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Summer’s Silent Killer: Canine Heat Stroke

Summer’s Silent Killer: Canine Heat Stroke Summer heat and strenuous exercise can be a deadly combination for sporting dogs, regardless of their overall health and weight status. Dogs cannot sweat other then through the foot pads, so their ability to regulate body temperature in warm environments is difficult. Normal core body temperature for a dog is between 100.5°F and 102.5°F.  Heat stroke is ...

Mud River welcomes Dr. B!

Mud River is proud to announce that they have partnered with Dr. B to share veterinary tips on social media. Be sure to follow Mud River on social media to hear the latest tips from Dr. B. Amanda Burow, D.V.M. (Dr. B), is a graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burow’s patient list includes hunting dogs of all varieties, as well as several field trial dogs and ful ...

Boyt Harness during both World Wars

Did you know our company has a rich history dating back to the 19th Century, both locally and nationally? As a young Englishman, Walter Boyt came to America to find his life calling back in 1885. He started the Des Moines Saddlery Company with his brother John, which later transitioned to Walter Boyt Saddlery in 1901. Although their family-owned business primarily manufactured fine driving harness ...

International Traveling Tips for Big Game Hunting

Hunting big game in North America often involves lengthy airplane rides to western Canada, Mexico and Alaska. Along with the logistics of a long flight, today’s big game hunters have to export their rifles into a foreign country and get them there in perfect shape. Though the paperwork can seem overwhelming at first, contrary to popular belief, the task is not insurmountable. The first step is to ...

Favorite Things for the Hunt

Part of the fun of planning for a big game hunt is researching new gear and gadgets and then spending time sorting and packing everything that you will ultimately take on the trip.  We all know the drill when it comes things like a sleeping bag, boots, rifle, binoculars, first aid kit and other staples, but over the last 25 years I have added some not-so-apparent pieces of gear to my what-to-bring ...

The Role of Horses in Hunting

A big draft horse pulling an Amish buggy is a pretty common sight in our part of the world, often bringing me to my office window when I hear the clomp, clomp, clomp of hoofs coming down Boyt Drive. It makes think that even in today’s fast paced, ultra tech world, we are not that far removed from the days when our nation was settled by adventurous men and women with pack trains and mule drawn wago ...