Congratulations to our good friend and LCS field tester of 30 years, Dave Hughes, from Hughesview Kennels!

Dave was just voted into the Bird Dog Foundation’s Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction Tennessee.

The induction ceremony will take place in February of 2016.

Dave has won 98 championships with three different breeds and was awarded runner-up another 78 times.  91 of these championships were on wild birds.  Dave stands atop the list of field trailers with 11 Grand National Championships with 11 different champions.  In addition, he has won the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational 8 times, the Pennsylvania Grouse Championship 13 times, the Lake States Grouse Championship 9 times, and the New England Open Grouse Championship 9 times.

This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a field trialer and trainer.

Congratulations from all your friends at Lion Country Supply to the real “King of the Woods”.

 

Check out the latest video with Dave Hughes and I going over a few products.

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To list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species or not…that is the question.  And that question is what has brought hunters, wildlife professionals and sportsman’s organizations to the brink of civil war. On the opposite side fence sit the usual culprits, bureaucrats basically clueless of the issue at hand and self-serving politicians bent only how best to get re-elected.

Greater sage grouse are found in 11 Western states but have been in decline over much of its range for decades. But despite that tens of thousands remain in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho the bird has been a candidate for listing for over a decade. Previous reviews by USFWS have concluded sage grouse are “warranted but precluded” from listing due to other, more imperiled species.

In 2013 USFWS issued a mandate to the above 11 states to come up with comprehensive plans designed to “stop the bleeding, stabilize populations, protect and enhance core habitat so as to eventually turn around the decline, thus increasing numbers, maybe not to historical levels, but sufficiently to avoid ESA listing in the future. A ruling on whether or not to list is due out in September (2015).

As far as I know all 11 states have plans in place and all have passed preliminary review.  Early on, here in Montana, already there is strong evidence the plan, if given enough time, will turn the decline on its ear. In many areas this spring lek counts (grouse numbers on spring mating grounds many of which have been counted annually for decades) were up. And, based on my own considerable time spent hunting and photographing sage grouse, tramping sage grouse habitat in all seasons, looking for new leks and hunting spots our largest grouse are doing very well, thank you.

“What’s at stake is potentially the most far-reaching and impactful decision to ever come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  If sage grouse are listed it will make the infamous spotted owl debate look feeble,” stated a Montana wildlife biologist who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

The shame is listing will have everything to do with politics and nothing whatsoever based on science and…And the wonderful work  folks on the ground are doing to prevent it by conserving and improving the sagebrush habitat, sage grouse depend. Simply stated without healthy, intact sagebrush, poof! Sage grouse are gone. State wildlife agencies have been doing this work for years, and private landowners who agree to certain conservation measures have been incentivized to keep grouse around through a program called the Sagebrush Initiative.

Add to all that good work the BLM’s announcement last month that the federal agency that controls the majority of sage grouse habitat is changing its management plans to ensure that sagebrush is protected and that critical grouse habitat is undisturbed by humans.

Then, just as it seems we are on the right track, along comes Colorado Senator Cory Gardner who tacks on a ridiculous amendment to a defense spending bill for crying out loud which would put a halt to USFWS listing sage grouse and, presumably every other critter in the country, for 10 years; and, oh yeah, here comes a similar House bill submitted by Representative Chris Stewart of Utah.  Sportsmen and organizations everywhere saw these bills for what they were, realized all the good work now in place would likely end as quickly as it began and come 10 years from now sage grouse would effectively be KAPUT!

Thanks to the huge outpouring of protests from sportsmen and women across the country, the lobbying of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation among others these senseless riders were quickly dumped in File 13 , where they belong.

Obviously I am out and out against listing. As a bird hunter, bird dog owner and conservationist who lives, works and plays in sage grouse country, I can tell you that listing is on everyone’s lips right now, hunters, public-land livestock grazers, energy co-ops, miners, developers, oil and gas drillers to mom n’ pop store, bar and café owners.  Everyone it seems skin in game or not, is talking about listing and what it might mean for them.

