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Archive: Tom Word

Put-Down Jake

Every wagon dog string needed one, few had one, all dog men wanted one. The One was a pointer or setter which, when quail were elusive, could be counted on to find and point some.… Read article

Why I Love Field Trials

I got introduced to trials fifty years ago by Bill Anderson of Danville, Virginia, a law schoolmate and dear friend. Bill was active with the Carolina-Virginia Club which ran a spring trial on the Leggett… Read article

The Dark Side

Joanne came into Ben’s office right after he returned from lunch. “Two young men stopped in just after you went to lunch and asked to see you. They were bird dog folks I know from… Read article


Like all experienced judges, Ben Reach hated callbacks. Ben had never suggested one, and when a fellow judge wanted one, he resisted with all his might, and had been known to urge a flip of… Read article

The Bad Summer

For 130 summers they had trekked north in July to the northern prairies with their young bird dogs. They sought relief from the brutal southern heat, and the game birds that thrived on the vast… Read article

Diss and Ace

“What does diss mean?” Ben asked Joanne. “Disrespect, or a put down. Kids say it a lot.” “That clears things up,” Ben said. He had just got off the phone with Fred Carter, a bird… Read article

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Opening Day

By long tradition, Ben opened his bream fishing season with Billy Lee, his friend since boyhood. Billy was Ben’s age, but like Ben he still worked, in Billy’s case as a utility hand on Mossy… Read article


He was quite simply the best Best I ever saw in the grouse woods And his life could not have been better suited To his God-given talents As a pup he came into the hands… Read article

The Last Shot

George Graves knew this year would be his last shot at winning the National. He had been trying since 1980, the first year he’d qualified an entry. In the thirty five years since he’d had… Read article


Running Dog


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