Tony is the co-founder of the organization “Bird Dog Mafia”. He started the Bird Dog Mafia in 2016 and has been heavily involved for over three years. He has two of his own dogs that are trained to go on these hunts. Tony’s dogs are German shorthair pointers.
This organization teaches the youth how to hunt in a fun and safe environment that promotes learning and hands on experience. Tony focuses on upland hunting, which is specifically hunting birds like quail, pheasant, chucker, etc. Tony’s trained dogs go out and sniff around until they find the birds. The dogs point the birds, and then the hunters go in and flush them. From there, it’s up to the hunter to aim and hit their mark. The hunts are aged towards 10-18 year olds and take place in small groups.The season lasts during the winter from November to mid January. Tony says the organization donates money from 2-3 hunts per year to a variety of charities.
Tony views the Bird Dog Mafia as an opportunity for kids to get excited, be loud and walk safely around rather than sit quiet in a stand like other types of hunting. He says that upland hunting helps make for a great first hunting opportunity for kids, because they don’t have to sit still in one place and be quiet for long periods of time. Upland hunting with bird dogs gives the youth the opportunity to follow the dogs and find and shoot the birds, all while learning and enjoying the experience.