Will sage grouse be listed in September? Who the hell knows?  How in good conscience USFWS could simply can the wonderful work’s been done and plans for the future is, on the one hand, beyond my comprehension… But doubtless too, we are dealing here with a Washington bunch who, most, if not all, would not know a sage chicken from a farm chicken…

I rest my case…over and out…Chuck

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Ford has lived his entire life in rural Pennsylvania except for the three years he was in Seminary.  Bob bought his first beagle with paper route money in 1985—and his life has gone to the dogs ever since that day!  Ford attended college at Penn State, and has bachelor degrees in Anthropology and history, as well as a minor in Middle East Studies.  Rev. Ford earned an M.Div and an M.T.S from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and is an ordained United Methodist pastor.  Bob has hunted with beagles from the Quebec border to Alabama, and writes monthly columns for The American Beagler, Better Beagling, and Hounds & Hunting.  He is the author of the “Beagle Tales” series of books, which are compilations of short humor stories that celebrate the beagle as a hunting companion and cherished pet.

Bob Ford

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Received this photo of a camp grouse sent by the Veronesi bunch. This bird loves people especially in springtime. Sits on the swing with them. Send me your favorite photos and I’ll post them here. Thanks rob!

v-camp-grouse

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Lion Country's Wild LillyHere’s a picture I took last week of Lion Country’sWild Lilly. She’s the pup I kept out of the Deuce and Speed that’s her Auntie Rosa backing. I prefer training on Huns (Hungarian partridge) as they run less once the wild bird less than pheasants and flush stronger than quail (At least ones I’ve been getting). Expensive birds at $14, anyone know a good source for these that can ship? ….. Buck

3 comments to “Wild Lilly with Auntie Rosa Backing”

  1. Lance Pinos

    Buck,

    Not sure if you use chukar, but I’ve been getting really good one’s from a place called Red Fox farm. They are located in Mohrsville just west of Reading PA, and I know he ships. They were $7 a bird (not including shipping). I can buy them cheaper other places, but I spend a little more for the quality of his birds. They are raised in full flight pens. His number is 610-926-4634.

  2. JOHN SARVER

    BEAUTIFUL DOGS. BEAUTIFUL DOG WORK. HOW ARE THEY ON THE RETRIEVE?

  3. Curtis Dudley

    nice looking field for some dog work seems like the the dogs are for sure stoping on sent. Nice work.

    Curtis


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We were training puppies Saturday on quail. Here’s a photo of my friend, Rob Veronesi, and his 15 yr old daughter Bebes with their Lion Country’s Bosco pup and his daddy my Deuce dog. It makes me feel good to help eager young hunters and trainers. Bebes is a special young lady and Bosco (Italian for woods) is another Lucky dog! He lives with his uncle Duke (AKA El Machina, in Italian meaning “The Machine”). He’s another Lion Country setter that is a full brother to Deuce. He is going to be a Dandy.

Lion Country Hunting Dogs

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  1. DAVE BOWEN

    have a new pup with a chestnut left ear.i have a catalog from years ago of a setter that pass on very young,but still love the photo.53yrs ago I purchased a hemlock setter,that I shoveled side walks to pay for it.i was 13yrs old.


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Top Gun makes us proud!
We watched our young Lion Country Supply customer and neighbor, Daniel Henning, moved up through the years from BB gun shoots, to national clays shooting wins, to his new career. Dan stopped by here at Christmas and told me his fascinating story. This dynamic young man has completed his fighter pilots training and is now stationed in sunny Tucson Arizona.
Shown here in front of an F16 on man fighter jet that is his new job. This aircraft can break the sound barrier and is armed with everything from missiles, bombs, and a big gun that can fire 501 rounds of 20mm in 5 seconds.
Congratulations also to Daniel’s parents Howard and Patty Henning for a job very well done!

Lion Country Supply customer turned fighter pilot. F-16.

