Deuce and Rosa

It’s been almost a year since my buddy Deuce went blind. I’m still amazed how good he looks. I know we all love our dogs and see them as extra special. That’s just love.

At 14, Deuce became blind and developed Cushing disease, but is still happy as can be. He still walks around my fenced in acre of woods every day and even finds the plastic kiddie pool and takes a dip. He points the quail that haven’t entered the recall pen. See him hunting and pointing in the field I wonder how he stays so happy (see the video below of him pointing and retrieving birds). He is an amazing dog.


4 comments to “Duece and sister Rosa Relaxing at Camp”

  1. Joe Gentilcore

    Deuce is your main man.

  2. Janine

    Way to go Duece. What a good dog he is!

  3. Dave

    Well that’s neat!

  4. monica

    Vet said my 7 yr old setter will go b long due to her corneal determination. The thought of it makes me so sad but I will love and care for her. Is it hard on your baby?

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One of my setters from the last litter is now for sale by Nick Mellon at Hypointe Kennel Murraysville pa. 2 year old male fully trained I think.  Beautiful dog.

Call Nick at 724-333-3006.


- John “Buck” Koritko

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  1. Donald Rath

    Love your website and did order items for my dog .looking forward getting my items . Plan are ordering more very soon .I got your Web from a gun store on long island in Huntington were I bought ammo and my rifle and scope it’s called Camp site Thank You

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My friend and long time customer Gene Maylock stopped by the store to visit with his young dog, Maya. Maya is a 10 month old Braque d’Auvergne from Quebec breeder, Laurie Bérubé, of Elevage de la Ruse des Bois.

To learn more about the unique breed from Quebec, check out:

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Tracy Lieskie and John Rex Gates

Tracy Lieskie and John Rex Gates and pups out of the 2x National Champion, Shadow Oak Bo. Shadow Oak Bo is a male setter owned by Butch Houston and Dr. John Dorminy and handled by Robin Gates. To read more about him: 2014 National Champion Shadow Oak Bo.

Tracy Lieskie, “The pup that I am holding went to Marty Smith. It should make him a great dog!”

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My 12 year old, now blind, dog named “I’m Lucky 2″ aka Deuce and his sister Rosa shown here pointing ring-necks this March. This training field is groomed short broom grass planted and groomed by my friend Bob Montler at nearby Marymount Kennel. At this training field, Deuce can just run to his nose and instincts and it’s beautiful to see. No obstacles, just running and searching with his nose needing no sight! Then a majestic point and then also retrieves most of them following the sounds of the flush, the bird flight sounds, and the shots. He then searches from my call of “dead”! He finds it and fetches most of them back to me following my voice. I’m amazed. He is happy even being blind, just to be home and be rubbed on with love every day. Soon he’s going to the place where he can still run and find them and live our dream… Buck

2 comments to “Blind Dog Still Points”

  1. Jack Sankey

    Great Story, Buck! My last and best Beagle, “Bess”, was also blind the last season she was able to hunt. She could still chase rabbits like she always did. It’s amazing to see our hunting pals cope with adversity like this and still seem to really enjoy being out there with us.

  2. Jim Chambers

    This is really cool John ! He has been a great dog . Our bird dogs just don’t live long enough !!!

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We would like to take a moment to remember the husband of the UKC President, that pasted away earlier last week.

Pete Raab
March 28, 1945 – April 19, 2016

It is with sorrow and heart-felt regret that we announce to our extended UKC family the passing of Pete Raab, husband of UKC President Tanya Raab. Pete’s friendly and helpful presence around the UKC office meant he was always the first to volunteer in tackling odd jobs, cheerfully lending a helping hand and assisting the staff whenever possible. Pete’s support of the UKC staff knew no bounds. Each Valentine’s Day found him personally delivering flowers around the office with his hallmark smile and genuine kindness. A friend to everyone who has ever worked at United Kennel Club, Pete will be deeply missed by his family, friends, church and community. We ask that you join us in sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time for Tanya and all of the UKC staff.


~ Thoughts and prayers from Buck and the LCS Staff

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The SportDog presenter last year at Lion country’s bird dog days was Ed Rader. Ed will be 80 soon so he bought himself what else… A beautiful Cobra that makes him feel like he’s 30. He Texted me that “she’s was wicked fast”. Needless to say my friend Ed is not your typical 80 year old .
Ed guides sometimes at wildwings lodge as has great setters and even better stories…

Best wishes….buck

2 comments to “Ed Rader’s Cobra”

  1. Michael

    That is a really nice car! Enjoy it!

  2. Jack Sankey

    What a RIDE!…any chance I could borrow it for the Prom?

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Hello Bird Hunters,

I’m posting this blog to help you post your blog and your comments to my blog. Because in the blogging world it’s important to blog together, so we can all communicate on the blog at the same time.

Blogging is really easy.

There are two options to submit your own blog.

