As we bird hunt the big loop thru Montana we have met a lot of great people and many customers. Today, it is raining and I am in need of rest. These 8 miles a day are tough on me.

A longtime LCS Customer, Pat from Helena, offered to lend us a hand yesterday, he had introduced himself after seeing the LCS sign on my rig at a gas station. Yesterday, he offered to show us what type of cover we should be hunting; it was a short course in finding Sharp-tail of sorts.

We had been hunting for higher prairie grass that was open to hunting but he explained Sharp-tail like more open Prairie where they can see. My dogs stretched out beautifully, ran big, 300 to 400 yards, and pointed all kinds of birds including Huns and Sage Grouse.

Thanks Pat.









2 comments to “Sharptail from Montana”

  1. Randall barger

    Hey buck hope you are finding good hunting areas looks beautiful out there.have fun and be safe

  2. Randall barger

    Hey Buc,
    Looks beautiful out there! Have fun and be safe!

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Greetings from Montana. I’m about to realize a lifetime dream of hunting wild birds out west with my own dogs!  I will be gone for 3 weeks and hope to keep my friends posted here on Bucks blog.

This photo by Dave Brown is of my string of Lion Country Setters resting along the Big Horn River. (Their Dad “Deuce”, now 15, is home resting with his sister Rosa.) Roger Hoover and Dave Brown drove them out in the LCS rig. The hunt starts today as they pick me up in Billings and we hunt our way to Lewistown.


We’re armed with a Garmin Drivetrack and Montana Huntmap chip that shows all open hunting land. BLM , state, Federal in different colors. If these blocks touch the road and has good cover we’ll stop and hunt it. I tested this last year after the Garmin new product meeting in Olanthe Ks. last fall.

Hunters: This is very cool and indispensable for traveling hunters. No more scuffling maps just see it coming as you drive!  Learn more here on LCS blogs for next few weeks…

Thanks to my wife Janine for her support and my new general manager Steve Stiner and the LCS team for holding down the fort.

Autumn’s Best……Buck

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  1. Jim Chambers

    Enjoy Buck wish I could have gone with you.thanks for keeping us updated.jim Chambers

  2. Roger Lynch

    Enjoy your trip!

  3. Joe L

    You did not mention the Block Management Areas. Did you get the maps for these from Fish, Wildlife and Parks.? They show tons of private land open to hunting. Not sure if the MT Hunting Chip would have those BMAs identified, if so great, if not get the paper maps. Have a continued great hunt.

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buck with table of tomatoes

At last, the tomatoes in my garden are beginning to ripen. They’ve been slow due to our recent monsoon-like rains coupled with the cooler fallish temps. Plus they went in late. And I grow types that ripen late. Though the plants are somewhat challenged, I feel confident. Look, here comes the sun.

I grew many of my favorites, mostly heirlooms including ‘Brandywine,’ ‘Cherokee Purple,’ ‘Oxheart,’ ‘Black Prince,’ ‘June Pink’ and ‘Eva Purple Ball.’ I added some new ones: ‘Crnkovic Yugoslavian,’ ‘Ivan’ and ‘Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter,’ which produced the tallest plant I’ve ever seen. Plants are loaded up with fat green tomatoes that are ever so slowly turning red, pink, purplish-red or tangerine.

I put in some hybrids as well, as insurance against a tough year and I’m glad for this. ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes are bearing like crazy and have good flavor as do the bright cherry tomatoes ‘Sungold.’ They’re in a crowded spot, right next to ‘Juliet,’ the prolific baby plum tomato.

Also new this year is ‘Pink Cadillac,” started from seed saved from a tomato given to me by my friend Anne Q. Corr, a food writer and cookbook author from Centre County. This family heirloom is from Uniontown and was grown by John Koritko Jr., her husband’s fishing buddy.

“John brought us these spectacular, gnarly tomatoes,” she recounted. “They had intense flavor, well-balanced, but not sweet, irregular in shape, lumpy and bumpy.” They came from seeds that had been lost for a generation, and given to his sister by a neighbor in 2001 at his mother’s funeral. His father, John Koritko Sr., a coal miner in Uniontown, had grown them in the family’s garden. Called Pink Cadillac because he drove a Cadillac, he was known in the neighborhood as “Cadillac John,” wrote Ms. Corr in an article for Centre Daily Times in State College.

