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

This blog will try to present a running account of the training and field trialing season for the pointers of Wild Apple Kennel. NOW ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR THE 2015 GROUSE AND WOODCOCK SEASON WITH WILD APPLE KENNEL GUIDE SERVICE! PHONE NUMBERS 603-449-3419 OR CELL 603-381-8763.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Some Ramblings

I decided yesterday that it's probably a good thing that it's going to warm up today and tomorrow and we're probably done skijoring for the season. Jack and LJ have definitely gained in conditioning. Yesterday, in a 40 minute run they put me in the bushes twice as we went too fast around a couple corners. It felt like the old days when I used to water ski a lot and the boat would turn sharply forcing you to go even faster as centrifugal force pushed you out away from the wake. Next winter I'm going to have to lay out a course with fewer turns.

I had an interesting e-mail correspondence yesterday with a guy that was interested in buying Wild Apple Deuce. He wanted to know what the difference was between Jack and Deuce. My response was: "The difference between Deuce and many good grouse dogs and Jack is hard to describe but obvious when you see it. Deuce is like a good journeyman player on any professional baseball team. He can play at the highest level but is not a superstar. Jack plays the same game and even the same position but would be the highest paid member of which
ever team he played on."

The more I thought about that the more accurate I believe it is. It is hard to describe the difference between a big league player who hits 300 and earns a golden glove and one who hits .275 and is solid in the field. In baseball we have lots of stats to measure performance over a season or a career, but on a day-to-day basis if you're sitting in the bleachers you may not be able to discern the difference.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Woodcock Arrive!

Male Woodcock trying to get the best singing grounds arrive in the North Country before the snow is gone.

It's always fun this time of year to gather reports of woodcock moving north. My son-in-law called yesterday to report their dog had flushed one in central Kentucky, Dave Hawke told Tony he's had then in southern Ohio for a week or more. Rick Claxton called last week to say his dog Mike pointed one in in Epping, NH. Other reports have put them in the western suburbs of Boston and Southern Vermont. Over the weekend, I got a call from Tom Parker, who has a young pointer from me, who saw one fly across Main Street in Gorham, NH Saturday. It seems likely that the bird came up the Androscoggin Valley from the coast of Maine rather then coming over the mountains. Either way, the bird aught to have first pick of the singing grounds in the area as we are still pretty much covered up with snow. Although, even in the coldest, snowiest winters there is open ground around seeps and springs in the woods.

The weather report calls for temperatures in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday and above freezing days after that as well. The snow pack is not very deep and we should be on bare ground soon unless we get a late season Nor'easter. Like the fall migration, the spring flight birds often come in numbers and provide us the opportunity to get out for a few weeks and work the young dogs before the hens are on the nest. Once they are we try to stay away from them until the chicks are flying in late June. After a long winter the first woodcock of the spring are the best cure for cabin fever that I know of.