John McCarter, Owner     (318) 614-6372


Bayou Gundog is headquartered in Knoxville Arkansas, with immediate and local access to a diverse array of training grounds that your dog needs to ensure success. Our 20 dog capacity allows for more focus and more time with your dog. We offer gun dog training, general obedience (all breeds), puppy development, and boarding services. We also provide hunt test training and handling services for those interested in an additional challenge of achieving a tested standard AND earning those ribbons!

John McCarter is a lifelong hunter that grew up on Bayou DeSiard in Monroe, Louisiana where he would enjoy wildlife and the outdoors. John began training his first retriever in 2000. He was 13 years old when he came across a litter of free puppies at a 4th of July parade. From this litter of half lab, half golden retriever puppies was a jet black wavy coated puppy equipped with an American flag bandana. Appropriately named Uncle Sam, or Sam for short, this dog ignited John’s passion for dog training. Sam was a self trained thanks to the public library having a VHS copy of Water Dog by Richard A. Wolters. The companionship spent training Sam in both the home and field would lay the foundation for Bayou Gundog.

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John McCarter, Owner
(318) 614-6372
[email protected]

Instagram @bayougundog

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Life is too short to have ugly dogs ...

Obligatory trailer pic for the new title! Introducing Woods SH owned by @originretrievers! Woods went a perfect 5/5 in senior. Still waiting on some ribbons in the mail, but the bayou crew went 13/13 the past two weeks at Castille Creek RC and Flint Oak RC.
Bonnie qualified for Master National with her 12th MH pass

Woods, Enzo, and Delta are now titled senior hunters.

Hennessy went 2/2 at Flint Oaks in Senior in her first ever hunt tests

Jolene finished her JH title going 4/4

Born 4 days and 5000 miles a part, Enzo and Delta managed to round off their Senior titles on the same day! ...

Welcome to the Bayou!
Repost from @originretrievers

Huge announcement! Origin is thrilled to introduce its newest member: FTW Think Twice Beyond a Shadow of Doubt - “Maple”.
We recently had an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire an accomplished British Field Trial retriever and we jumped on it. Maple has achieve a field trial 1st, 3rd, and two Gun’s Choice Awards which are reserved for the finest gundog in the field.
Yesterday Maple arrived in the US safely. Now, she will continue her training and we are excited for her future. Maple is now the only FTW (British field trial winner) golden residing on the North American Continent.
Buckle up boys and girls.

Missouri has been perfect so far! Great weather and great training grounds! We arrived Sunday night/ Monday morning. 1st Master Test is knocked out! Double Senior and Junior the next 2 weekends! ...

Oregon bound! Bonnie passed her 12th Master test and 6th in this Master National window. She is now qualified to run for this year! Thank you Castille Creek RC for hosting the early week Master! ...

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