Chris sent me this picture this morning and I got the full story later. Sam killed this beautiful tom this morning. He has had a heck of a year. Two turkeys, a deer and a mountain lion. This tom was killed in an area that holds what are considered Rio Grande/Merriam’s hybrid turkeys. Get your kids out and share some success. They are the future of the sport! Congrats Sam!!!
3 tips for taking kids out hunting:
1. Make it fun…FOR THEM! This may mean a stop for a treat on the way back. It may mean walking slower and not covering the ground you’d like. In the end, if a kid enjoys the overall experience of hunting with mom or dad, regardless of success, they will be more willing to go again.
2. Make it fun… fun may mean success, but it may not. Success helps. There is no way around it. It is good to start with hunting game that you have a high likelihood of killing. Teach them the value of persistence later…first try to get some success.
3. Make it fun… kids will miss…even yours. Look for the good in the hunt and don’t let your kid dwell on a miss. They happen to everyone and hunting is still fun despite them.
My wife and I took the kids out fishing this evening and had a ball. My four-year-old, Hope, outfished us all. My one-year-old twins, Korina and Acacia seemed to be interested in the fish. Lightly skeptical…but interested.
Pictured is Trigger, a German Shorthair Pointer from Jackson, Wyoming, that has been in our training program for two weeks. Yesterday we got some mid-April snow (where was all this snow during lion season!). We train in all conditions. We do this because we hunt in all conditions. We purposely keep a few white homing pigeons in our training flocks just for days like this because they are easier to hide in the snow.
We have a few spots available for this summer and early fall for training. We generally take dogs for 2-3 months but can work with you to suit your needs and what you are looking for in your hunting partner. We like to take dogs after they are 7 or 8 months old because we have found that dogs are mentally mature enough to handle the training. In some cases we have taken dogs when they are 6 months and they have worked out well. We train for hunting, but we also train for general obedience. Obedience is not only crucial in the field, but also at home. Contact Nick at 314-954-5424 or email at email@example.com for more info.
Here are some current training dogs. If you are interested in hearing about our training program, call or email Nick at 314-954-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have two to three planned breedings coming up in the next month or two. Our puppies sell very fast as they have a reputations for being excellent hunting/companion dogs. Stay tuned for upcoming exciting news. The females recently passed when their cycles usually happen. We are on the edge of our seats!
Spring 2015 Sissy/Boomer of Kenya
Spring 2015 Bailey/Duke of Kenya
Spring/Early Summer 2015 Katniss/?
Aug/Sept 2015 Stella/?
Oct/Nov 2015 Kenya/?
Contact Nick at 314-954-5424 or email@example.com.
We are excited to announce not one, but two American Brittany litters coming soon. Our field proven, AKC titled and OFA GOOD female, Kenya Karamojo Bell JH was bred to Twenty Grand Pete this past week and we are expecting a litter on the ground mid-April. The dam, Kenya, is a proven hunter and has thrown some fantastic puppies in the past. Cove Mountain Kennels has had the privilege of training with 5 of these pups from her previous litters and they were all great dogs and absolutely the most trainable dogs our kennel has seen. We can provide references. Kenya’s grandpa is Nolan’s Last Bullet, arguably the best Brittany ever. Her mother’s side is covered with blood out of NFC DC AFC Tequila’s Joker and other field champions. She is a pistol in the field and a pleasure to be around at home. She is stylish, fast and covers ground well. She hunts medium range, but will range in for grouse in the thick stuff or range further for sharptails on the prairie.
Also, Karamojo’s Dragon Tattoo JH (Stella, Kenya’s full sister) was also bred two weeks ago to Pete. This is rare for us to have two litters so close as we are only breeding two dams and their cycles are 6 months and 9 months. Stella is a pleasure to hunt with and a pleasure to be around. She was extremely trainable and is a great bird finder with a lot of style.
The sire of this litters, Pete, has the most stacked pedigree I have ever seen. This, combined with his excellent hunting skills, exceptional retrieving skills, and calm, even temperament, are why we chose him as a sire. Pete is a son of DC AFC Grand Junction Jake out of Illinois. In Pete’s five generation pedigree, there are 35 AKC field champions (FC). 10 of those are dual champions (DC). 9 of those are national field champion (NFC or AFC). There are also 8 show champions (CH) and a few AKC hunt test titled dogs as well. That is some serious blood for hunting and confirmation.
We breed for hunting/pointing, trainability and companionship. These dogs make hunting companion dogs or field trial prospects. We prefer hunting or field trialing homes, but sometimes make exceptions to individuals and families with an active and outdoorsy lifestyle.
Pups would be ready to go seven-eight weeks after that, sometime around mid-early June. We are located near Pocatello, Idaho. Scroll down for pics of other litters and the dam. We are currently accepting deposits. Give us a call at 314-954-5424 (Nick) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, to set up a litter pick or to just talk Brits.
We have a couple of opening for spring or summer training spots. We do mostly upland hunting dogs (pointing and flushing) but also do work with force fetching in some instances. Please contact us if you are interested in training and we can tell you about our program.
We will begin taking deposits for possibly two upcoming American Brittany litters. Both of the females, Kenya (Kenya Karamojo Bell JH) and Stella (Karamojo’s Dragon Tattoo JH), are AKC titled dogs. Both are being bred this week. Both have thrown proven puppies. We have worked with many of the pups from their previous litters and they are absolutely top notch (we have references.) We are using a new sire who is an excellent hunter with an unreal pedigree. We breed for hunting companion dogs as well as field trial contenders. Trainability, bird drive and temperament are the basis of our breeding program. Please scroll down for more info on each specific dam and stay tuned for more information. Call Nick at 314-954-5424 or email at email@example.com for more information or if you would like to talk Brits. These pups have proven to go very fast because of the bloodlines and how proven past litters have been. Pictured is Kenya as an adult and Stella as a puppy herself.
Had a crazy day on the mountain. We cut a mature tom lion track and turned the dogs loose right a legal hours. They took the track about 1000 yards and jumped the cat out of a cave in some cliffs before treeing it near the cave. Sparta ended up breaking both bones in her leg completely. She was still treeing when we got there and didn’t want to leave. I think she must have been on top of the cliff when the lion came out and decided the quickest way to the lion was straight down. Dogs don’t fly too well and the ground was pretty hard. After dropping her at the vet, we were back on the mountain and Sam killed a very nice cat. Once off the mountain it was back to the vet to witness the surgery. She should be ready to roll in about eight weeks.
They are challenging, flighty, frustrating and live in some nasty stuff. That is why we love them…or rather…love to kill them!