Wild Apple Kennel and Guide Service

Wild Apple Kennel and Guide Service
The 2007 Grand National Grouse Champion, Winner 2008 Northern New England Woodcock Championship, Winner 2010 Lake States Grouse Championship, Runner-up 2011 Northeast Grouse and Woodcock Championship, Winner 2011 International Amateur Woodcock Championship, Winner 2012 Southern New England Woodcock Championship

Wild Apple Kennel Training Blog

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Why we live in the Mountains

Today, when we broke away the first pair of dogs it was 43 degrees. As I am writing this it still hasn't hit 70. It's not expected to reach 80 until sometime the middle of next week. It is still very dry in our covers and the birds are not in their usual places in the kind of numbers that we expect. That said, we still managed to find 10 woodcock this morning. All the dogs are making progress and getting into shape for the fall.

Bill Branham and his wife Julie are here from Michigan and staying with Tony and Marie Bly. Billy brought a couple of his young dogs over to the bird field for some planted quail after we ran on wild birds this morning. Mike (pictured here) will be a derby this fall and he had a really nice looking black and white male named Jack who also got some work. Tony ran his the "beast" and she uses her nose well and finds birds but is not standing then for very long yet.
Mariah who was almost staunch has reverted to flash pointing and then jumping in. Hopefully we can get her into some wild birds again soon. But she still needs more work on her handling although she is making progress each day. I think it's now three sessions that she's gone without having to be corrected. She pays attention to me and, like most of our dogs, wants to go to the front.

Monday, July 26, 2010

A day in Paradise

Monday morning the temperature was hovering around 60 and there was a dry northwesterly wind (we didn't even get our boots wet) and Jack and Ginger had three woodcock finds between them up on an old hill farm near the house. Both of them are a little banged up from running in the heavy cover and rough ground and will probably need some time off. We still have plenty of young dogs to run.
We seem to have to have made a break through with Mariah. Today we worked her in a big field that had recently been mowed and she ranged out but kept looking back to be sure I was still with her. When I turned she turned and on the few occasions when she didn't it just took a word from me to send her scurrying to the front again. I called her all the way in a couple of times and she came without hesitation. All this without touching the button on the transmitter once.