About Ugly Dog Hunting

Our Story 

Ugly Dog Hunting began its journey in 2000 as the brainchild of Terry Wilson and Nancy Anisfield. Inspired by the antics of their beloved German Wirehair, Scrub, and other bird dogs, they developed a catalog company dedicated to providing top-notch gear for bird hunters and dog trainers across the Mike Neidusk with his first Wirehair, Plexi.country. Fueled by their passion for the outdoors and a commitment to quality, Ugly Dog Hunting quickly became a trusted name in the upland hunting community.

In 2023, they passed the torch to Mike Neiduski, a seasoned bird dog owner and avid hunter, who took the reins as the sole owner and operator. Inspired by his first wirehair, Plexi, Mike continues the brand’s longstanding legacy of excellence. Today, Ugly Dog Hunting stands at the intersection of serious and silly, celebrating the bond between hunters and their dogs while providing reliable gear for their adventures in the field.

Our Journey

From its beginnings as a mail-order catalog operation, Ugly Dog Hunting has evolved into a thriving online retail outlet, catering to hunters and trainers of all levels. In 2016, we made the leap to digital, streamlining our operations to better serve our customers in the digital age.

Under Mike’s leadership, we’ve expanded our product offerings, increased our presence on social media platforms (follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok), and elevated our newsletter, the Ugly Dog Update (subscribe!) to new heights. With weekly check-ins delivered straight to your inbox, we’re committed to keeping you informed and inspired for the next adventure with your dog.

The Ugly Dog Difference

At Ugly Dog Hunting, we’re more than just a retailer – like your bird dog, we’re your trusted partners for bird hunting and dog training. What sets us apart? It’s simple:

  • Real-World Testing: Our team of passionate public land hunters travels nationwide, putting our products to the test in some of the toughest terrains and weather conditions. From training sessionsMike Neiduski with Ruffed Grouse. to hunting expeditions, we use what we sell, ensuring you receive tested solutions for your needs.
  • Customer-Centric Service: When you contact Ugly Dog, you’ll speak directly to someone intimately familiar with our products, offering honest feedback and advice tailored to your needs. Our commitment to customer satisfaction extends beyond the sale – we’re here to support you every step of the way.
  • Conservation Advocacy: We’re not just passionate about hunting – we’re committed to conservation. Through connections with organizations like Pheasants Forever and the Ruffed Grouse Society, we actively support habitat improvement for wild bird populations and public hunting access.

Meet Our Team

Mike's GSP, Mack on a wild bird hunt in Kansas.

Mike Neiduski is the heart and soul behind Ugly Dog Hunting. As the Owner/Operator, he brings over a decade of experience training, testing, and hunting with bird dogs. With a background in higher education and conservation non-profit fundraising, Mike is dedicated to taking Ugly Dog Hunting to new heights while honoring the legacy built by Terry and Nancy.

Passionate about conservation and perpetuating the bird hunting lifestyle, Mike holds a Senior Judge appointment with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and actively supports various conservation initiatives. With his trusty sidekick, Mack, a German Shorthair, by his side, Mike is always ready for the next adventure in the field. He also has a puppy on the way. Keep an eye on our newsletter and social media for an Ugly Dog to be named later.