Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wildrose Kennels films training video at Galena Plantation
By SUE WATSON
Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels in Oxford recently made his second training film for British and Irish labradors at Fitch Farms/Galena Plantation.
The film will be produced as a DVD and sold all over the United States and in international markets, as well, he said.
“We are working with Fitch Farms to get the film footage in dog training,” he said as Mike Auten, general manager of Commonwealth Productions, led the film crew.
Stewart and Auten met through a common friend, outdoor sports writer and host of Ducks Unlimited television show, Wade Bourne. The two produced Stewart’s first training DVD, “Basic Retriever Training the Wildrose Way,” several years ago. The title of this DVD will be “Training Upland Gundogs the Wildrose Way.”
Stewart has been training hunting dogs and operating a kennel in Oxford since 1999 when he left his full-time job as campus police chief at Ole Miss.
Stewart said he has been working with dogs and hunting for about 30 years. He purchased the right to use the Wildrose Kennels name when the prior owners closed down in Grand Junction, Tennessee, several years ago. And he merged the business with his own fledgling kennel and training business in Oxford.
Auten said this film is the second in the Gentlemen’s Gundog Series. This film will combine the use of labradors with spaniels and bird dogs in one DVD and focus on training dogs to hunting quail, pheasants and doves, Stewart said.
Auten has produced six television shows nationally for Ducks Unlimited.
Stewart’s training DVDs are available at outlets including Bass Pro and Cabella’s or they can be purchased on www.wildrose.com.
The film crew, Stewart and his handlers, and Benton Hilbun of Tupelo with his labrador Dutchess, as well as the hunting crew at Fitch Farms, organized the hunt for the film.
Wildrose Kennels is located about 10 miles east of Oxford near the community of Denmark.
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