Mike and I were married in 1980, Mike has always been an outdoors person and an avid hunter, not only upland birds but Elk, Mule Deer, Antelope, Caribou, Moose and you can throw in Salmon and Steel Head fishing as well. As for me I owned and trained show horses most of my life and I have always had a great love for the outdoors and its beauty.
We have 2 son’s and own a small business, with the children’s sports, the business and trying to squeeze in our own hobbies, we were always off in two different directions. In 2000, when the kids were almost on their own Mike and I decided WE need to focus on something to do together. At that time we had 2 Brittany’s and we decided it would be upland bird hunting. The Britt’s were getting older and I was tired of the longer hair. So we started our search for a new breed, Brittany size but with a short coat and discovered the Bourbonnais. After a few long distance conversations, the commitment was made, the adventure would start. We were willing to wait, and assume the risk on a rare breed. Just like with any breed, we have experienced up’s and downs, and with the Bourbonnais you can expect no different. But they are addicting and possess the potential to excel as excellent hunters, with loving personalities.
Our first Bourbonnais came home in 2002; Elk Run Halo followed by Elk Run Kandy Corn, Elk Run Kismet in 2003 and Elk Run Quiggley came home in 2006.
Little did we know the adventure we chose would lead to such a change in our lives.
We are proud members of the following Clubs/Organizations: Bourbonnais Culb of America, Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF), Michigan VHDF, National Shoot to Retrieve (NSTRA), North American Versatile Hunting Association (NAVHDA), Michigan Conversvation Club (MUCC), Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Ruffed Grouse Society, Safari Club International, Safari Club Southeast Michigan Bow hunters Chapter, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and a Lifetime member of the NRA.