• Northwoods Blue Ox
  • Northwoods Setter puppies & Bobwhite quail
  • Northwoods Chardonnay
  • Jeff Hintz & Northwoods Blue Ox
  • Northwoods Parmigiano & Northwoods Prancer

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Ben is primarily a grouse and woodcock hunter so he and Franny spent their memorable days in aspen cuts and alder thickets.
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Merimac’s Blu Monday: 2010 – 2016

“Franny taught me more about dogs than I care to admit. She was a thinker. She was different. This is what made her special.” ~ Ben McKean It’s always heartbreaking when a treasured dog dies.… >

Our puppy, Remi (short for Remington), is doing great. She integrated into our home so quickly that it feels like she has always been here.  She is awesome with our kids and is quickly becoming their best friend.  We could not be happier with her.
~ Dave and Julie, Minnesota
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Puppy report: April 2016

Our first two English setter litters of this year are settling into their new homes and lives. The 18 puppies—nine out of CH Shadow Oak Bo x Northwoods Carbon and nine more out of Northwoods… >

Between morning braces of a quail hunt on Pineaven Plantation, Jerry explains the intricacies of Garmin collars with a group of hunters. A matched pair of mules is hitched to the wooden dog wagon where a Labrador waits up front and bird dogs rest in the boxes.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Georgia quail plantation featured on video

Bobwhite quail. Longleaf pines. Mule-drawn wagons. Bird dogs, retrieving dogs, handlers, horses and hunters. All are integral components of the one-hundred-year-old tradition of wild bird hunting on the plantations in the Red Hills region of… >

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016


The nine puppies out of Shadow Oak Bo x Northwoods Carbon are six weeks old. They are eating dry dog food three times per day now and Carbon is only with them to nurse once… >

Does it get any prettier than this? Merimac's Blu Monday (Northwoods Blue Ox x CH Houston's Belle, 2010) points a covey of bobwhite quail during the last brace of an afternoon hunt.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Georgia training report for 2015/2016

The experience a dog gains during a winter in Georgia with Betsy and me is hard to duplicate anywhere. For at least four months, excellent weather conditions and plentiful bobwhite quail combine for outstanding training… >

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