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K-ler's Kennel

K-ler's Kennel Owner and trainer of field bred English Springer Spaniels. Participates in field trials, hunt tests and HUNTING!

Operating as usual

The snow in the backyard is melting, but the packed down, icy paths are holding out. Come on, spring!
03/03/2022

The snow in the backyard is melting, but the packed down, icy paths are holding out. Come on, spring!

01/08/2022

Porter still loves snow shoveling. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Joe had taken an even better version of this photo with Porter's eyes open. I didn't notice that on my small phone scree...
12/20/2021

Joe had taken an even better version of this photo with Porter's eyes open. I didn't notice that on my small phone screen.

We had a bunch more wild flushing roosters again this morning while pushing the cattails and grass. Then as we headed ba...
12/19/2021

We had a bunch more wild flushing roosters again this morning while pushing the cattails and grass. Then as we headed back to the trucks to hang it up both Joe and I each shot a rooster within 200 yards of our parking spot. My guess is we found birds that had flown back in to cover after feeding.
That's a pretty good way to end the trip. ๐Ÿ‘

12/19/2021

We had a tough day in South Dakota. We hunted three public spots and saw a half dozen or better roosters at 150 to 300 yards out. Lots of fresh tracks in the cattails, but they were very spooky.
The only close rooster Joe Eischen managed to bag (I was behind some willows). I didn't fire a shot all day.
Porter had the late shift and he had five nice, close flushes rooting out birds in the cattails, but all were hens. Too bad, because I really wanted to reward the youngster with a retrieve after the good work.
One more day tomorrow. Gonna push a private cattail strip and then call it a trip. Hope we get some shooting.๐Ÿคž

We hunted three spots this morning and only had this one rooster to shoot at. It was a longer shot and I dropped a leg a...
12/17/2021

We hunted three spots this morning and only had this one rooster to shoot at. It was a longer shot and I dropped a leg and we watched it fly a quarter mile over a hill. We had a good line on where he flew so we headed that way and there was a cattail patch just over the hill so we let the dogs search it. Joe Eischen's dog Kai showed up with the live rooster in his mouth. Good boy! ๐Ÿ‘ I wasn't putting high odds on recovering that one.

It was a tough day in South Dakota with Joe. It took two hunters and two dogs to put this one in the bag.I hate leaving ...
12/17/2021

It was a tough day in South Dakota with Joe. It took two hunters and two dogs to put this one in the bag.
I hate leaving shot birds in the field, and that happened too much today.
That's hunting. Hope I shoot better tomorrow.

12/11/2021

We got 16+ inches of new snow, but the dogs don't mind.
Bart demonstrates that mousing in deep snow requires dedication. ๐Ÿ˜œ

11/23/2021

The continuing adventures of Stick Carrier and Leaf Chaser. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Last day in South Dakota. Two and a half hours and another limit. ๐Ÿ‘
11/14/2021

Last day in South Dakota. Two and a half hours and another limit. ๐Ÿ‘

That was a successful day of pheasant hunting with Joe Eischen, Gus, Kai, Bart, and Porter.
11/14/2021

That was a successful day of pheasant hunting with Joe Eischen, Gus, Kai, Bart, and Porter.

And that's a wrap!
11/13/2021

And that's a wrap!

Porter and I had another good morning. We got two good chances and capitalized on them. The first one was shot less than...
11/13/2021

Porter and I had another good morning. We got two good chances and capitalized on them. The first one was shot less than 100 yards from where we parked on a public hunting area just a few minutes into the hunt.
We're seeing lots of tracks in the snow, but most of the pheasants must be out feeding after the high winds let up. Half of yesterday's birds had empty crops.
Bart is impatiently waiting for his turn.

It was a good day. We shot two limits!As hunting buddy Joe Eischen observed, crappy weather often makes for good pheasan...
11/13/2021

It was a good day. We shot two limits!
As hunting buddy Joe Eischen observed, crappy weather often makes for good pheasant hunting. ๐Ÿ‘

We had a productive morning hunt. Four roosters in just under an hour and a half. It almost makes you forget the nasty w...
11/12/2021

We had a productive morning hunt. Four roosters in just under an hour and a half. It almost makes you forget the nasty wind when you're finding birds.

Porter flushed and retrieved rooster number three from the cattails. And that's a limit! ๐Ÿ‘
11/11/2021

Porter flushed and retrieved rooster number three from the cattails. And that's a limit! ๐Ÿ‘

11/11/2021

We have interesting hunting weather again today. 34 degrees, snow, and winds 25-35 mph with gusts over 50.

Bart got to have fun today on the first shift. Two in the bag. ๐Ÿ‘His late shift yesterday was a bust. Few birds seen and ...
11/11/2021

Bart got to have fun today on the first shift. Two in the bag. ๐Ÿ‘
His late shift yesterday was a bust. Few birds seen and no shots fired. Quite sad since it was on private land that used to be phenomenal pheasant cover. Now it's plowed, mowed, and grazed into oblivion. It's amazing how much the cattle even knocked back the cattail sloughs. Although the drought played a part in that, too.

