AKC & NAVHDA Registered
German Shorthaired Pointers
"Versatile & Proven Bird Dogs for Dedicated Bird Dog Owners"
Bonasa Flats Kennels is owned by John & Julie Voight of Wrightstown, WI.
We're living proof that "average suburbanite" dog owners can train, develop, and enjoy a top quality gun dog if they set their mind to it.
We have been very successful testing our dogs in NAVHDA and AKC Hunt Tests. However, it's hunting upland game birds with our Shorthairs that is the pinnacle of enjoyment with our dogs. Most notably, we love chasing the wily Bonasa Umbellus – the Ruffed Grouse in Northern Wisconsin. For us, there are few things more thrilling than having a well-trained pointing dog cooperate with you to successfully bag "The King of America's Game Birds."
We chose the name "Bonasa Flats Kennels" because of our love for the Ruffed Grouse, the wild beauty of their habitat, and our desire to own and train top quality grouse dogs.
We currently own three quality Shorthairs that are proven versatile hunting dogs and fantastic family companions.
We offer a titled male at stud to approved dams - VC Neenah Creek's Autumn Boon MH.
We're a small, family-oriented kennel so we produce only one or two high quality litters per year. We also take extreme pride in working with our puppy buyers to make sure that they ultimately end up with the gun dog that they have dedicated so much of their time and effort towards.
We also offer limited training services and hands-on help for pointing dog owners in our region of Wisconsin.
Please check out our web site at www.bonasaflats.com for more information.
Submitted by: Greg Vande voort on Sep 22, 2010
My wife called to see if we wanted to rescue a gsp. I never knew what type a dog they where I called John for a eval. to see if Bo would be a dog that could be some typr of hunting dog. John seen something in him that i didn't and we where off training the next week. in three months time I now have a hunting dog that is outstanding. the dedication that john has in training both dog and handler, which I was probably harder then the dog to train is over the top in my book there is still work to do but John is the only one I will ever work with in the future excellent job!!!
Submitted by: William Bastian on Sep 15, 2010
I have had the pleasure to watch, judge and train with John for the past couple years. The dogs he produces and trains are class A hunting dogs, that are truly versatile. John is the kind of guy who will help anyone out, and knows how to solve just about any issue a dog is having. He’s a great guy that is honest, helpful, and a lot of fun. If I did not like my pointers with a wire coat and a beard he would be the first person I would contact for a Hunting dog!
Submitted by: Tyler Bogenschneider on Sep 14, 2010
I have always grown up with hunting dogs in the family but this was my first dog to call my own. I took my Vizsla, Jake, to John to train him to be my hunting companion. Training with John was very educational for me and I ended up with a great dog. John is quite flexible and very easy to work with. He trained me and my 8 month old puppy and in about 14, one hour, sessions. Amazing. If you are looking for someone to train your bird dog, you’ll want someone who is honest, educated, flexible and fun to work with, call up John.
Submitted by: Greg Audette on Aug 22, 2010
Training this past year with John Voight has been a great experience. We bought our first pointer and going into it we didn't know anything about training her. John has taken his time to teach us how to handle her and train her. John is always willing to work around anyones schedule to make training a possibility. We appreciate everything BFK has done to make this a rewarding experience for us and our dog Bella and would recommend BFK to anyone who is looking to train their dog. We are looking forward to continue training with BFK. Thank you again to John and Julie Voight and Brian Blanke.
Submitted by: Nate VanderZanden on Jul 30, 2010
I would like to thank Bonasa Flats Kennel for all the fun and enjoyment I have had in the past year working/learning with my GSP pup Dreamriver Jaeger Schatz (Schatzi) who has recently achieved a NAVHDA NA Prize I. This is my second GSP and it has already exceeded the level it would have most likely peaked at without the help of BFK. John seems to have a way of analyzing a dog’s behavior and understanding what trips the dogs trigger and is very open and willing to share his knowledge and insight. Through careful planning John systematically breaks down a dog to it foundation and then builds on each experience the dog has to get the final product…A truly respectable GUN DOG. As a trainer John doesn’t just train your dog he trains you the handler so you and your dog learn to work as a team. Whether you are a seasoned, intermediate, or beginner owner/handle you will find that BFK has something to offer everyone. I look forward to sharing many more years of enjoyment and achievements with BFK. And hope to one day own a BFK pup.
John and Julie Voight and Brian Blanke of Bonasa Flats Kennel are truly a top rate crew.
Submitted by: matt wilson on Apr 14, 2010
This was my first expierence at buying a gsp off a gun dog kennel and it was awesome ! I drove almost 700 miles and was welcomed into the voights home with open arms. Buying a gsp from bonasa flats was great from the time i comitted to get a pup to picking her up . John even took the time to take us to the field for training tips and a round of sporting clays.
Submitted by: Jean Bernier on Dec 27, 2009
It has always been a dream of mine to be able to compete at the Master Hunter level in the AKC hunt tests. Thanks to John, Julie and Brian at Bonasa Flats Kennels....it is no longer a dream, but a reality. Ava (INT CH, INT/NAT JA CH, UKC GR CH, URO1 CRK One Moment in Time SH, RN, NA PZ1, UT PZII, GSPCA VC, CGC) and I earned 2 Master Hunter legs this fall. Just prior to us earning our 2 MH legs, we also competed and qualified in the NAVHDA Utility test. This was also a first for both Ava and I. Not only does the BFK crew train the dogs, they also prepare the handlers for the tests. Thank you for everything you have done.
Submitted by: Dan Voight on Aug 07, 2009
From the time I witnessed the first ever ruffed grouse retrieve by Boon as a pup several years ago to spending a couple of separate weekends in the Wisconsin Northwoods in 2009 one on one with Shona and Belle, I knew the BFK GSP's were something special. These dogs transcend what is expected of a great field and family dog. Equally at home in the field or in the house and great companions in the lodge at the end of a successful day in the woods.
Submitted by: Jeff & Wendy Kuehn on Jul 28, 2009
January of 2009 we were fortunate enough to acquire River Bottom Guinness from the litter of VC Neenah Creek's Autumn Boon ("Boon") X Keljer's Morgans Pride ("Morgan"). She is a beautiful chocolate colored GSP with a healthy coat and gorgeous eyes. After working with John and watching Boon in the field I recognized where Guinness’s excellent drive and acute sense of smell came from. Upon her first introduction with birds the instinctive desire to hunt was very evident.
Although she has tested our patience with her inquisitive and tenacious personality it will definitely be an asset in the field. She is intelligent and has had a fearless attitude. We have been very grateful to have the opportunity to work with John, Brian and Julie. With their guidance, numerous tips and reassurance that we are on the right path we have survived early puppyhood. Their desire to help achieve the dog’s inner ability has been selflessly shared. Their love and respect for dogs is unquestionable.
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Submitted by: Ken Voight on Jul 28, 2009
Hunting over BFK dogs is a real treat. You go into every hunt knowing that if there are birds around, these dogs will find, point, hold and retrieve them with enthusiam and style. And at the end of the day, they are great companions with relaxed and happy dispositions.