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North Central Washington

     ~ Hunting Dusty and Ruffled Grouse 

Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-3

Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-2Hi guys, I hope your summer has gone well. Just wanted to send some photos from our grouse opener weekend- (between me, a friend and George from Stackhouse and Mousse) we hit about 15 dusky and ruffed grouse over 3 days!
We were hunting in north central Washington, there’s a lot of empty public space out there. It’s not as high as our Cascades are there, normally I see mostly duskies and rarely ruffs but this was the opposite.
Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-5
~Richard
Dealy's George Grouse Opener2017-4For those that don’t know–, these are forest grouse or mountain grouse.
Dusky/blue grouse are northwest birds but ruffed grouse are the nature northern part of the continent. You see both in thick forests and blue grouse only usually above 4 or 5000 feet.
The other American grouse species like sage grouse or prairie chickens or sharp tailed grouse are mostly plains or desert birds so that would be more likely what you’d see down your way.

Breeder Comment

We appreciate the update and news that George is proving to be a worthy Versatile Hunting Companion. The work you put in is paying dividends.
Although many non-hunters read our blog, it is important to remember that the Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Companion. When properly trained they can be an all-around companion and swell family member. Having a job (such as hunting) is a great outlet for them. Many non-traditional hunters are taking up Shed Hunting or Truffle hunting. Oregon Truffles are a thing! The Weimaraner nose should be ideal when trained to search for this treasure–click here! George has a job (probably more than one) and whatever the Weimaraner’s role in the household they need to do more than being a couch sitter.
The Grouse is not a frequent topic of discussion as our Sage Grouse (Sage Hens) are somewhat elusive and require a tag. The numbers are fair; however, there is great concern over their future. The wildfires that ravaged vast expanses of BLM ground during the last few years have damaged habitat. Who can gauge what the long term effect this burn off will have on these birds and other wildlife? Here are some links if this is of interest.

Dutch

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Dutch and Molly (my Grandmother’s OwyheeStar Weimar)

This is our Dutch dog. From the very beginning, you could tell he was going to be a great hunter. But to tell you the truth he’s always going to be my kid. When he was just a babe I started him out young training him with pheasant wings and of course ‘the ball.’ Dutch wouldn’t stop..and in his training he became great.
I decided about three years ago to teach him how to swim. ( Oh, he was 2 years old when he first swam.  ) Mind you he always liked the water. Short hairs usually don’t like the water but he’s a mix* because his Dad is a Longhair. I’d thought I’d risk it. We live on some pretty big water in Boring, Oregon along the Sandy River. The day was hot and water just right. I started him off slow throwing him a stick a little farther each time. After a few trial by error and gulps of water Dutch learned to raise his head and use that long whipping tail as a rudder. By that rate I couldn’t stop him from taking the plunge, jumping in and swimming against the strong currents. Dutch is unstoppable. Thank you, soo much for the joy you’ve brought into our lives. He’s really such a great dog!  😘 ~ Bonney

From Bonney’s Mom–Jane

Dutch has been the best of all the Weimaraners that we have owned.  Some of that may be due to our own growth in how to train a hunting dog, but most of it has to do with his personality.
He plays alone with a stick ball or blanket…throwing it up into the air and pouncing on it, tossing it and chasing it on his own while he spins, jumps and prances.
He plays well with other dogs, too and will lower himself to their level if they are small breeds.
Of course, we treat him like a human member of our family, but he has his own dog bed and toys.  Bonney has assisted greatly in his training to hold or stay.  He will allow Sam to walk around the area while he is on point (hold) and Dutch loves to dive into the brush to retrieve.  He does not like to come back empty handed.  He has also been swimming in the Colorado River and loves the water.
Mom’s dog, Molly, was born about 12 days after Dutch.  Mom and Bonney keep me up to date!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to get news for both Molly and Dutch. It is so great that they are doing well. Bonney, we thank you for the lovely video of Dutch swimming. 
*Bonney says he is a Mix–she means that Mama (Cindee) was a traditional Silver Gray smooth coat Weimaraner, whereas the litter was sired by Stackhouse who is a Longhair Weimaraner. Although a great percentage of the OwyheeStar pups learn to love the water, Stackhouse most certainly is a strong swimmer. Nevertheless, most Weims swim because a few things happen in the right way. One thing that really helps is getting the strong recall and the love of the retrieve ingrained. This strategy can work in your favor. Some folks who do not want a bird dog allow their Weimaraner too much freedom–they get the idea they can play keep away. They do not retrieve to hand. Achieving these two necessary skills opens additional doors of opportunity for the hunter and the non-hunter. It is important. Believing it is possible also is key. Getting the Weimaraner to swim is doable! Even in the most reluctant of swimmers, it can be achieved, but exposing them to water early on is best. 
Our puppies swim before leaving here when the weather permits. See the first swim of 2017 below.

At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter

Winnie

She Changed Our World

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Lazy dog days of summer coming to an end. We’ve always wondered what Winnie does with her days when we are not home. We know that her and Max (our 6-year-old Chocolate Lab), play, but seeing her sunbathing was a site to see. I was excited to be able to capture it and, of course, I shared it on Facebook for everyone to see.

Winnie and Max love to go for rides

Many times we take them separately. In this way, we can have invaluable one on one time with them.

Field Work

Winnie is also learning how to bird hunt and perfect her pointing skills. I love capturing her different puppy stages as she gets older (she’s eight months old). I can’t wait to see what she has I store for us in the adventure of our lifetime together. Winnie has changed our world, and we love her to the moon and back.

