The Bird Dog Babe

The Bird Dog Babe

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.

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July 6, 2022 131 min

Dr Amanda Inman joins me to discuss one of my favorite bird dog breeds, and the 200th breed to gain AKC recognition, the Bracco Italiano! Amanda is a long time Bracco enthusiast, President of the Bracco Italiano Club of America and a Veterinarian that has made the major health concerns of the breed her personal passion project with research being recognized around the world. 

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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

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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...

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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. 

 

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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!

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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.

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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 ma...

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Katie Willis joins us for a bonus episode to share the story about 'The Great Raccoon Wars of 2010'.

Pour yourself a glass of Whiskey and share a good laugh with us!

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Michelle Dunn is a massage therapist and owner of True North Massage in Seeley Lake and Missooula, MT. She is also an adult onset hunter and recent graduate of the Montana Master Hunter Program. She joins me today to discuss the benefits of being outdoors and how massage therapy will increase the quality of your hunt and your performance.

 

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Kat Pippitt leads a busy, yet organized schedule while she and her husband Ethan, continue to growth their business, raise toddlers and focus on personal health. As we kick off the new year, we consider what we have planned for our resolutions. Research shows that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail within the first month. Kat explains how making goals, rather than resolutions, with an action plan that is specific, measurable and ti...

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Social media has become the most common place to buy and sell a puppy, choose a stud dog, breeder, and trainer. Are the marketing skills of breeders and owners taking precedence over pedigree, achievements, temperament, and health screenings? Kelly Schur, a second-generation breeder of merit and bird dog enthusiast, provides insight on this topic and shares tips and recommendations to help make decisions beyond what’s on the ‘gram.

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Katie Willis joins us for a bonus episode to share the soft side of Bird Dog, in addition to a couple extra epic short stories.

Pour yourself a glass of Whiskey and share a good laugh with us!

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December 16, 2021 55 min

William and I discuss late season hunting. The weather has changed and the birds have been getting pressured and educated for months. We discuss travel considerations, gear, chokes and shot size, ideal dogs, as well as the cover, diet and behavior different upland species. To share their expertise insight, biologists and avid hunters Bailey Petersen and Ken Plourde weigh in on bird specific considerations.

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Jaelee Schwartz is the owner of Green Gable Gundogs and winner of the 2021 US Open Cocker National Championship. She has been training and competing with Spaniels since she was 8 years old alongside her father, Jeff Schwartz, a professional trainer at Rock River Kennels.  Jaelee placed in her first licensed AKC Springer trial at 10 years old, and now a professional trainer herself, is the youngest person to win the Open National Co...

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It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about Christmas ideas and what would be nice to add to our gear list to enhance next year’s hunting season. Since 40% of the listeners of this podcast are men, I wanted to get some input from the guys. So I sit down with my husband William Bastian and our friend Jeff Quigley to discuss the hunting gear that we’ve put through the test for ourselves, our dogs, and truck setups that work...

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Katie Willis joins us for a bonus episode to share how she finally overcame the barrier to make Bird Dog realize they need to work together as a team.

Pour yourself a glass of Whiskey and share a good laugh with us!

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Katie Willis grew up big game hunting in Montana, then found herself in the wetlands and uplands with the addition of her first bird dog 13 years ago, a German Wirehaired Pointer, affectionately referred to as Bird Dog. BD was there by her side through undergrad and PA school, and during those long nights studying, Katie continued to remind Bird Dog of her promise to take him rooster hunting in North Dakota. A four week trip with a...

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Lauren Dirkschneider is an avid marathon runner that sought out a dog breed to be her running partner. She quickly learned her dog needed more than a run, it needed a job. She found herself on an unexpected path into the uplands. This is one of the most raw and detailed discussions I’ve ever heard from a perspective of a novice learning to hunt. Lauren shares her fears, doubts, and what motivates her to overcome them. These are thi...

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Tamara Champagne has trained dogs for over 20 years for obedience, protection work, tracking, scent detection, IGP, conformation and service dogs.. and six months ago she got her first bird dog, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Her commitment to allowing her dogs to do what they were bred to do, has got her diving deep into the bird dog World! Tamara recently published ‘Training With A Purpose Journal’ to help dog trainers and owners ...

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Hannah Leonard is the outreach coordinator for Sporting Lead-Free, a collaborative initiative to nationally reduce lead consumed inadvertently by wildlife and people. Hannah is an avid fly fisher and hunter. Her personal encounter with a leaded golden eagle ignited her desire to educate others in the use of non-lead alternatives not only for the benefit of wildlife and human health, but for the continuation of our hunting heritage.

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