I'm interested in hearing from anyone that has hunted over or owns/hunts a Irish Red Setter. I had an English Springer Spaniel that I hunted with for many years. She passed 3 years ago and I'm tired of the itch of longing for a new hunting partner and getting back in the woods. The only pointer I've hunted over was a Brittny Spaniel. I enjoyed the hunt over point and believe I want a dog that points now. I will be primarily hunting Pheasants (Illinois public sites and Bong in Wisconsin), grouse and woodcock in the UP and Wisconsin. I'm looking for a medium sized dog (~50lbs give or take a few) and one that doesn't require you to be on horseback to hunt. Having owned a springer, I know what to expect with keeping the fringes groomed after a hunt. I have no plans to trial. Since this will be a companion dog as well, I am taking my wifes view into consideration and we've thinking we want an an Irish Red Setter. For those of you that know Irish Red Setters, it would be great of you could share your thoughts and what breeders you have experience with. I searched the forum and saw that Brophy's had a positive vote. Thats good news as I am close to them and have already visited. Thanks!