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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day Two

After putting up big numbers yesterday, we had some bluebird weather today that slowed things down a bit.  the morning started off well with LJ pointing six woodcock and having two grouse finds.  He also had trouble handling a brood of about six that were running all over a hillside and flushing one at a time.  lloyd and Steve were with me and Tony and Joey went their own way.  All the dogs we ran had bird contacts.  In addition to LJ, Trip pointed two grouse and bumped one.  We also had a couple of Tony's dogs on the truck.  Ker B had a stop-to-flush on a grouse and The Missile had a pretty good run bumping a couple grouse, pointing one, and pointing a pair of woodcock.   That gave us a total of 14 grouse plus five (including a Spruce Grouse) that we saw on the road and didn't even slow down for, and 8 woodcock.  We quit early as the sun came out midmorning and the afternoon temperature rose to near 70 with increasing humidity.   Tomorrow is a school day (even I have to work once in awhile) then I'll hunt Thursday morning before heading to New Brunswick for the Leslie Anderson Derby Classic on Friday and the International Amateur Woodcock Championship over the weekend.  John Bilodeau is riding along to enjoy the festivities at the John Gyles and visit with lots of old friends.  At last count they had 29 dogs for the Championship which is more than they've had in quite awhile.  It should be a good weekend.  Hopefully they've got the kinks worked out of the wiFi at the motel and I'll be able to post results and updates from New Brunswick.  Jack is in the 8th brace and LJ is in the 12th which should put them on the same course Jack had last year -- it's the only course you can really let a dog lay out to the front on without having to call him in to turn on a regular basis.  Seems like a good omen.

Monday, October 1, 2012


Fall colors were near peak for opening day of bird season.
October First is finally in the record books and we hunted nine dogs for a total of 30 grouse and 30 woodcock moved.  At least that's the number we came up with at the end of the day and we probably undercounted a by a few of each.  It's hard to keep track sometimes especially when you're running young dogs that might bump a bird or two.  The most exciting find of the day was for Ginger III went on point way up on the side of a mountain.  Steve Groy and Joe McCarl were shooting, two guns being more than enough.  I was standing behind Steve when a woodcock got up and he swung and shot.  I also heard Joe shoot twice.  I thought they were both shooting at the bird I saw and Steve and I went to retrieve while G III seemed to be headed in a different direction.  She pointed again and when they got to her there was another dead woodcock -- I called this a Pennsylvania double.  One of the reason that the numbers were so high today was that we ran Jack in one of our best covers and the old boy didn't let us down.  He pointed 12 woodcock and had a stop to flush on a 13th and had four grouse finds that included 7 grouse giving him close to 1/3 of the bird count for the day.  LJ managed 3 woodcock pointed and a grouse.  On one of the woodcock, Lloyd shot it at rather close range right in front of LJ who remained steady for wing, shot, fall of the bird, and a brief feather snow flurry.  Trip had two woodcock finds and a stop to flush.  Bee had a nice piece of work on a pair of grouse and we walked up a small bunch with 3 or 4 grouse in it.  I didn't see some of the dogs go as we started out in two groups but all the dogs in the other group had grouse work.  We ended the day with Joey running Chris Mathan's dog Rita.  Rita had two grouse finda and a stop to flush on a grouse that made the often fatal mistake of flying up into a tree.  I asked Joey if he wanted me to kill the bord for the dog and he said yes.  It landed about 4 feet in front of her and she remained steady for the shot and the fall of the bird.  It was a nice end to a somewhat damp but enjoyable opening day.  Tomorrow we meet at the church at 7 and will head out to a different set of covers.  Chris Mathan is supposed to join us so we'll probably form into two teams again.

Tony leads the way into one of the covers followed by the PA double and Lloyd Carnoski.

Papa Smurf directing traffic on a find.

Steve Groy on the left wing.

Joe McCarl on the right wing.
Lloyd "phone-boy" Carnoski marking another of our covers in his I-phone.