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The following photo is of a nice pointer that my friend sent me from Wild Wings Fantasy Bird Dog hunt that I attended last month. That’s me getting ready to watch Steve Smith, editor of Pointing Dog Journal miss. No, I did not make anyone’s fantasies come true but I had a ball with old friends Delmar Smith, Ed Radar, and Bob West. If you have never hunted with Wild Wings in Kentucky go for it! Tracy runs a classy, but cool atmosphere. There are just lots of birds on tons of remote private land. They have great dogs there or better yet you can bring your own and they’ll get 5 years of quail work in 5 days. The weather down there is not that bad either.

Pointer from Wild Wings Hunt

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Andy PLion Country Supply family has lost a great friend and longtime employee unexpectedly this weekend in the passing of Andy Purnell. Andy was a true dogman who bred, hunted and trailed beagles and coon hounds and was a favorite of our customers across the US. He was fixture at field trials and his blue tick DeadRiver Beagles were admired by customers resting in a row outside at our store. His Beagles came to work too and were always waiting patiently for their masters next break from phone sales. We are shocked and saddened and want to reach out to all who knew and enjoyed Andy Purnell.

We  invite all his customers and friends to join us and along with his real family in a Celebration of Andy’s Life this Friday afternoon in Bellefonte pa. Reverend Bob Ford will hold a service followed by food and happy tales at the Undine Firehall.  Let’s give him a real dog mans send off! Cant make it? Please post your condolences and/or your best short Andy story below.

Thanks, John “Buck” Koritko

23 comments to “Lion Country Supply family has lost a great friend…”

  1. DWENNICK

    Andy was a true friend and mentor. He will be missed more than he could know.

  2. JOHN SARVER

    what a great guy! Never grouchy-always upbeat. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Even the rabbits, though breathing a collective sigh of releif,will miss him.

  3. Jack Sankey

    Working beside Andy for over seven years has taught me many things: LCS product knowledge, customer service technique, and how to help our customers “the Lion Country Supply way”.
    Everything I know–be what it may–I learned from Andy. He was always there for me to answer my stupid questions in a patient manner. He loved his wife, his dogs, and his job. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge of all dog training products–especially e-collars and GPS tracking systems. We often joked here at LCS that Andy knew more about all those systems than the people who design and build them!
    It will take a long time for me to stop missing my friend and not seeing him over there at his desk across from me, smiling, talking on the phone helping a customer–always with a tasty snack near at hand. I will always miss you, my friend. My hope is that you are now in Heaven with “Rebel” and all of your other great, former beagles, running rabbits, listening to the great music and just enjoying the fun of the chase!
    You lived for it here on Earth, and I’m sure you will keep on doing what you love in the Hereafter.
    Keep on Runnin’, Buddy,
    Jack

  4. Eddy

    “Unexpected” is the worst for those of us left, but a gift for Andy, heading out for that next adventure in the sky. May the hearts of his friends and family, left behind, heal by next season.

  5. Rick

    I didn’t know Andy, but I was glad I recieved your remembrance email.I think it’s great that you honor the passing of your employee and friend.The family’s recomendation of contribution is Awesome! Condolences to you all.

  6. Bridget Bodine DeCoverly Kennels

    VERY ,VERY sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. He was my go to guy for any questions I ever had on products. May you have all of your passed hounds surround you Andy…

  7. Kay McLeland

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayer to all of you a Lion Country and his family during this difficult time. I do not know Andy but anyone that loves dogs as much as he did is a friend of mine. RIP Andy and may you be surrounded by paws.

  8. Dennis Warner

    It breaks my heart when we lose a good one. I didn’t know Andy personally, but his story brings to mind many good men that I have known. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure his good friends will take his beagles hunting, and remember the good times.

  9. Anderson Ranch - TX

    Our hearts are saddened for all. Andy has served our customer needs for several years now. What a great guy on the phone and answering all our product questions. I have asked for Andy on the phone many times through the years to get his opinion on products. He was always right on the money for us, and so kind.. Andy just had a great personality on the phone and he will be missed Big Time! May God Bless You All!! Love and Prayers, Todd & Rhonda Anderson, Anderson Ranch in TX

  10. Derek Binus

    I have worked with Andy off and on for almost 13 years. He was always in a great mood, and always eager to help. He was good friend and teacher, I miss him. God Speed, Andy. I know you’re in Heaven, and the hares are in Hare Hell!

