As we begin this month of Thanksgiving, my mind drifts back to all of the wonderful fall and winter trips that I took with my friend and Director Bob Corley as he and I followed Hank and Dash across this great land videotaping our "Hunting With Hank" and "Dash in the Uplands" television shows. Bob and I traveled from one end of this country to the other, recording our adventures for 11 years and 135 episodes.
With one or the other of my "boys", we hunted birds as far North as Alaska and as far South as Mexico...as far West as Hawaii and as far East as Florida. Our concept was simple...videotape a handsome birddog as he pursued his job of searching, finding, pointing, and retrieving a wide variety of upland birds. It seemed like a reasonable concept when I first came up with the idea, but neither Bob nor I ever expected it would lead to such great fame in the outdoor world for those two wonderful four legged companions. With those two dogs, we hunted the mountains, the valleys, the deserts, the farm lands, the prairies of the mid-west, and the lush fields of Lanai.
As a result of those adventures, first Hank and then Dash became the only two television birddogs honored by having their portraits displayed in the National Birddog Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee. A tribute that they each richly deserve.
All of that history is exactly why, this late summer, I finally completed my trilogy tribute to them by producing (with the invaluable help of Bob) my DVD "My boys, the best of Hank and Dash". Along with my book "Hunting With Hank, side by side in the uplands", still available through Amazon...and "Dash in the uplands, legacy of a legend" available from Amazon and through The Upland Almanac magazine.
To purchase this new DVD, My boys, the best of Hank and Dash, (nearly 85 minutes of my favorite "clips" from their shows), in time to view it during hunting season, or as a Christmas gift to your favorite hunting partner, here's all you need to do. Send $21.95 plus $3.99 s/h to: Dez Young, 5346 SW 33rd Dr., Portland, OR 97239. Or you can also order it through The Upland Almanac magazine. Each DVD has a cover photo of myself with Hank on one side of me and Dash on the other...and it will be signed by me.
This time of year brings back so many memories of Bob and me following those handsome Llewellin Setters as we taped them racing across the land seeking that aroma that was so mesmerizing to them...I am grateful for the years I had them, and miss them every day.
my best, Dez
October 2014 Newsletter
Wow! That's all I can say about the initial response to my new DVD "My boys, the best of Hank and Dash". The orders for this final tribute to Hank and Dash have been coming in at a record pace, so if you want to get a copy of it for viewing during this upcoming bird season...or perhaps as a gift for Christmas to your favorite hunting partner, this is the time to order.
Send $21.95 plus $3.99 for shipping and handling to: Dez Young, 5346, SW 33rd Dr., Portland, OR 97239. Each DVD will have a photo of my boys and me on the cover, and each DVD will be signed. With bird season...and the holidays... just around the corner, get your order in now to ensure you have it to enjoy as the fall/winter approaches.
I just got back from a wonderful pigeon shoot, right here in America! SoarNoMore Decoys company near Boise, Idaho has a great system of decoying feral pigeons into their amazing decoys. They come in almost like ducks...they circle overhead, and when comfortable with what they see, the set their wings and coast into the decoys right in front of hunters. Of course it's great shooting, but it also helps the farmers control the huge numbers of birds that come into their feed lots and fields and eat huge amounts of food used to feed the cattle.
I was very impressed with the operation and the crew, beginning with Neal Hunt, who invited me to join them for a morning shoot. If you're anywhere within driving distance of Boise, you should give Neal a call or send him an email to arrange for a pigeon shoot that won't cost you thousands of dollars for plane fare, lodging, meals, etc. to go to S. America for this type of hunt.
As fall approaches here in the Northwest...and the air is cooler...and the leaves begin to fall...my mind traditionally turns to the uplands and all the hunting opportunities afforded to us as citizens of this great nation. And, although my enthusiasm for the hunt has not dimmed, my thoughts always turn to my "boys" and the great hunts we had together...it's just a little harder to get mentally geared up for it...if you've lost a hunting dog you loved, I know you understand...I'll talk to you again next month...my best to all of you...dez
September 2014 Newsletter
As fall arrives, I'm struggling with the fact that for the second bird season in a row, I'm without one of my "boys" to chase upland birds with. That feeling is compounded by the work that my friend and Director Bob Corley and I have been doing this summer, in compiling our favorite scenes from "Hunting With Hank", and "Dash in the Uplands" into the new DVD we are producing for their fans.
