Reputation of a Legend
Phipps Kennels is located in the heart of The Rocky mountain Mountain Range in Cache Valley Utah and is owned and operated by Steve Phipps. Steve is a long-time and well-respected houndsman formerly of The Pacific Northwest. Being devoted full-time to his hounds, he knows how to breed and train top-notch big-game hounds. His line of Phipps Big Game Hounds is 100% Pure Bred Bluetick, and has not been crossed with any other strain. Fast, gritty, intelligent and with the stamina to finish a demanding race, best describes these hounds. They are as proven as any line of big-game hounds today. They have been used by many with tremendous success on bear, lion, bobcat and raccoon.
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A Modern Day Legend
Steve Phipps, has hunted the Oregon woods following hounds for over 35 years. His countless ventures have led him to the remotest areas of the state and others. The remarkable tales Steve can reveal, and his insight about wild animals and their environment, are a testament to his vast time spent in the mountains with hounds.
Experienced in hunting, training and breeding hounds throughout his lifetime, Steve intimately knows hounds like few others. Having the blessing of growing up in a family steeped in the tradition of fine hounds and houndsmen, he quickly learned what it took to flourish in the hunting hound world. He also developed a passion for dogs and a reliance on them that only practiced houndsmen ascertain. At the age of 18, Steve had his own successful pack of big-game hounds that garnered respect and praise from others. In the 1980s, Steve and his hounds worked extensively with Oregon’s Black Bear Biologist tranquilizing and putting tracking collars on bears. They studied bear behavior and habitat in Oregon’s rugged and dense Coastal Range.
For many years, Steve has mentored many fine houndsmen and shared his knowledge of the sport of hunting with hounds with newcomers. This has been his personal way of giving back what the sport has given to him: great hounds, unique experiences and best friends. Steve acknowledges the many great houndsmen (still living or passed on) who blazed the trail before him. He has enjoyed the many hunts and conversations with these men over the years, and continues to listen to their collective wisdom and counsel.
Phipps Blueticks will out-strike, trail and tree most big game hounds bred these days. These hounds are superior big-game getters in every sense. Another vital trait not considered by a lot of houndsman is the ability to locate the game once it has layed-up or treed. Locating is a trait Steve understands is one of the most important traits bred into a top, big-game hound.
“I’ve successfully hunted big game for over 40 years and Crazy Cascade Blueticks are the most consistent track to tree hounds bred.”-Steve Phipps
Nitro is looking great. He has been striking on bear, cats, lions and, today, a coyote. The first time he was on the box with the other dogs, at 3.5 months, he struck 3 bears by himself. He roads great, rides the box great, listens to me very well and uses his nose well. He has lots of drive, treeing instinct and natural striking ability.
Thanks for the pup—he’s a real hair puller. He’ll bay anything I put in front of him. He’s a good-looking hound and has a voice—to boot. I can’t wait to get another one. They’re naturally prone to be good hunters. Thanks again and keep up the good breeding! This is Copper’s first big game at 9-months old. He bayed the sh*t out of it! I’ve got some real good, older bay-up dogs, and he out-bayed all of them. I’m really happy with him.
Diesel absolutely has a “mean on” for cats and trails a bear scent good, too. The story goes like this: we had the dogs out coon hunting, and they were treed on a coon when Diesel winded something, came off the tree, and after awhile, started treeing again on a different tree. When they got to the tree, they found that Diesel had this cat treed by himself. I can tell you one thing for sure, he is gonna be one bang-up hound. If you’re serious about hound hunting and are considering a Phipps-bred Bluetick, I highly recommend that you give Steve a call. I am completely, 100% satisfied with my male pup I got. I will be purchasing another hound from Steve in the future.
Tinker has all the tools and will soon be my lead pack dog. Tinker has such a great nose that she has her head up wind-scenting on the run, when mastr. I’ve hunted hounds for 27 years and can tell she’ll be a great dog. Thank you again, Steve–this pup is goin’ to be a good one.
“The two Crazy Cascade Pups I bought from you were outstanding. They both were striking and trailing big game at 6 months of age. I will be sending money for another when one is available. Great pups and keep up the great work.”
I am sending you some pictures of my 10-month old Bluetick, Tinker 2, which I got from you. She is doing really well and is showing some real promise for a young dog. From day one, she has shown lots of grit, is very fast and is a natural tree dog. She is also a natural with a lot of drive for game. Tinker has all the tools and will soon be my lead pack dog. She is high energy and always ready to hunt. Tinker has such a great nose that she has her head up wind-scenting on the run, when most dogs have their nose to the ground picking at a track. I’ve already had offers from others wanting to buy her. I’ve hunted hounds for 27 years and can tell she’ll be a great dog. Thank you again, Steve—this pup is goin’ to be a good one.
Dwanyne and Jordan-Washington
“I can’t tell you how excited we are. You are breeding the exact type of dog we are looking for. Thank you for your honesty about your dogs, and not just ‘BSing’ me like a lot of breeders do.”
