Myself and the staff at Lion Country Supply would like to wish my good friend Ed Radar a happy 80th birthday. I’ve met Ed at wild wings to shoot quail the last 2 years. Wild Wings has the closest thing to wild birds that I’ve ever seen. Several thousand acres of wild, supplemented cover and lots of big coveys hold well for your dog and flush hard. Break open guns only, but double shotguns this is my favorite place for no limit shooting.

Dogmen, Wild Wings owner tracey Leiske, now has a 12 bird trainer package that’s very affordable. It’s the best way to prepare your pointing dogs for wild coveys in western states. They learn to really hold and smell that’s there’s more. Fun stuff but whoa break em first.  Belly collar to stop on their flanks. Ed adds a neck collar for handling. His dogs are straight up on both ends and a sight to walk in on as you can see from these photos.

This year as a 65th birthday present to me I’m heading to Montana in September and then Texas and Arizona. I hope to do a better job sharing my bird hunts on here.

~ Buck

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One comment to “Happy 80th Birthday Ed Rader”

  1. Michael

    Happy 80th birthday Mr. Rader! Hope to see you at Bird Dog Days at Lion Country Supply this coming September!

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Deuce and Rosa

It’s been almost a year since my buddy Deuce went blind. I’m still amazed how good he looks. I know we all love our dogs and see them as extra special. That’s just love.

At 14, Deuce became blind and developed Cushing disease, but is still happy as can be. He still walks around my fenced in acre of woods every day and even finds the plastic kiddie pool and takes a dip. He points the quail that haven’t entered the recall pen. See him hunting and pointing in the field I wonder how he stays so happy (see the video below of him pointing and retrieving birds). He is an amazing dog.


4 comments to “Duece and sister Rosa Relaxing at Camp”

  1. Joe Gentilcore

    Deuce is your main man.

  2. Janine

    Way to go Duece. What a good dog he is!

  3. Dave

    Well that’s neat!

  4. monica

    Vet said my 7 yr old setter will go b long due to her corneal determination. The thought of it makes me so sad but I will love and care for her. Is it hard on your baby?

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One of my setters from the last litter is now for sale by Nick Mellon at Hypointe Kennel Murraysville pa. 2 year old male fully trained I think.  Beautiful dog.

Call Nick at 724-333-3006.


- John “Buck” Koritko

2 comments to “Setter for Sale”

  1. Donald Rath

    Love your website and did order items for my dog .looking forward getting my items . Plan are ordering more very soon .I got your Web from a gun store on long island in Huntington were I bought ammo and my rifle and scope it’s called Camp site Thank You

  2. Paul Heckenlaible

    Hi John “Buck”

    I’ve been a customer for some time, Amateur Trainer of my two Brittany’s. I’ve Always been attacked to the Field English
    Setter! I live in Lodi, Ca. Since this is your Breed of choice,
    What advise, recommendation for a breeder? Interested in a female pup. Intense bird drive, but biddable temperament. Game
    hunted here is Pheasant, Chukar, Quail. Thank you.

    Sincerely, Paul Heckenlaible

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My friend and long time customer Gene Maylock stopped by the store to visit with his young dog, Maya. Maya is a 10 month old Braque d’Auvergne from Quebec breeder, Laurie Bérubé, of Elevage de la Ruse des Bois.

To learn more about the unique breed from Quebec, check out: http://www.gundogbreeders.com/breeders-quebec/-levage-de-la-ruse-des-bois.html

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Tracy Lieskie and John Rex Gates

Tracy Lieskie and John Rex Gates and pups out of the 2x National Champion, Shadow Oak Bo. Shadow Oak Bo is a male setter owned by Butch Houston and Dr. John Dorminy and handled by Robin Gates. To read more about him: 2014 National Champion Shadow Oak Bo.

Tracy Lieskie, “The pup that I am holding went to Marty Smith. It should make him a great dog!”

