• (HGD) Kepa and (HGD) Ekahi 11/23/18
    Nevada , Valley Quail

    First time working the dogs together since Idaho. Although they did a great job , I still need to do more work on them hunting together as a brace. Just need to have them trust each others abilities and understand how to work as a team.

  • (HGD) Kepa, Chukar hunt 11-17-18
    Walked 9 up and downhill miles, to find a Chukar 1/2 a mile from the truck. Great hunt and day.
    Good Boy Kepa
    Happy Hunting to all

  • (HGD) Kepa , 11/15/18, Valley Quail
    Just enjoying my day with Kepa , while Ekahi recovers from her barb wire cuts

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    Opening weekend of upland season, 10/14/18

    (HGD) Ekahi goes on her first Valley Quail hunt and gets a 4 bird harvest . Her first encounter was a covey of about 50-60 birds and she handled it pretty good for a rookie. My next goal is to get Kepa and Ekahi hunting together in a brace.
    Great weekend
    Happy Hunting to all

  • Reagan Olivares uploaded 4 new Photos to HGD Community 2 months ago

    Opening Day of Upland Season, Nevada, 10/13/18
    (HGD) Kepa starts the season with a 6 bird harvest of Valley Quail. Great day.

    Happy Hunting

  • Sage Grouse , Sept. 2018
    HGD- Kepa
    HGD- Ekahi on her first wild bird hunt and harvest

    2-hunts , 2- limits, 2- different areas.
    Thank you Fred and Jani Ahlvers for a great hunt

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 3 months ago

    Ekahi and I received our Higgins Gundog Certification.
    So now i have 2 Certified Higgins Gundogs.
    I would like to thank Brad Higgins​ for allowing me to take the lead in the training of Ekahi, and being there to guide me through the process. Great learning experience

    Higgins Gundog Certification (HGD)
    A dog t…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 1 week ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi Learns the Retrieve

    Brad’s  method breaks the retrieve into 2 parts. First the release to go get the bird then a here command to return with the bird. It is done this way because a predators brain can only focus on one thing at a time. They must complete the…[Read more]

    • Curious if you do anything in particular to prevent or cure hard mouth. Sometimes my Annie is pretty aggressive with her bite… But not always.

      • Hello Wendell,

        Chewing on birds or being hard-mouthed is caused by the pressure you are putting on her to retrieve. People bring me hard mouthed dogs to fix all the time. One of the first things I do is remove all pressure to retrieve. After I say “fetch”, I walk away in the opposite direction. After just a couple of birds, she will go get her…[Read more]

        • we were training fetch with dead birds, often in the field as a reward for steadiness on training birds – holding through wing and shot – stopped when he started bringing me back dead birds at field trials – ones I don’t think he caught and killed – well maybe, all happening at 200+yds, can’t see on foot – have concluded training with dead birds…[Read more]

          • Hello Jack, welcome to our community page.

            We don’t train for field trials or tests. My method is designed to bring out all of a dogs natural drive, style, intensity and focus for upland hunting (foot hunting) and wingshooting. Goals for field trials are considerably different. If you like, I can post some videos showing how we get a dog steady…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

    Ekahi learns some new successful strategies.
    1) Being steady and not chasing birds leads to success
    2) When you are stationary, a flushing bird means don’t move. (steady to flush)
    3) When you are moving, the sight of a flushing bird means stop. (stop to flush)

    In this…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa,(Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights,#3
    2017-2018 Season Finale

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Jan. Highlights #2
    2017-2018 Season

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundogs)
    January Highlights, 2017-2018, Season

  • Reagan Olivares posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    well worth it, have a great day

  • Reagan Olivares posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Welcome to the group Raul, my name is Reagan Olivares,I dont know if you remember me, we are actually facebook friends, i could be wrong but i am pretty sure you have seen my videos before.( Hunting with Kepa) i work with Brad , hope you can make your way out here, it would be a pleasure to meet you and Charli in person. We have some really cool…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa (Higgins Gundogs)
    Dec. Highlights, 2017-2018 Season

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa, (Higgins Gundog) 11-15-18, Valley Quail

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months, 1 week ago

    The Higgins Method – http://www.higginsgundogs.com

     

    Shooter gets the bird and gives it to the dog

    Ekahi learning about the value of the shooter and trust

     

    The goal here is to show Ekahi that the Handler/Shooter is valuable and possesses an important skill. I have the ability to help get the b…[Read more]

  • Kepa posted an update in the group HGD Community 6 months, 1 week ago

    Happy Hunting with Kepa
    Hungarian Partridge
    Idaho, 11-7-17

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