Distributor Sales and ProStaff Manager Kevin Lee has been with SportDOG since the beginning. Kevin started as a SportDOG dedicated Customer Care Specialist in 2003 and has been enjoying the ride ever since.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
That’s a tough question to be honest with you. There are so many aspects that I enjoy. I guess it’s talking to our consumers. It really is my favorite part of the job. It is mainly in respects to hearing about their hunting stories with the use of our products. I love meeting them in the stores, consumer events like Pheasant Fest or just hunting with them in the field. I like to hear about how they started a dog as a pup and to see and hear about that pup coming of age and transitioning into an amazing hunting partner and companion.
How long have you been hunting?
I’ve been hunting for over 27 years.
How did you get started hunting?
Well I started hunting when I was young around 6 or 7 years old. My grandmother was old school and loved fixing squirrel for meals. My dad and two older brothers would let me wear a hunting vest and carry the squirrels we would get for my grandmother. After I took my hunters safety course when I was 9, my dad would allow me to carry a 20 gauge with my brothers. Then I taught myself how to bow hunt for deer when I was 16. From there it blossomed even more when I started working for SportDOG and I got in to waterfowl and upland hunting.
How many dogs do you have (include name, breed, ages)?
I have two labs. Bullet is a black lab and will be 8 in November this year. He’s grown up in SportDOG and travels with me every time unless I’m flying. More people remember him than me. Then I have a yellow lab named Cooper and he’ll be 5 in May. He’s traveled with me on a majority of my trips. He still thinks he’s a 30 pound pup even though he’s about 105 pounds.
What is your best advice about dog training?
That’s another tough question, but the best advice I can give is be consistent and fair in your disciple. The dog can only be as good as YOU train them.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever had about your dog?I do a lot of shows and they have allowed me to bring
Bullet & Cooper in to the shows due to the type of products we sale. I always bring a dog stand and Bullet & Cooper hop right up on the stand and just lay down and let everyone pet them. I’ll showboat a little and make them hold their leash in their mouth and “walk themselves”. I have people tell me all the time that “my dog would never be this calm and well behaved”. I tell them that my dogs are a little different… I spend so much time with my dogs and they know what I expect of them. If I had to guess Bullet & Cooper have probably spent a total of 3-4 months of their life without me spending time with them, whereas; the average person may get to spend an hour or so a day with their dogs. They have done so many shows that they are used to being around hundreds and thousands of people. I’ve been able to socialize them so well.
What’s your favorite product and why? Day in and day out I use the SD-1825. I like the toggle switch on it and the tone, vibe and stim. Having two dogs it’s really easy for me to switch back and forth between the two dogs. Plus, Bullet responds really well to tone & stim whereas, Cooper responds better to tone & vibe. My go to hunting collar was the SD-1225, but now I really like the SD-425CAMO due to the size of the collar and how lightweight the remote is.
What’s the #1 item on your hunting bucket list? It really depends on what I’m hunting for since I really love hunting pretty much anything. I have to break it up for game animals… For deer it is a B&C Mule deer, Elk and Moose. For waterfowl it would be hunting ducks in Argentina. For upland it would be taking all six species of quail. Grand slam for turkeys. Last but not least… big game hunting in Africa.
How do you spend your time when you are not hunting/training? The time I have when I’m not working, hunting or training I spend with my family. I have a 2 ½ year old son that keeps my wife and I busy, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I like helping my dad out on his farm and fishing with my two brothers and dad. We like hitting the lake in late winter early spring for crappie and move in to mid-late spring fishing for bass.
Share one of your favorite hunting stories: My most unforgettable hunt was several years ago when I was in Saskatchewan hunting ducks and geese with some buddies. One of the guys winged a big goose and it soared 500 plus yards and Bullet looked at me like “I’ve got this dad”. I thought I’m sure you think you do so let’s see. I think that was the loudest I had ever screamed his name and he tore out after that goose. I was surprised how far he went before he broke down. I’d say it was a good 400 maybe 450 yards. I gave him 3 cast backs to the goose and he responded well and picked it up. I was a proud daddy that day.