"My boys, the best of Hank and Dash" is almost ready as I write the September newsletter. Bob and I have made our selections, edited down our choices to fit within the roughly 80 minutes available on one blank DVD, and are fine tuning it to the quality that our viewers have come to expect from us. It will be ready to mail out in time for bird season. Once the original product is duplicated, it will have a cover photo placed on the DVD of Hank, Dash and myself...I will sign each copy and mail them out immediately.
This project is the final product on my trilogy tribute to those two Hall of Fame birddogs. My book "Hunting With Hank" was the first project (available through Amazon)...that was followed by my audio book "Dash in the Uplands, legacy of a legend", also available on Amazon or through The Upland Almanac magazine...and now, the new DVD. Each project has been a labor of love for me, but it's fitting that the last tribute is a compilation of some of the most enjoyable scenes from our shows with Hank and Dash.
As I've pointed out already, not all of the scenes are hunting scenes. I have selected the scenes that meant the most to me as I traveled across the country, following those two great Llewellin Setters through the uplands. You will also see my favorite "Never, ever spoil your bird dog" scenes at the end of the DVD. To order your copy, send $21.95 plus $3.99 s/h to: Dez Young, 5346 SW 33rd Dr., Portland, OR 97239.
Bob and I wish you a great upcoming bird season...and I'll see you...somewhere in the uplands...my best, dez
August 2014 Newsletter
Last month I told you about the new project to record a DVD of my favorite Hank and Dash adventures. Since that newsletter, I have reviewed all of our shows and selected the scenes I want to include. Later this month, I will be going into the recording studio with my Director, Bob Corley, to produce "My Boys...the best of Hank and Dash". It will be a compilation of a variety of scenes that will remind their fans of the great times we had taping those shows across the country for 11 years.
As you might guess, not all of the scenes are hunting scenes. There were many moments where events occurred that did not happen in the field, that helped make our shows so popular. In addition to those selections, I have also included several of my favorite "Never, ever spoil your birddog" scenes to close out the DVD.
Many fans have already sent in a payment to secure their copy, but in case you haven't yet, here is the information for you:
1) you can order the DVD from our website, just send in a request to Bob here at this web address and you will be put on the pre-sale list.
2) you can order it directly from me at: Dez Young, 5346 SW 33rd Dr., Portland, Oregon 97239
3) either way, until September 1st the DVD will be $19.95 plus $3.99 s/h...after September 1st, the DVD will be $21.95 plus s/h.
This will be our final project to celebrate the only two television birddogs inducted into the National Bird Dog Museum Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee. Orders are already coming in, so to ensure you get your copy this fall (just in time for bird season), be sure to place your order as soon as possible.
One closing thought: July marked the 1 year anniversary of Dash's passing. With both my "boys" gone now, I am comforted in the knowledge of the impact they had on fans across the country. They each provided great bird hunting adventures that I otherwise would never have had the opportunity to experience...adventures (thanks to my video library of all of their shows) that I can relive anytime I have a need to see Hank or Dash racing across the country looking for birds, and showing off their beautiful points.
I'll talk with you again next month when the DVD's are ready to ship...dez
July 2014 Newsletter
Last month I told you about a new project that I was starting...producing a DVD of my favorite "clips" from our "Hank" and "Dash" shows to offer to their fans as a final tribute to "my boys". As I write this newsletter, I am in the final stages of that selection process. My friend and Director Bob Corley and I will be meeting early this month to lay the groundwork for getting back into the studio and recording those scenes that I thought you'd enjoy seeing again. By the way, I have also reviewed all of our "never, ever spoil your birddog" scenes and selected my favorites from those as well.
The dictionary describes catharsis as a "...purging of emotions". I have to confess that this process of selecting scenes to share with their fans, has been extremely emotional for me. My emotions have run the gamut from laughter to tears as I've watched those two great birddogs race across this country finding birds for me and our viewers. From our very first show with Hank in Alaska to our last show with Dash in the Ruby Mountains, looking for Himilayan Snowcock, each episode was an adventure. And whether it was the searing heat of the desert in Mexico, or the bitter cold of a snowy day in Utah, Hank and Dash always performed at a level that made Bob and me proud to be a part of something special. If you are a fan of those two, you may already know this, but let me mention it again, please: Hank and Dash are the only two television birddogs in the National Birddog Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee...a tribute that Bob and I are extremely proud of.
I am aiming for an early fall availability of the DVD (just in time for bird season), so make sure you contact me or Bob to get your name on the list for your copy.
my best, as always...Dez
June 2014 Newsletter
In last months newsletter, I told you about the article I had written for the Upland Almanac Magazine entitled "My Boys". It was a short article about my years with my Llewellin Setters Hank and Dash, and all of the upland bird hunting adventures we had while producing their television shows, "Hunting with Hank" and "Dash in the Uplands".
