Missing Lion Country Supply pro staffer Roger Hoover was found today in Utah. Somehow this 1 month trout fishing trip in Colorado took 2! Roger surfaced today in Utah. He’s well and told us he subsisted on wild trout and greens and Metamucil.

He told this reporter he WILL be back in time to guide his grouse hunting clients for the Pennsylvania grouse opener October 17.

Roger Hoover Fishing Roger Hoover cooked fish

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  1. Roger Hoover

    Buck, made it home a week early back to meat and potatoes.
    I already miss Colorado.
    You need to come next year

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It’s that time of year again. I headed up to my cabin in northern Pennsylvania this week with my 5 dogs for some early wood grouse and woodcock training. Season starts here in Pennsylvania on October 17th.  As you can see in the picture below there are a lot of crab apples and RedHaws this year in Pennsylvania and New York. Hunt the apples early!

- Buck

Crab apples and redhaws

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Take time today to remember the innocent Americans murdered on this day! Say a prayer for them and salute the Heroes who rescued the living.

My friend, John Coor, was one of those hero volunteers shown in the photo below. After watching images of 9/11 on his television in Pennsylvania, John drove to New York City to volunteer with the clean-up. He got there on the 14th and assisted with delivering water and food. Click here to read more about John Coor.

We at Lion Country Supply also tried helping in anyway possible, we sent 100 pairs of dog boots for the rescue dogs. It made all our staff all feel a little better.

God Bless.

John “Buck” Koritko

Owner Lion Country Supply


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Our good friend and senior member of LCS Pro Staff, Roger Hoover, just a new puppy out of Pippy. She’s a beauty Roger! From setters to pointers to Cletis our most winning LCS Bird Dog Challenge Bird dog.

Enjoy my friend.

Roger Hoover Puppy

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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!


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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

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  1. Lance Pinos


    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.



  3. Curtis Dudley

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


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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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    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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