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Thu., Aug. 29, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

Give bird dog attention before the hunt

Preseason bird dog training is essential for the dog and the hunter. (Dan Hoke)
Preseason bird dog training is essential for the dog and the hunter. (Dan Hoke)

HUNTING -- My Outdoors column today bags some tips from pro trainer Dan Hoke of Dunfur Kennel for easing bird dogs into the seasons safely and efficiently.

Many hunters get all excited about opening days -- forest grouse and mourning doves open Sunday.

But the best and safest hunting for a bird dog is later in the seasons, when the field is cooler, damper and there's been more opportunity to get in tip-top shape after the dog days of summer.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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