Long Gone Buckwheat
CH Long Gone Buckwheat won the North American Woodcock Futurity ( as did his mama, Ch Long Gone Daisey , 2001 Grandmother CH Long Gone Mittens, 1996 and great grandmother, Long Gone Giggles 1993 ) in Oct., 2009 in Moncton, New Brunswick with Dave Hughes handling with a broke grouse find. “Buck” also won the prestigious “Miss Leslie “Open Derby Woodcock Classic in Nackawic, New Brunswick in Oct, 2009 again with Dave Hughes handling. CH. Buckwheat placed in the 65th Grand National Grouse Futurity in Marionville, PA. on Halloween. CH. Long Gone Buckwheat will be bred to select bitches. Call Long Gone Kennels at (603) 636-2959 for more infromation. The furture looks bright for the big , leggy white and black setter. We are all enjoying shooting birds over his points, daily.
CH Long Gone Buckwheat won the 37th International Amateur Woodcock Championship in Debec, New Brunswick, Oct. 11 and 12, 2014 . Buck ran a great hour and pointed his birds, with style and accuracy. We are very proud of Bucks accomplishments this year, with his RU win in the Fogg Classic on the Cape in March. His win of The Kilkenny Classic ( on both wild and liberated birds ) in April in NH, his being named winner of The Fogg Throphy, as the top open walking shooting dog of the year in New England, and now A National Championbship win on woodcock. His off spring are looking very good, with 2x RU CH Long Gone Studley leading the way, with Grand National Grouse Futurity Winner, Long Gone Conway also a credit to his production
3x CH Long Gone Buckwheat won the 2014 renewall of the 70th running of The Grand National Grouse Championship held this year in Galdwin, Michigan. “Buck” scored on both grouse and woodcock in a very strong hour on the ground. Buck ran big, yet handled ( as a grouse dog should !!! ) for handler Dave Hughes. We could not be prouder of him. We are also proud of the fact that we have bred, won with and shot many wild birds with most of the dogs in Buckwheats pedigree, and so far back that many have “fallen off” the pedigrees. His win, is not what we call “A ONE HIT WONDER “..where someone gets lucky and wins with just one dog…but he joins a long line of solid grouse dogs that we have bred and owned that have become Champions, on wild birds, in the last 4 plus decades of line breeding English Setters. “3x CH Long Gone Buckwheat” is not only a Champion field trial competitor at the highest levels in our sport, but a wonderfull hunting dog who we kill a lot of birds over his points every fall. His disposition is loving and kind. And just for the record, we do NOT own a tracking collar, don’t use one, don’t know how to use one, nor do I want to know how to use one! If my dog is running so far out of control, that I need a tracking collar to find him or her….I am doing something wrong! Just my not so humble opinion. Thank you , as always to Dave Hughes for taking “Buckwheat “ to Michigan and handleing him for us to this great win.
Subject: Bea’s been bred!
As most of you know, it appears Bea has been successfully bred beginning on November 25th (11th day), followed by 11/27 & 11/29, which allowed me to get her to Long Gone Setters & pick her up on Sunday the day before my left hip surgery on 12/1. The setter gods certainly smiled upon me to get that kind of timing! Many thanks to Greg for accompanying me on the NH excursion that Sunday & to Lloyd Murray for “getting the job done”. I currently have 8 people who are interested in getting a puppy out of Bea, who was bred to CH Long Gone Buckwheat who in October won the International Woodcock Championship in New Brunswick & in mid-November took the Grand National Grouse Championship in Michigan with Dave Hughes—I guess I got the right sire!!! In addition to Lloyd Murray & myself getting pups, Dennis, Bill Robinson (2 of his sports, Bill & Tom) are also on the list, as well as a couple of other hunters who have contacted me.
The litter is expected to be whelped around January 24th with all puppy pick-ups being required no later than Monday, March 23, 2015 (approx. 58 days post whelping) as Greg & I will be headed to Belize to catch Permit on Thursday March 26, 2015.
Best to you all!
Congratulations of Buckwheats recent win of The IAW Championship. (He wrote this before Buckwheat won the Grand.)
If you ever need a recommdation on his producing good offspring feel free to pass on my phone number 513-683-3501.
