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A Bird Hunter’s Thoughts- Turn ‘Em Loose

A Bird Hunter’s Thoughts- Turn ‘Em Loose

By Randy Schultz
We discuss bird dogs, bird hunting, field trials, great products, and interview people from around the country concerning those topics. Contact me at with comments/suggestions. Please subscribe, share, and support. A special thank you to those who are supporting this podcast with a monthly donation through the Anchor app( Your generosity is huge in the success of each episode! You can message me through the app (, if you have any suggestions or ideas for upcoming podcasts! #turnemloose #abirdhuntersthoughts
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Picking a New Puppy #2 Driving Home with Jade
Randy gets to go down to the breeder's farm and pick out the puppy he wants.  He has "pick of the litter" for two litters born a week apart.  Looking for a  liver, female, he has some specific ideas about what is important in picking out a new puppy.  Luckily, he found exactly what he was looking for! Please like, subscribe and share! . #abirdhuntersthoughts. #endlessoctoberbook. #oldmanbirdhunting Don't forget to look on the right side of my home page on my BLOG, click support, and contribute any amount.  It will help.  You guys are awesome!  My wife asked me why I do all this.  The answer is because I wish, when I started bird hunting, I had all this technology available to have an idea what to expect when I turned that dog loose.  Maybe, just maybe, you'll be able to avoid some of the bad stuff, and enjoy more of the good stuff after watching, reading, or listening.  I sincerely hope so!  FYI:  I bought Jade at this breeder.   I recommend them.  I did not receive any consideration.  They are a first class operation.  
July 19, 2022
Dog PAIN Management
Randy finds 2 ways to help the old guys cope for one more year.  Please like, subscribe and share! This is the first Video Podcast.  On Spotify, you can see the video and audio.  On any other platform, this will be just like any other podcast.  Randy looks at alternative products and techniques for pain management in older dogs.  Ruby is older than 12, and Cap is close by a few days.  Both are limping, but still full of hunt.  Randy finds 2 ways to help the old guys cope for one more year.  Please like, subscribe and share! . #abirdhuntersthoughts. #endlessoctoberbook. #oldmanbirdhunting Don't forget to look on the right side of my home page on my BLOG, click support, and contribute any amount.  It will help.
April 22, 2022
Picking A New Puppy! My method. #1
Randy takes you along as he looks for another puppy. We talk about genetics, picking the puppy out of the litter, and many other and various things. Please LIKE but,mainly, SUBSCRIBE! My landing page: #abirdhuntersthoughts, #oldmanbirdhunting, #endlessoctoberbook
April 06, 2022
2022 Georgia Region NSTRA Championships.
Randy and three of his Brittany bird dogs compete for the annual “best bird dog in Georgia” title. Of the three, one dog has a surprise for Randy in the three day competition.
March 21, 2022
Revenge! Gambel's and Blue (Scaled) Quail in New Mexico and Arizona Jan 2022
Randy and his pack of Brittany bird dogs return to New Mexico and Arizona, in January 2022, to match wits with the running desert birds- Gambel's and Blue Quail.  His two wizened older dogs do well, but his youngest, Blue, has a really nice hunt.  Follow all the action through Randy's BLOG, and his podcast.  Also, you can support his efforts with a small amount each month by clicking this link and then "support": Please, don't forget to Like, Subscribe, and Share! BLOG- Podcast- A Bird Hunter's Thoughts- Turn 'Em Loose Books- Endless October and Endless October- Season 2 Audible available! YouTube Videos!
February 15, 2022
Mearns Quail hunting Arizona December 2021
Wally, Vince, John, Dave, and I take to the southern Arizona mountains to look for Mearns Quail. It’s a good year for rainfall, this year, and we found more birds this year, and less hunters! I had a run in with a javelina that was chasing Shack, my Brittany male. Follow along! #abirdhuntersthoughts. #endlessoctoberbook #oldmanbirdhunting
January 19, 2022
Desert Southwest Arizona and New Mexico Dec 2021
We hunt for Gambel’s and Blue Quail throughout the desert southwest. The Brittany crew of Cap, Ruby, Shack, and Blue and I wander through good areas and bad. We encounter javelinas and herds of cows in the road, and along the way we manage to bag a few quail.
December 13, 2021
South Dakota Prairie Chickens and Sharptail Grouse Nov 2021
I take the Brit crew back to South Dakota looking for Prairie Grouse. So far, this season, we’ve harvested Blue Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, and Sharptail Grouse. After getting a Prairie Chicken, we’ll have all the Grouse species I care to hunt. Follow us as we look for Prairie Chickens!
