A native of western Colorado, Gary Hubbell has been involved with hunting dogs since graduating from college in 1985. One of his first jobs was working as an apprentice trainer with Mike Gould at Gould’s Grand River kennels. Gould was featured in several well-known books on dog training written by Bill Tarrant, one of the leading authors of the day on gun dog training. Gould was especially fond of hunting blue grouse in the Colorado high country, and consequently developed a line of Labrador retrievers known for athleticism, bird-finding ability, stamina, retrieving desire, trainability, and correct conformation.
As a freelance writer, photographer, and outdoor guide, Gary began writing for various publications, and was published in various magazines such as Shooting Sportsman, Outdoor Life, Bugle, Grouse Country Almanac, Sporting Classics, Western Horseman, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Transworld Snowboarding, Skiing, and many other publications. In 1999, Gary and his wife, Doris, founded Clinetop Press. They published several quality titles, including “The Labrador Shooting Dog” by Mike Gould, and “The Pointing Labrador” by Paul and Julie Knutson. His book, “Shadowcasting: An Introduction to the Art of Flyfishing,” won a Colorado Book Award, given by the Library of Congress. “The Labrador Shooting Dog” and “The Pointing Labrador” are two of the most influential books on Labrador retrievers in the past 25 years. Gary was a monthly columnist for The Aspen Times for 22 years and won two Colorado Press Awards.
Gary has pursued a career in guiding and outfitting for over 30 years, leading clients on excursions for pheasant, blue grouse, white-tailed ptarmigan, ducks, geese, elk, trophy mule deer, and trout. He was the founder of OutWest Guides in Marble, Colorado, where he and Doris ran a herd of 45 horses, leading over 1,000 riders a summer on horseback rides; 150 people a year on overnight pack trips; and 50-55 elk and mule deer hunters on wilderness big game hunts. Gary guided fly-fishing in the Aspen area for over 22 years on the Roaring Fork, Colorado, Frying Pan, and Crystal Rivers.
He has hunted waterfowl, geese, pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, sage grouse, ptarmigan, Hungarian partridge, prairie chickens, ruffed grouse, chukar, bobwhite quail, and Gambel quail in Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mississippi, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. He is noted for establishing one of the only outfitting services to guide for Colorado blue grouse and ptarmigan, and has never failed to find these elusive birds for clients. He has worked with English pointers, English setters, German shorthair pointers, Brittany spaniels, golden retrievers, Labradors, and various others breeds such as Viszlas, drahthaars, flat-coated retrievers, and Portugese water dogs in addition to his favored Labradors.
Gary breeds quality Labrador retrievers, offering dogs with clean health clearances, superb conformation, athletic ability, stamina, trainability, and retrieving desire. His lines favor yellow and black Labradors that are medium-sized, with males averaging 60-70 pounds and females averaging 50-60 pounds.
Gary and his wife, Doris, live on a 118-acre ranch near Crawford, Colorado, where they raise quality horse hay (www.mountainhay.com). They also train and broker quality mountain horses (www.mountaintrailhorses.com). Gary's main business, however, is ranch real estate. He brokers ranches, farms, resorts, hunting property, mountain land, horse properties, homes in town, and country homes on acreage across Colorado. (www.aspenranchrealestate.com) Gary and Doris have two sons, Reed and Jake, both college graduates who enjoy fishing, hunting, and experiencing the outdoors.
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