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Tony J. Peterson

Tony J. Peterson

MeatEater Contributor Tony Peterson has penned hundreds of hunting articles, several books, and developed multiple podcasts. Peterson’s whitetail-related contributions stem from real-world experience and a passion for hunting new ground each season. He's considered one of the top whitetail hunters in the country and is a staunch advocate for public lands.

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Are You the Reason Your Bird Dog Sucks?

Upland Birds

Are You the Reason Your Bird Dog Sucks?

Bird dog optimism always runs high leading up to the waterfowl or pheasant opener. But, by this time of the year, reality has likely poured water on that fire and hope given way to frustration about your dog’s performance. This is often the case with young and middle-aged dogs, with the seasoned...
Why Your Bird Dog Sucked Last Season

Upland Birds

Why Your Bird Dog Sucked Last Season

Bird dog bias is a real thing, and we all suffer from it. That’s why when we reminisce on last season, we tend to remember the things that went right. It’s human nature to fondly recall the near-flawless dog work on late-season roosters or the rare day when you exited the Northwoods early after...
Why Every Bird Dog Should Be Crate Trained

Upland Birds

Why Every Bird Dog Should Be Crate Trained

Many hunters believe their only job is to teach their dog how to hunt. In reality, a good handler will focus on keeping their dog happy, healthy, and safe. A halfway-decent bird dog will know the basics of finding a sweet-smelling bird as soon as his wobbly legs will hold him up. But to listen, take...
Does Labrador Color Matter?

Upland Birds

Does Labrador Color Matter?

The most popular hunting dog in the country is the Labrador retriever. These do-it-all canines are the overwhelming choice for waterfowlers and upland hunters alike, and depending on how old you are, you might remember they used to only come in three colors: black, yellow, and chocolate. Today’s Lab...
Are These the Good Ol’ Days of Pheasant Hunting?

Pheasant

Are These the Good Ol’ Days of Pheasant Hunting?

Upland hunters are an interesting bunch. We pay close attention to the whisper numbers for game bird counts, and often plan our days afield based on how many roosters are supposed to be on the landscape. During the last decade, those numbers have crept north almost across the board, but that doesn’t...
How to Snake Break Bird Dogs

Upland Birds

How to Snake Break Bird Dogs

Each year, roughly 8,000 humans are bitten by venomous snakes in North America. That number is almost certainly higher for dogs, though it is not reported on a national scale. Of the bites inflicted on us and our canine counterparts, the culprits are pretty much guaranteed to be a type of...
Dog Genetics: Pick a Litter, Not a Pup

Upland Birds

Dog Genetics: Pick a Litter, Not a Pup

The American Kennel Club is an organization that, among other things, facilitates the recognition and registration of pure-bred dogs. Because of this, it’s common to see litters of gun dogs advertised as AKC-registered. Aside from being a hedge against any hint of mutt-dom in your dog, what does...