be able to turn a TV on, this being one of them. Jim, I am sure your show will be one of the good ones that I occasionally miss because of my staunch stand on no more TV and I wish you luck with it.

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    I recorded it while I'm down here in Arizona and I watched the episode today and I can't wait to come back to AK now. I've had fun chasing quail down here but can't wait to get after the grouse and ptarmigan. I'll hopefully be coming back with 2 GSP maybe only the old man though. I had some questions for you Jim I couldn't really tell was the one bird you guys shot already changing it's plummage. What time of year did you guy's film the episode. Very cool though I'm saving it for some of the other guys that run some dogs down here as well some more GSP guys, and Brittany owners.

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    It was a good show Jim! Fun to watch. The dogs looked great. Now I can say I know a television star!!!!
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    Thanks for the kind words. It was fun making the show, although, my young dog Charlie had taken to breaking at the shot/fall by the 9 month of the season and with the stress of seeing all those birds walking about in front of him. He even caused my Rudy (the liver and white dog) to do the same thing a couple of times. Oh well, it's my fault for being such a predator and not taking the time to re-train Charlie late in the season. We filmed this hunt in April, just before the end of the season.

    Charlie and Rusty and I spanked the sharptails today and brought 5 sharptails and one ruffed grouse home with us! Life is good!

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    Jim the dogs looked good. Lots of guys train their dog up to steady to flush (for hunting only). Ben O. Williams is an advocate of that from everything I have read. Your dogs are much more fine tuned from what I saw on TV then most guys hunting dogs. They looked real nice!

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    Thanks for the kind words. It was fun making the show, although, my young dog Charlie had taken to breaking at the shot/fall by the 9 month of the season and with the stress of seeing all those birds walking about in front of him. He even caused my Rudy (the liver and white dog) to do the same thing a couple of times. Oh well, it's my fault for being such a predator and not taking the time to re-train Charlie late in the season. We filmed this hunt in April, just before the end of the season.

    Charlie and Rusty and I spanked the sharptails today and brought 5 sharptails and one ruffed grouse home with us! Life is good!

    Jim
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    Thanks, Hoyt! We're a pretty good team, I think. I wish I had video of Charlie and Rusty yesterday, and throughout the fall to come. I may work on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sameyer View Post
    Eleven years ago I came home from work, turned the TV on and there was the usual drivel and slop and I presented my .45 and shot the middle of the screen. Now before the gun safety comments…I lived no where near anyone, no one lived with me, the wall behind the TV was a furred out concrete and I had dry fired at it for years knowing I was perfectly willing to destroy it and that no one was going to be hurt if I had a negligent discharge. That act was among the best things I ever did. Not watching the crap that is on TV these days reduced my anger level tremendously and I sure got out and got more things done. Having said that, there are rare times when I would like to be able to turn a TV on, this being one of them. Jim, I am sure your show will be one of the good ones that I occasionally miss because of my staunch stand on no more TV and I wish you luck with it.
    My wife and I took down the TV antenna two years ago. We have a TV, and get a couple movies a month from Netflix, but that is it. I can watch things periodically on TV that I want to see at work, but we don’t turn on the crap once we are both at home. Besides movies together in the evening on my days off, the TV is rarely on.
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    I saw the episode on TV Sportsmans Channel, at 9:30 pm and it was great! A great representation of ptarmigan hunting in the high places of Alaska. Glad to see country that isn't all shot out. The conservation ethic LIVES!!!

    Jim, have you got a female Brit? What are your thoughts on training/having the female vs male Brit. My little French is coming along but kind of bone headed. She is WAY more kranked up and into everything than my Flat Coat was, honestly I'm at a loss sometimes. If I get too gruff she piddles. My wife and daughter get SO impressed with the piddling... If you had some suggestions for a new Brittany trainer who doesn't want to screw up his dog, I would be all ears.... I just got back from my caribou hunt. It's all about my dog from now on....

    I think the potential here in Alaska for game bird hunting is awesome and virtually untapped. Boating to places with fire or river disturbed forest is next....below the Coghill bridge on the Nenana is a trip I'm planning for early October.

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    Jim,

    My favorite shot of the show was early when Charlie and Rudy pointed that pair that you and Harley doubled on. Rudy's ears just waving in the brisk winds gave me a chill.

    My second favorite was the old boy bearing down on that ptarmigan that was exiting stage DOWNHILL. Good to see the spirit hasn't left him and it keeps us out there walking, for the sake of the dogs.
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    AlaskanWoodsman,

    Glad you enjoyed the show. I prefer male Brittanys. I've helped train a few females and find them very soft and willing to turn off and sulk if they just think you're mad. I find the males much more bold, willing to accept correction, and always ready to hunt regardless the conditions. I'm sure there are several great pointing dog trainers down your way, but I don't recall any at the moment. Perhaps someone like Burke will come along and help you there.

    Catchfish,

    Yes, that one ptarmigan had already begun changing. A bit early, I'd say. But it was a hen and they change first anyway.

    PG13,

    Yeah, I often get a chuckle out of seeing the dogs ears get to flapping. And old Rusty is getting old like me.

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    Aw, I missed it! I don't have tv anymore though, just internet, so I guess I'm out of luck! Any chance they'll stick a few clips up on that website? I want to fast-forward to next spring and my own pup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamerofdreams View Post
    Any chance they'll stick a few clips up on that website?
    If you are a Facebooker I know they have the episode teaser posted on the American Gun Dog page. Where are you located? I have it on DVR if you are in the Palmer area and would like to stop in and have a visit and watch some Interior bird hunting. That goes for all, I mean many, of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PG13 View Post
    If you are a Facebooker I know they have the episode teaser posted on the American Gun Dog page. Where are you located? I have it on DVR if you are in the Palmer area and would like to stop in and have a visit and watch some Interior bird hunting. That goes for all, I mean many, of you.
    I appreciate the offer greatly, but I am unfortunately out of the state for the time being. Thanks for the tip about facebook, I'll go check that out!

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    Thanks Jim,

    I hope to work her soon on some birds at Pt. Mac this week. I was REALLY great to see your dogs working birds on the show. They are squared away. Gal was the right color but the wrong gender, I actually wanted a male but opted for the lighter colored french. Have good hunts!

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    I really don't mean to be a jerk, but there hasn't been one yet... so to represent those who don't agree with videos of hunting, here goes - there's just something not right about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckoholic View Post
    I really don't mean to be a jerk, but there hasn't been one yet... so to represent those who don't agree with videos of hunting, here goes - there's just something not right about it.
    I really don't mean to be a jerk, but there has only been one yet... so to represent those who don't agree with socialist tree huggers, here goes - there's just something not right about them.


    Hey genius, you do know you're in the small game hunting forum, right?

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    [QUOTE=duckoholic;1004516]... so to represent those who don't agree with videos of hunting, here goes[QUOTE]

    Just curious if you actually caught the show? I will tune in to some shows just becuase they are pursuing a species of interest (mule deer usually), but in general I think hunting shows are cheesy and too orchestrated. I watch American Gun Dog because it's organic and it's about the day and the dogs and not so much about the harvest. In fact, one show was recently dedicated to off season training and they didn't even show a gun. There are shows that are good, bad, and ugly. Thankfully Jim was on board to keep it from being the latter. Nice form on that snow slide Mr. McCann!
    Go Big Red!

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