DurrellSmith Author

Durrell Smith is a 28 year old Georgia native, visual artist, wing shooter, and dog handler. While creating compelling ink and watercolor illustrations based on his field experiences and hunting dogs, he also runs a podcast called The Gun Dog Notebook, which can be found on iTunes and Soundcloud. Aside from hunting upland game and waterfowl, he participates in Hunt Tests with his Labrador Retriever. As a first generation hunter, Durrell seeks to learn and contribute to the community by connecting with visionaries and veterans within the bird dog community who are willing to share stories and knowledge about the various breeds, creating a bridge to welcome new and novice dog handlers to the gun dog community.

Barrel Training for Bird Dogs – Gun Dog Notebook Podcast

Exploring the idea of barrel training and how to apply it to your bird dog Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Gun Dog Notebook Subscribe on other Devices: Gun Dog Notebook My aim for...

Hard Day Riding – A Southern Field Trial Film

Journey into the overlooked world of African-American field trial history in the South This film is presented by Eukanuba Sporting Dog and Gordy and Sons Outfitters. Being a...

Defining a Truly Broke yet Fun-loving Bird Dog – Part I – Gun Dog Notebook Podcast

Joe Plote of PSR Kennels Explores the idea of a “Broke” Gun Dog in a wide range of personalities and situations. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Gun Dog Notebook...

Gun Dog Magazine Editor in Chief Kali Parmley – Gun Dog Notebook Podcast

Explore the Future of Gun Dog Magazine Content and Bird Dog Training with New Editor-in-Chief Kali Parmley Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Gun Dog Notebook Subscribe on other...

Squirrels and Rabbits help Define Versatility in Upland Hunting

Are we just bird hunters or are we lovers of things small game? It was a Friday afternoon and a teacher workday. I was fortunate enough to leave early. Most of the time I sit...

What is the Best Shot Size for Bobwhite Quail

Nowadays, I use a 20 Gauge, Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon chambered in Skeet and Modified, Under-Over respectively. When I walk out into the uplands with a 30-inch barrel, I have...

All the Bobwhite Quail In the South Aren’t Gone

Public Bobwhite Quail are still a part of the South — they just take some homework. I’m telling you now: there are still plenty of bobwhite quail in the South. No quail? I...

On Being an African-American Upland Hunter from the South

A candid and honest look at African-American Upland Culture. Where do upland hunting traditions go when the old guys are gone?  What happens to the culture of upland bird hunting...

Teaching and Dog Training: it’s all the same.

It’s officially Summer 2018. Why does that matter? Because I’m a high school teacher and my season just ended. But I’m also a gun dog guy. And like teaching, my...