My Sue weighs 43 lbs. with a wide strong body. My hunting buddy for 22 years told me after our hunting trip to Montanna this Sept. 15th she is the best dog you have ever owned. She is the complete bird dog, has style, indurance and a superior ability to find grouse, including sharptails, huns, quail, woodcock and grouse……..”
Sincerely, Jim Rogers
Congratulations on Buckwheat’s win at the Grand National. Are there any details on the web from the trial reporter?
I need to say I couldn’t be happier with Sugar; she’s fitting in nicely at home and is quickly endearing herself to my wife. She’s definitely a high energy dog, when she’s moving she’s going a hundred miles an hour but the great thing is she has an off switch and loves spending time on the sofa relaxing beside me or my wife. As I reported back to you, our trip to Geraldton was very successful from the standpoint of making the introduction to birds and gunfire; Spruce Grouse are great training birds.
The week started with me driving two tracks off of logging roads to find grouse picking grit, when I came across birds I would let Sugar out of her crate and lead her into the birds. She sailed right into the first two birds she contacted, no point. You could tell something clicked with the third bird, she was very cautious as soon as I let her out of the truck and she slinked along the trail. When she identified where the bird was, she ran in and busted it. The forth bird was a repeat of the previous bird, except when she located it she pointed it solid with a poker straight tail (so much for my concern that she carries her tail over her back). She held point for an impressive amount of time but when the bird started getting nervous she went in. To say I was ecstatic about her performance given that she was only 16 weeks old would be an understatement of epic proportions.
After the fourth bird I started introducing gunfire, first with a blank gun, then a .22 and eventually a 20 gauge. Initially was shooting behind us, being very mindful to watch her reaction. The transition from blanks to shotgun occurred over two days, culminating with me shooting her first bird on the fourth day we were out. Initially I thought I duffed the shot, but I heard the bird flapping on the forest floor. I went in to collect it but to my surprise, Sugar dove into the cover and found the bird. She goofed around with it for a couple seconds and then picked it up and ran it back to the trail. Again, I was ecstatic.
Once she had the bird shot over her there was a noticeable change in her demeanor, she was hunting! She started ranging out further, getting out of visual range and diving into cover. On one trail she slammed on point, then broke and relocated, slamming on point a second time then broke again. I saw a ruffed grouse run across the path about 15 yards up from us.
Overall I couldn’t be happier with the way she worked, I’m very optimistic that she’ll make a great hunting dog and would like to get the opinion of a pro on her potential to be a trial dog. Do you think you could talk to Dave Hughes so I can contact him about taking Sugar on board for training?
Got home safe and sound Sunday night. the pup was great during the 9 hr drive, handled everything in stride. Made the introductions to my other two dogs last night, things went relatively well. She’s slept through the evenings with a minimal amount of wining which is great. She’s probably the best acting pup I’ve had, very bold and nothing really bothers her. I think she’s going to be a great dog. Rick, my apologies, I never thanked you for driving from Maine to drop her
off at Lloyd’s place. It was greatly appreciated. I’ll provide updates frequently on how she progresses.
I purchased one of your pups from Long Gone Buckwheat and Long Gone Pebles last spring with the help of a good friend Joe Dahl. I have always owned English Pointers. This is my first Setter. We named the pup Tilley. I was able to hunt her every Thursday thru Saturday for all October and November on grouse and woodcock up here in Northern Maine. She is doing fantastic. She was finding and retrieving dead birds on a regular basis and was finding live birds on her own and was starting to hesitate before bumping them at the end of the season. I am expecting good things from her this fall. I keep her right with me most of the time. I am an accountant so she sleeps under my desk on most days and has become a celebrity with most of my clients. She has been the easiest dog I have ever trained. She is very calm and well behaved most of the time.
Thanks for breading a great dog. Sincerely,
Happy holiday greetings. I bought a pup from Buckwheat and Ivy last year and my friend Tupper got the male. We are both greatly pleased. My brother in law has been so impressed with the pup that he would like to get one from your kennel. I took her to Ontario this year and she is doing well on wild and pen reared birds. I think he found that Mr. Flanagans pick from that breeding is for sale as a started dog. He prefers a pup, however, is intrigued with the notion of having my dogs sister. Give me a call and we can discuss some options. I would like to hear what you did with your pick from Buckwheat and Ivy and how that dog is progressing.
Thanks, Kevin Shanabrook
He’s done. Steady to wing and shot killing birds. Backs 100%. Best temperament of any setter I have ever had. Retrieves decently. Good hunting range.
