Kennels play an ongoing role in the overall success of the NILO
FARMS shooting preserve concept. All hunting at NILO FARMS is done
over well trained dogs. The reason is simple: good hunting and retrieving
dogs reduce the loss of dead and crippled game birds ensuring a
higher level of quality hunting. Plus, watching the field performance
of a properly trained dog "taking a line" or "working
the birds" is an exciting pleasure in itself.
one knew this better than John Olin. As a matter of fact, he founded
NILO KENNELS in 1950 to facilitate the wild hunting of ducks, pheasant
and quail two years before he established NILO FARMS. And the training
guidelines and procedures he helped develop are strictly maintained
to this day.
breeds and trains retrievers, pointers and spaniels. Since there
is no one dog that can handle everything equally well, all have
distinct roles on a shooting preserve. NILO usually boards between
40-45 dogs. The training staff prefers traditional breeds of working
dogs and uses Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers for the Mallard
shoots, English Springer Spaniels for flushing Upland game birds,
and English Setters and Pointers for pointing.
Training for all NILO dogs begins at a fairly early age - around
3 months. Labs are trained to mark and retrieve, then to make "blind"
retrieves by obeying hand and whistle signals to locate birds they
did not see fall. The labs are also trained to enter the water and
take line in one of the three small training lakes located on NILO
NILO Springer Spaniels are thoroughly broken to gun shot and obey
whistle commands to quarter in front of the trainer/guide and flush.
The English Setters and Pointers are intensively trained to find
and hold birds on the point. Both flushing and pointing dogs are
trained to mark and retrieve downed game on command and to hunt
for crippled or dead birds.
are invited to stop by the Trophy Room at the Kennels before or
after their hunt.