Give this episode a listen to hear a few tips and stories from mentors and mentees in bird hunting.
Crowd Source Session: Bird hunting is a craft that’s very hard to learn from books and YouTube. Mentoring and being mentored is an invaluable aspect of learning to hunt different birds, training/hunting over dogs, and wingshooting. In this episode we ask people that are new to bird hunting and being mentored right now as well as those that have done significant amounts of mentoring to share about their advice and experiences, good and bad, and what has been the most helpful in their journeys.
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Courtney is the Founder of Her Upland and is the Education and Outreach Director at Project Upland Media Group, LLC. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences for DIY upland hunting and all things bird dogs. When she’s not chasing feathers, you’ll find her training and testing dogs for NAVHDA and AKC Hunt Tests and Horseback Field Trials. Courtney hails from Wisconsin and currently resides in Montana with her husband, two toddlers, Bracchi Italiani, and German Wirehaired Pointers.
Hannah Nikonow grew up a big game hunter in Wyoming’s sagebrush sea and became an adult-onset upland hunter in her early 20s. She lives in western Montana with her husband, two bird dogs, and a fluctuating pigeon flock. Her ultimate joy is working behind her Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and Pudelpointer while they hunt, fish, and forage across public lands in the western U.S. Professionally, Hannah works as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Intermountain West Joint Venture, a public-private organization dedicated to bird habitat conservation.