2013 Field Trial Updates

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey Girl) Takes 2nd on Open Limited Gun Dog at the Minnesota Brittany Club fall trial!

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey Girl) Takes 2nd on Open Gun Dog at the Minnesota Brittany Club fall trial!

"Cado" (Spitefire Hightailin Cado) takes 2nd in the Amatuer Gun Dog at the Minnesota Brittany fall trial! Congratulations to owner and handler Jerry!

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey Girl) Wins to Open Gun Dog at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Minnesota spring trial!

"Cado" (Spitefire Hightailin Cado) takes 3rd in the Open Gun Dog at the Minnesota Brittany spring trial! "Bella" (Hillfire's Free Rein Bella) takes 4th!

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey Girl) Wins the Open Derby at the Minnesota Brittany Club spring trial!

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey Girl) Takes 2nd in the Open Derby at the St. Croix Brittany Club spring trial!


2012 Field Trial Updates

"Tulli" (Hillfire's Justa Satisfy You) Wins the Open Derby at the Minnesota Brittany fall Trial! Littermate "Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey girl) takes 2nd!

"Bella" (Hillfire's Free Rein Bella) takes 2nd in the Open All Age at the Minnesota Brittany fall trial!

"Duke" (FC Duke von Hillfire) takes 3rd in the Open Limited Gundog at the Minnesota Brittany fall trial!

"Bella" (Hillfire's Free Rein Bella) Wins the Open Limited Gundog at the North Country Gordon Setter fall Trial!

"Tenley" (Hillfire's Ima Ten) wins the Open Derby at the GSPC of Eastern Iowa fall trial!

"Jersey" (Hillfire's Jersey girl) wins the open puppy at the Four Lakes GSP Club fall trial! Littermate "Booker" (Hillfire's Book-n It) takes 3rd.

"Bella" (Hillfire's Free Rein Bella) Takes 2nd in the Open Gun Dog at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Mn spring trial!

"Tenley" (Hillfire's Ima Ten) takes 2nd in the Open Derby at the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Mn spring trial!

"Kado" (Spitfire Hightailin Cado JH) takes 4th in the Open Derby at the Twin Cities German Wirehaired Pointer Club spring trial!


Wes Lodes, owner and trainer of Hillfire Kennels,
is a German Shorthaired Pointer breeder and provides bird dog training services in Minnesota for
all Pointing dog breeds.
We breed and raise
German Shorthaired Pointer puppies
with a high degree of quality including
trainability, intellegence, drive, style, and conformation.


Puppy Intro to Birds & Gunfire

By: Wes Lodes

I feel it is important to start early. I like to start introducing birds to puppies as early as 10 weeks old. This age is not a set in stone date that bird introduction must be instituted. However, the earlier in your pups life the better and should be the first thing you do with a pup before any formal training. When introducing birds, I will plant/ liberate bobwhite quail or other birds (2-3 birds per session) in a relatively close distance from each other. Puppies are hunted directly to the game on a check cord (rope) and encouraged to find and point the birds. Pointing is a natural reaction that occurs when a dog encounters prey and can only be encouraged, not trained (it has to be bred into the dog, and a good breeding program should put great emphasis on desire to point game staunchly)...Read More


I am a part-time trainer with the goal of serving dog owners all across the country, training dogs as a full time career. I have been training pointing dogs since 2004 and have a true passion and devotion to all things related to bird dogs. I want your trust in me to care for, develop, and train your dog at a professional level. I understand that dog owners are hesitant in leaving their dog with someone and hope the information in this site will ease your uncertainties. I want your business and will do my best to meet or exceed your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to visit us and I hope you take a look at some of our other pages. If I donít provide you with the information you are looking for, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What can I do for you?

Hillfire Kennels specializes in gun dog training. Yes, I love, own, hunt, trial, and breed German Shorthaired Pointers, but cater training services to all pointing breeds. Hillfire Kennels accommodates safe, clean and secure kennels for dogs in training and also offers private by-appointment sessions if you are training your dog yourself. We offer German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) stud services through natural, fresh chilled, and frozen semen breedings. We can ship chilled or frozen semen upon your request. We raise GSP Puppies from proven sires and dams. Our puppies are socialized, come with a health guarantee and are current on all vaccinations. We have started and trained dogs available for sale for those who donít want the unknown outcome and time devotion involved with raising a pup. For local customers in south central MN, Hillfire Kennels offers boarding services for your dog while you are on vacation. There is no place like home, but while your dog is with us we will do our best to keep your k-9 companion comfortable and happy.


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