jwapenski Author

Jennifer Wapenski is a new hunter with a lifelong passion for the outdoors, dogs, and wildlife. A single day spent pheasant hunting got her hooked on the upland game; just one year later, she found herself with her first gun dog and a whole lot to learn about pursuing game birds. Jennifer lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two dogs. On any given weekend, they might be found stalking quail, sitting in a duck blind, fishing for salmon, or on some other adventure.

The Reasons to Consider a Versatile Hunting Dog

The author explores all the parts in between upland game that make a true versatile hunting dog. We were searching for late season roosters on a frosty, foggy afternoon. Scratchy...

How to Crate Train a Hunting Dog

Learning the process, equipment, and troubleshooting of crate training a bird dog. It was a late stop in a hotel room for a quick sleep before continuing the road trip the next...

Finding Birds for Dog Training – The Power of Community

Finding birds to use in dog training is one of the many hurdles we face as DIY bird dog trainers. But rest assured, there’s success in numbers. I’m a card-carrying...

How do we Navigate the Sport Dog Food Market? – The Consumer Conundrum

Choosing a Dog Food in Today’s Market can be a Challenge of Facts Versus Fiction The pet food aisle is a daunting place. Carefully crafted marketing serves up equal doses of...

Primos KennelUP Dog Kennel – A Gun Dog Kennel Review

Can You Build a Better Mousetrap – I mean, Gun Dog Kennel? There’s a dizzying array of dog kennels available on the market, ranging from flimsy boxes that couldn’t...

Hunting Valley Quail on Public Land – Practice Makes Perfect

A brief guide to hunting valley quail this bird season. On my public hunting grounds in central Washington, chasing valley quail (California quail) can be deeply satisfying and...

My Bird Dog Pup Goes to the Big Leagues

Or, That Time I Drove 900 Miles for a Dog Test I popped an antacid into my mouth and tossed a second one to Joe. It was indecently early in southeast Idaho and our nerves were...

Our First Bird: Lessons in Humility

It should have been a memory to last a lifetime: a new hunter, a new puppy, and their very first bird together. After months of training, we could sense that the long-awaited day...

On Building Trust, Partnership and Teamwork with your Gun Dog. And The Look.

My single biggest goal as a hunter is to be good enough to deserve my gun dog. I say that lightly but also honestly. While a variety of activities and competing obligations pull...

A Season of Firsts: Setting Expectations for the First Bird Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog. The young pup looked at me quizzically and cocked her head to one side. I snapped her new orange vest into...