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

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Bitter Sweet

My granddaughter (along with her mother and father) left yesterday morning after a five week visit.  At two years old she's quite the character -- she goes out with me (in a backpack that a parent wears) when I run the puppies here, rides the four-wheeler when I'm planting pigeons, and imitates the way I "sing" to the dogs.  She'll be back in September for a few days when her mother comes for a friends wedding and then I'll spent time with them in Kentucky this winter.  They have friends who have a 400 acre farm about 15 minutes from the house and I'm going to be able to use an old tobacco barn for a kennel and have room to work the dogs on the days I can't go over to the Berea trial grounds.  All of you who are grandparents can empathize with my wish that the lived closer but that's rarely the case in this day and age as there are no jobs up here in the woods for a pair of college professors.

Brandy, yesterday on a pigeon.

So, it was back to work with a truck load of dogs this morning -- and it was a good morning.  Brandy is just off IR after being treated for heart worms and only got a 15 minute run.  She came close to "Dog of the Day" honors as she had three nice woodcock finds.  Sam was next out of the truck and carded two small broods (or more likely, two halves of the same brood as the finds were pretty close together) and a woodcock find.  Glow was out next with a woodcock and a nice brood of grouse that was probably 6+ birds.  "Dog of the Day" honors haver to go to Birdy who had a woodcock and two broods of grouse.  One brood was about three-quarters grown and the other was quail sized.  Glow and Sam's grouse were closer to full grown.

Birdy, a couple days ago on a pigeon.

The last dog out of the truck was Spiggy who found the biggest brood of birds I've seen since early in the season.  There was somewhere close to double digits as the 1/2 size grouse kept lifting in bunches.  She also had a woodcock.  And this was in a cover that I've driven by many, many times and never gone in.  It's just reaching the early stages of being good cover -- lots of skidder roads loaded with ripe raspberries lined with thick clumps of hardwood whips, as well as an edge of more mature woods.

The total for the morning was 7 woodcock and somewhere around 30 grouse including one single that I walked up.  The numbers should continue to improve as we make our way through August and into September.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Coming Soon

In the very near future there will be a new blogsite which will include our webpage www.wildapplekennel.com with this blog.  There maybe a period of time where the blog will be down as we transition to the new platform.  While the blog is down I post on my Craig Doherty Facebook page.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August -- In The Home Stretch

As August rolls in things are turning for the homestretch here at the kennel.  We ran in some different spots and had some better bird numbers this morning moving 9 grouse and 10 woodcock.  All three of the Bud Bros had bird contacts in what was really still, humid air.  Tick had a great back on G-III and got a good look at a grouse fly back past him and then bumped a woodcock that he and G-III were both trying to sort out.  Steve had a really nice piece of work on a woodcock that was 50 yards away and he held the bird until I got to him.  He took a step and the bird popped then he stayed steady to wing and shot.  The puppy of the day was Spot with three woodcock finds two on his own and one when he failed to back Trash and got the bird in the air.  He had two other opportunities to back and handled them well.  On his best find he let me flush the bird and it would have been one of those shots for a puppy where I tend to try a little harder and usually get the job done as the woodcock climbed up through an opening in the poplars giving me (and Spot) a really clean look at it.