On this episode of Sweet Point’s Setter Tales the boys and I meet up with Matt Duff, the host of Major League Bowhunter TV, at
Triple Creek Outfitters in St. John Kansas to find out what draws hunters
from all over the country to this deer and bird paradise. I’m Wade Kisner and
I grew up hunting upland birds. Nothing’s better than chasing a couple English
Setters called Sweet Lou and Adeline. Lou is a Master Hunter and Adeline is
quickly learning the trade. These are some of our tales. A couple years ago we were guiding in
the Aiming for a Cure Foundation Celebrity Hunt which is a project that we’ve been
involved in for about 10 years. One of the celebrities that particular year was
Matt Duff. He’s the host of Major League Bowhunter and we had Matt in the field
as one of our celebrities and we hit it off with him and had a good time and
found out that he was just getting into upland hunting and he started telling us
about having a connection down in Kansas. … and I think he just got a bird dog if
I’m not mistaken and was kind of getting some tips from Dad here about
what you should do with it. Yeah, he was asking us about some upland things and one
thing led to another and after that hunt in that initial meeting Matt let us
know that he had a connection for wild birds down in central Kansas and wanted
to know if we were interested in coming down there and we jumped on that
opportunity. Time to get the Sweet Point Setter trailer hooked to the truck with all the dog equipment needed for a five day road trip. The trailer serves as our dog hotel providing heated travel compartments and plenty of storage for
gear. Early weather reports indicated a snowstorm possibly impacting the
northern edge of Kansas and we decided to stay off of Interstate 70 and push
south on i-35, towards Wichita, to avoid any bad traveling conditions. This added some time to the trip, but the
highway stayed clear and dry all the way to St. John, Kansas. As we approached St. John we witnessed a beautiful Kansas sunset. Once we got there we met with Duff and our host, Richard Blakeslee, the Owner of Triple Creek Outfitters. …none of that kind of
stuff.. you know… which you know as a bird dog guy having some sort of moisture for
the dogs to work with is key… Richard owns several properties in St. John that
serve as lodging for deer and upland bird hunters. We were put up at the main
house. A bonus for us was the garage, which Richard had transformed into a ‘ready
room’ for hunting gear. The room also had a large lounging area including a
big-screen TV and of course the official Triple Creek Outfitters corn-hole game. Oh!
So you guys got one. We were up at dawn on Monday morning to air dogs and discovered that a dusting of
snow covered the ground and the trailer. This should help provide moisture to
bolster setting conditions for the dogs. The Setters seemed anxious to get out of
their compartments and welcomed even being out on the ‘chain gang’.
Richard devised that the morning forecast called for gusting 45 to 50
mile an hour winds and it appeared that the morning hunt was going to be a no go.
We needed a way to kill some time as we waited for the winds to die down. Duff
had told us a lot about another business venture of Richard’s called Triple Creek
Blinds. This is the blind shop. I wanted to bring Mr. Wade in and show him how they
make these blinds. The business, managed by Richards son Brandon, fabricates fiberglass deer blinds that are mounted on raised steel towers and provide many
custom options for making hunters more successful. Tomorrow morning when we get
the chopper here rolling, we’ll chop these– all of these five blinds. It’ll take
one whole day for them to dry. Then the next day we’ll be standing these up,
reinforcing the inside. If I’m here to help them on a good week we can squeak
out ten a week. If it’s just the three employees that we have we do… we do eight a week pretty easy. This poly-iso board is fiberglass spaced. It’s insulated and it’s a hundred p.s.i. strength, so super super, strong.
The blinds are tough and durable and provide a safe platform to extend fuel
sessions by keeping the hunter warm and comfortable. As you can tell — and we dealt
with bird hunting this week — all the wind that you have out here that it may be
tough for the dogs bird hunting and whatnot, but when it comes to deer
hunting these deer are so used to that and they move in those high winds and it’s
tough as a hunter to stay out in that high wind. I mean being out exposed in the
tree stand and and these blinds are made, this particular one you have the rifle
windows in the back, but the bow models that we hunt out of you’ve got 180
degree shooting and you can put a heater in there if you need to, but it’ll run
you out, it’s so insulated it’s just the best blind out there. After lunch it
didn’t appear that the winds were gonna die down, but we decided to go ahead and
give it a try anyway. After getting our Setters collared up we put them on the
ground with Richards GSPs (German Shorthair Pointer) and Duffs GSP, Birdie.
We were also joined by Zach Kurzejeski of Major League Bowhunter who graciously
loaned us his skills behind the camera. Zacks GSP, Hank, was added to the dog
crew. The wind was cold and gusted at times to 45 miles an hour.
Richard directed us towards a treeline bordering the northern edge at the CRP. …Look to the trees, then along the edge to the corn, then take the belt down… He was hoping that running roosters
would maybe hold along the treeline long enough for us to get them in gun range. Wasn’t long before the dogs all got some
bird scent. Got a dog on point over here… … but the swirling wind played havoc with locating the
roosters. Several roosters broke out ahead of us
without facing gunfire. Hen! Hen!
Woah! Hen! Seen seven roosters and some hens, so far. Hen! Hen! Hen!
Hen! Hen! Woah! Oh! It’s super windy, try to get behind this belt. See if we can try and get some birds. They’re here, they just didn’t sit very well. Tyler was the only one with a chance for
our first Kansas rooster… Rooster! … but missed on an upward passing shot. I’m thinking we’re just gonna get our butts kicked. You know? We’re gonna burn up We’re gonna burn up some ground that we can hunt tomorrow…
(Wade) I agree. … in better conditions. After about an hour of being buffeted by the wind we decided to pack
it in and save our dog power for the next day. We hit a nice little CRP patch.
Due to it being so windy out we weren’t really looking to hunt. If we came into
some birds, awesome, but mostly to get the dogs out and get them out of
trailer for a little while. Get some exercise. The wind gusts were… what… 45 mile an
hour at times? It was pretty, pretty tough conditions so… What can we uh… expect tomorrow? We’re going– I think we’re going to a really large half-section size field of CRP and there will be some other uh… some other guys joining us I think and we’ll
have several dogs and we’re just going to try to cover as much– that’s a big
huge space– we’ll try to cover as much as we can. This is first time we’ve hunted in
Kansas and it’s it’s gonna be a good time. It’s gonna be fun. We think there’s
gonna be lots of birds from what– Hopefully pheasant and quail. The guys been telling us,
just really happy to be down here to be a part of it.
Triple Creek Outfitters here in St. John Kansas have really treated us great and
we’re looking to see how their dogs do tomorrow also. Will the Kansas winds cut us a break? Find out which one of the boys gets the
first Kansas rooster hunting with Triple Creek Outfitters. Sweet Point’s Setter Tales is brought to you with support from our sponsors. Hi, I’m Wade Kisner with Sweet Point’s Setter Tales. Do you have an interesting story idea for a future episode? We’d love to hear about it. Drop us a line at SweetPointSetters.com