And get this—I really did not “train” him. Showed him once or twice and he “gets it”. I tell Suzanne I am going to” train” most mornings but really going for walk in the woods and fields with a bird or two along the way.
Summer heat and vegetation tough so would not hear much from be till fall. Just going for our walks and reinforcing his behavior by encounters—no”training”. Does everything almost perfect—AND AT 6 MONTHS!!!! AND WITH CLASS!!
Ted (and Garth)
Kevin, Buckwheat puppy/2013
On behalf of my family I cannot thank you enough for our new pup Ronan. Every day has been a joy. Even at the young of 12 weeks I’m amazed at his intelligence and eagerness to please. We have received so many compliments on his personality, disposition and confirmation, he is a neighborhood favorite with the kids and gets plenty of attention and love. He even has his own Instagram that my daughter made for him. “Birddogronan” He loves his daily runs in the woods, he gains confidence with every run and is beginning to crash through cover like a dog on a mission! He is strong and smart and shows willingness to please every time out. This pup has it all, class, brains and brawn. I’m sure he’ll live up to his dad and moms reputation. Thank you for your dedication as a breeder and thank you for all your help. The setter community owes you a debt of gratitude for the fine dogs you are producing. I’m proud to own a dog out of Long Gone Kennels.
Ch. Long Gone Buckwheat
Ex. Grouse Ridge Ivy
Male pup Ronan whelped 1/1/13
Thanks for the pup, Kevin (Spring 2013)
Sincerely, David and Tupper Dorsey (Spring 2013)
Thanks, Shane muse
Here’s a picture of my pup, Rick’s Waltzing Matilda-”Tilley”. She is out of Long Gone Buckwheat and Karen’s Kasey Lee. Welped on 5/21/2011. I picked up this pup from Dave Sickley on 7/14/2011 at 8 weeks old. The first week I had her she pointed a brood of 6 grouse! At 8 weeks!! Since October 3rd she has pointed, not bumped, put pointed- 171 grouse and woodcock out of 332 flushes! She’s not yet 6 months old. What a pup!! I’d be happy to talk to anyone about the dog, just don’t ask me where I’ve found that many birds.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity of such a great dog.
Thanks for putting me on the Kevin Klein & Buckwheat – Copper Litter. We named her Daisy and she has been great so far. She even won a puppy stake. I do like seeing the blue ribbon. Don’t know if you remember, but our older setter; the mostly white one, in the photo – is from George.
Just wanted to write you a quick note.
I have a 13 week old pup out of Texas Redhot and Long Gone Buckwheat, this is my first upland dog and all I can say is wow! The instincts this pup has are unreal, loves getting in to cover, not afraid of anything and points like a champ. I had her out with a training group the other day and she was scenting and pointing planted pigeons with no problem, and held her point. She was doing better than Wiemeraners that were five months old.
I just wanted to say Thank you for producing such remarkable dogs, I feel truly fortunate to own one.
I hope this find you well and you are having a great season. We have had our way with the woodcock.
Avery (tre) has been nothing less than amazing. We have shot well over twenty birds over him this season.
The woodcock have been plenty but the grouse far and few between. To date we have only shot 5 over him. He has had at least 15 finds and points. But, we are just not seeing the number I anticipated. I hope your coverts are doing better than mine.
We are off the The North East Kingdom for the weekend. I hope we can put a few more grouse on the ground.
Everyone that hunts with me and Avery is very impressed with Avery. I always tell them about you and your kennel.
Thanks again for one hell of a dog.
Mark T. Beauchesne
Advertising & Promotions Coordinator
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
George Hodgson called me yesterday and said I could get one of his male puppies. I saw a pic of Bea and she is big and beautiful just like you said. I love the breeding, lots of your best dogs in there. I saw that Buckwheat`s daddy is Murphy – same as my dog. And I would put my dog`s bird finding ability up against any dog, at least on mearns quail. And both of the dogs I have now have LG George as there grand daddy and I`ve told you that Linda`s old dog is a George – Sage. I have had phenomenal success with your bloodlines. So I am very happy and can`t thank you enough.