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My 12 year old, now blind, dog named “I’m Lucky 2″ aka Deuce and his sister Rosa shown here pointing ring-necks this March. This training field is groomed short broom grass planted and groomed by my friend Bob Montler at nearby Marymount Kennel. At this training field, Deuce can just run to his nose and instincts and it’s beautiful to see. No obstacles, just running and searching with his nose needing no sight! Then a majestic point and then also retrieves most of them following the sounds of the flush, the bird flight sounds, and the shots. He then searches from my call of “dead”! He finds it and fetches most of them back to me following my voice. I’m amazed. He is happy even being blind, just to be home and be rubbed on with love every day. Soon he’s going to the place where he can still run and find them and live our dream… Buck

2 comments to “Blind Dog Still Points”

  1. Jack Sankey

    Great Story, Buck! My last and best Beagle, “Bess”, was also blind the last season she was able to hunt. She could still chase rabbits like she always did. It’s amazing to see our hunting pals cope with adversity like this and still seem to really enjoy being out there with us.

  2. Jim Chambers

    This is really cool John ! He has been a great dog . Our bird dogs just don’t live long enough !!!

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We would like to take a moment to remember the husband of the UKC President, that pasted away earlier last week.

Pete Raab
March 28, 1945 – April 19, 2016

It is with sorrow and heart-felt regret that we announce to our extended UKC family the passing of Pete Raab, husband of UKC President Tanya Raab. Pete’s friendly and helpful presence around the UKC office meant he was always the first to volunteer in tackling odd jobs, cheerfully lending a helping hand and assisting the staff whenever possible. Pete’s support of the UKC staff knew no bounds. Each Valentine’s Day found him personally delivering flowers around the office with his hallmark smile and genuine kindness. A friend to everyone who has ever worked at United Kennel Club, Pete will be deeply missed by his family, friends, church and community. We ask that you join us in sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time for Tanya and all of the UKC staff.


~ Thoughts and prayers from Buck and the LCS Staff

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The SportDog presenter last year at Lion country’s bird dog days was Ed Rader. Ed will be 80 soon so he bought himself what else… A beautiful Cobra that makes him feel like he’s 30. He Texted me that “she’s was wicked fast”. Needless to say my friend Ed is not your typical 80 year old .
Ed guides sometimes at wildwings lodge as has great setters and even better stories…

Best wishes….buck

2 comments to “Ed Rader’s Cobra”

  1. Michael

    That is a really nice car! Enjoy it!

  2. Jack Sankey

    What a RIDE!…any chance I could borrow it for the Prom?

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Hello Bird Hunters,

I’m posting this blog to help you post your blog and your comments to my blog. Because in the blogging world it’s important to blog together, so we can all communicate on the blog at the same time.

Blogging is really easy.

There are two options to submit your own blog.

  1. Write your blog on a Word Document and send it to my email address and I will have it published on my blog. Also send any photos that you want to be published with the blog post. 
  2. Write your blog in an email along with any photos and send it to me. I will have it published on my blog.

Commenting on my blog is really easy too.

  1.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the blog where it says “Leave a comment for Buck about this post…” and write your comment. Then push the “Submit Comment” button.
  2. I’ll be able to see your comment and then write a comment back to you.

I look forward to reading your blog post.


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  1. Steve

    Buck, thanks for this post. I was wondering how to do a comment on your blog and now I know how.

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Jim Chambers Setter Pointing Woodcock

My good friend Jimmy Chambers of Walnut Hills Kennel sent me this photo taken during a recent training session with his fancy setter dog Walnut Hills Spot Blue. Blue was steady to wing and shot in the photo.

On March 14, 2016, Jimmy’s dog Blue pointed 3 woodcock during a primer pistol training session near his home in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Jimmy said that while training two days prior there were no woodcock found in that same location, so he believes the woodcock are migrating through his area of Southwestern Pennsylvania right now, at this very moment.

I think it’s interesting that the RGS spring migration satellite map shows there was a tagged woodcock in Jimmy’s location around that same time he was training.

Jimmy is the owner of Walnut Hills Kennels and the owner of English Setter Walnut Hills Rockett. Rockett is the littermate to CH Full Blast and my Speed dog. Rockett will be having a litter in the fall of 2016 if anyone is interested.

You can contact Walnut Hills Kennel at 412-691-0196 for information about the upcoming litter.

Visit the RGS website to follow the American Woodcock migration live by satellite….buck

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  1. Darren

    The woodcock migration satellite map doesn’t show any woodcock heading through Central PA but I know several people have seen them.

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