I'd sure like to bring my Bourbonnais (pointing breed) with me on my Alaska trip to do a little grouse hunting. But she's not going because I'd never forgive myself if she didn't survive all the flights and all the flight time. (Going up there it will be Dallas-Denver-ANC-Dutch Harbor). Yes, I know there are no grouse on Unalaska but after I leave there I'll be going back to the mainland for four or five days to fish for trout, salmon, etc. I'd also like to spend one day going after sharptails or ruffed grouse (I've never been grouse hunting). Does anyone know of a good day guide who's got one or more decent dogs (either pointing or flushing)? All I can find are package deals where they charge a fortune to stay at a some fancy lodge. I'm willing to go several hundred miles from Anchorage if that's what it takes.... I've read a few articles about fair to good ruffed hunting in the Fairbanks area. But it seems sharptail numbers are way down in areas of Alaska that have those birds (Delta Junction, etc).
If anyone is interested, Bourbonnais kind of look like half Brittany/half GSH. They're hard working and extremely intelligent dogs. Most are great natural retrievers too. You can see pics of them by doing a search for "Bourbonnias images" on yahoo. I've never owned anything but pointers until I got my Bourbonnais two years ago. Now I can't imagine ever owning any other pointing breed.
Anyway, any feedback would be very much appreciated. Tom