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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bumping grouse

The ruffed grouse is the wariest of the species hunted by bird dogs, the wisest and hardest to handle. ~ Henry P. Davis, Training Your Own Bird Dog, 1948 The perfect ruffed grouse shooting opportunity… >

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wild bird training and scenting

Working young dogs on wild birds takes lots of time and effort. And since, in the end, the goal is to bring out their best and develop them into the best possible grouse dogs, then… >

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Warming up for the season on sharptails

Nothing beats native sharp-tailed grouse for preparing a bird dog for the ruffed grouse season. When the grouse woods are still lush with summer vegetation, sharptails provide a good training alternative. Our local population lives… >

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Setter puppies enjoying the summer

This will be the final post of the season filled with puppy photos. Puppies from our last three litters—born within weeks of each other in April and May—are happily settled into their new homes. As… >

Friday, August 18, 2017

Introducing puppies to birds…in two short videos

Even though much of raising puppies is simply playing with them and enjoying their antics, Betsy and I do have a set schedule of things to introduce and what training to start. Bird introduction, which… >

Northwoods Bird Dogs is a pointing dog breeding and training facility located in east central Minnesota. Our focus is on English setters and pointers used in the pursuit of upland birds — particularly ruffed grouse and woodcock.

We are adjacent to thousands of acres of wild bird habitat that offer excellent training opportunities. Our training programs are designed to develop a dog’s natural instincts and our proven techniques and plentiful bird exposure bring out of the best in each dog.

Our breeding program has been honed through multiple generations of English setters and pointers. Puppies and dogs from Northwoods Bird Dogs have it all—physical conformation, instinct and temperament—that make them ideal companions in the field and in the home.

~ Jerry Kolter & Betsy Danielson