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                                                                                                                               While ScatterGun Lodge has justifiably
        ➔  THE FIRST                                                                                                          earned a reputation as a great pheasant-
               THING                                                                                                             hunting destination, it is clearly, first

              YOU’LL                                                                                                              and foremost, all about the dogs...


                                            Unlike a lot of lodge dogs, which
           ARRIVING                       spend much of their non-hunting time   about the lodge, operated by owners     ably earned a reputation as a great   that work at the lodge today.   as regular pets until the hunting season
                                                                                                                         pheasant-hunting destination, it is clearly,
                                                                           Chuck and Sheila Ross since 1999, is a
                                                                                                                                                           They are all great in the field, from
                                                                                                                                                                                           rolls around again. Foster families are
                    AT                    in kennels, these two meet you inside   long row of portrait photos of dogs—all   first and foremost, all about the dogs—  what I saw during a three-day visit last   given a list of rules to follow—no letting
                                                                                                                                                                                           the dogs run loose, for example—and
                                                                                                                                                          year, but they are also very well social-
                                                                                                                         and a testament to Chuck’s lifelong love
                                                                           Labs—along one entire wall of the well-
                                          with wagging tails and looks that defy
            SCATTER-                      you to pass by without petting them.   stocked bar. If you step out onto the   affair with Labrador retrievers. He   ized and show a strong desire to please.   are schooled in the basic knowledge of
                                                                           grassy lawn at the rear of the lodge,
                                                                                                                         bought his first Lab in 1962.
                                                                                                                                                          That’s because Chuck has never believed
                                                                                                                                                                                           what the dogs have been taught.
                                          In my case, it worked, and I soon found
                 GUN                      myself unashamedly sitting on the floor   you’ll see a monument to a dog named   Chuck. “He loved to retrieve. I did some   in the old adage that a great hunting dog   says Chuck. “It’s been a very positive
                                                                                                                                                                                             “Outside of that, it’s very simple,”
                                                                                                                           “I think I paid $40 for him,” says
                                                                           Max—Chuck’s personal dog before he
                                          petting a five-year-old yellow Lab named
                                                                                                                                                          can’t also be a great pet, and that’s
              LODGE,                      Sophie, while she pawed at me playfully,   built the lodge—and it doesn’t take   training and took him to a field trial,   reflected in his novel “foster-home”   experience for both the dogs, and the
                                                                                                                                                          program for his dogs.
                                                                                                                                                                                           people who have them. They value them
                                          forcing others to maneuver around us.
                                                                                                                         and I’ll be darned if he didn’t win.”
                                                                           much prodding for Chuck to show you
           located in the heart of pheasant                                a video tribute to a dog named Bear.            That dog, Duke, was the grandson of   All but a couple of the dogs only stay   as much as we do, and they take won-
          country near Pierre, South Dakota,      ALL ABOUT THE DOGS       Fair warning: There won’t be a dry eye        a national field-trial champion named   at the lodge for the duration of the   derful care of them.”
                                                                                                                                                                                             Chuck says the dogs seem to know
           is a pair of Labrador retrievers   Apart from the ScatterGun’s five-star   by the end of it.                  Cork of Oakwood, and the start of a   hunting season. During the rest of the   when hunting season is approaching,
                                                                                                                         lineage that extends to the 30 or so dogs
                                          amenities, another thing you’ll notice
                                                                                                                                                          year, they go to foster families and live
                                                                             While ScatterGun Lodge has justifi-
              stationed just inside the
                 front entrance.

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