How to Choose the Best Hunting Dog


Photo by Mary Beth Monahan

If only choosing the best hunting dog were as straightforward as a dog on point.

But when you start asking around (always a good place to start), you’ll find a dizzying array of opinions at the sporting club or gun range, and over breakfast on opening morning. And you’ll no doubt find yourself on the receiving end of many a tale about great dogs whose legends have grown with time.

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Hunting Dogs: The Pickup and The Porsche

To many hunters, dogs are like family. After spending countless hours in the car and in the field together, you get to know them as you would a person. You figure out how they think, their physical abilities, and how they like to hunt with you. In the spirit . . .

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Best Dog Gifts for Christmas [2018]


Your best friend hopes to find something exciting under the tree on Christmas morning.

The very best dog gifts are a mix of functional, durable, and fun. Sturdy dog beds that hold up to constant chewing. Dog crates that are rugged, comfy, and portable. Dog toys your best friend can enjoy well beyond Christmas morning.

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Podcast: Conditioning Your Dog, with Jeremy Criscoe


Photo by Days Afield Photography

In this episode of the podcast, Reid speaks with Jeremy Criscoe of Blue Cypress Kennels, an Orvis Endorsed Labrador breeder. Jeremy describes the kennel operation, the focus on British . . .

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Photo Essay: Following the Call of the Quail

Written by: Garden&Gun editors


Gates Shaw (left) and Radcliff Menge prepare to follow a Llewellin setter into the field on a December day.
Photo by William Hereford/Garden&Gun

Gates Shaw began work on Brierfield Farm, his family’s eight hundred acres in Bibb County, Alabama, in 1993. Back then the land was mainly cattle pasture, but Shaw, a passionate . . .

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Podcast: Sporting Dog Nutrition, with Karl Gunzer


Photo courtesy Karl Gunzer

On today’s podcast, Reid interviews Karl Gunzer, Sr. Manager – Sporting Dog Group at Nestle/Purina. After a successful career as a retriever trialer and trainer, Gunzer took a job . . .

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Podcast: Picking and Training a Dog, with Reid Bryant


Reid Bryant and Collins take a break below a good piece of cover.
Photos by Phil Monahan

Reid takes to the podcast booth to answer some dog questions recently posed by listeners. He discusses terminology, picking a breed, and how to select a methodology for training that . . .

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Secrets of the Bird-Dog Wizard


Scott Miller distinguished himself during his field-trial career with dogs known
for both their steadiness and supreme style.
Photo by Andrew Hyslop/Garden&Gun

We’d given up on the point, despite Tieka’s staunch figure in the broomsedge, at a field corner near the cut sorghum, unwavering in her commitment. Scott Miller swept the brush twice with . . .

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