Facilities - Grounds
Autrey Kennels: South
"In 1997, when I knew that I would retire and train dogs after retirement,
I started looking for the right piece of property. We settled on 40 acres,
20 miles north of Alexandria, Louisiana, between Bentley and Pollock, in
the Kisatchi National Forest, with a large home, big enough to entertain
guests and visitors. There was a horse stable on the property that became
the kennel. The hay barn houses both the dog truck and hay for the cattle
that we run on the property."
Our home in Bentley, Louisiana is nestled in the heart of the state, surrounded
by a national game management area. This is our primary home and kennel facility,
as we are here from September through May.
The kennel is on a concrete slab with 26 runs. The runs are 1/2 in the barn,
and 1/2 outside, so the dogs can be in the shade, or the sunshine, depending
on the weather. The kennel is insulated, and has a 2nd story above it, so
that its always cool in the summer. Large ceiling fans are positioned above
every other run for maximum air circulation. A water mister is positioned above
each kennel in the event that it is needed. During the winter, we wrap the
outside portion with chicken house curtains to be able to heat the dog runs.
The kennel is divided up in such a way that there is a separate yard next to it
that has the honeymoon suite in it to provide privacy for breeding, or for puppies.
Pasture fences are net wire at the bottom, so dogs have plenty of room to roam
without getting into trouble during free time, or airing out periods.
The lining field and "T" fields are next to the house. The forcing and swim-by pond
is in the back yard. We have access to about 2000 acres to train on. This is hay
meadows and pasture land that includes rolling hills, and some flat ground. The
water we have access to is a mixture of technical water, stock ponds, and lakes.
We have recently rebuilt our training ponds in the back to more than double in size
and added 3 points on one side and 3 points on the other side of the main pond.
Autrey Kennels: North
Autrey Kennels North is located in Minnesota, 30 miles northwest of Bemidji, between
the towns of Bagley and Clearbrook. Located on 466 acres, this was an old dairy farm,
purchased by our daughter and her husband, for future investments, and to hunt on. The
old dairy barn was converted into the kennel. Already on a concrete slab, we added the
kennels inside the barn, as the weather is a lot cooler than in Louisiana.
There are 14 ponds on the rolling hills that use to be pasture and hay meadows. This
property is used strictly for dog training and hunting. The grounds are groomed for
the best effort of dog training. We have access to another 350 acres, and it also has
ponds on it. The house here is a smaller home, 3 bedroom and 1 bath, but it still provides
us enough room to have guests that want to come visit their dog. We advise you to bring a
light jacket when visiting, even in the middle of summer time, because the air gets cool
in a hurry as the sun goes down.
Two of our training ponds in MN:
One of our training fields in MN:
Slideshow of training grounds in MN: