April 2015 Newsletter

My friends:

Spring has finally sprung here in the Northwest...as usual, it's been a wet winter in Portland, so it's great to see the sun, only if it's occasionally!

When Hank and Dash were with me, one of my favorite things to do (besides giving them their daily workouts), was to take them with me on my fly fishing trips to the Trask River on the coast. Lots of Sea Run Cutthroat Trout migrating up the river this time of year to span. I'd let the boys run along the shore, exploring the woods and river side grasses for anything that smelled good to them. If they were near me when I'd hook a fish, they would wade out into the water to inspect it before I released it to go on its way. Not only did they have a good time, it was excellent conditioning for them as well.

Here in Oregon, the released bird season ends the last day of March...don't really think of it much with the boys both gone, but, a few weeks ago, I did take my Grandson, London, up to Horseshoe Bend Ranch near my hometown of Pendleton for a bird hunt for him. There were several fans of our shows there, lots of birds for London to find (including a Melanistic "blue" Pheasant),so it was a wonderful weekend.

I am down to my very last few DVD's (My boys, the best of Hank and Dash), so if you want your copy, you need to get your order in asap. $21.95 plus $3.99 s/h to: Dez Young, 5346 SW 33rd Dr., Portland, OR 97239. This project has been a lot of fun for me, although it was emotionally challenging to put together my favorite "Hank", "Dash" and "spoil..." segments. But, it's been worth it to me to see the response from their fans.

Bob and I hope you have a great spring...and remember, if you have a bird dog, be sure to exercise it often during the next few months, so it will be ready when you get your shotgun out this fall.

my best, dez

March 2015 Newsletter

Hi everyone:

Now that spring is nearly here (I'm writing this on March 1, 2015), I'm reminded of all the years with Hank and Dash that I would use this month to begin their (and my) conditioning workouts. Where I live here in Portland, Oregon there is a large city park within easy walking distance from our home. It is in that park that I would take my "boys" several times a week for a workout. The time we spent in that park was used to refresh their commands that I used each fall and winter in the field.

Being just an amateur trainer, I felt it was important to remind them of the commands I used with them in the field, and the park was as close as I could get to an actual field, here in the middle of the city. My routine was always the same. With first Hank and then later with Dash, I would walk them to the park on a lead at "heel". Once in the park (usually there was no one there early in the morning), I would run through all of the commands I used on our hunting trips. It would begin with the release command (my hand on his nose, thrust forward with an "OK" verbal command. Once out in front, I worked on the direction signals left and right with hand signals and accompanying whistle signals to get their attention. Return commands and retrieving exercises would follow.

A thirty to forty five minute period repeated a minimum of three times a week, kept my boys in good condition through the spring and summer. When we were ready to begin our fall/winter hunting schedule, the summer work outs allowed us to spend long days in the field, taping our shows, without unduly wearing them out. Of course, a side benefit was that it helped me get ready for the fall schedule as well.

Taping our shows required long days of walking behind Hank and then Dash to make sure that my Director Bob Corley and I got the video we needed to move into the studio for the editing process. You can do the same thing for your birddog, even if you don't have a nearby field to use for exercise. A city park, early in the morning is a pretty good substitute. It's much better than the both of you sitting around all summer and then suddenly getting out your shotgun in the fall and expecting either of you to be in shape for chasing birds around in the open country.

Just one more note before I close. I greatly appreciate all of the kind comments coming from many of your that have ordered and received my new DVD "My boys, the best of Hank and Dash". It is so gratifying to hear that watching Hank and Dash again is bringing joy to so many of their fans.

Have a great spring and summer...I'll talk to you again next month. Dez

February 2015 Newsletter

Hi everyone;

This is the time of year when I look at the weather and wish that Karenanne and I lived in Florida or one of the other southern states. So, I have been spending a great deal of time here in my office, working on new projects, and marketing my DVD, "My boys, the best of Hank and Dash". I have been so pleased with response to this latest project. With my friend and Director Bob Corely's help, the DVD turned out to be all I wanted it to be as my final tribute to Hank and Dash.

There are three segments to it. First, are my favorite clips from our "Hunting With Hank" shows. The second segment is filled with my favorite clips from our "Dash in the Uplands" shows. The final part of this DVD is several minutes of the popular "Never, ever spoil your birddog". scenes that we always put in the last part of each show. Hardly a day goes by when I don't hear from a fan of our shows. It's a great feeling to know that not only are both the boys in the National Birddog Museum in Grand Junction Tennessee, but that so many viewers across the country still think about them.

Many of you might remember my Father-in-law, Don Swift. He was a frequent guest on shows of both the boys, and a favorite of our viewers. I just took him out for a short bird hunt yesterday to celebrate his 86th birthday! We were at my friend Chuck Cates place near Dallas, Oregon...Luckiamute Valley Pheasants for a short afternoon hunt. The guy can still shoot. He dropped two Pheasants with his Browning 20 gauge side-by-side over a couple of fine pointing dogs that are used for clients of the place. It wasn't like having my boys out in front, but it was a nice hunt anyway.

I'll be stopping by the outdoor show being held here in Portland this weekend, and perhaps I'll see some old friends there.

Again, to those of you who have been so complimentary of my new DVD, you have my thanks. I'm so glad this project has been so well accepted...talk to you again in March...dez

January 2015 Newsletter

My friends;

As we begin this new year, I'm pleased to tell you that 2014 was a great year for wrapping up my trilogy to my "boys" Hank and Dash. If you followed their adventures, and my recent projects celebrating their lives, you may already be aware of these facts: my book about Hank (Hunting With Hank, side by side in the uplands) was a best seller...my audio book about his son Dash, (Dash in the Uplands, legacy of a legend) is still selling extremely well through the magazine, The Upland Almanac...and now, my new DVD (My boys, the best of Hank and Dash) is also selling extremely well (also available through The Upland Almanac), as well as here at HWH Productions.

To order your copy to view during the new few dull winter months when you can't chase birds, just send $21.95 plus $3.99 s/h to: Dez Young, PO Box 132 Beaverton/Hillsdale Hwy, Portland OR 97239. Each copy has a full color, signed, publicity photo of Hank, Dash and me on the disc cover.

As I sit here in my office preparing this newsletter, I'm surrounded by many of my favorite photos of Hank and Dash, as well as the numerous awards my friend and Director Bob Corley and I won over the 11 years of taping our shows together with my "boys". Each award...each photo...each piece of memorabilia reminds me of just how fortunate I was to have had those dogs in my life. It still amazes me to this day, the number of people we touched across the country with our upland adventures. I am constantly reminded of the impact those shows had, by the continuing comments I receive about our programs through emails, regular mail and Facebook messages.

Let me end this monthly message by wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. I'll talk to you next month...my best, always, dez

December 2014 Newsletter

My friends:

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

Happy Holidays! Dez

November 2014 Newsletter

Hi everyone:

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.

Happy Thanksgiving...

my best, Dez

October 2014 Newsletter

My friends:

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

My friends: 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

Hi everyone:

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

Hi everyone:

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

Hi everyone:

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

My friends:

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

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