Bucks Dad Tomato plants

John Koritko Jr. refers to himself in that article as “The Keeper of the Seed.” Carrying on tradition, he cultivates his dad’s prized Pink Cadillacs in his large Centre County garden. During his visits to the local waffle shop, in season, “he’s known to travel leaving a trail of tomatoes,” Ms. Corr said. “He gives them away, to the waitress, the hostess, the owner.”

In an email, Mr. Koritko wrote that he’s proud to be continuing his father’s legacy with ‘Pink Cadillacs.’ He starts about 100 plants to give away to friends. This year, he has got about 45 plants in his two gardens. He uses the tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sandwiches thick slices of the fruit on white bread with light mayonnaise. Later in the season, he cooks them down into a salsa, adding his own sweet and hot peppers. “I never sell them, just share them freely as tribute to my dad, Cadillac John and our hometown roots in Uniontown,” he added.

A couple years back, as co-curator of a food project for the Bellefonte Art Museum, Ms. Corr held an event at Mr. Koritko’s garden. Along with tips from the “Tomato Man” about cultivating heirloom tomatoes, there was a tomato sandwich tasting.

Two tables were set up in his garden, she said. “We served Western Pennsylvania-style tomato sandwiches and Eastern Pennsylvania-style tomato sandwiches. Both were on soft, white, untoasted bread, neutral bread,”  she said. The difference was in the spread. Western was Miracle Whip and Eastern was Hellman’s.

Now visiting family in Colorado, Ms. Corr said she hasn’t had a decent tomato since she got there.

Maybe she needs to come back, because soon I’ll have a garden full of ripe ones. They’re fabulous in my version of tomato sandwiches.


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Congratulations to Longtime LCS friend and former employee Randy Barger on his retirement from Penn State today!

All his girls at the dairy barn will miss him. They called him udder magic man.

He has cooked the pig at our bird dog days in years past. This will be our 15th annual Bird Dog days festivities, which will be on Sept 2 2017.

Now he’ll only have 3 jobs. He’s one dynamic guy.

Enjoy Buddy. …. Buck

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  1. Amy Bravis

    Congratulations Randy!

  2. Joe

    Great day today (Sat Sept. 2nd, 2017) despite the rain. Great sessions with the professionals and good food for all. My wife and 13yr old son son and a wonderful time. He was able to shoot an over under Benelli and my wife enjoyed Dr. Metzger’s talk on dog health. Wonderful day. We drove over from Bethlehem, PA. Was worth the trip.

    Thanks Again,


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Buck Bass Fishing

I love bird hunting behind my own bird dogs but spring time is for pre-spawn smallies. Dogs are enjoying the sun outside on their kurdura dog beds. The small mouth bass are really turning on here. I’ll be on the Pennsylvania rivers in my little G3 jet boat enjoying the pre-spawn bass fishing action.

19″ early spawn predicted. Now is the time for the big ones.

Hope you had a great hunting season with your dogs.


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Roger Hover Grandson

Here’s a great photo submitted by my friend and renowned dog trainer and guide. Rover Hoover and his grandson,  Dusty is 13 now and a very proficient wing shooter. Last week, he shot at and killed 6. We thought I made him gun shy when he was 3 out dog training. Evidently he’s gotten over it.

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Seasons Greetings to all my wonderful customers and friends! I’m John “Buck” Koritko owner and founder of Lion Country Supply (LCS). Thanks for making this my 42nd year as owner a success.

This Christmas season finds me soul searching. Suffice it to say that my extended western hunting and fishing trips agreed with me. At age 65 I think it’s time I begin looking for my successor. My doctors and wife concur. This presents a once in a lifetime opportunity I would like to extend to my loyal customers and supporters first.

If you think you have the ability and the backing to be the next owner of “The World’s Premier Hunting Dog Supplier”, I’d like to hear from you. Just send me a letter to explaining your background and why you are qualified and I’ll get back to you.

All that aside. Merry Christmas and hug your dog for me. Enjoy what’s left of the hunting seasons!

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This was Titan’s first hunting season and on our first day out he found us this bird.  He’s had a pretty good first season so far but still have a lot of work to do.

Titan is dog of Josh P.

We will be sending him a certificate and a LCS sticker.

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  1. Joe GentilcoreIII

    You’re the Greatest.

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Did you, your children, or family member recently get their first kill this season? Whether your first kill is a game bird, deer, or even bear. Send us a picture with a little story. We will feature you on our buck’s blog as well as send you a LCS First Kill Certificate and LCS decal.

Please send all first kill photos and stories to

Thank you and happy hunting,

~ Buck

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