Can I bring my own dog?
We always have our dogs on the truck, but are happy to have our clients bring their own dogs. Many times, this helps the client as they get the guide trip and gundog trainer in the same day.
How long will we hunt/how far will we walk?
We hunt as long and far as our clients want. It is their day to choose, and they can decide how to spend it. Full-day hunts are a maximum of 8 hours (including travel between covers), and we walk between 5-8 miles on average.
Can I bring my kids or other non-hunter?
We love to take kids and non-hunters into the outdoors, and Chris has five kids of his own. However, we discuss each situation individually with the client. With the type of walking and uneven terrain, this is usually best for older children and non-hunters, depending upon experience. Again, it is your day, and the way and extent that you spend it hunting are up to you.
Can my kids come and hunt with me?
Again, this is a conversation that we have with each client individually, but the child must have completed a hunter safety and have experience hunting in groups, ideally in thick cover where it is hard to always see the other hunters and dogs. The guide reserves the right to ask the client to have his child leave the gun in the truck if there is unsafe behavior.
We are also an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter and can get you on the water chasing trout, smallmouth, salmon, and steelhead. We have cast and blast combinations available for the ultimate experience.
We offer gundog training through our sister company, Northwoods Gundogs, for tune-ups, or we are happy to combine feedback during your guide trip on your dog's hunting situation during the hunt.
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