Ruffed Grouse

    Living near Park Falls, Wisconsin, our main pursuit is ruffed grouse.  Grouse is often said to be one of the toughest birds for a pointing dog to handle.  The dog must point at first scent, if the dog tries to get too close the bird will flush.  We have found it takes a dog with a great nose and strong pointing instincts to be successful on grouse.

    We require our dogs to point and remain steady until sent for the retrieve or sent to hunt.  Calmer dogs are much easier to train to be steady and remain steady throughout their life.

    Since most of our hunting is in dense cover, we prefer a dog that works out to about 80 yards.  Seldom do the dogs see exactly where the bird falls.  Dogs with strong retrieving instincts do not give up in finding a downed bird.


    There can be steady action when the woodcock flights come into northern Wisconsin.  They are often found in the same cover as grouse.  Woodcock tend to be easy for a pointing dog to handle, holding tight, allowing the dog to get close for the point.


    We are opportunistic waterfowl hunters.  Most of our hunting consists of sitting on a river bank for a couple of hours in the afternoon after a bird hunt.  For this type of hunting, we like a calm dog that can sit for hours without being a nuisance.  A calm dog is also useful when trying to “sneak” up on a flock of mallards.  A strong retriever is required, both for getting a duck or goose out of the river before it is swept away and in keeping after a cripple that swam to the far bank of the river.

Snowshoe Hare

    Snowshoe hare hunting is a nice way to stretch the hunting season into the winter months.  We have been successful in making drives with our drahthaars.  One person takes a stand while the dog and handler pushes the hares in the direction of the stander.  Here is a test for natural retrieving instincts, the dog should not have any qualms retrieving fur.


    We use our dogs in assisting bowhunters find wounded deer.  A calm dog with a good nose makes the best bloodtrailers.  They stay on the trail better, having better concentration at the task at hand.  A slow, deliberate tracker can easily be followed through the woods.