Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

BB in the snow

Now nine months old, BB has been getting plenty of wild bird exposure this season with the pack, but last week it was time to finish her solo training.  When hunting in the pack setting, it is difficult for her to get a chance to retrieve with the older, more experienced dogs present.  We planted a couple of hen pheasants for her to practice on at the local dog training wildlife management area.

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Charles walks into BB’s first point of the day

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

BB looking good on retrieve

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

A stylish point from BB

hen pheasant

On the flush

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

BB looking intense on retrieve

BB has done a fabulous job maturing into a hunting animal quickly.  The most important part of successfully raising a hunting Wirehaired Pointing Griffon puppy is giving them the exposure they need to tap into their natural instincts.  BB has had plenty of practice at home with basic obedience and yard work on fetching dokkens, but the majority of her hunt training has been simple exposure to situations with plenty of bird action.

Soon we will be introducing her to working as a guide dog in the hunting preserve setting, which will be an exciting addition to her experience in the field.

Sue and Sam

Our flagship working dogs have been very busy at the preserve guiding hunts.  Charles has been doing all of the guide work up with me assisting, but the volume of weekday hunts has reached a point to where I will now be taking care of the weekday guiding duties.

November 24, 2011

November 25, 2011

December 1, 2011

Morning, December 10, 2011

Afternoon, December 10, 2011

December 11, 2011


Mae (AKC/NAVHDA Little Lady Aspen) is a five year old female Wirehaired Pointing Griffon who now lives in our home and kennel.  She has definitely become a member of the pack and family!  I will provide more information on Mae’s background and training in a future post.  Welcome to Bluestem Kennels, Mae!

Mae on the move

Upcoming Events

Charles is invited to hunt some private land in Southeastern Nebraska this Saturday and currently the plan is for Sam and BB to work the fields that day.  The week before Christmas, Charity and the dogs are on call at the preserve to guide a few hunts and Christmas weekend will be a Sandhills wild bird all-pack hunt.  That takes us into the last month of wild bird hunting in Nebraska, with our season closing goals being to fill at least one (each hunter gets 3 annually) of our Eastern Nebraska Prairie Chicken tags and to bag some quail.  We’ll be guiding during preserve season until March 31st, so the game isn’t up for us just yet.

We anticipate Sue coming into her breeding season sometime in February, so a few weeks into her pregnancy she’ll be taken out of the hunting circuit and it will be time for BB to step in.  Plenty to look forward to in the coming months!

Happy Holidays and Happy Hunting from Bluestem Kennels!