That article, and the wonderful response to it, has inspired me to move forward with an idea I've had brewing in the back of my mind for some time now. With the help of my friend and Director, Bob Corley, I'm going to compile a DVD of my favorite scenes from those shows that Bob and I produced with those two Hall of Fame birddogs. As I write this, I am in the process of reviewing each of those shows, and selecting scenes that I believe encapsulated the essence of our philosophy: There's so much more to bird hunting, than the birds!
Scenes that I'll be selecting, will of course, include each of my boys Hank and Dash doing what they were born to do...hunt birds. But, in addition, there will be scenes that have little or nothing to do with bird hunting, but instead will remind viewers of the overall, lighthearted approach Bob and I took in presenting our shows. You will meet again members of my family and friends that viewers across the country came to know: my wife Karenanne... my son Glenn... my father Frank... my mother Kay...my cousin Gary...my father in law Don...my brother in law, Donnie...Flip Pallot, Ben O. Williams, Steve Smith and others.
Finally, I will also be selecting my favorite "Never, ever spoil your birddog" scenes that became such an integral part of our shows. Those scenes were always done with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, as Bob and I reminded viewers that it was "ok" to love your birddog and treat it as a part of the family. Over the years of attending many, many sportsman shows across the country with both or either of my boys, I must have heard that phrase from fans thousands of times as they approached the booth where they could get a chance to pet either Hank or Dash.
So, "stay tuned" as we say in television...I'll be working on this new DVD between now and when I talk to you again in July, so I'll have an update for you then...in the meantime, have a great early summer...my best, as always...dez
May 2014 Newsletter
First, I want to let you know that in the summer issue (out now) of The Upland Almanac, is an article I wrote called, "My Boys". It's a summary of the years I spent hunting upland birds behind my two Hall of Fame bird dogs, Hank and Dash. With the success of my two books, "Hunting Wiith Hank, side by side in the uplands", and "Dash In the Uplands, legacy of a legend" (my first audio book), it was a natural progression to write about both of them in this article.
The article also includes one of my all time favorite photos. It was taken just before my friend and Director, Bob Corley and I began Dash's series after I had retired Hank from television. It was shot in the studio of professional photographer, Michael Ramos, right here in Portland, Oregon where I reside.
Michael, loved meeting both my "boys", and the photo session went remarkably well. I arrived at the studio with both Hank and Dash on a leash, but once we got settled, I just let them roam around while Michael set up his equipment and camera. When I look at that photo now, I remember how easy the whole thing was. When Michael was ready, I called Hank and Dash over to the spot where we needed to be. With Hank on my left, sitting...and Dash on my right, laying down, dozens of photos were shot within a matter of minutes.
As the veteran, Hank was used to having his picture taken. At all of the personal appearances he and I had done over the years of his series, he was comfortable with flash bulbs going off in his face. This was just another day for him. What surprised me was just how comfortable Dash was. He just laid at my side, and when Michael called his and his dad's names to get their attention, he just looked straight ahead as if he knew exactly what was happening. Although Dash was only 8 months old at the time, I knew the transition to "Dash in the Uplands" was going to be smooth.
Of course, I have all of Hank's and Dash's television shows here in my office, so I can watch them anytime I need a "fix". Additionally, I have hundreds of photos of them in my files. But if I had to pick just one photo to represent the time Bob and I spent with them, that is the photo. If you are not subscribing to The Upland Almanac, you can still order the summer issue, just by giving them a call. If you do, I hope you will enjoy reading about "my boys".
With summer fast approaching, I'm getting my fly fishing gear ready for my usual trips to the coastal streams for Sea Run Cutthroat Trout. Hank and Dash loved those trips. They would explore the stream side cover looking for birds...and when I brought in a trout to release they wanted to smell it and watch it disappear in the stream when I let it go. This summer, I'll be taking those trips alone...it won't be the same!
talk to you again next month...dez
April 2014 Newsletter
Now that spring has sprung here in the Northwest, my winter hunting has come to a close...I had a wonderful time with Bob Berens at his Waterfowl Junkies business in South Dakota...incredible numbers of Snow Geese on their spring migration back up North to their mating grounds...although I've hunted Canada Geese many times, this was the first time I've been able to hunt Snow Geese...among the birds taken was my first "Blue phase" Snow Goose...I understand from Bob Berens that the Blue phase is just that...not a separate sub-species, just a color phase of the Snow Goose...it was a lot of fun, and a lot of work for the guides. They set out hundreds of decoys...move them to different fields if necessary...set up lay out blinds for the hunters...not a job for the weak! My hats off to all of the guides.