George also told me that if you did not take a male then I could actually have my pick between the two of them. Michelle would love that. When we started this process I had promised her she could “pick” a puppy. But regardless, I am thrilled to be getting a pup out of that litter. And the timing works out well for me too. That pup will be on lots of wild birds next Fall (if it rains out west)
Thank you for all your help and input. I have invited George to come hunt with me in AZ next winter. The offer extends to you as well. It`s a great place to be in Dec and Jan and the mountainous oak – savanna country that the mearns quail live in is gorgeous. It’s also been a fairly wet winter in the desert so the gambels quail have a chance of staging a comeback. We used to see 200 in a day`s hunting and the singles hold great for pointing dogs. Lots of shooting, lots of fun. I’ll likely start the season in WA and MT like I did this year. Hope to run into you one of these days. Take care.
I am looking for another pup, preferably a female of similar disposition, conformation and bird finding ability as Bella. You may remember you sold Tupper and me the brother and sister pups from Grouse Ridge Ivy and Buckwheat. They have both matured beautifully and have style, great bird finding ability, biddability and lovely dispositions. If you know of anything coming up that might be in this range of quality anytime in the next 3-6 months let me know. I’m looking for another bitch, color is not as important. Thanks for your time I hope all is going well for you and your family.
The Fellows family.
This is the pup I got from Mike in NH this summer pointing grouse in upper Ontario last week at 15 weeks. She had 5 productive points in one walk and we killed three birds off point. Best pup I’ve ever worked.
From the Defending Grand
National Grouse Champion Long Gone Buckwheat to
his newly elected Field Trial Hall of Fame Trainer Dave
Hughes, and from The Murray Family
Just got back from my annual trip to North Dakota. I’m really pleased with Sugar’s performance. It took her a couple days to figure out how to manage pheasants but when she did she was great to watch.
Sugar was pinning down running pheasants and holding them till I got there to flush. At one point I couldn’t find her, when I finally did locate her ( several minutes later) she was locked on a bird. She was also started pointing dead.
Jack McNulty, Rangeley
Subject: Great Bird dogs from Long Gone Setters
“Mooselook MAC’, son of Long Gone Buckwheat/Pebbles. A great bird dog! Looking forward to the next breeding.
Jack McNulty, Rangeley
Hope all is well on your end. Just a brief update on Sugar, had her running in on of my grouse and woodcock coverts today. She was covering a lot of ground with a very industrious search, never stopped moving and was skirting the edge of bell range while still being mindful of checking back with me. Although we didn’t put up any woodcock, when I leashed her back up for the walk to the truck and she locked up on a grouse. Here’s a couple photos, one is of her pointing the aforementioned grouse and the other is of her favorite spot on the couch with her best buddy watching a bit of television.
Best Regards, Steve
enjoying the good life in Canada at The Paraskevopoulos residence/ Spring 2016
Hope you have survived the winter,
Just got back from a week long trip to North Dakota. What a great hunt, birds were plentiful, weather couldn’t be better and most importantly, the dog work was phenomenal! Sugar put on a show running down and pinning pheasants with broke dog work. Without fail, every time I tried to relocate her because I thought the bird had run and she wouldn’t move, I attempted another flush and the bird would go up. She ran so hard that her chest, abdomen and inner thighs were stripped bare of hair by the prairie grass. Each night after the hunt I thought she was done and couldn’t possibly go out the following morning but each day she hit the ground running and got progressively better. I wouldn’t let her go for any amount of money!
My name is Siobhán Geary, my family purchased our puppy Ronan from you in the past. He is a great dog, he is awesome with our family, super active and happy and always ready to play! He does amazing in the field as well. My family and I have recently been searching for a new puppy preferably soon or around Christmas time. I was wondering if you had any litters coming up or any available puppies? Please let me know! Thank you so much.
We recently picked up a dog from you in 2013 and we have just now gotten around to registering him. I’m not quite sure whether I would use this or not, but I was wondering if you allowed people to use the prefix “Long Gone” in the dogs registration name. Aside from that, I just wanted to say what an incredible dog Rocket has been. He has an great nose and plenty of style. I am really looking forward to field trialing him in the spring, as well as taking him on a quail hunt out in Texas. We are certainly sold on Long Gone Kennels after seeing how well our dog Rocket has turned out, and we will definitely contact you when we are looking for a new dog. Merry Christmas, and I hope all is well!
David and Tupper Dorsey
Attached is a picture of Rocket about a year
ago pointing a pheasant.