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Birdshot Podcast presented by OnX Hunt and Hosted by Nick Larson: A wingshooting and upland hunting podcast where we discuss all things upland hunting, upland birds, and the bird dogs, guns and gear used to pursue them.

Birdshot Podcast Nick Larson

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Birdshot Podcast presented by OnX Hunt and Hosted by Nick Larson: A wingshooting and upland hunting podcast where we discuss all things upland hunting, upland birds, and the bird dogs, guns and gear used to pursue them.

    More Spaniels, Shotguns, and Upland Adventures with Matty Rawlinson

    More Spaniels, Shotguns, and Upland Adventures with Matty Rawlinson

    In this episode we cover more upland bird hunting and dog training as well as overcoming shooting challenges with seasoned hunting guide and dog trainer, Matty Rawlinson.

    Additionally, we cover the significance of gun fitting for wing shooting success, sharing insights into how a custom-fitted gun can enhance shooting accuracy. The episode also details Matty’s eye dominance discovery in shooting, revealing how switching shooting shoulders improved performance. Moreover, it introduces a new podcast focused on Spaniel field trials to foster interest in the discipline, covering topics from puppy development to field trial strategies.

    Show Highlights:

    Listener's Question: Training Young Pups for Hunting

    Matty Rawlinson's Hunting Season Recap and Dog Training Philosophy

    Choosing the Right Dog Breed for Hunting

    Personal Experiences and Preferences in Dog Breeds

    The Importance of Dog Breed Selection Based on Hunting Style

    Exploring Forest Grouse Hunting Techniques

    The Significance of Gun Fitting for Hunters

    Launching a Spaniel-Focused Podcast: Spaniels in the Field

    Final Thoughts and Upcoming Plans


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Spaniels, Pointers, and South Texas Adventures with Matty Rawlinson

    Spaniels, Pointers, and South Texas Adventures with Matty Rawlinson

    An in-depth discussion with Matty Rawlinson of Heritage Gundogs and Outfitters, a dog trainer, hunting guide, and upland hunter from California, covering his extensive experience in bird hunting and dog training across challenging environments, notably South Texas.

    The conversation spans the importance of field trials, adaptation strategies for dogs in tough terrains, and intricacies of working with pointing dogs and flushers. Rawlinson also shares compelling stories from his adventures, underscoring the critical role of understanding dog behavior in various hunting scenarios.

    Show Highlights:

    Birdshot Podcast Inbox: A boot recommendation


    Catching Up with Matty Rawlinson: Dog Trainer and Upland Hunter

    Matty's Adventures and Insights on Upland Bird Hunting

    The Intricacies of Training Spaniels for Field Trials

    The Constant Training Journey with Spaniels

    The Art of Hunting with Pointing and Flushing Dogs

    The Dynamics of Dog Hunting Styles

    Learning from the Pros: Insights on Pointing Dogs

    Challenges and Strategies in South Texas Hunting


    The Importance of Letting Dogs 'Get Loose'

    Navigating the Unexpected: Stories from the Field


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Exploring the World and History of Pointing Dogs with Craig Koshyk

    Exploring the World and History of Pointing Dogs with Craig Koshyk

    This podcast episode features an in-depth discussion with Craig Koshyk, a bird hunter, lover of hunting dogs and the author of 'Pointing Dogs Volume 1 and 2'.

    The conversation covers the origins, evolution, and nuances of pointing dogs, shedding light on the differences between European and North American practices. Craig recounts his extensive research and travels, offering insights into the history, breed traits, and nuances of hunting with pointing dogs. Furthermore, the episode delves into Craig's writing journey, the challenges of crafting his books with authenticity, and his upcoming projects focusing on retrievers, spaniels, and water dogs. Highlighting informative tales, such as an interview with a geneticist in a communist setting and the intricacies of documenting dog breeds like the English Setter, this episode serves as a resource for hunters, dog enthusiasts, and readers interested in the meticulous world of pointing dogs and their representation around the world.

