When I first got Sonny, I wanted to work on his retrieving). I got some frozen feathered birds and hid them throughout the property. Went for a walk and he found every one! Had him sit, threw one, he retrieved it, immediately! Switched to dummies with feathers and within 3 weeks, he was consistently doing triples on command! Last year he retrieved about 90 birds. 5 of them were geese! This year as soon as he sees me get hunting clothes on, he gets all jacked up. He is extremely athletic and very lean and fast. Now he can jump into my truck bed with the tail gate up, blew me away when he first did it! He hunts ducks. He sits on command and will not move from his blind! He is EXTREME in intelligence and hunting skills. Sonny loves to please. Has not lost a bird yet... he is relentless! He loves to pheasant hunt... will go all day long zig- zagging at great pace! Great family dog... he is also a mama's boy! Sonny is really an incredible pet and hunting partner Thank you again — Bert and Susan B., California
Our dog, Hunter, is the complete package. He's an amazing hunter with great athletic ability and natural intuition. He has unbelievable stamina and will hunt for hours on end. But more than that, he's a kind, gentle, and irreplaceable part of our family. We are so grateful that we found Alcorn Kennel. These really are the best labs out there. We are eagerly awaiting our next Alcorn Kennel lab puppy. — Joe W., Wyoming
Ross, Herschel has been a perfect pup. He is sharp and has a very great temperament. It helps that we have Forrest for him to model on. As I've told you before Forrest is the best dog I've ever owned or even been around when it comes to calm temperament but still has a great nose and loves to hunt. — Mark G., Colorado
Sage has been the best dog that I have ever had at home and in the field. She has been a strong pointer from the start and has only gotten better as time went on. Sage has always had good drive and has trained easy. She is 13 years old and is still hunting strong. We have been so pleased with Sage that we just ordered another dog from Alcorn Hunter Haven. — Chris A. from Montana
I’ve had multiple trained hunting dogs, none as good as Dusty. I think he actually knows what I’m saying. I taught him to retrieve the paper with one command! He has brought such joy, thank you, Ross. — John J.
My dog Chief...he’s like family! He is a great hunter, natural pointer, and gets better with every hunt. He’s equally as great in the house, duck blinds, or upland eld. — Matt. H
Today we laid to rest the best darn lab ever. And she came from your kennels. We brought little Chili home to Pierre, SD xmas 2006. A gift to our daughter. To hunt the prairie that is the Fort Pierre National Grassland, where I work. She became a talented and trusted upland grouse and pheasant retriever behind our big running English setters. And a family member along with our two kids, then later grandkids, and my husband Mike and I. Talk about a soft mouth? Chili had a habit of lifting downy squab racing homers from the floor of our loft and carrying them around the yard. And never harmed a one. Countless acolades to remember her by, on the field and off. Trust me, you would be proud. We certainly are. I also thought it remarkable, that after 14 years she showed no grey hairs! Her Sire was Red, whom we met the day we picked her up. The Dam I dont recall. The photo is of Chili and I, 2 days ago on the grassland. Where I carried her for 1 last sniff.
I'm sure my husband will be reaching out to you, again, at some point. Though I hope not too soon. Tough day today for sure. Thank you for the fine bloodline that was Chili. — Carol Erickson Pierre, SD
Julie, this is Cory Bratland from eastern SDak. I got a pup from you last December. Mac will turn 1 year old here in 10 days or so. Been having a good hunting season so far!