November 07, 2021
Hunting Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse October 2021. Busting brush and chasing Ruffs in Wisconsin.
This is a great year for Wisconsin Grouse (2021). While I've never been able to figure out when the good years are coming, I listen intently when the announcement is made for a good year in the offing.  I loaded my four Brits into the Beast, and headed for my old haunts in the the Great Northwards. Many years ago, an old birdhunter told me I should go to Wisconsin.  "But, Randy, it's not like hunting anywhere else.  The woods are thick, and a dog that runs off may disappear for good!  Make sure your dog listens, and is smart enough to find you."  That was a long time before GPS collars, but the sentiment is the same.  Don't hunt this area with a young, inexperienced puppy. Every year, I hear stories and see the flyers about young dogs that took off.  Almost always, they find their way to a house, or another hunter, and they are returned.  But, save yourself the heartache, and make sure your dog is seasoned and will listen.  Use a GPS collar, and take a good, old manual compass with you to navigate back to the trail.  Getting lost in the thick woods is easy.   Learn some techniques and tips from an old guy that's done this for many years.  Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse are Randy's first love.  Share this trip with him.  Also, visit his BLOG (, YouTube Channel (A Bird Hunter's Thoughts), or go to Kindle to purchase one or both of his books, Endless October and Endless October Season 2. 
October 20, 2021
New Book Samples! Endless October Season 2
I've been working hard to get my second book published- Endless October Season 2.   Right now, the paperback is on Amazon Books with the Kindle (e-book) and Audible book to soon follow.  I wanted to give you some samples from the book.  Click here to go to Amazon: Don't forget to Like, Subscribe, Share, and, now, Support!  If you go to my BLOG,, on the right side, you will see a link for Support for this podcast.  Thanks so much to all my listeners and supporters! #abirdhuntersthoughts #endlessoctoberbook
July 07, 2021
Arizona and New Mexico- Mearns Quail, Gambel’s Quail, and Blue Quail.
Heading West Arizona and New Mexico in search of Mearns Quail Gambel’s Quail, and Blue Quail. #abirdhuntersthoughts #endlessoctoberbook
December 15, 2020
Cleaning, Transporting, Cooking Gamebirds
After the harvest, when your dog puts the bird in your hand, what's the plan to take care of it until you eat it?  How should you cook it? Get some suggestions for cleaning, care, storing, and cooking various game birds- from Chukar, Pheasant, all the way to Bobwhite Quail. #turnemloose, #abirdhuntersthoughts, #endlessoctoberbook 
November 28, 2020
South Dakota and Wyoming!
I give a day-by-day account of my trip to South Dakota for Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens followed by a hunt in Wyoming for Hungarian Partridge and Chukar. Nov 2020 #abirdhuntersthoughts #endlessoctoberbook
November 11, 2020
Dr. Tim Hunt and Dr. Tim’s Dog Food.
We discuss Dr.Tim’s background with sled dogs and their nutrition. Finally, his interest in maximizing his dogs’ potential via nutrition led to his developing his own formula and dry kibble. Dr. Tim’s feed is ranked #1 by Dog Food Advisor, but, more important, by nearly all the winners of the Iditarod race in Alaska.
March 10, 2020
Jan 2020 Mearns, Blues, and Gambels Quail Hunting. New Ideas, Pitfalls, Problems
As I traveled back to NM and AZ, I encountered a mechanical malfunction as well as a dog injury. We talk about what happened, and some ideas to be prepared for the inevitable.
January 25, 2020
Arizona Mearns Quail! Dec. 2019
We hunt the rarest quail in the country, Mearns Quail. Traveling to the desert Southwest, we venture into the mountains near Patagonia, AZ to hunt a bucket list bird with unique characteristics.
December 10, 2019
Where to hunt? Go somewhere you’ve never been!
We explore different ways to find the best hunting spots around the country. Randy used several different methods over the years to hunt areas he’s never been in before. From contacting the Chamber of Commerce, to calling the sheriff, to using the Internet, to using apps on his iPhone, Randy explores at all.
November 29, 2019
South Dakota November Hunting for Sharptails, Prairie Chickens, and Pheasant! Nov 2019
Randy hunts South Dakota for the second time this season. He meets friends up there, and they hunt public land all around South Dakota. Randy interviews hunters from Texas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. He also watches as a young man bags his first wild bird!
November 10, 2019
South Dakota Prairie Chicken and Sharptail Grouse! Oct 2019
Hunting the week before the pheasant opener in South Dakota. We hunt walk-in land. BLM land, and the National Grasslands. Bird dogs with young and old hunters spend all day in the field. Lunch on the tailgate, naps in the truck, and long walks through the prairie are interspersed with exciting flushes, shooting, and dog work!
