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We purchased what is now Noble Ridge Ranch in 1987.   It has been a working cattle and sheep ranch along with 20 acres of christmas trees.  I use to make a yearly hunting trip to eastern Oregon to bird hunt with my dad.   My work as a veterinarian, along with the ranch work, kept me too busy to keep up the tradition of the yearly trips that I loved so much.   Now that I am semi retired from my veterinary work and our kids are grown I have decided to put the extra time and effort into a game bird hunting preserve on my own property.   I am setting aside 80 acres of grass land to use solely for bird hunting.  Other areas of the ranch are being left undisturbed for wild birds to nest and grow.  My goal is to improve the wildlife habitat at the ranch to increase the wild bird population.   We want to give hunters, as natural a place to hunt and work their dogs as possible.  We currently have four German Shorthaired Pointers.    Noble Ridge Wild Rose or "Rose" ,  Noble Ridge Von Greif or "Grif",   Huenenbrink's Pride And Joy or "Joy" and Noble Ridge Sage Bird Hustler "Birdy".   We use them to guide hunts but they are also family members.  We also have a litter or two of GSP pups every year.  

I look forward to meeting and making friends with many bird hunting and bird dog enthusiasts young and old.  My only wish is that my Dad could be here by my side but I know he is smiling down from above. 

Duane Stutz 

              Matt Stutz, Rose, Duane Stutz

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