Minnesota bird dog and Montana guide: a perfect match

Mocha exhibits the intensity, poise and style of her sire and dam--CH Shadow Oak Bo and Northwoods Chardonnay.

Mocha exhibits the intensity, poise and style of her sire and dam–CH Shadow Oak Bo and Northwoods Chardonnay.

Here is a dog story with a very happy ending.

Mike Kowalski of Helena, Montana, first contacted us last spring. He was in the market for a well-started young dog and, since he was a professional guide, that dog had to be ready to go this fall.

Jerry and Mike stayed in touch all summer. In late August, Mike arranged to travel to Minnesota to see a group of dogs Jerry had picked for him. Mike chose Mocha (Houston’s Cappuccino), a 13-month-old, tri-color female out of CH Shadow Oak Bo x Northwoods Chardonnay, a litter we co-bred with Paul Hauge in 2014.

The high plains of Montana are breathtakingly beautiful. And it's easy to see why it's called Big Sky Country.

The high plains of Montana are breathtakingly beautiful. And it’s easy to see why it’s called Big Sky Country.

Mike, or Mitch as he is known to most of his clients, operates Skinny Water Anglers, a fly fishing guiding business based out of Helena. In the fall he guides for Pro Outfitters, an Orvis-endorsed wing shooting lodge, also based in Helena.

Mocha faces into the wind and sun and patiently waits while Mike adjusts the collar.

Mocha faces into the wind and sun and patiently waits while Mike adjusts her collar.

Jerry and I have received several reports from Mike.

Mocha has had an amazing first year in Montana– one of the best bird years that most people can remember. I guided over her 16 days & have hunted her another 8-10 so far.

Mocha is getting lots of work & doing a great job. I have been guiding over her every chance I get.

This is the best bird year I have ever seen in Montana–a great year for Mocha to be here. She is running big & well with all the other dogs & getting her share of points.

We couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much.

We agree. We couldn’t be happier.

The hunter aims at a sharp-tailed grouse pointed by Mocha.

The hunter aims at a sharp-tailed grouse pointed by Mocha.

Mocha (in the middle) is definitely part of the Kowalski family of kids and dogs. The pointer on the left is owned by Perk Perkins, CEO of The Orvis Company and spends each fall in Montana.

Mocha (in the middle) is definitely part of the Kowalski family of kids and dogs. The pointer on the left is owned by Perk Perkins, CEO of The Orvis Company.

New Wood: a special grouse camp

Tradition reigns at New Wood, a grouse camp in Wisconsin. After a bonfire is built in late afternoon, hunters and bird dogs gather around to share their day. Setter female Piper (Blue Ghost x Blue Riptide, 2010), co-owned by Chris Bye and Roberta Scherf, naps on Chris.

Tradition reigns at New Wood, a grouse camp in Wisconsin. After a bonfire is built in late afternoon, hunters and bird dogs gather around to share their day. Setter female Piper (Blue Ghost x Blue Riptide, 2010), co-owned by Chris Bye and Roberta Scherf, naps on Chris.

“Grouse camp” sure has a nice ring, doesn’t it? One imagines cabins nestled in woods, friends, good meals, bonfires and bird dogs. In north central Wisconsin, a very special grouse camp has evolved over the decades—a place called New Wood.

Jerry and I have known of New Woods for many years. The hunters are clients who have become friends as most have bought English setter puppies and dogs from us.

New Wood was featured recently by the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Journal Sentinel, a newspaper in Milwaukee.

As part of their Grouse Camp Tour 2015, RGS filmed at New Wood. Co-owner Chris Bye is featured in the segment Why Camp and Bird Dogs?

https://www.youtube.com/user/RuffedGrouseSociety

In “A great day for hunting in ‘grouse camp,’” Paul A. Smith, Outdoors Editor of the Journal Sentinel, nicely depicts New Wood and captures the bond between hunter and bird dogs.

http://m.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/a-great-day-for-hunting-in-grouse-camp-b99605848z1-339133531.html

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