Iâ€™ve been a breeder, trainer, and handler of both retrievers and spaniels for over 50 years. I currently field trial my three year old Springer Spaniel, Keeper, in Canada and the U.S. I was raised in the San Diego area and began my dog training experience with Warren Grimsby at Warcon Kennels in Descanso in the 1960â€™s.
For the first time since leaving SoCal in 1970, I decided to winter over in the area where I first learned to hunt (shooting doves) with my dad back in the late 1950â€™s. Every September we would come over to the greater El Centro areaâ€¦hunting the fields around Imperial, Holtville, and Westmoreland.
After arriving in the Imperial Valley for winter dog training in 2018, I made contact with Mendel Woodland and immediately began guiding hunts for his clients with Keeper. Iâ€™ve hunted many years in eastern Montana, Iowa, and the Dakotas and I know great birds when I see them. I also know bad pen-raised birds like we often see at spring field trials. Mendelâ€™s birds are truly outstanding. They fly strong and high and the chukars take off like lightning!
Guiding over the winters at Woodlandâ€™s Hunt Club has been a great experience for both Keeper and myself and I highly recommend this club to any level of hunter looking for fantastic birds. This experience is unique to the area and WHC is a gem in SoCalâ€™s Imperial Valleyâ€¦an easy drive from San Diego, LA, Orange County, or even Palm Springs. Check it out!