Bird Dogs & Training  |  05/24/2023

Podcast Ep. 215: Talking Bird Dogs with Trampled By Turtle’s Dave Simonett

Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Dave Simonett, lead singer of the band Trampled by Turtles, and Mike Wieben, head dog trainer at Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels, for a conversation about Simonett’s two bird dogs. The conversation starts with a focus on Hrbek, Simonett’s Australian shepherd mix breed rescue, then transitions to Maxon, Simonett’s new German wirehaired puppy currently being trained by Wieben. Sincerest THANK YOU to SportDOG Brand for sponsoring this episode of On the Wing podcast.

Episode Highlights:  
  • Simonett discusses his relatively new love for bird hunting and how it has reprioritized his autumn calendar and opened his eyes to the value of public lands.  
  • The guys also compare the artistry of songwriting with the artistry of training a dog to reach its full potential as a bird dog.
  • Simonett also talks about his growing outdoors writing endeavors with recent stories in Garden & Gun magazine and Tom Beckbe’s Field Journal. Sign up for Simonett’s new newsletter, GOOD RECORD, at his website
Learn more about the collaboration between Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and Trampled by Turtles through this fantastic article by Javier Serna that originally appeared in Outdoor News.

Special membership collaboration
•    Trampled by Pheasants 
•    Trampled by Quail

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