October 19, 2019
Montana 2019 Season Opener Sept 2019
Snippets and information from my recent Montana opener Hunting trip. Information about birds habitat heat cold Sharptailed grouse and Hungarian partridge.
September 15, 2019
Emergency FIRST AID. Dr. Shawn Wayment, DVM talks bird dog emergencies. August 22, 2019
Shawn is a bird hunter, fly fisherman and veterinarian. He’s written numerous articles about the emergency care of bird dogs, as well as a list of emergency supplies. We discuss eyes, feet, gashes, snakebite, porcupines, etc.
August 22, 2019
PET INSURANCE! My views and experience.
PET INSURANCE! Need it or not? Let me tell you what I found out. 19 June 2019
June 19, 2019
Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever, Pheasant Fest, Bird Dogs.
I talk with Bob St. Pierre of pheasants forever. We talk about hunting,conservation, bird dogs, pheasant fest, and other things
June 07, 2019
2019 Prairie Chicken Early forecast.
Nebraska Game and Parks Comm. Wildlife biologist Bill Vodehnal talks with us about Prairie Chickens and Sharps in the Sandhills and Grasslands. What’s the forecast fo 2019?
May 22, 2019
Quail Forever- Kenny Barker
Quail Forever’s Kenny Barker tells us about QF’s history, vision, programs, NSTRA sponsorship, and more!
May 06, 2019
Episode 11: Endless October Short Story
A Short Story from my new book “Endless October”. Available now on Amazon  16 April 2019.   Go to my FB Page "Endless October" to SHOP NOW, or order an autographed copy. #endlessoctober
April 16, 2019
Kansas Walk In Hunting (WIHA) Program
Talking with the Kansas’  Walk-in Hunting Area expert. Everything you need to know about how to hunt the walk-in land in Kansas.  #kansas #kansaswalkinhunting
April 08, 2019
Episode 10; Hunting Block Management Areas (BMA) Montana
We talk with Jason Poole, the Hunter's Access Bureau Chief for the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, about the Block Management program! If you've hunted Montana, or want to hunt Montana, this is a great program to allow you to hunt private land! #montana, #blockmanagement
April 04, 2019
Episode 9: Traveling with Bird dogs
I talk about traveling with my bird dogs. How to transport them, feed them, and take care of them on long trips.
March 29, 2019
Episode 8: Jim McCann, Alaska Bird HUnter, Part 2
Jim McCann is an Alaskan bird hunter, author, photographer, and fly fisherman.  Bird hunting in Alaska for Sharptail Grouse, Ruffed Grouse, and Ptarmigan can be very rewarding.  The season is long,  but, so is the winter! Jim gives us an Alaskan's outlook about hunting Alaska! 
March 26, 2019
Episode 7: I talk with Jim McCann, author, bird hunter, fly fisherman from Alaska!
This is Part 1 of 2 of an interview with author, (Upland Hunting in Alaska), photographer, fly fisherman and bird hunter Jim McCann. He lives and hunts in Alaska. He retired as a State Trooper and found his niche as a photographer. Jim is well known on social media and through his many books.
March 22, 2019
Episode 6: Greg Wood, NSTRA competitor from Kentucky
I talk to Greg about his experience in National Shoot To Retrieve. And he gives me some insight as to how he trains his dogs to win as consistently as they do.
March 16, 2019
Episode 5- Scott Linden. Wingshooting USA
Scott and I talk about many subjects, including the Kroncks Pemmican Bar, Pheasant Fest, his dog, Flicker, his book, and TV Show.  He's done a lot of research into feeding your dog during the hunt, as well.  We discuss getting young people, and old people, into the sport, and the future of bird hunting.  This is a long one, but Scott will entertain as well as inform.  Like and subscribe!
March 12, 2019
Episode 4: Field Trial Thinking 3/3/19
Things to consider when competing in NSTRA Field Trials. One competitor’s opinion.
March 08, 2019
Episode 3: GA Region NSTRA Championships 5/3/19
The GEORGIA Region NSTRA Championships In Ball Ground, GA. A surprise ending!
March 04, 2019
Let’s talk NSTRA! The National Shoot to Retrieve Field Trial Association.
I talk to three competitors in NSTRA about how they got started, important commands for their dogs to know, etc.
February 20, 2019
Turn ‘Em Loose!
Introductory episode for this podcast explaining what we intend to do and where we intend to go with all this.
February 10, 2019