Letters

3/1/16

My name is Chad , I just wanted to talk about Mike and the dogs that I have gotten from him, I have had hounds for 17 yrs now and I have had many different breeds, blue ticks, plotts, treeing walkers, hunted around red bones, black and tans and I have had some good dogs, but nothing that really stood out and really impressed me.  I think the first dog I bought from Mike was out of Blackjack, (about 10 yrs ago) and he was a nice dog, did everything well and picked up on things quick, easy to handle, impressed me enough to buy another one and that was the start of building my pack I have now.  I have gotten dogs from Arrow, Blackjack, Sharp, Bernie, Kemp, Blackjack Jr, and Stretch, all these dogs were dandy’s, the thing that I’m most impressed with is at a young age these dogs run to catch and when they get eaten up they stick, and they get better and better . I  can’t tell you how many other dogs I’ve tried, and after their first rough bear their done, not these dogs, they stay all day on the rough ones, and get better with age.  I have a young dog named Ridge that was catching his own bears at 10 months old, and now he’s 2 and nicer than most guys 5-6 yr old dogs.  I use to be happy if I caught a few bears in a season and always had excuses for when I didn’t catch or got out ran, now I’m surprised if I don’t catch what I turn on and usually catch everything, and I am up around 95% catch rate, these dogs are IMPRESSIVE, I don’t see myself hunting any other line any time soon. It still amazes me how they honor at a young age and pick up on things because they are so gamey, I can have dogs bayed at 1000 yds away and turn in 3-4 dogs and know without a doubt they will get to those dogs in no time.   Thanks Mike for always being honest about these dogs you send me and all the help along the way building the pack I have now.

Chad


 

2/29/16
I would just like to thank you for everything. From answering my millions of questions and the pup i got. Always answered questions and had good suggestions to help out. I have been trying to get a pup for years, and with Mike its a deposit away and no BS or bogus waiting list. I got the pup spent a couple weeks getting to know one another. I have an 80-90lb running walker and he is 8. All i run is grey fox and bobcats. The pups first chase on a grey went 9.3 miles before we killed it. It was an epic chase in nasty thick country and whats really impressive she leads the chases as much or more then my veteran dog and she hangs in there for every bit of those long chases. She has even started cold trailing with my older dog. It’s been a tough year we always run in snow and didnt get hardly any. Only killed one cat this year dogs caught it on the ground and bayed it up. Actually the pup was the first one baying. The stuff this pup does at her age is amazing. The cost had me worried, but worth every penny!!! Oh yeah and I’m gonna get another one. The difference between a huge hound and the pups Mike are raising are night and day. They are twice as durable and fast. I’m really not sure what I’m gonna do with my older dog he is great for starting but can’t keep up when things heat up. I never would have believed it if I didn’t see it first hand. Once again thanks for everything Mike and can’t wait to get this next pup!!

Patrick


 

12/7/15

This letter is from Bryan in new Mexico

MIKE, THANK YOU FOR BEING AN HONEST DEPENDABLE BREEDER! IT’S NICE TO KNOW THERE ARE STILL GOOD HOUNDSMEN OUT THERE. FOR YEARS I BOUGHT DOGS FROM “NAME BRAND” BIG GAME HOUNDS MEN WITH LIMITED SUCCESS . AFTER MANY CULLS AND MEDIOCRE DOGS (AND WASTED MONEY/TIME). I BOUGHT ONE OF YOUR STARTED PUPS. I HAVE BEEN NOTHING BUT IMPRESSED AND PLEASED. I WENT FROM EIGHT DIFFERNT TYPES OF DOGS AND BREEDS TO A PACK OF ALL THREE BEAR KENNEL DOGS. I NOW ENJOY HOUND HUNTING AGAIN! WE CATCH ALMOST EVERY BEAR WE GET ON. MY SUCESS RATE WENT FROM AROUND 70% TO OVER 100%. CAUSE SOMETIME WE ARE SPLIT TREEING TWO OR THREE AT A TIME. I HIGHLY RECOMEND YOUR DOGS TO ANY SEASONED HUNTER OR BEGINNER. FOR THE BEGINNERS I WOULD ADVISE NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY BUYING MEDIOCRE OR PUPS THAT MAY NEED TO BE CULLED. START OFF RIGHT! HAVE MIKE HELP YOU WITH A PUP AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE EASIER. WORTH EVERY PENNY YOU PAY !!! MIKE THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! SINCERLY BRYAN


 

The link below is an article written by Travis Reggear for Bear Hunter Magazine about his dogs from Three Bear Kennels.

Travis Reggear Article BH Magazine


4/23/15

Mike,

I can’t say enough about this young dog.  Marley acts like a dog that is 5 times her age.  She is very gamey and runs hard.  At just 8 months old, she runs up front with my experienced hounds.  At first I was nervous to spend so much money on such a young dog but after having Marley I’ll be buying more of these dogs from Mr. Kemp.  He has been great to deal with and continues to stay in touch to see how she’s doing.  By far the best experience I’ve ever had buying a dog.  I can’t wait to see what her future holds.  Thanks Mike!

Trevor, West Virginia


10/31/13
Mike, I just wanted to let you know that the three dogs that I bought from you are doing great. In the past few years, I have bought dogs from different breeds and each time I have only had limited success. However, when I decided to get these dogs from you all I had to go on was what I read on your website and a little hear say now and then. Never the less, I am pleased to inform you that all the things I heard is completely true. The three dogs are all out of different crosses and all run with incredible speed and they put good pressure on the bear to make it climb. But what really puts you ahead of the others that I have dealt with is that you have never been too busy to take my calls and spend the time to answer any of my questions. I can see how much hard work you have put into these dog and I just wanted to say thanks for all that you have done and I appreciate it. It really shows when you see the talent of these three dogs. Thank you again for these extraordinary dogs.

P.S. If anybody wants to see a pack of these dogs run a bear in the Midwest, feel free to give me a call. 715-651-3302

Brent
Birchwood, Wisconsin


02-25-2010

Mike,
Thought I would drop you a quick note.  I named the dog I got from you Hawkins, he has been at about 24 trees with lions in the last 3 weeks, he has been super aggressive, a little too much as I knew it was just a matter of time before he got a hard lesson and I was hoping that it would not kill him.  Treed a cat for my wife this morning and he jumped and got a hold of Hawkins and chewed him up pretty good.  Took me a while to get him to come back over to the cat after it was dead, he did not want anything to do with it, he is not feeling very good tonight.  There are some pretty good holes in his neck and head as well as is hind quarter and front leg.  I am hoping this does not set him back too bad as he was doing so good.  Thanks for the great dog, he is more than I ever expected.  I enclosed a couple of pictures from this morning.
Shawn Peters

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Follow up:  I spoke to Shawn in February and Hawkins has been on a couple more lions and a bobcat and is doing great.


11-25-2009

I have been getting dogs from Mike for the past 6 years or so and I can say without a doubt that these are some of the best dogs I have ever had.  I know that whatever Mike tells me about a dog is true.  His pups take a minimal amount of time to adjust and are quick learners.  His pups, of which I have four, are already performing like 3 and 4 year old dogs.  People I hunt with are blown away by these pups and wouldn’t think twice about getting a pup from Three Bear Kennels.  However, don’t take my word for it, just take a look at Mike’s DVD-it speaks for itself!

Dennis from California


 

10-23-07

Hi, my name is Matt and I am a bear hunter here in Vacaville, CA. I have been buying young started dogs from Mike for a few years now. I have 9 dogs and 7 of those are out of Mike’s dogs. All of them run a bear with incredible speed and when they catch a bear that doesn’t want to climb, they have the grit it takes to make it climb. The last 3 young dogs that I bought from him were Curly who is 9 months old and out of Sharp, Foxy who is 9 months old and out of Blackjack, and Lacy who is 12 months old out of Arrow. The other day those 3 young dogs got after a bear by themselves, they started the track at 1 pm and bayed the bear all day long sounding like 3 old veteran bear dogs baying. They finally treed the bear at midnight. I couldn’t be happier with the dogs that I have been buying from Mike.
Thanks again Mike,
Matt


September 23, 2007

Hey…Just a quick note…the dog I got from Mike turned out to be one of the best in our pack. We are weekend hunters due to jobs, and so far this year we treed 8 bear. I know that does not sound like much, but last year we treed 0. The dog is 14 months old and has never crossed the road any farther back than 2nd…barks constant on track and trees merciless…another added plus is that he honors in unbelievably. Nobody wanted to talk much about him at first, mostly because they thought I was nuts for what I paid for him sight unseen, but now they all want Mike’s phone number…I will be ordering another very soon.
Thanks Mike,
Dan