  1. Write your blog on a Word Document and send it to my email address and I will have it published on my blog. Also send any photos that you want to be published with the blog post. 
  2. Write your blog in an email along with any photos and send it to me. I will have it published on my blog.

Commenting on my blog is really easy too.

  1.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the blog where it says “Leave a comment for Buck about this post…” and write your comment. Then push the “Submit Comment” button.
  2. I’ll be able to see your comment and then write a comment back to you.

I look forward to reading your blog post.


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  1. Steve

    Buck, thanks for this post. I was wondering how to do a comment on your blog and now I know how.

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Jim Chambers Setter Pointing Woodcock

My good friend Jimmy Chambers of Walnut Hills Kennel sent me this photo taken during a recent training session with his fancy setter dog Walnut Hills Spot Blue. Blue was steady to wing and shot in the photo.

On March 14, 2016, Jimmy’s dog Blue pointed 3 woodcock during a primer pistol training session near his home in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Jimmy said that while training two days prior there were no woodcock found in that same location, so he believes the woodcock are migrating through his area of Southwestern Pennsylvania right now, at this very moment.

I think it’s interesting that the RGS spring migration satellite map shows there was a tagged woodcock in Jimmy’s location around that same time he was training.

Jimmy is the owner of Walnut Hills Kennels and the owner of English Setter Walnut Hills Rockett. Rockett is the littermate to CH Full Blast and my Speed dog. Rockett will be having a litter in the fall of 2016 if anyone is interested.

You can contact Walnut Hills Kennel at 412-691-0196 for information about the upcoming litter.

Visit the RGS website to follow the American Woodcock migration live by satellite….buck

One comment to “Walnut Hills Kennel Setter Pointing a Migrating Woodcock”

  1. Darren

    The woodcock migration satellite map doesn’t show any woodcock heading through Central PA but I know several people have seen them.

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Buck with Champion Full Blast and Mark Hughes

I’d like to share with you an interesting story about an English Setter named Full Blast that has accomplished some amazing things in the grouse woods over the past few years.

Full Blast is owned by my good friends Dick and Helen Brenneman and Bob and Janet Watts, and was bred by my lifelong buddy Jimmy Chambers of Walnut Hill Kennel. Full Blast is handled by Dave Hughes of Hughesview Kennel, and I’m proud to say that Full Blast is the full brother to my Speed female. Her puppies Trey and Lilly featured on our 40th anniversary catalog are by my coverboy Deuce aka Lion Country’s I’m lucky too. (Tip. Pro trainer Nick Mellon has a nice male down south that he might sell.)

Full Blast “Jeb” started to shine at an early age. His desire to stand bird led to wins in some quail shooting dog stakes. After winning the cover dog derby award (Flanagan Award) in 2012, he was having a very impressive beginning, eventually leading to a Grand National Grouse Championship in 2015.

Local challenges are where Full Blast began to prove that he had the vigor and concentration to win under very competitive environments. The Lost Pond Open Walking Shooting Dog in the spring of 2013 in New York is an event he won out of 44 entrants, and a short time later he had a 1st place at the DuBois Open Walking Shooting Dog out of 34 entrants. Later that year at the Michigan Woodcock Championship, he had all three woodcock and a grouse find during his hunt to capture him another win in a field of 61 dogs. After Michigan, he was awarded Runner-Up at the Pennsylvania Grouse Championship held in Marionville, PA. It was obvious Jeb was building momentum for future championships.

2015 Grand National Grouse Champion Full Blast

In the spring of 2014, Jeb returned to the Marienville grounds to win the Ontario Grouse Championship with a grouse find in the closing minute. This impressive win eventually led to five-year-old Jeb winning the 73rd Grand National Grouse Championship in 2015. After four days of running the Allegheny National Forest against 49 of the best cover dogs in the country, Jeb was declared Grand National Grouse Champion.

As bird dogs are asked to perform under tougher conditions, the dogs that are able to hunt birds under these conditions often shine above the others, and this is something that Full Blast is very good at doing.

All of Jeb’s Championship wins came with his pro trainer Dave Hughes. Dave deserves much credit for shaping Jeb into an exceptional dog.

Full Blast is sired by 5X wildbird Champion Pennstar, and now Full Blast is siring pups that are winning a lot too!



4 comments to “Setters and Pointer Stud Dogs”

  1. Jim Chambers

    I have been introduced to many top pointing dog trainers by John (buck)Koritko amateurs and pros . When I purchased Jebs momma from good frien Randal Moore and asked Bucks opinion on who to breed her to Buck did not hesitate and said Dicks PENNSTAR. The rest is history ! Thanks Buck and Dick Brennman for picking training and campaigning this special bird dog !!

  2. Deb Fields

    Could you please let me know how I can get in touch with you about purchasing a female English Setter pup.

    Thanks. Deb Fields

  3. Jim Chambers

    Miss Fields , Don’t know when Buck will b having a litter . I’ll b breeding littermate to Full Blast and Bucks female in the fall . Thanks Jim Chambers

  4. oakley flak jacket xl

    Hi baby
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