They aren't close, but you should seriously consider Merrymeeting Kennels in Brunswick, ME. Blaine and Patti Carter are awsome and raise awsome dogs. Do a google search on them and review the North American Versitile Hunding Dog Association (www.NAVHDA.org
) website for articles and test results. They are also officers of the yankee NAVHDA chapter (www.yankeenavhda.org
Great dogs in the field and home. My dog Annie isn't even two yet and she's good on Pheasant, woodcock and Grouse. She's also retrieved Geese and Ducks. Without bloodtrail training she helped me take a blood trail 50 yards further along than three guys and six hours of tracking did on an 18 hour old trail that had been walked all over (we still lost the deer, but I think thats only due to lack of training and/or the deer survived). I think her only limitation is my lack of training time and ability. If I can mange the time to teach her a blind retrieve and perfect the blood tracking, I will have the perfect dog for me. And she's sweet as pie to my three year old daughter, even when she's trying to pull her ears off. What more can you ask for?
Oh ya, I also have tried to train her a little to find shed antlers. She hasn't brough back a shed yet, but she has brought back a Moose leg bone while grouse hunting, so I think she has the idea. That's a whole lot of developing talent for one little puppy!