Ladysmith WI


January 25, 2007

I have run dogs for 30 years and had 11 generations that I have owned and raised out of the same bloodlines. I decided to get out of the dogs, but when I sold them I was able to get that bloodline back if I wanted to start again. Well that didn’t take long and I had 3 more dogs, but there was something missing in these dogs that the other dogs had, and that was jump speed heads up catch dogs. So I gave Mike Kemp a call. I have known Mike for years and knew he had the type of dogs that I was wanting to get back to. Mike said he would pick one out that I would be happy with. A few months later he called and said he had a young male. I wanted the dog to cat hunt with. After we put the dog on the first bobcat track, he led the jump race right from the start and has led any race he has been on since. The dog was just what Mike said it was and he locates and trees like a 5 year old finished cat dog. (There are pictures of Joker on the home page)

Thanks again Mike,
Mark

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July, 2006

Fellow Hound Hunters:
I was looking for a line of dogs that would suit me in the country I hunt in Washington State. The only hunting we have now is for the timber companies a couple of months during the spring and in that short time we need to produce.

We ordered a dog from Mike Kemp. We winced at the price, but he gave us a guarantee on the young dog out of Blackjack. Mike said he would pick one out that would suit us.

The dog has proven himself from the first day we hunted him. At 11 months old baying on his first bear on a rock bluff, he was with the lead dogs. His second bear was in a thick brush draw where he was baying very tight and holding the bear in place. The third bear was a 6 hour run and bay. He was there to the end, even though he had been bitten several times and needed over 25 stitches.

I was afraid at 12 months old he might be bear broke. After 12 days of healing we hunted him again. This time we hunted the ash covered foothills at the base of Mt. St. Helens. We turned loose on a hot strike and after two hours of bay and go, bay and go we found the dogs and they sounded treed. When we got to the dogs they were bayed on a big mean bear. The bear was working the dogs as much as the dogs were working him. Out of the eight dogs we turned loose four had quit, but Gamble (out of Blackjack) was shoulder to shoulder with my two lead dogs, still in stitches, holding the bay. I was very impressed with the way Gamble was acting; he showed no fear at all of the bear.

With our season over I am thinking about Gamble and what kind of dog Mike sent me. Gamble’s disposition was excellent, he minds very well, easy to handle, he is not shy or skittish and not growly. He took to water with no problem. He has got the desire that drives him to run for the front of the race or on the firing line on a bay-up.

Oh Ya! The price…………..I am ordering two more.
Thanks Mike for sending me one of the best young dogs I have had in a very long time.

Tony
Ridgefield, WA.


 

ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW, 08/01/06

I hunt bear here in Washington State with Tony Locken, the houndsman who got “Gamble” who is out of Blackjack, from Mike Kemp. We picked the young dog up from Mike around February, which gave us about a month of coon hunting with the young dog before our bear season started and I tell you what, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing this young pup do on coon, it was outstanding!

Starting into bear season this pup didn’t miss a lick, he was always right there with the lead dogs and he handled very well from the start to finish. The first bear bayed was on a rock bluff and they had him held very tight until the bear was harvested. The second bear that I saw Gamble on was a mean one, the dogs had him bayed up on a dirt knoll above a rocky bluff, the bear would try to break through the dogs to get around the corner to the next ridge and this pup never backed off, but the bear finally broke through and made his way to the next ridge with dogs on his tail, Gamble included. (just as a reference point, there was 12 dogs turned in on this bear and Gamble was one of the 5 that made it to the end.) This is the bear that gave him the 25 stitches that Tony talks about in his reference letter. The last bear was a bruiser, on this bear we turned 8 dogs in and he beat 4 dogs out at the beginning of the race. When we located the remaining dogs, they had the bear bayed up in a creek draw. When we got to them the only dogs there were Tony’s lead dog Buck with Gamble right by his side barking every breath! Two of the behind dogs came in at the same time as we did, and the bear was harvested on the ground.

All I can say about this experience is that when Tony told me he was buying another dog from Mike Kemp, I told him to put me down for one too!

T.K.
Stevenson, WA


Mike

I would like to thank you for the pup I got from you this summer. He has done everything you said he would when I got him. At 8 months old he ran the first bear he saw, not only did he run it, but he caught it as proved by the holes in his rump.

This pup at 8 months old handles like a 10 year old but runs like a 2 year old. This reflects well on your breeding program as well as your pup training program.

I think that these dogs that you are raising will run and catch game anywhere they are hunted.

Victor   VA