I also had a chance for a late season Pheasant hunt at the Double P Ranch, and stayed at the lodge...excellent cover...great chef...nice accommodations.
As I write this newsletter, the television "special" that I narrated (The Road to Tinkhamtown) is in the final editing stages, and I should know in the next couple of months where and when it will air. Once I have the details, I'll get the information to all of you through this newsletter and also to the several hundred fans on my facebook page.
It looks like my wife Karenanne and I will be off to South Africa in May to do some scouting for a possible new venture into outdoor television...I'll keep you posted on that as well.
As we say in the media..."stay tuned"...as always, dez
March 2014 Newsletter
As spring approaches here in the Northwest, this is the time that I usually would begin working Dash two or three times a week, getting him in shape for the fall bird season. When Dash died on July 18th of last year, it marked the end of those great days afield with both of my "boys". Including his dad Hank, I'd been working them that way each year since 1993 when Hank first came into my life. Of course, viewers across the country didn't get acquainted with Hank until January of 1997, when our series "Hunting With Hank" first aired, on what was then The Outdoor Channel. For six seasons Hank and I traveled the country taping upland bird hunting shows, and during that time he became the most recognized and famous birddog in the country.
By the time I retired Hank from television, his son Dash was already being groomed to follow in his dad's "paw"steps. Unlike his dad (we didn't start his shows until he was 3 years old), we started Dash's shows when he was only 9 months old! I still remember my friend and Director Bob Corley and I have many discussions on whether Dash would be ready at that young age. But on our first trip to Eastern, and then Central Washington state Dash proved to me and Hank's fans that he was going to be a "chip of the old block".
It's hard to believe that I don't have Dash to work with this spring. However, I do have a trip in late March that I'm very excited about. It's a Snow Goose hunt with Bob Berens of Waterfowl Junkies. I'll be traveling to South Dakota on the 22nd for a few days of laying in a layout blind watching those birds come into decoys. If you'd like to join me, call Bob at 651-230-4935 and see if there are any spots left. After that I'll be at the Double P Ranch for a day of upland bird hunting...call Cyrus at 651-357-2764 if you can join me there.
Next month I'll have an update for you on the tv project I'm working on: The Road to Tinkham town...so stay tuned...
as always, my best...dez
February 2014 Newsletter
First let me apologize for being late with my newsletter...no excuses, but I do have something to share with you now!
The television "special" (The Road to Tinkham Town) is nearing completion at the editors...we now have a small clip to share with you. Just go to the following web address to view that clip and to look over the information in the side panel on right. It will give you information on how you can contribute to this effort if you wish. Here's the website:
I know it's long, but it will be worth it to get an idea of what I've been working on since last fall. Let me know what you think. Soon we will be looking for a home for this special presentation, and of course, you will be among the first to know.
I'll talk to you again soon...dez
December 2013 Newsletter
In November, I accepted an invitation to hunt Waterfowl in Montana, where I had done shows with both Hank and Dash. I flew into Billings and was met by Matt Disotell of The Rocking W Outfitters. After a short 30 minute drive East, we arrived at the ranch and the guest bunkhouse where I slept each night. Meals were "family style" with other guests who were there for the great deer hunting in that area for both Mule Deer and Whitetail Deer.
My timing for the trip was less than fortunate because the moon was approaching its "full" phase. Clear skies each night meant the ducks and geese were feeing through the night and loafing in open water during the day. Despite that, with Matt's knowledge of the area we were still able to collect some beautiful Mallard drakes as well as a couple of late season Pheasants through his hard work. Thanks, Matt.
Of course, Montana is known for its big game hunting, but it has a remarkably wide variety of feathered game. The upland birds available during the season include: Pheasants, Sharptail Grouse, Sage Grouse, and Hungarian Partridge in the grasslands. For even more variety you can also find Ruffed Grouse and Blue Grouse in the surrounding forests. Ducks and Geese migrate through Montana is large numbers, giving hunters an opportunity for a great mixed bag of wingshooting. Give Matt a call at: 302- 312-5884 to arrange your trip. I'll be joining Matt in January at his Eastern Shore Guide Service in Maryland for another waterfowl hunt...come join me there.
This is the first bird season in a long time that I haven't had Hank or Dash begging me to take them hunting. It is a difficult time for Karenanne and me, but we greatly appreciate all of the kind and thoughtful correspondence we've received over these last few months...it helps a lot, so thank you to all of you who have taken the time to write.
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year...dez
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