#266 | Exploring the World and History of Pointing Dogs with Craig Koshyk

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Nick Larson

Nick Larson is the host and creator of the Birdshot Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Minnesota where he grew up and fell in love with the outdoors. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting dating back 25+ years from his humble beginnings as a “partridge” hunter. Today, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he connects with inspire him to go.

This podcast episode features an in-depth discussion with Craig Koshyk, a bird hunter, lover of hunting dogs and the author of ‘Pointing Dogs Volume 1 and 2’.

The conversation covers the origins, evolution, and nuances of pointing dogs, shedding light on the differences between European and North American practices. Craig recounts his extensive research and travels, offering insights into the history, breed traits, and nuances of hunting with pointing dogs. Furthermore, the episode delves into Craig’s writing journey, the challenges of crafting his books with authenticity, and his upcoming projects focusing on retrievers, spaniels, and water dogs. Highlighting informative tales, such as an interview with a geneticist in a communist setting and the intricacies of documenting dog breeds like the English Setter, this episode serves as a resource for hunters, dog enthusiasts, and readers interested in the meticulous world of pointing dogs and their representation around the world.

Show Highlights:

  • Craig’s Personal Journey and the French Connection
  • Exploring the World of Snipe Hunting
  • Exploring the Origins of Pointing Dogs
  • The Unique Challenges of Hunting Snipe
  • Breeding Dogs for Specific Birds: A Global Perspective
  • Conservation Efforts and the Role of Hunting Dogs
  • The Evolution and Training of Pointing Dogs
  • Cultural Differences in Hunting Dog Training
  • Personal Hunting Experiences and Techniques
  • The Journey of Writing Pointing Dogs Volumes 1 and 2
  • In-Depth Research and Global Adventures
  • The Rich History and Variations of English Setters
  • Looking Ahead: New Projects and Future Plans

WATCH | Dog Willing with Craig Koshyk – A Project Upland Film

READ | Pointing Dogs Volume One and Two


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