100 episodes

Join Courtney Bastian as she explores all things Bird Dogs; hunting, training, competing, testing, breeding, nutrition and health.

This podcast also focuses on conservation efforts for birds and public land, ethical and responsible hunting, gear options, and getting more women and children involved in the outdoors.

Courtney's intense curiosity drives her to take a vulnerable, honest approach with her guests to provide educational and inspirational content in each episode.

The Bird Dog Babe Courtney Bastian

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 101 Ratings

Join Courtney Bastian as she explores all things Bird Dogs; hunting, training, competing, testing, breeding, nutrition and health.

This podcast also focuses on conservation efforts for birds and public land, ethical and responsible hunting, gear options, and getting more women and children involved in the outdoors.

Courtney's intense curiosity drives her to take a vulnerable, honest approach with her guests to provide educational and inspirational content in each episode.

    Episode 093: Are You 'Upland Ready?'

    Episode 093: Are You 'Upland Ready?'

    Register for 12 week 'Upland Ready Program 
    Dr Kristina Mott and Bill Koepke join me to share our collaborating efforts that created a 12 week program for both people and their dogs, designed specifically to prepare for your hunting adventures this season. 
    A portion of the proceeds from this program will be donated to Access Ability Wisconsin
    The Bird Dog Babe Podcast is Presented By:
    Purina Pro Plan
    Boss Shotshells
    OnX Hunt
    This episode is brought to you by:
    Cato Outdoors
    Use Promo Code: BIRDDOGBABE for 5% off 
    13:20 Meet our trainers
    22:15 About the program
    26:30 Human Conditioning
    33:20 Dog Conditioning
    39:20 Equipment
    45:05 Consult with physician and veterinarian
    47:40 Injury prevention
    52:20 Diet
    1:03:00 Price
    Connect with Dr. Kristina Mott
    Four Winds Duck Dogs
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Connect with Coach Bill Koepke
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Team Early AF
     
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    Thank you to our Partners:
    Dakota283 Kennels (promo code birddogbabe for 10% discount)
    Syren: Shotguns for Women
    Support this podcast on Patreon
    Connect with the host, Courtney:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Website
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 092: Pheasant Fest 2022 - Fun, Friends, and Festivities

    Episode 092: Pheasant Fest 2022 - Fun, Friends, and Festivities

    In this episode I am joined by 4 awesome ladies throughout the country. For different reasons, each of them traveled to Omaha, NE for Pheasant Fest/Quail Classic March 11-13, an annual convention that is often described as the Super Bowl of Upland Hunting. Whether you’re a hunter, landowner, bird dog lover, wild game cooking enthusiast, or wildlife habitat conservationist, there is something for everyone at this event. But what isn’t advertised for this incredible weekend, are the lifelong friendships and connections made when you’re surrounded by likeminded people that share your passion. We sit down and talk about all of those things, in addition to, the people that inspired us throughout the weekend and all those in the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Organizations that worked so hard to host this incredible event, and all things they’re doing for the birds, wildlife, and habitat.
    The Bird Dog Babe Podcast is Presented By:
    Purina Pro Plan
    Boss Shotshells
    OnX Hunt
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    Thank you to our Partners:
    Dakota283 Kennels (promo code birddogbabe for 10% discount)
    Syren: Shotguns for Women
    Support this podcast on Patreon
    Connect with the host, Courtney:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Website
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 091: Lessons Learned w/Amanda Ponti

    Episode 091: Lessons Learned w/Amanda Ponti

    Amanda Ponti shares her story of how her German Shorthaired Pointer and German Wirehaired Pointer, along with some welcoming men started her on a journey into upland hunting. She shares some hard lessons learned on that journey, what she’s doing now to help other women get started, and how conservation efforts have become an integral part of the journey for her. 
     
    The Bird Dog Babe Podcast is Presented By:
    Purina Pro Plan
    Boss Shotshells
    OnX Hunt
    This episode is brought to you by:
    The Bird Dog e-Academy


    4:30 Becoming an upland hunter
    5:40 First bird dog
    16:30 Second bird dog
    17:30 GSP vs GWP
    23:00 NAVHDA training goals
    23:45 Hunting plans and experiences
    28:50 Learning about habitat and ideal locations
    33:30 Memorable sage grouse hunt
    42:50 Panko Quail Nuggets
    43:30 Pigeons and training birds
    46:30 Pheasant Fest
    58:50 Women’s events
    1:03:30 Getting more involved in conservation
    1:07:00 Pink
    1:13:00 Lightning Round!
    1:19:30 Advice
    1:27:00 No shot is worth the risk
    Follow Amanda Ponti on Instagram @mspontilovespointers
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    Thank you to our Partners:
    Dakota283 Kennels (promo code birddogbabe for 10% discount)
    Syren: Shotguns for Women
    Support this podcast on Patreon
    Connect with the host, Courtney:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Website
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Bonus - Whiskey & Wildhairs: If It Doesn't Get You Arrested, It Might Get You Killed

