Field Trials

A youth dog handler flushes a bobwhite quail with a dog on point
Youth Field Trial Alliance (YFTA)

The Youth Field Trial Alliance was established to promote and support youth participation in sporting…

An old photography of many women behind the American Field Trials
Women in American Field Trials: Paving the Way

A remarkable cast of women paved the way through history pointing dog field trials and…

A pointing dog picks up on a scent during a hunt.
How a Bird Dog Understands Scent Cones with Bill Allen

Read the excerpt ‘Scent Cone Primer’ from The Unforgettables and Other True Fables, a collection…

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…

Marjolein Kamman-van Eijk
Hunting and Field Trials in Continental Europe with Marjolein Kamman-van Eijk: HDC Episode #21

Versatile dogs and English Setters find their niche while hunting and trialing in Europe and…

David Hudson taking photographs on the English moors
Pointers and Setters on the English Moors with David Hudson: HDC Episode #20

Travel across the Atlantic to discover the world of shooting and field trialing with Pointers…

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 Evolution of the Pointer in America from the English Pointer

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

An African-American upland hunter in a field with his bird dog.
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…