Author Archives: Paul Fersen

The Met4 Casting Divas: An Inspiring Confrontation of Stage 4 Breast Cancer


Written by: Paul Fersen

The Met4 Casting Divas. Front: Amy Feuss, Anne Woodward, Christine Rogers, Susan McCoy.
Rear: Janet Teigue, Mary Kelley, Jean Lowe, Sheila Isoke, Deanna Duncan.
Photo by Glenn Whittington/Mountain Creative

There is no real way to tell this story—and it would be a disservice to these women to do so—without stating the obvious up front. This was a Casting for Recovery retreat, the first of its kind for . . .

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American versus English Labradors


Written by: Paul Fersen

English-bloodline, American-bred Labrador retrievers make great pets and gun dogs.
Photo via facebook.com/wildrosekennels

Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .

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In Defense of Feeders


Written by: Paul Fersen

You can ensure your birds get the food you left for them with a squirrel-resistant bird feeder.
Photovia orvis.com

I love to hunt game birds in the fall, but I enjoy feeding songbirds almost as much (not quite, but almost). There are few things quite as serene as a quiet snowy morning and a bird feeder. . .

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Hunters and Their Dogs


Written by: Paul Fersen

Pickett and the author have been through the dog’s best years in the field.
Photos by Paul Fersen

There is a myth out there that the loss of a great hunting dog is psychologically as devastating as the loss of a spouse. Unquestionably, this originated in a posturing haze of scotch and. . .

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The Magic of “The Room”


Written by: Paul Fersen

An outdoorsman’s collection is like a physical memory of days in the field.

A few years ago, my friend Bob Murphy gave me a picture of a room. It’s a big glassed porch—filled with old tackle and walled with old single pane, divided-light windows—that one would imagine is attached to some late 19th or early 20th century lake house somewhere in the. . .

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Sporting Dog Training the Wildrose Way, Part IV: Denials, Delays, and Diversions


Written by: Paul Fersen

You, not the dog, should be in control of when he retrieves.
Photo by Tim Bronson

Illustrations by James Daley

This week, I want to talk about achieving steadiness. I’ve already talked about this a lot, but that’s because it’s the foundation of a well-trained dog. A dog that does what it wants on its own is not going to be a satisfying hunting companion. It may do the right thing by instinct, but if it does the right thing at the wrong time, that’s not going to work out too well in the field, particularly if you happen to be. . .

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