    Bonus - Whiskey & Wildhairs: If It Doesn't Get You Arrested, It Might Get You Killed

    Katie Willis joins us for a bonus episode to share some great stories of her crazy adventures with her Wildhair, Bird Dog!
    Pour yourself a glass of Whiskey and share a good laugh with us!
    www.thebirddogbabe.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 090: Elevate Your Hunt w/Everett Headley

    Episode 090: Elevate Your Hunt w/Everett Headley

    Everett Headley is an outdoor writer and educator who grew up hunting and fishing in Montana. He is the host of Venery and Veritas Podcast which focuses on the peripherals of hunting; elevating your hunt, wild game, cooking, ethics, conservation, philosophy, controversy and education. In this episode we discuss his choice of bird dogs, falconry, and ways to elevate your hunt and tastefully share the story.
    The Bird Dog Babe Podcast is Presented By:
    Purina Pro Plan
    Boss Shotshells
    OnX Hunt
    This episode is brought to you by:
    Briley

    5:00 Conversations around hunting ethics
    9:45 Growing up hunting
    18:00 Providing wild game for family, friends and neighbors
    19:00 2021 Hunting season
    25:40 Labs to Chessies
    39:00 Falconry
    56:00 Wild caught vs captive bred falcons
    1:01:50 Venery and Veritas Podcast
    1:09:40 Talking points on ethics in hunting
    1:13:15 Hunting for food or sport
    1:20:15 Are we getting better or worse
    1:23:00 Staying informed
    1:32:40 Share of the story
    1:33:30 Covey concerns
    1:35:00 Resources to help elevate your hunting
    1:37:30 Lightning round
    Books: Meditations on Hunting
    Grinnell
    Gear:
    Darn Tough Socks
    Snack:
    Cliff Bars
    Fig Newtons

    Instagram
    @everettheadley
    Everettheadley.com
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    Thank you to our Partners:
    Dakota283 Kennels (promo code birddogbabe for 10% discount)
    Syren: Shotguns for Women
    Support this podcast on Patreon
    Connect with the host, Courtney: 
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Website
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Episode 089: Tips For Rearing Your Own Gamebirds

    Episode 089: Tips For Rearing Your Own Gamebirds

    It’s that time of year when many of us are planning out the amount of gamebirds for this dog training and testing season. Unless you raise and keep your own birds, chances are you’re at the mercy of the bird availability of your club or organization. If you have the time and space, rearing chicks on your own is a helpful option. April, a manager at MacFarlane Pheasants, walks us through the advantages of buying eggs vs chicks vs mature birds, as well as basic rearing and husbandy tips.  
    The Bird Dog Babe Podcast is Presented By:
    Purina Pro Plan
    Boss Shotshells
    OnX Hunt
    This episode is brought to you by:
    Puffin Drinkwear
    Use Promo Code: birddogbabexPDW for 10% off 
    4:15 Meet April of MacFarlane Pheasants
    6:50 Ideal time to order chicks
    7:40 Age start flying
    8:40 Buying eggs vs chicks
    10:25 Cost of feed considerations
    11:45 Ideal setup for chicks
    12:20 Heat lamps
    12:50 Water supply
    13:30 Electrolytes MacFarlane Vitamin Pack
    16:00 Shipping mortality rate
    16:45 Recommended chick feed
    18:25 Importance of enough space
    19:30 Ideal temp
    20:25 Medications
    21:05 Moving to flight pen
    21:40 Ideal enclosure
    22:10 Peepers and bits
    22:40 Mixing species
    23:30 Corn
    24:40 Flight pens Flight Pen Manual
    25:35 Good vs bad flyers
    27:30 Chukar
    28:50 Predator control
    30:30 Breeding pheasants
    33:00 Soil considerations
    33:50 Nutrition
    35:15 Pheasant Management Seminar
    37:25 Videos
    38:10 Current availability
    39:15 Favorite pheasant recipes
    40:25 Pheasant Fest
    42:25 Pricing
     
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    Thank you to our Partners:
    Dakota283 Kennels (promo code birddogbabe for 10% discount)
    Syren: Shotguns for Women
    Support this podcast on Patreon
    Connect with Courtney Follow Bird Dog Babe:
    Instagram
    Facebook
    YouTube
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

condiTracher ,

Rearing game birds

I really enjoyed this podcast. There are so many dos and don’t

Keklik_One ,

The best bird hunting podcast

The Bird Dog Babe has quickly become my favorite podcast. Courtney always has the most interesting guests and she has the best listening skills and questions out of anybody out there. Plus, she is no shill! She only takes sponsorship from products she actually uses. Keep up the outstanding work Courtney!

jmays712 ,

Easy to listen to and educational

I’m new to the bird dog world. This podcast has been great on educating me on topics like training, nutrition, shooting, and how to also enjoy the challenge of hunting. It’s also easy to listen to. I always feel like I’m right there in the conversation!

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