The Bird Dog Babe

Women Who Train, Hunt & Compete with their Bird Dogs

Hear from some of the most passionate and accomplished Women in the field. 


Breeding and Raising
Bird Dogs

Tips and advice on canine health, breeding, and nutrition.

Conservation, Clubs & Organizations

Listen to experts in conservation organizations and the efforts being put forth to ensure public lands, hunting, and bird species are available to future generations.


Gear for Women and Dogs

Finding apparel and gear that fits a woman comfortably in the field isn’t easy. We’re going to unfold some options. As well as explore products to keep our dogs safe and comfortable.


Courtney Bastian

I'm just a Wisconsin girl, living in a Montana World! Wife to Professional Gun Dog Trainer, William Bastian of Claddagh Kennel, Mom to two amazing kiddos, and a birddog-loving, sick-for-it wingshooter!

I have been active in the German Wirehaired Pointer breed for over 15 years, and Bracco Italiano for the past 4 years. During that time my husband, William, and I have bred, owned, and trained 3 NAVHDA Versatile Champions, 23 NAVHDA Utility Prize Holders, 31 AKC Show Champions, 17 AKC Senior Hunters, 10 AKC Master Hunters, and the breed’s first and only AKC Dual Champion/NAVHDA Versatile Champion. See more at Claddagh Kennel.

I was a Veterinary Technician for 10 years working mainly in canine reproduction and canine rehab and sports conditioning. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Biology and Animal Science. I am currently in the process of earning my MBA with dual emphasis in Management and Marketing, while working as a Consultant and Elite Ambassador on behalf of Purina Pro Plan. In my career, I’m fortunate to travel the country to conformation and field events where I’m able to connect with others that share my passion… Dogs! In every bit of my spare time, you will find me with my Bracchi and GWP's hunting all things upland under The Big Sky in our beautiful State of Montana!

I currently serve as a board member, and chair for health committee for Bracco Italiano Club of America. I have served on National and Local GWP Club boards and committees. I’m an avid volunteer for the NAVHDA organization; training days, test days, seminars and youth & women hunt events. I’ve also been President for my local National Wild Turkey Federation Chapter and am a member of Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasant and Quail Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Chukar Chasers Foundation, and I'm 2% for Conservation certified.



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