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Brookside Gun Dogs

The guest ranch experience just continues to get better as we always strive for providing outstanding experiences. We are happy to announce that Brookside Gun Dogs is joining our team as integral partners in our wing shooting program. The Nicholas family are guides and trainers, and the dogs live for their work and it shows that they love what they do. Shorter, cooler days, tall grass, and hundreds of acres of pristine upland coverts give a man and a dog some of what really matters.

The entire family of Brookside Gun Dogs – the Nicholas family – will add to the experience for our guests, having a wonderful connection and way with dogs. Steve Nicholas and his son Dillon began working with management several years ago and have consistently provided guidance, inspiration and kindness when dealing with our dogs.

Steve, Dillon, Lauren, and Zach have joined The High Lonesome Ranch to train our current generation of English Pointers, Pointing Labs and Flushing Labs as well as those generations to come. Steve’s eyes sparkle when he talks about his clients’ dogs, the ranch’s dogs and our own personal dogs. The understanding he exhibits to the dog that is gun shy or that has more drive than nose at times is magical to watch. We feel it is truly an honor to have Brookside Gun Dogs as our trainers and care givers as well as our neighbor and friends.

Please join us in welcoming the Nicholas family and see for yourself. We look forward to introducing them to our guests and friends. Call to plan a visit. Cast & Blast trips are every angler and hunter’s favorites, participating in two of their sports on the same day. The season starts September 1st and it’s short, so get your dates locked in now.

We are much more than a Guest Ranch

We are a Guest Ranch because we believe in stewarding this large western landscape and sharing it with others. We have a working model of sustainability that maintains biodiversity and ecological connectivity, enhances the lives of wildlife and fish, and preserves and restores degraded habitat while promoting a mix of uses...

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Dude Ranch Unplugged: Book Summer 2019 Now

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