Northwoods Bird Dogs are stars!

Northwoods Jeter (Blue Shaquille x Houston’s Belle’s Choice, 2011), owned by Sam Gary, Jr., was featured in a recent episode of Outdoor Bound TV with Kurt Walbeck.

Jerry and I watched two recent videos where three English setters—all bred and trained by us—are stars. They are equally exciting and humbling to see.

The first footage features Bill Heig, owner with his wife Gail of Bowen Lodge in northern Minnesota. Bill was the subject of an episode of Outdoor Bound TV with Kurt Walbeck, a Midwest-based hunting and fishing show.

This program follows Bill and Sam Gary, Jr., on a hunt at Bill and Gail’s bobwhite quail lease in Texas. Bill and Sam have bought many dogs from us over the years—setters and pointers, males and females—but for this hunt, both chose English setter males. Bill took out Louis (Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Carly Simon, 2014) and Sam wanted his favorite, Jeter (Blue Shaquille x Houston’s Belle’s Choice, 2011).

The Texas ranch setting is beautiful. The dog work is sometimes extraordinary and other times, especially for the younger Louis, earnest. The shooting by Bill and Sam is expert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juyL9GDOtTI&feature=youtu.be

The next footage was shot by Nick Larson, a regional director for the Ruffed Grouse Society. Nick was out in the woods near his home in Duluth, Minn., with his setter male Hartley (Northwoods Grits x Houston’s Belle’s Choice, 2014).

In a fantastical setting of aspen trees and fluffy snow, Hartley pointed and a grouse flushed. The bird then careened off through the woods. Nick captured the whole thing in slow motion on his cell phone and sent it to A.J. DeRosa of Dangerous Cow Publishing for some expert editing.

Nick writes, “For most people, I think the flushing bird is probably the star of the show. It’s a great flush no doubt, but for me, Hartley is definitely the real star because without him I never would have captured the shot.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtrMNRq80ns

Calling all would-be or experienced Minnesota woodcock banders

The annual spring woodcock banding event for Minnesota has been announced. Jerry and I know several banders and they are excited to get out in the woods with their dogs and contribute to the resource. Donna Dustin, wildlife biologist for the Minnesota DNR and coordinator of the event, called woodcock banding an “addictive pursuit.”

Due the increased popularity of this worthwhile activity, an additional weekend has been added.

The first weekend, May 12 – 14, is a training weekend for new banders. May 19 – 21 is the second weekend and will be “a banding-only event, where we can gather together for camaraderie and spend as much time as we want in some of the best woodcock cover in the state,” according to Donna.

Both weekends will be headquartered at Pineridge Grouse Camp, near Remer, Minnesota.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.pineridgegrousecamp.com/woodcock.html

Or contact:
Donna Dustin:
Jerry Havel:

On a side note, Amanda and Tom Dosen-Windorski are old pros at woodcock banding in Minnesota and this spring the couple was honored for their devotion and volunteering.

Amanda and Tom have bought several setters from Jerry and me, dogs that they bring into the woods each spring. Duke is their seasoned star but they just added a puppy, Tru, out of Blue Riptide x Northwoods Chablis.
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteering/meet.html

 

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