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About Hillcrest Kennel

Hillcrest Kennel is dedicated to producing exceptional English Setters for the field. We breed for:
Exceptional style
Superior nose
OFA Hips

DNA Certified

Currently we are specializing in:
AKC Hunt Test
NSTRA Field Trials
Outstanding Hunting Companions

All Dogs and Puppies are Guaranteed for Good Health and OFA hips.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
English Setter
Additional Services
Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Jim & Zack Norman
Tuscola, Illinois 61953
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 15 years.
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Testimonials (38) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Chad Lowry on Oct 08, 2015
I am on my second pup from Jim at Hillcrest Kennels. The first pup was a success from the start, with natural abilities. Currently I have a beautiful orange and white pup born May 1, 2015. He is fetching and well on his way being whoa broke. Jim is dedicated to his setters, and will be with you every step of the way, from day one. He will check in periodically to check the progress of your pup, because he honestly is wanting to breed the best of the best. I had no problem at all going with another setter from Hillcrest. His pups have a desire to please, and can be hunted in a variety of situations. Myself, I am strictly a foot hunter, and these dogs do wonderful. If you desire to do field competitions, Jim's dogs will do that as well, check out his success doing that format. Bottom line is Jim wants to continue to improve on the breed, that is the English Setter.
Submitted by: Jon Robinson on Oct 04, 2015
We recently got a great English Setter puppy Riley from Hillcrest
Kennel and we are totally happy with him. He is very smart and and
very interested in birds, so we think he will be a fine hunting dog.
But he is a lot more than that. He is a great house dog to live with.
For his age he is calm indoors, even though he is constantly looking
for birds outdoors. He is also a dog we are proud of when we take him
places. He is charming, sociable, and well-mannered with people he
meets. Everyone just adores him. Wherever he goes, he gets an instant
fan club. He is also a sturdy, good-looking pup that will mature into
an exceptionally handsome dog. He has been totally healthy with no
issues of any kind. Jim was completely honest about Riley and wanted
to make sure we were getting exactly the kind of pup we wanted. He
knows his dogs very well and cares a lot about them. He is a very
knowledgeable, smart dog man, the kind of guy you could talk to all
day about dogs and learn a lot. Absolutely the highest recommendation
for Jim and his Setters.
Submitted by: Ann Murray on Sep 30, 2015
This is our second English Setter from Hillcrest Kennel. Excellent dogs bred for the hunt. Natural instincts and wonderful temperament. Great hunting dogs and great pets.
Submitted by: Frank Rusch on Sep 29, 2015
Our, dog, Kalani Laki Wahine (Laki) is incredible. Only 5 months old and she is well on her way to becoming a well-trained, kind and fun companion and work dog. We recommend working with Hillcrest if given the chance. Jim Norman is a top-rate breeder!
Submitted by: Sandra Harsted on Sep 27, 2015
Our dog Turbo is not only gorgeous but also a natural in the field! We are very pleased with the dog & would highly recommend Hillcrest Kennel.
Submitted by: Anna Ravagnani on Dec 21, 2014
We got a puppy from Jim Norman in September of 2012. I talked to Jim on the phone and explained, I wanted an athletic family dog to live with us at the ranch in WY and follow us on horseback rides and hikes. I had an English Setter as a child and I really wanted another one.
I think Jim was reluctant to sell such an exceptional hunting dog to non-hunters but, I told him we live in a ranch near Yellowstone and that the pup would have a wonderful life running around our property with all the lakes and ponds and creeks. So he shipped me James Bond.
He turned out to be an amazing dog. A natural that hunts, points and works all by himself as if he had been trained.
Many friends that had experience with "bird dogs" are impressed with him. He runs free, comes in and out of the house as he pleases during the day and is a great companion on hikes, rides and is always following us around the ranch.
I've had dogs all my life and this one is of exceptional intelligence, nose, temperament, devotion and we love him dearly.
Submitted by: Paul Bowden on Feb 23, 2014
Liberty and I just finished the Minnesota Pheasant season in knee deep snow. She sure has come around this season. I'm very happy with her devlopment. She's is smart as a whip, and incredibly driven, we had a great year.
Submitted by: Mike Schuster on Feb 20, 2014
We picked up our 2nd pup from Jim at Hillcrest Kennels. Jim once again did not disappoint us. He was able to fit us with a new pup that fit our family needs and characteristics with just a few questions! We named this one Lucy and a very intelligent well mannered dog she is. I've been around English setters all my life and once again I'm impressed with the easiness to train. Everyone of my friends that have met her tell me how beautiful and great listening pup she is. She has become an exceptional family dog and can't wait to get her in the field this spring when the weather breaks here in Mn. Thanks Again Jim for another great Dog from Kate and Nitro!

Mike Schuster
St. Francis Mn

Submitted by: Stephen Rafe on Feb 01, 2014
Jim Norman is one of the very few professional trainers whose work I endorse and recommend. His breeding program is thorough and complete in every detail one might want in a bird dog including conformation, temperament, desire, and intelligence. His training approach proves that positive, science-based methods are highly effective in producing biddable dogs that hunt and compete at the highest levels with gusto!

Stephen Rafe
Birddogger for more than 30 years, Author of "Training Your Dog for Birdwork," "About Dogs" Editor for Quail Unlimited magazine for 20 years, frequent contributing writer for "Pointing Dog Journal," "Retriever Journal," "Just Labs" magazine and numerous others. His system for curing gunshy dogs has been called the world's most successful method.

Submitted by: Dave Furrer on Jan 23, 2014
Lexie did awesome in her first year in the field, especially for a 16 month old dog. From the day we brought her home from Hillcrest at 9 months old, she has been pointing. Pre-season, this typically involved song birds, rabbits, fallen leaves, and even grass hoppers. She has a very strong drive, locked up on solid points, retrieves, and responded well to the e-collar and whistle all season long. Her third time out she held a rock solid point for over two minutes while we searched for her in the 5 foot tall grass. She did not break point until I busted the brush up. My hunting partner, a long time GSP owner, was very impressed with her. She is also a joy around the house, playing very well with our lab mix and any visitors we have over. At night, her favorite spot is up on the couch with the family.

We are all really glad to have her in our lives.

Dave and Terri Furrer

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