  11. Sean Rarrick

    What time?

  12. G. Miller

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/centredaily/obituary.aspx?n=andrew-n-purnell&pid=173743599&fhid=22842

  13. Jim Hall

    I only got the pleasure of speaking with Andy one time. It was in the last month and it was a true pleasure to speak with him!! He treated me as a long time friend. His passion for hounds was so obvious as he spoke with enjoyment about his beloved hounds. We both said we would have to get together to run hounds as our style dogs were one in the same. I am truly saddened that this will not happen in this life. He was an honest and sincere man and that was so overwhelming in our conversation. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Lean on our good Lord…he is our peace giver. Take care.

  14. Irish Joe

    Covers will be endless….
    Temperature will always be, just right….
    Snow will be soft, never crusty….
    Rabbits will be fat and run perfect….
    Dogs will never get hurt….
    Old hunting partners will always be around….
    If we do choose to shoot, that shot will be true….
    A cold drink, a warm fire and a comfy chair await us at days end…..

  15. Bob Mills

    Truly a sad day for Andys family he was 1of a kind a true beagleman hopefully there are some good beagles in heaven and the they got the best chase that a true hounds man lives to hear for eternity and beyond. Good beagle music forever .

  16. Rick McDonald

    My Condolences and prayers go out to the Lion country Family and to Andy’s family, may all the good memories of him carry on in the hearts of all that knew him.

  17. Edward Bartlett

    Andy was a great man, I always enjoyed talking to him at the beagle field trials. His family will be in our prayers

  18. Styles Bridges

    Always very helpful…Rest in Peace

  19. Ruff Tough Kennels

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of your colleague. We have had the pleasure of doing business with Lion Country Supply for a few years, and while we didn’t know Andy personally we can see from the photos and stories how much he will be missed. Our condolences.

  20. Gary Rothrock

    I always stopped by LC Supply on my way to our cabin in Tionesta. I never met Andy personally but wish to give my thoughts and prayers to his family. Take care.

  21. Harry Grinvalds

    I am saddened to read of the passing of Andy Purnell. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to his family and his friends at Lion Country.
    Harry Grinvalds/School-Tech, Inc.

  22. Don Cavaretta

    Andy has been coming to our field trial at Enchanted Mtn. BC for several years. He always brought plenty of good dogs with him and always seemed so genuinely happy to be there. He and his wife Lisa both shared their passion for their beagles, a marriage made in beagling heaven Certainly one of the nicest men you will ever know. He will be greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten!!! Keep them running Andy!!!

  23. Doug McCully

    I drove over 2 hours with my family to purchase a beagle pup from his kennel. Andy and I stood and talked for over an hour while my 2 year old son ran through the yard with the pups. Andy helped me with my dogs training and with the purchase of my GPS collars. He was a top notch citizen and will be greatly missed.


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A farmer had some grouse puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 setter pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls.

He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

“Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your bird dog puppies.”

“Well,” said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”

The boy dropped his head for moment.Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

“I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?”

“Sure,” said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly!” he called.

Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran English Setter Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid.Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up…

“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play and point grouse with you like these other dogs would.”

With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so, he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands.”

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully, he handed it to the little boy.

“How much?” asked the little boy.. “No charge,” answered the farmer, “There’s no charge for love.”

The world is full of people who need someone who understands.

~borrowed 

4 comments to “No Charge for Love”

  1. MBROWN

    uplifting and inspirational! thanks for sharing the love!

  2. Steve Smith

    John,

    It was great to hunt with you and spend time together after all these years. What a fun experience WW was for all of us.

    Merry Christmas, thanks for all your support over the years, and let’s do it again real soon.

    Steve

  3. Ray Werner

    Hi Bucky…happy holidays to you and your family!

    Thanks for making me smile. Loved the story. It reminded me of my younger days and being fortunate to have you take me out with ms. Tina.

    Best wishes in 2015

    Your friend
    Ray Werner

  4. Barry urian

    That’s amazing!


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