The ScatterGun Retrievers

International wing shooting writer Stuart Williams wrote, ” Chuck Ross claims to offer to his guests, the finest group of working retrievers in the country. Based on my experience, he is right.”

Ask the more than three thousand guests that have hunted over these wonderful animals and you will find the highlight of their ScatterGun experience is indeed the ScatterGun Retrievers. In 1962 Chuck Ross ran his first field trial. His love and admiration for the Labrador retriever continued to grow over the years as he developed the now legendary ScatterGun Retrievers.

Unlike most lodges, ScatterGun owns each and every one of their dogs and every one of them is a Labrador retriever. The number one reason the Lab is the most popular breed in the United States (by a large margin) is that they are social. Not just a little social a lot social. That is why from eight weeks old, they’re not just hunting dogs, they are a member of someone’s family. Nine months a year being a pet and three months being a hunting machine. For a Lab life does not get much better than that.

All of the ScatterGun Retrievers are trained at Oakridge Kennels, in Northfield Minnesota. Owned and operated by Tom Dokken, renowned to be one of the best gun dog trainers in the country. Each and every dog is given the best of the best when it comes to training to be a real star in the field and at home.

The ScatterGun foster home program has been an incredible success since day one. Jason Smith, the Editor of “Just Labs” magazine, wrote in a recent article entitled, “The Scattering Labs of ScatterGun Lodge, “ If we have proven anything”, Chuck wrote to me when we emailed back and forth about this article, “it is that the old adage, “You can’t have a great gun dog and a pet at the same time”, is completely false. They are, in fact better when they can do both.”

And with the scattering Labs of Scattergun lodge there are a lot of families who are very grateful for that.”

The thrill of watching these incredible dogs doing what they were bred to do is truly the single greatest highlight of the ScatterGun experience. Their desire to please never ends and the incredible memories of your hunt with them will never end either.

Check out the great articles to the right featuring the ScatterGun Retrievers.


We very sadly said “good-bye” to one of the greatest dogs we have ever had.

Take a minute to share a tribute to a ScatterGun Retreiver we will never forget.
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The Dogs of ScatterGun

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The Labradors of ScatterGun Lodge

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