Dan is a Pennsylvania native who spends a majority of his times outdoors with his family and duck dog, Kimber. He is the co-founder of HP Outdoors podcast, an OG waterfowl podcasts.
Kimber, my current lab. She recently turned 10, and I look forward to the next year or two as she closes out her career. She has been more than I could have ever wanted.
It's tough to pick a favorite species to hunt with my dog – it's either in cut corn, shooting big honkers or mallards over water. Both are equally enjoyable to me.
We have a local lake that I like to drive down to for quick hunts, that always produces a few birds and the hunts are usually just her and I. That spot is pretty special as its been a big bonding place for us in the field.
The safety of my labs are my utmost concern, and Gunner has the highest crash test ratings (aka safest crate) and great customer service. Plus the individuals behind the Gunner brand and the Edmonds family are second to none!
Hunting resident geese here in Pennsylvania with Kimber, who was about three at the time and an absolute jet engine with speed.
There was a goose that sailed about 150 yards out. The field was dry and dusty and she had a cloud of dust behind here like a dirtbike as she went after this bird. I will never forget that retrieve and how proud I was when she got back to the blind.
We always owned labs growing up, but being in the hunting community I could also see labs that truly listened and worked hard in the field. Once you hunt over a good dog, it is hard to go in the field without one.
I picked up a puppy from Southern Oak Kennels in Mississippi. That was about 19 hours of driving with an 8-week-old pup.
A Chesapeake Bay Retriever. They are tough dogs and built for cold water. We get some freezing days here in Pennsylvania and hunting the frozen water wouldn't be an issue.
My Father was, and still is, my mentor in life and my hero. He has always been there for me and taught me so much about life and the outdoors. Hard work and dedication to your craft were lessons learned that I could never repay him for teaching me at a young age.