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, May 17, 2013

Grouse Camp

Puppies are here and the first two older dogs are arriving tomorrow for the beginning of our summer grouse camp.  We'll spend about a month with a yardwork and birdfield refresher before heading into the woods at the end of June for a couple months of wild bird experience.  In the meantime, the puppies continue to explore their world here at the kennel.  Picked up a bunch more pigeons yesterday and these two thought they were pretty interesting.

The puppies also continue to find ways to amuse themselves in the yard.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Running Grouse

Yesterday morning we had a curious event that shows just how hard it can be to pin a grouse sometimes.  We were working Frankie and Trip on quail here and Frankie got out where the puppies have been finding a grouse occasionally on our walks and went on point.  Once I spotted him Trip came into the area and without seeing Frankie slammed on point about 50 yards in front of him on the other side of one of my trails.  We flushed in front of both dogs and didn't get anything in the air.  When we sent them on the worked through a patch of woods for another 75 yards before Frankie had a Stop-to-flush on the grouse.   That was a heck of a runner and had the dogs not followed it we might have assumed they both had unproductives.

We are continuing to scout for new covers and walked around one today that looks like it should be very productive.  We flushed a grouse and saw borings around a number of the wet spots so we will most likely have both birds in there.  We should be back in the woods by the end of June and if we have good weather for the grouse hatch it will be another good year for summer training and fall hunting.