Quail hunting was a passion of my father’s for most of his hunting years. He alway kept one or two well trained bird dogs, usually a pointer but, he had a couple of good English Setters. With the Alabama Quail season starting this Saturday, November 9th, it sure made me think of some of the great days afield I enjoyed with my dad, older brother and our hunting guests as we watched the dogs work up birds and freeze in that classic point. The excitement of a covey rise and the satisfaction of a good shot made for a truly wonderful hunt. Quail hunting has become an “almost” thing of the past, but thanks to organizations like the Alabama Wildlife Federation there is still hope for resurrecting a favorite hunt of our fathers. Below is a press release for such an event.
The beautiful weather welcomed over thirty individuals and dogs participating in the Gusto Gundog Field Days presented by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, October 24-26, at the Gusto estate near Hayneville, Alabama. This three day training event was designed to showcase seven basic skills “The Wildrose Way” with Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels, Oxford, MS. Customized, hands-on instruction was the primary focus of Gusto Gundog Field Days, and was geared to those interested in a wingshooting destination companion that is as compatible in the field as in the home.
“This is a first time event of this type for the Alabama Wildlife Federation,” stated Tim L. Gothard, Executive Director of AWF. “We know that a significant portion of our members are sporting dog enthusiast and this was a great way for us to host an event that was beneficial to our members and our organization.”
The training was open to all breeds at levels started to finished. Mike and his team customized the training curriculum to meet the specific developmental needs of each dog while keeping the owner’s expectations in mind. The best thing about this program is there are no other courses out there for duality – a dog that is prepared to go anywhere, any time for any type of wingshooting or outside adventure. Bill Youngstrom from Wetumpka said, “I have learned the easy way to do all the things I have been doing the hard way. This is a great event and I hope that you do it again next year.”
In addition to hands-on instruction offered during Gusto Gundog Field Days, guests received a DVD, a 265-page comprehensive book and one free membership to the Alabama Wildlife Federation. A special thanks to Wildrose Kennels, Alabama Black Belt Adventures and John Hall & Company for taking part in this one of a kind event.
Thomas Harris, owner of Gusto said, “It was a very focused event with real life hunting situations, very thorough and understandable. Truly a great program for those wanting a well mannered, productive lifelong hunting companion. Another meaningful event by Team AWF! Everyone was so enthusiastic as they departed the field days and wanted to make sure we would do again!”
Visit www.alabamawildlife.org to view some additional photos and videos from the event.