Clyde and Marilyn grew up in North Dakota as part of hunting families. Clyde and his brothers trapped fur, hunted deer, waterfowl and upland game from the time he was eight years old. His parent's farm was surrounded by several waterfowl production areas; where every fall Clyde and his hunting dogs spent countless days in search of ducks and geese.
Clyde and Marilyn bought their first hunting dog together in 1990. Mandy was the root of their passion for fine hunting dogs and what started as a hobby quickly progressed into a professional endeavor. They moved the kennel to Illinois in 1993, where Clyde guided at Oakmount Hunt Club and trained members' dogs.
In 1996, Sharp Shooters Kennel took up permanent residence in Wisconsin, just 45 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Along with training dogs, each year Clyde also holds several training seminars for hunting dog enthusiast groups across the country. Clyde and Marilyn are both Senior Judges and Clinicians for the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.
For the past 13 years, Clyde and Marilyn have trained and tested all versatile breeds. Their true specialty is training versatile dogs to perform both in the field and in the water.