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  Anyone who has spent time hunting ruffed grouse knows that this bird presents one of the most difficult challenges for any gun dog. Extremely wary; given to early, explosive flushes; and running ahead of the hunter, grouse routinely shame all but the best of bird dogs. But it is to dogs capable of handling such challenges that Dick Weaver has devoted his life and career.

  

Here, he not only offers invaluable training tips but shares his hunting experiences, for Dick is a hunterís professional, a man who believes the best way to train a grouse dog- particularly one of his setters- is to hunt him or her on wild birds. Grouse Dogs represents a rare opportunity for the serious upland hunter to go afield with one of the nationís top trainers and to experience the thrill of walking up behind such dogs as Dickís Rose and Amber.

 

  RICHARD WEAVER was introduced to pointing dogs and grouse hunting at the age of twenty-two, and he immediately immersed himself in the training and breeding of gun dogs. In the past thirty-plus years, he has trained more than a thousand gun dogs and has presented seminars on obedience, field work, nutrition, and behavioral problems. Currently, Weaver is focused on developing dual-type (show/field) English setters for his personal use and for private clients.

 

 His setters share his home and his thirteen acres southwest of Chambersburg in south-central Pennsylvania, where they are within ninety minutes of grouse coverts in no fewer than six counties.

  

PART ONE-- A Lifetime with Grouse Dogs
Preface
The Moment: A Poem
1. "Doc"
2. Final Hunt
3. Last-Day Grouse
4. Season in the Life of a Grouse Hunter
5. The Making of a Grouse Dog
6. One Great Gun Dog
7. Rosebud
8. Grouse Cover
9. The Hill
10. Mystery Grouse
11. Amber: Greatness and Tragedy
12. Home Coverts
13. To Hunt Alone-Or Not
14. How Old Is That Pup?
15. A Tribute
Epilogue
PART TWO- Rosebud: Portrait of a Companion Grouse Dog
Preface
October's Blessing: A Poem
1. Puppyhood and Soul Mates for Life
2. Getting a Good Start
3. To Be a Grouse Dog
4. When a Plan Comes Together
5. A Brace Mate for Rose
6. Four Birds-Three Shots
7. A Dearth of Puppies
8. A Lesson Learned
9. Michigan and More
10. My Worst Fears
11. Is the End Near?
Epilogue
Postscript
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All copies purchased through GrouseDogs.com will be signed by the author. Copies can also be personalized upon request.
December 2005
Hardcover
148 pages, 6 "x 9"
Countrysport Press
GROUSE DOGS A TRAINER'S JOURNAL