While many of us shoot clays for fun and competition, the sport was originally created by hunters to hone their wing-shooting skills. Bird dogs are an integral member of the hunt and a joy to watch in the field.

Writer Geoffrey Norman and his dog Woodrow travel to Alabama to see if Woodrow has the right stuff to be a working bird dog. Their adventure, published in Garden and Gun magazine, is a great read.

Next time you catch your retriever, setter or spaniel acting a little hyper and chewing your shoes, just think of the possibilities.

Click here to read The Education of a Bird Dog.