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  1. Hophead

    Hophead Refuge Member

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    Hey, all...long time member of the Refuge Forums, but haven't posted in a million years. The Army has had us moving all over hell's creation, so I haven't had an opportunity to carve the time out for duck hunting.

    Well, it looks as if we're going to be settling in this beautiful state. We just recently moved to Huntsville, and are utterly loving it. Kicks the crap out of Detroit, which is where we just moved from...I can tell you that!

    In any case, I can sure use some help finding a breeder of American (not English) labradors. Looking for really good bloodlines, and don't mind at all paying a premium for a quality dog. Can you all make some recommendations for good dogs within three hours' drive of Huntsville?

    Thanks, fellas!

    Brian
     
  2. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Jeremy Criscoe is near Morgan city, to the south down 231 of HSV. Whistling Wing Kennels, I believe it’s called. He may have a dog, or know of someone reputable who does. Any reason you don’t want a British dog, if I may ask? Size, demeanor?

    And welcome to Alabama. The duck hunting here generally sucks. A few clubs kill them, and some decent days can be had, but overall, we just don’t get many ducks.
     
  3. Hophead

    Hophead Refuge Member

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    "Any reason you don’t want a British dog, if I may ask? Size, demeanor?"

    Mostly aesthetics. Not a fan of the short-n-squat look.

    Thanks for the recommendation!
     
  4. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Fair enough.
     
  5. cholt

    cholt Elite Refuge Member

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    Check out a Boykin I won’t ever buy a lab again. Smaller and doesn’t shed and doesn’t eat everything on your property before it turns 2 lol. North Al is where I hunt there’s plenty of public water and land, just gonna have to put in the leg work.
     
  6. volsquackhead

    volsquackhead Senior Refuge Member

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    As a Boykin guy...I agree with @cholt :sp

    However, if you're looking for a lab, contact Kenneth Farris of Southwind Outfitters.
     
  7. TimMTP

    TimMTP Senior Refuge Member

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    I think Jeremy is gone now. Last I heard he's in Fla somewhere now.

    I agree with Kenny at Southwind. Also check with Mike at Magnum Run Kennels.
     
  8. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Nice to know. Thx.
     
  9. Hophead

    Hophead Refuge Member

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    You guys have any insight into Crimson Kennels? They seem to focus on breeding hunting dogs.
     
  10. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    No sir.

    Check out Rocket City Retrievers. Kade Harris. He texted me Wednesday and says he has 2 blacks for sale. Here's a pic of one. Can't get the video he sent me to load, but they are 9 weeks, and beginning to fetch and retrieve.

    KadePup.png
     
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