February 25, 2011 in Outdoors

Bird dogs don’t hibernate

The best bird hunting dogs can’t be shelved for the seven months between hunting seasons. Dan Hoke, bird dog trainer from Dunfur Kennel near Cheney, was in the lonesome Lincoln County scablands, as usual, riding horseback to keep up with his clients’ big-running dogs when the recent snow storm moved in to the Inland Northwest. “Everyone says I have the idyllic outdoor job,” he said. “But nobody’s ever out here with me in February.”


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