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A trained retriever needs two very important skills: to be steady and to honor another working dog.  These two skills are almost as important as a nice retrieve.  They are not only important for hunt tests, but they are also important skills for a hunting dog to master.

In yesterday’s post, I showed Freighter training “honor“.

“Honor” is where the dog waits in a specified area while marks are thrown for another dog.  The “honor” dog must not enter the field or interfere with the working dog.  It can be difficult for the honor dog to just sit and watch, but sit there he must.

A dog is considered “steady” when it can sit quietly at heel until its handler releases it to retrieve.

I took a few pictures of Saturday’s training with my old camera.  It was snowing quite hard, so I did not want to chance…

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For everyone going on a long camping trip that just can’t leave their phone at home (or any other electronic device for that matter)


Ever hear of thermoelectric power? That’s OK, you don’t have to know how it actually works to use it. You just need a way to turn heat into energy and that’s exactly what the PowerPot does: boiling water in this special receptacle will actually charge up your phone, tablet or any other USB-powered handheld device.

The $149 PowerPot works with any heat source, so you don’t need a special stove: Electric (although that would be silly, no?), gas or a plain old fire will do the trick because you’re just boiling water. The bottom of the PowerPot transforms heat energy into electrical power. A plug-in cord attached to the pot funnels that energy through a USB 2.0 cord and regulator:

I could have used a PowerPot a few months back when Hurricane Sandy hit the area. We lost power for nearly five days even though the cellular networks were still up and running nearby.


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Everyone wants to show off their trophy from their hunting adventures. Here are a few tips from the guys at PSE on how to get a great photo

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By Dustin Jones


Nothing is more exciting than taking an animal with your bow. All of the time that you have put into scouting, preparing, and finally taking that shot has finally paid off. After all of the celebration of recovering your animal has taken place, the next step that most anyone will want to do is take a picture to remember the hunt. Something that I like to take into account is showing respect to that animal. Now I am not saying that the way I take pictures is the way that you should take your pictures, because trust me I still need some work in this area, but there are some tips that will help you capture a good trophy picture.

First of all, do your best to remove any blood from the animal. If you are near water it makes it pretty easy to clean up…

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As waterfowl season comes to an end hopefully you all need some new recipes to put to use on the meat you brought home


DSC_0034Above is the meal I cooked after a day of Captain Rick hunting on the river.  It was 20 degrees outside and I thought I would declare him insane when he left our warm bed at 4:00 AM to meet his hunting buddies.



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Yes, they do look like a bunch of bundled up hunters!  Note the dog, Hunter’s, tongue in the wind.  Crazy dog.

I purchased a stove top smoker from Camerons products http://www.cameronsproducts.com.  I found them after reading an review of their product in Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.  The instruction recommended that I use 2 tablespoon of wood chips but after speaking with the sales rep, I decided to switch the wood from Alder to hickory and increase the volume by 1 tablespoon.

Duck was simple to prepare.

8 duck breast cut in half and season with kosher salt and white pepper.

The sauce was delicious.

2 cups…

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Field Dressing your Wild Turkey

A great step by step on field dressing a turkey to prevent any meat from spoiling!

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From the Wild Turkey Zone — by Rob Ramsdale —
Field dressing is essentially gutting the bird in the field while leaving the feathers on. Removing the guts or entrails is important to help allow the bird to cool faster and to keep the “juices” inside the bird from spoiling any meat. If it is a cool day and you aren’t far from home, you can skip the field dressing step and wait until you are home before cleaning the bird.

Here are the steps for gutting or field dressing a wild turkey.

  1.     Lay the turkey on its back.
  2.     Follow the breast down to the rear of the bird until it narrows to a point between the legs.
  3.     Pull up on the tip and cut the bird open by making a shallow horizontal incision (through the skin only) between the tip of the breast and the vent…

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John Crews and Missile Baits New Products

Here’s a great video with John Crews showing off some new products from Missile Baits! You’ll be able to check them out in our store soon!

Recipe: Venison Lasagna

Looks like a great recipe we’ll be trying soon!

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(Click here for the full description and recipe.)

Venison Lasagna

This is a riff off my mother’s lasagna, and of course, everyone’s mother makes the best lasagna, right? This one is supremely meaty, supremely cheesy. There’s something like 3 pounds of meat and 2 pounds of cheese in this bad boy. But it makes 8-10 servings, so don’t worry about it. This lasagna, like most, reheats well, too.

And of course you can use regular ground beef and pork for this if you don’t have access to venison or wild boar. It’ll be just as good.

Serves 8-10.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

1 pound ground pork or wild boar
2 pounds ground venison or ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 head of garlic, chopped
1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
1 can of tomato paste
1 cup red wine

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