First, let me wish all of you a wonderful Christmas holiday. December is also my birthday month, so the days are filled with great memories of birthdays and holidays past. This year is no exception. A highlight for me was getting to work with my friend (and Director) Bob Corley again in the production of my latest project, the DVD "My boys, the best of Hank and Dash". It marks the final piece in my trilogy honoring my two famous Llewellin Setters.
My first project was my best selling book "Hunting With Hank, side by side in the uplands" (by the way, you can still get a copy here on this website, but there are only a handful available that Bob has been keeping for our fans). My second project was my audio book, "Dash in the uplands, legacy of a legend". There are a few available through the magazine The Upland Almanac. And now, my DVD which you can order here or directly with me at: Dez Young, PO Box 132, 6663 SW Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97239. The price is $21.95 plus $3.99 s/h. It will make a Christmas great gift for your favorite hunting partner...or even yourself!
I have been amazed at how many fans of "my boys" still want to see them racing across this great land, searching for the variety of birds that we hunted on their television shows. The DVD is filled with my favorite scenes for each series, as well as my favorite scenes from our popular "Never, ever spoil your birddog" segments. To make sure you get your copy for the bird season and for the upcoming Christmas holiday, send in your request right away, and I'll get it to you. Each DVD is personally signed by me with a picture of Hank Dash and myself on the DVD. From my family to yours
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
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