Porter placed second in the puppy stake this weekend. He's coming along nicely. ๐Ÿ‘
10/25/2021

Porter placed second in the puppy stake this weekend. He's coming along nicely. ๐Ÿ‘

Bart and Porter participated in the MHSA Fun Trial today. I thought they would run Puppy and Derby using pigeons, but it...
08/23/2021

Bart and Porter participated in the MHSA Fun Trial today. I thought they would run Puppy and Derby using pigeons, but it turns out they used pheasants for all events.
Although Porter had only run on pheasants once in training he did great. He had a trap and three flushes and was perfectly steady. ๐Ÿ‘ I'm very pleased.
Bart the seasoned veteran did well, too. I'm looking forward to fall field trials with these two guys.

07/02/2021

Porter is in stick-carrying heaven after pulling up a dead willow. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Weโ€™re back home from Kansas and Bart has something to show for his efforts. He completed six series over three days and ...
03/22/2021

Weโ€™re back home from Kansas and Bart has something to show for his efforts. He completed six series over three days and managed to scratch out fourth place on Friday.
On Sunday he overshot a retrieve in the third series and ended up flushing four extra pheasants, so that one blew up in our faces. Thatโ€™s field trialing...
One of us is a little tired after making the 700 mile drive from Zenda to Shakopee in one shot.

03/18/2021

Bart and Porter burned off some steam tonight. ๐Ÿ‘

The big thaw is underway. Two days ago this was all white. Now the packed-down path that I've been walking all winter is...
03/03/2021

The big thaw is underway. Two days ago this was all white. Now the packed-down path that I've been walking all winter is clear to see.

01/24/2021

New snow is work for me, but it's fun for Porter! ๐Ÿ˜‚

01/17/2021

Bart and Porter are burning off some energy. Especially Porter! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Seriously... how good does it smell down there to get you to jam your whole head into the snow? ๐Ÿ˜‚
01/07/2021

Seriously... how good does it smell down there to get you to jam your whole head into the snow? ๐Ÿ˜‚

That was AMAZING! ๐Ÿ˜ฎI saw more than 110 pheasants on this afternoon's hunt with Bart.If you'd have told me I was going to...
12/31/2020

That was AMAZING! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
I saw more than 110 pheasants on this afternoon's hunt with Bart.
If you'd have told me I was going to see that many birds during a 1 1/2 hour hunt on public land in Minnesota just 5 days from the end of the season I'd have said you were crazy. (Granted, most of them were flushing wild, far out of gun range.)
I didn't pull the trigger until the 91st pheasant was a rooster that jumped close enough for a shot. I knocked him down in short grass outside of the cattails, but I tracked him from his impact mark in the snow and determined that he ran back into a large willow patch that had just emptied of pheasants, and with all the scent in the area Bart wasn't able to locate him.
Finding myself nearly a mile from the truck I decided to cut straight across the wide expanse of the cattail slough. Surprisingly, even way out in the middle there were pheasant tracks in nearly every opening and narrow path.
When we finally got to the slough edge nearest my truck the count was 99 pheasants sighted. At that point, in a final effort to put a rooster in the bag, I decided to hunt the slough edge up to some plum trees a few hundred yards distant.
When I was about 30 yards short of the trees the cattails exploded. The fourth bird in that group to jump was a rooster well in range, and I folded him with one shot, but deep into the cattails. I kept my eyes on the spot where he had dropped and made a beeline to the area of the fall as at least a dozen more pheasants continued to flush.
My mark was pretty good, because Bart found the dead rooster about five yards to my left. I snapped a quick photo as Bart brought the bird to me and decided to call it a fitting end to our five day hunt.

It's snowing and breezy this morning, so we're earning our fun. We've seen 6 roosters and 4 hens but most are flushing o...
12/29/2020

It's snowing and breezy this morning, so we're earning our fun. We've seen 6 roosters and 4 hens but most are flushing out of range. Porter flushed this one near enough for a shot. It was hard hit, but he still trailed it about 20 yards in a slough edge with mixed cattails and grass to complete the retrieve. Good boy! ๐Ÿ‘

Porter had a fun morning. We put in over three miles without any action, then bagged these two about five minutes apart....
12/28/2020

Porter had a fun morning. We put in over three miles without any action, then bagged these two about five minutes apart. Porter flushed them both from cattails. The first one was crossing about 50 yards out from me, and I pondered not shooting. Then after I hit it I could tell it was a broken-wing that landed out in the grass. I had an "oh, no" moment since I had a clearly wounded bird and only a young dog to complete the job. I quickly got Porter to the fall and he immediately trailed about 40 yards to a narrow cattail waterway and pinned down the wounded rooster. I was extremely happy with his work. He's really figuring it out for a 9 1/2 month old.

It was a good day hunting in South Dakota with Joe. We shot our limits, and all the dogs got in on the action.
12/28/2020

It was a good day hunting in South Dakota with Joe. We shot our limits, and all the dogs got in on the action.

12/25/2020

๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐ŸฆŒ from Dean, Lori, Bart, and Porter!
It's a balmy 0 degrees this Christmas morning, but the dogs don't seem to mind.

12/18/2020

Bart and Porter are happy to be home! It was a long drive back from the NAC in Ohio.

11/29/2020

Porter says "Much better!" ๐Ÿ˜œ

11/29/2020

Porter hates it when the sticks are still attached to the ground. ๐Ÿคฃ

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Shakopee, MN
55379

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