#268 | More Spaniels, Shotguns, and Upland Adventures with Matty Rawlinson

Episode 261

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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.

In this episode we cover more upland bird hunting and dog training as well as overcoming shooting challenges with seasoned hunting guide and dog trainer, Matty Rawlinson.

Additionally, we cover the significance of gun fitting for wing shooting success, sharing insights into how a custom-fitted gun can enhance shooting accuracy. The episode also details Matty’s eye dominance discovery in shooting, revealing how switching shooting shoulders improved performance. Moreover, it introduces a new podcast focused on Spaniel field trials to foster interest in the discipline, covering topics from puppy development to field trial strategies.

Show Highlights:

  • Listener’s Question: Training Young Pups for Hunting
  • Matty Rawlinson’s Hunting Season Recap and Dog Training Philosophy
  • Choosing the Right Dog Breed for Hunting
  • Personal Experiences and Preferences in Dog Breeds
  • The Importance of Dog Breed Selection Based on Hunting Style
  • Exploring Forest Grouse Hunting Techniques
  • The Significance of Gun Fitting for Hunters
  • Launching a Spaniel-Focused Podcast: Spaniels in the Field
  • Final Thoughts and Upcoming Plans


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