    Show Highlights:

    Craig's Personal Journey and the French Connection

    Exploring the World of Snipe Hunting

    Exploring the Origins of Pointing Dogs

    The Unique Challenges of Hunting Snipe

    Breeding Dogs for Specific Birds: A Global Perspective

    Conservation Efforts and the Role of Hunting Dogs

    The Evolution and Training of Pointing Dogs

    Cultural Differences in Hunting Dog Training

    Personal Hunting Experiences and Techniques

    The Journey of Writing Pointing Dogs Volumes 1 and 2

    In-Depth Research and Global Adventures

    The Rich History and Variations of English Setters

    Looking Ahead: New Projects and Future Plans


    WATCH | Dog Willing with Craig Koshyk - A Project Upland Film

    READ | Pointing Dogs Volume One and Two

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Art and Science of Woodcock Banding: A Deep Dive into Techniques, Challenges, and Upcoming Workshops

    The Art and Science of Woodcock Banding: A Deep Dive into Techniques, Challenges, and Upcoming Workshops

    Joined by Bailey Petersen of the MN DNR and Jerry Havel of Pineridge Grouse Camp and Upland Gun company, on this episode we explore the multifaceted practice of woodcock banding with pointing dogs.

    Learn about the challenges, and logistics of woodcock banding, including the impact of weather on migrations, the importance of choosing suitable sites, and the role of trained dogs. A brief discussion of Earl Johnson's legacy and impact on the Woodcock banding community is followed by the specifics of the bird banding process, emphasizing the need for federally regulated practices and detailed data collection for conservation efforts. Our guests also provide information on upcoming bird banding workshops, addressing logistical considerations and encouraging community engagement.

    Show Highlights:

    The Intricacies of Woodcock Banding and Bird Behavior

    Remembering Earl Johnson: A Pillar of the Woodcock Banding Community

    The Evolution and Expansion of Woodcock Banding Programs

    Citizen Science and the Future of Woodcock Conservation


    The Science and Art of Banding: Techniques and Dog Training

    The Intricacies of Bird Banding: A Deep Dive

    From Field Observations to Genetic Studies: Unraveling Bird Diets

    The Role of Permits in Wildlife Research and Conservation

    Becoming a Bird Bander: Eligibility, Training, and Equipment


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Birds on the Move: How GPS Technology Illuminates Woodcock Migration

    Birds on the Move: How GPS Technology Illuminates Woodcock Migration

    In this episode of the Birdshot Podcast, host Nick and Dr. Erik Blomberg discuss the intricacies of the American Woodcock migration, based on recent research and GPS tracking. Dr. Blomberg shares insights into the Woodcock's migration patterns, stopover habitats, altitude during flights, and the impact of weather conditions on their migration. The discussion also covers the use of GPS tracking technology to understand these patterns, including the surprising site fidelity Woodcock exhibit towards breeding and wintering grounds. Furthermore, the conversation delves into the Woodcock's unique mating behaviors during migration, the flexibility in their habitat usage, and potential conservation implications. Listeners are directed to woodcockmigration.org for more information and real-time data on Woodcock migration.

    Show Highlights:

    Welcome Back to the Birdshot Podcast: Catching Up with Dr. Erik Blomberg

    Discussing the Unusually Mild Winter Across the Country


    Woodcock Migration Patterns and Weather Adaptations

    Deep Dive into Woodcock Migration Research and GPS Tracking

    The Intricacies of GPS Tags on Birds

    Harnessing Data: Recovering Tags and Understanding Bird Behavior

    Genetic Insights from Tagged Birds

    Migration Patterns and Triggers in Woodcock

    Habitat Preferences During Migration and Site Fidelity

    Eastern Woodcock Migration Research Cooperative


    LISTEN | Dr. Erik Blomberg on episode #51 of Birdshot Podcast

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    10 Years of the American Woodcock Society

    10 Years of the American Woodcock Society

    Joined by Gabe Stone and Kevin Sterling of the American Woodcock Society we discuss woodcock migration reports, woodcock hunting, favorite woodcock recipes and much more.

    Show Highlights:

    Local woodcock reports

    It all started with turkeys for Kevin…

    MOU between Ruffed Grouse Society and Pheasants Forever


    Overlapping quail and woodcock habitat

    RGS’ largest forest conservation agreement ever on national forest

    Porcupines and self sabotage…

    Favorite woodcock recipes

    A user-generated woodcock migration map


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    CONTRIBUTE | patreon.com/birdshot

    Follow us | @birdshot.podcast

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    The Birdshot Podcast is Presented By: onX Hunt, Final Rise and Upland Gun Company
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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
901 Ratings

901 Ratings

Motorhole ,

Part two Hunting Roughed Grouse….

Holy smokes, what a level of intensity! Podcast on steroids for sure. Maybe it’s just me, but I felt overwhelmed with all of the data and information given. I need to take a breather before the next episode. Love the topics, especially the guns. Keep up the awesome work!

Montgomery J ,

Great podcast

👍👍

Mule_Skinner45 ,

Love this!!

New pointing dog owner. I learn so much about upland hunting and dogs. We’ll done podcast

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