I liked those old line Gunsmoke dogs too. Real birdfinders and tough as they come. You've got me beat by a good bit as far as bird dogging is concerned. My first dog was a dropper out of western Kentucky bird dog stock. That was back in the middle sixties. My first pedigreed dog was a crooked tailed dog out of Warhoop Jake II(grandsire) and she had Warhoop Jake on the bottom also, but farther back. That was in 1970. Next bird dog was out of Bonafide(grandsire) on top and a Saladin's Ghost and a Smart bred dam on the bottom.
I always liked a runnin' dog. Still do.
Didn't really get into trialing until much later, like the late 80's.
>Thanks Ray! I was always a fan of Gunsmoke. Good ?trial dog, great sire!
Give you an idea of when I started -my first bird dog was a grdau of Jungle out of a Gunsmoke - FC Baker's Paladel bitch. I got her from Bill Boatman. B/W, she had some puppy/derby wins but she had that "Elhew flag" so I didn't run her much as a shooting dog. IIRC, she had one SD third place on race. Unfortunately, she put that flag into her pups. Too bad because she was a good running dog that could find birds. I hunted her for years, killed a lot of quail over her, even a few pheasants and grouse. I had housebroken her as a puppy so she lived in my house all her life; she only lived in a kennel when pro Joe Cannon broke her. Harry PS First night after she had pups, she slept with them. After that she was back sleeping beside my bed in her usual spot. I'd hear her go check on the pups a couple of times a night and feed them but she always returned. Harry