~Brendan and Sherena

Sweet Boy Jager

A Good Disposition

Hope all is going well for you guys! I thought I would write you a quick email letting you know how Jager has been. What a sweet boy he is! I still can’t get over how good of a disposition he has. I have never seen my vet gush over a dog so much. It was pretty funny actually how he was about Jaeger. He (literally) got all the girls in the office to stop and watch him walk back to the exam room one time!)  🙂  Besides his great looks and sweetness, he has been doing great.

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He’s Birdy Too!

My German Shepard Sophie just loves him, and they play nonstop when he is outside.  Adam has been working with him a lot. We have a big pond near our house that Adam likes to take him to train.  It’s perfect training ground for the little guy. He got extremely birdy a couple weeks ago which only made Adam even more proud! We couldn’t be happier with him!

Obi wan

Obi wan is doing great.

His obedience training is going swimmingly, and I have started incorporating some minor bird training. I got hooked up with a buddy from work who runs a bird hunting club and have gotten some training tips to start with but we don’t work long (10-15 min a few times a day). I’m looking forward to his shots being complete so we can get more outdoors.

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Best Friends

As always him and my youngest daughter are best friends. He this far is a great addition to the family, and we couldn’t be happier. He will be getting a small taste of hunting in the fall.

Breeder’s Note: The photos were used with permission. Please do not reproduce them without the owner’s written permission. This note from Justin is a very nice update. We love that it covers the training, as well as living with the Weimaraner. Clearly, they are doing well. We appreciate the effort it takes everyone to raise the Weimaraner. Keeping us updated is a huge plus. 

Water Work for the Weimaraner

Versatile Means there is More than Water…

We have always preached the importance of achieving the water retrieve. Some folks never achieve it, but if you get on it early and stick with the process, your Weimaraner can swim too. The hiccup happens once the adversity to water, or the idea that they don’t swim is ingrained.

We can still hear Ray asking us if Cooper would swim, and retrieve ducks. We think that question has been answered. Here is Cooper doing his water work.

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Versatile slips over into other areas

A true versatile Weimaraner is more to the family than an all-purpose hunting dog. Nancy and Ray have a multi-facet life of the best kind. Gus (the old guy) and Cooper join them in nearly aspect; they don’t travel to the tropical vacations. Nonetheless, they spend a lot of time hanging out, and doing grand stuff. Nancy is a dedicated runner with a closet full of ribbons, and medals. You know what I mean. She gets it done. These guys have joined in her during training.

Ray and Nancy can be seen hiking, and involved in community projects. Almost always (when appropriate) you will find the Weim kids with them. Hunting, hiking, traveling, exercising, and resting are done together. Here are a few of the most recent moments when they took the time to capture a photo of their adventure. We send you (Ray and Nancy) a huge thank you on every level. We are blessed to know you, and to share our love of this breed with a family like yours.

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Trigger at Nine Months

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I hope you are doing great. My name is Hira if you remember I am Trigger’s (part) owner. Trigger is from Greta and Blue’s March litter. Today we were taking him out for a hunt and I decided to take some pictures before we go and wanted to send the best out of the batch to you. Hope you like it.

Here I am with Trigger a few months ago…L1000569

Thanksgiving Day Hunt

 Hello Cliff and Shela

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I thought you would enjoy these pictures that were taken yesterday–Thanksgiving. I am the one holding Schultz and I am with my brother Barry and my nephews Basil and Anthony. This was after a 12 inch snowfall! Schultz was able to get 6 roosters!!! Mr. Schultz is also known as Tubby for his voracious appetite!!!!

Prior to the Thanksgiving Day Hunt; Shultz  found, or pointed at least 20 bird. He probably accidentally flushed another six; he retrieved all but two. He recovered four or five runners. At the age of eleven-plus it’s asking a lot of him; however, he won’t let me leave without him! When he sees orange clothes,he is not staying home. Some of the pictures are when he goes fishing with me, and that is every chance we get. I’ve had more than a few dogs; nevertheless,over a lot of beloved dogs I’ve had in my life, he is one you only have once in a lifetime.

Note–when I say he is on point I mean rock solid. He does not move when pointing, and sometimes he is within a step of a hidden rooster. When Mr.Shultz says I found one, he’s usually right. Thank you,for a truly best friend I just can’t get enough of.

                                                                                              ~Russell

Dozer Grows Up

Companion Hunter

Hello Cliff and Shela

I just wanted to share a few pictures; we had a good day of hunting with Dozer. Three birds and this included crossing the river to make the retrieve.

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Breeder’s Comment: Thank You Greg for the great update on Dozer. It is always fun to hear of your success. Dozer has become a true versatile hunting companion. Thank you for your great work. We have included your previous photos too! People will enjoy seeing your early beginnings.

Tango

Where does the time go?Olson's Tango

Summer is over, and it really feels like fall most mornings here on the Palouse….  Last week got some much needed rain, it has been one of the driest summers/fall that I can remember.  Just wanted to give you a quick update on Tango.  I know that it has been much too long, and I really don’t have any good excuse.  I have, from time to time, read the website to keep up with you.  Tango is doing just great, he still has a bunch of energy, but has calmed from the puppy stuff.  We have survived most of the “bad stuff”…. jumping, mouthing, digging, running, barking, eating the house, chasing – cars, cats, coyotes, deer, elk, moose, airplanes……  And after all of that he is the best dog we could have hoped for and has exceeded all of my expectations.  He is so loyal, friendly and protective of his family, which now includes a pair of new kittens….

One-For-One-For-One….

           One Rooster, One Weimaraner, and One Great RetrieveOlson's Tango-2Tango I  went hunting Saturday morning and had some luck, not a bunch of birds, and the conditions were really poor.   We were one-for-one-for-one….  We got one rooster up, I took one shot, and Tango retrieved one bird. 🙂  It was a great morning.  This the picture from the morning’s hunt.

I will try to keep you updated more often, Thank you for the wonderful dog. ~Andy