Craig Koshyk

From their home base in Winnipeg, Craig Koshyk and Lisa Trottier travel all over hunting everything from snipe, woodcock to grouse, geese and pheasants. In the 1990s they began a quest to research, photograph, and hunt over all of the pointing breeds from continental Europe and published Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continentals. The follow-up to the first volume, Pointing Dogs, Volume Two, the British and Irish Breeds, is slated for release in 2020.

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A German Shorthaired Pointer training in a field
German Shorthaired Pointer – ‘The Most Popular Versatile Dog in the World’

The author explores the German Shorthaired Pointer’s multiple connections with hunting dogs around the world…

Managing Editor Jennifer Wapenski bird hunting in Washighton state.
Let the Dogs Lead the Way – A Project Upland Original Film

This is the story of Jennifer Wapenski, Managing Editor of Hunting Dog Confidential Magazine, and…

a group of setting spaniels
The Truth Behind the Setting Spaniel

The word ‘setter’ has quite the history behind it; one you may not have expected…

A painting of the Brown and White Norfolk or Water Spaniel.
Extinction: The History of Lost Dog Breeds

Among pointing dogs, a number of breeds have already disappeared; others may follow them unless…

A waterfowl hunter walks out of a marsh.
Discovering BioAmmo: Investing in Biodegradable Shotshells for a Cleaner Environment

Two hunters’ quest to leave as small of a footprint as possible leads them to…

An old painting of early gun dogs used by nobility.
Gun Dog – The Evolution and Definition of Modern Dog Breeds

The history of gundogs and firearms are intertwined as the development of one fueled the…

A Hungarian Vizsla holds an intense point while hunting
Vizsla: How the Hungarian Pointing Dog Propelled Through History to Today

The history, appearance, hunting style, and current status of the iconic hunting dog from Hungary…

A brown Spinone hunting dog stands in a field
Spinone Italiano – Complete History and Development

The traditional, rough-haired Italian pointing dog overcame difficult odds to become a modern, versatile hunting…

A Brittany spaniel sits in a field.
History and Development of the Brittany

How the little spaniel from France developed into the wildly popular versatile hunting dog The…

A British lab jumping into water
Defining the Differences of the British Lab and the American Lab

Discover the story of British Labrador Retrievers, their English development, and how the American Lab…

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in the water
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in History and Today

A look into the unusual history of duck tolling and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling…

A Weimaraner on point during training.
The Complete Weimaraner History, Profile, and Hunting Dog Story

Profiling the Grey Ghost’s rise, fall, and rise again as a popular companion and–less commonly–a…

A Gordon Setter points a bird in North America
Gordon Setter – Breed History, Standards and Origins

The Gordon Setter is a lesser-known hunting dog for upland game that originated in Scotland…

An African American hunter hunting birds.
Hunting Opportunity is Not Always Equal – The Stormy Present

A story on how hunting privilege changes with the color of your skin. The dogmas…

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon stands in the woods
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Information, History, and Eduard Korthals

From the first official stud book to the first international club, the history of the…

A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon standing in a field in North America.
The Crisis in North America to Save the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and the Cesky Fousek

In attempts to save the wirehaired pointing griffon in America, ideology in breeding split clubs…

A woman kisses her pointing dog.
How to Choose a Pointing Dog – Breaking Down 38 Bird Dog Breeds

Narrowing down what pointing breed to choose can be daunting; this guide will help find the…

A bird dog trainer works a dog alone in a field
The Great Pause – World Crisis, History, and the Hunting Dog World

Taking a look at how COVID-19 affected the bird dog world through historical context and…

An English setter being trained on Moors in England
How English is the English Setter?

Over time the English setter has become a worldwide phenomenon in the bird dog world—and…

A side profile of a Pudelpointer while hunting.
Pudelpointer – Complete Versatile Dog History and Profile

Take a deep dive into the long history and development of the versatile hunting dog…