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 31, 2013

Wild Apple Guide Service

Yesterday I passed the first part of the NH Hunting Guides test and will be going for my oral exam on June 10th.  If I pass that I plan to be offering guided bird hunts here in New Hampshire either with my dogs on yours.  More information will be posted once the testing process is finished.

In the middle of our a mini-heatwave here and went on a summer schedule getting Pete and Maggie out while the temperature was still in the 50s when we started and the 60s by the time they had both run.  The puppies followed with in warming into the 80s by the time I had the second batch back at the kennel.  One good thing about all the rain we've had recently ids there is plenty of ground water and they came back wet and covered in mud.

We've been having trouble with the quail recalling so we got one of those Total Recall electronic callers to hang on the Johnny House.  Hung it up last night and this morning when I went by with the puppies they flushed a quail that had been released last week.  Hope it calls more back from the wild as well as attracts future releases back to the pen.

It will be at least a few more weeks before we can start getting out into the bird covers, cna hardly wait.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hatch Watching

I know it doesn't make any difference, but at this time of year I pay extra attention to the weather.  The number of birds we'll have this summer for training and next fall for hunting is in part dependent on the weather during the hatching time.  Hopefully very few birds were hatched out up here last week.  It rained all week with some local flooding of streams and rivers.  The week ended with snow Friday night into Saturday morning.  In fact, I picked up the family at the airport Friday night and there was snow on 93 in a number of places coming north.  Franconia Notch had so much snow the plows had been out.  Fortunately north of the mountains we didn't get any accumulating snow.  We did have frost Saturday and Sunday nights.

This week the weather has become more seasonable and will be downright summer like by the end of the week.  The conventional wisdom here in the North Country is that we should be ok.  In a normal year our birds don't really hatch out until about this time and considering the lateness of the spring the hatch should be a little late this year.  It will be a while before we start finding broods in our training covers and will know for sure.

Here at the kennel the dogs are getting worked on a regular basis and the two sets of puppies are still tractable enough that they can be run in pairs.  The Moon puppies had a grouse encounter yesterday as they were the first out on the puppy loop.  When the Jack puppies went out on a larger loop we could here the grouse drumming not far from where it had been flushed on the first go-around.

Grouse eggs from a nest we found last year.