No, I’m not dead yet!

To the faithful few who have asked, “when are you going to blog again?”, my apologies.  I met a very distinguished gentleman this past weekend, a farmer from North Georgia, who is buying one of our puppies (both for hunting and for companionship).  We hit it off, and in our conversation, I told him that we were shipping a pup to Nova Scotia, and that we indeed already had one up there.  Turns out, he (Mr. Bennett) has a farm of approx. 900 ac. in Nova Scotia, full of grouse, pheasant, and woodcock in season.  Yes, I was invited up (Mr. Bennett, I hope you really meant it!).  He also told me that he enjoyed my musings, and asked when I was going to post again.  This chance meeting has encouraged me to do two things; 1) post on my blog, and 2) start back training my setters!  Unfortunately, I was a bit over-committed this fall and training slipped way down the list.  I needed some form of motivation.

It came in the form of a book my wife purchased for me (a signed copy, yet!).   Here it is:

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The author, Craig Kulchak, is a hunter in Idaho who has a fondness for Ryman type setters, and uses them to good effect on the local game bird population.  Also a bow hunter, (which I have been and have vowed to return to), and father of 3 sons (I have 5, along with 7 daughters), we have some things in common.  Thus, his writings have served to blow upon the embers of that fire that burns deep inside me to come full circle to my childhood, only this time I will be the father and the grandfather teaching eager young minds the ways of the woods.  I dusted off the Huntsmith training videos I ordered a few months ago and and am working my way through them.  Leah, my orange Belton bitch, is heavy with puppies and of late has been my constant companion at home and at work.  She attended the Huntsmith seminar with me this past spring, and put in a admirable performance.  I am chomping at the bit to get back into training, and will keep you appraised of our progress.

Well, nothing too exciting to most of you , I’m sure, but a start back into the blogging business, and a vow to get back in the field with my setter charges.  I am going to have to spend some time at the gun club on the trap, skeet, and clays courses, to make sure I am up to the challenge when the dogs complete their part of the bargain and hand the pointed bird off to me.  Heavy responsibilities, no doubt, but someone has to do it!  I am excited.

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About Jim Barger

Veterinarian, English Setter breeder, father of 12, hunter.
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5 Responses to No, I’m not dead yet!

  1. Jayne Huber says:

    Hey bro, yes I remember the hunting you did in Texas with dad and Uncle Bob. You LOVED it! I am excited for you, and you will be a great mentor to your kids! So happy to hear of that “rekindling!” I love you dearly, your fav sis

  2. Jim Bennett says:

    Yes Dr. Barger, I really meant it ( the invitation I mean). By the way, like you I am a gun nut(kind you hunt with). I have no need for the kind that shoot 100 round. All this to say that I covet the one in your blog resting on your and Leah’s brown recliner!

  3. Jim Barger says:

    Yes, Jim , it’s a sweet little 20 gauge, marketed by Remington but made in Italy. I got a good deal on it right after we acquired our first setters, and like it very much. I hope to add a 28 ga. some day, possibly a side by side, which is the type I cut my teeth on. A good ol’ Remington 1100, 12 ga., rounds out the collection, plus a few others I acquired from my grandpa. the guns shoot true; the operator, however, needs some work!

  4. Deb Beirl says:

    May I suggest a new hardcover that was recently published called A passion for Grouse.
    It’s a 560 page hard cover book with chapters written by several writers, journalists, doctors…..etc.
    There are also chapters in the book written by Mark Parman whom is a writer from Wisconsin and also owns 2 beautiful Beirl’s English Setters. The book also has some amazing photos in it, and several of the Setters as well.

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