Durrell Smith

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.

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Durrell Smith bobwhite quail hunting in Georgia with his pointers.
Get the Art – A Project Upland Original Film

The Host of The Gun Dog Notebook brings us on his personal journey into the…

Durrell Smith looks at an Englsih setter at the black handlers field trial
Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Club – Ambition to Tradition

The Field Trials of The Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Club Thinking about European traditions, I…

Group of Field Trial Pointers 1907
The Development of the American Pointer

Take a journey through the lineage and bloodlines that built the pointer in American as…

Early image of the English pointer during its development
Creating the English Pointer from the Pointer Dog Ancestry

A look at the history and development of the English pointer from the pointer dog.…

Bird dog trainers riding horseback during a field trial
The Founding and Idea of the American Field

A Look at the History, Founding, and Idea of the American Field and Field Trialing.…

Durrell Smith of the Gun Dog Notebook Podcast observes a field trial.
The Gun Dog Notebook – A Field Trial Podcast

The Gun Dog Notebook moves to become field trial focused podcast to help push into…

Phillip Mailey training a German shorthaired pointer on bobwhite quail.
Breaking Down the Versatile Hunting Dog Discussion with Phillip Mailey

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: Gun Dog Notebook Subscribe on other Devices: Gun Dog Notebook Exploring…

Lyle Steinman of Castile Creek Kennels
The Super Retriever Series (SRS) with Castile Creek Kennels

On this episode we explore what it takes in the world of retriever trials and…

A field trial dog on point.
The Next Generation of Field Trialers – Truly Special Gun Dogs

A look at a young rising star in the field trial world from South Georgia.…

Todd Agnew trains a spaniel in a field for bird hunting.
Podcast – The World of Spaniel Training with Craney Hill Kennels

A look into the World of Spaniel Training and Hunting with Spaniels Being from the…

Dr. Emerson Cochran speaking on Georgia Bobwhites and Bird Dogs
Podcast – Dr. Emerson Cochran – A Retrospective of Georgia Bobwhite and Bird Dogs

The connection of the uplands transcends generations. I met Dr. Emerson Cochran not so long…

Director of Business Development for Project Upland Chet Hervey with his bird dog.
Podcast – The Media Business of Bird Hunting and Bird Dogs

Get an inside look into the mind of one of Project Upland’s key players. Subscribe…

African-American of the Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Association riding
Hard Day Riding – A Southern Field Trial Film

Journey into the overlooked world of African-American field trial history in the South Being a…

Bird dog trainer Dave Jones holding two puppies.
Dave Jones of Jonesy’s Gun Dogs on “Training with Mo” – Gundog Notebook Podcast

Exploring the knowledge and methods of legendary trainer Maurice “Mo” Lindley with Dave Jones. Subscribe…

A pointer being whoa trained on a barrel with Durrell Smith
Whoa Training on a Barrel – the Why and How with Bud Moore

A short history and ‘how to’ of training bird dogs on the barrel with some…

durrell smith training his pointer on a barrel.
Barrel Training for Bird Dogs – Gun Dog Notebook Podcast

Exploring the idea of barrel training and how to apply it to your bird dog…

A line of bird dogs being trained at PSR kennels
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…

Gun Dog Magazine Editor in Chief Kali Parmley hunting Ptarmigan with her Labrador retriever.
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…

A squirrel looks at a hunter
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 Bobwhite Quail hunting shoots at a covey of quail.
What is the Best Shot Size and Chokes for Bobwhite Quail

Take a look at selecting shot size and choke size for bobwhite quail hunting Nowadays,…

A bird hunter holding a bobwhite quail.
All the Bobwhite Quail In the South Aren’t Gone

Public Bobwhite Quail are still a part of the South — they just take some…