As of today, Luke is a little over 6-months old—and he is so smart and good natured. He continues to draw the attention of people with his looks and temperament. He has been the easiest dog to train. I truly believe now, it is best that a puppy does STAY with its mom until 10 weeks of age. He is really a great well-rounded dog.
“Crazy Cascade Blueticks are the most persistent, cold-nosed hounds around. If you want to catch game, you need a Crazy Cascade Hound.”
“My Crazy Cascade Bluetick caught his first coon at 9 months old by himself. He caught a bear last October by himself. Three months ago, my Crazy Cascade Hounds warned my family of an intruder breaking into our house while we were sleeping, which gave me time to get my gun. I shot the man as he entered my front door. These hounds literally saved me and my family’s lives.”
This pup has all of the makings of a top-notch dog: smarts, drive and the willingness to please.
I wasn’t looking to run a bear today, but the hounds put one in a den after about a two mile chase. Gunner lead the whole way and here are a couple of pictures of him baying in full cry. He caught his first bobcat at 9-months old. Gunner is a great dog and is my favorite out of four.
Charm is gritty, fast, strikes coons and bobcats, and she is making a name for herself in my area. Charm will be hunted on bear in the upcoming year. She is a coon-catching machine, and I can’t wait until the other one I purchased from you, arrives.
The dog I got from Steve is the best-mannered dog. Not only did I get a pup that is easy to train, I also got a good friend. Steve won’t sell a cull pup. I have never seen a line with as much natural instinct as Steve’s line of dogs. His line is for all types of hunters, from the new guy just starting out to the veteran houndsman. I have only good things to say about Steve and his breed of dogs. I will always have a CCB running in my pack. My pup was making kills for himself at seven-months old. Steve, thank you so much!
I can’t wait to get my Crazy Cascade Bluetick, Sweetie, for hunting boar and elk. She is a great-looking hound and has an intelligent look. You should be very proud and excited; your line of Blueticks will be the very first in Sweden.
“I have never seen a line with as much natural instinct as Steve’s line of dogs. His line is for all types of hunters, from the new guy just starting out to the veteran houndsman. I will always have a CCB running in my pack. My pup was making kills for himself at seven-months old. Steve, thank you so much!”
Ash Tully, Rio Grande Outfitters-Colorado
My Crazy Cascade Bluetick, Bullet, started earlier, and is trailing and treeing better than any of my older Cameron-bred dogs I purchased from another reputable breeder. He is a track-driving, treeing machine that has no quit.
“My son and I are excited to find someone with well-bred pups.”
“I’ve hunted with a lot of different hounds over the years and the pup I got from you was the easiest to train to track and tree I’ve ever owned.”
Blue is a wonderful dog…very gentle and loving, but don’t underestimate him. In hunting mode, he can be absolutely vicious VERY intimidating. He is the most beautiful dog I’ve ever had or seen, for that matter. We love him to death, and we do want a female puppy in the future.
Zoran-Montenegro (Southeastern Europe)
Blue is doing very well in her wild boar hunting. She helped catch—and pull hide—on her first boar at 6-months old. She is a great dog, plenty of grit and is getting better all the time.
La-Pine, Oregon Youth Football Team
Named the “Blueticks” for Steve Phipps bluetick hounds. The football team took 1st place 3 years in a row. When the team made a good play the fans would baul out like a Bluetick Hound.
“My Crazy Cascade Bluetick Pup is the most confident, easy-handling and earliest-starting hound of any I have ever owned. He was successfully scent-trailing and treeing at 5-months old. His natural treeing instinct is the best I have seen from a young hound. I will definitely be adding another to my pack in the near future.”
“My female is good-looking, athletic and fast. Thank you for the opportunity to own one of these fine hounds.”
“It’s a real honor to own my very own Crazy Cascade Bluetick. I have hunted with them before and have been very impressed with their tracking and treeing abilities. I want to thank Steve Phipps for allowing me to represent this line of blueticks.”
“I’ve been coon hunting for over 20 years and always thought I had top hounds, but since I got a Crazy Cascade Bluetick pup from you, I am catching them whenever the dog is dropped on a track.”
I want to thank you for such a great hound. It has been a pleasure to train such an intelligent, fast, true-grit, easy to handing, hair puller, loud mouth, tracking machine. At six months, she was running and treeing a bear drag. At nine months, she could run and tree her own game. Now, at 11 months, she is out-performing the rest of my pack.
Steve-Baller is the best lion hound I own, and she was well worth the money spent.
Thank you for Elfie, Steve! She is making a great boar hound in the Jura Mountains of France.
In Memory of Quentin Briffouilliere—In November 2010, a fine, young French houndsman, Quentin, unexpectedly passed away. We know how much it meant to him to import a Crazy Cascade Bluetick into France and how much he loved running the Jura Mountain Range with hounds. Quentin loved his hounds, the mountains and his family very much. He spoke very fondly of his older brother, Youri, who continues to chase wild boar with Elfie throughout France.
“I have been hunting coons and cats in Northern California for 22 years. I have hunted redbones, plotts and walkers. None have performed like my Crazy Cascade Bluetick. Trust me, get the best! Get a CCB!”
Kirby’s been doing well. She’s been under 4 lion trees so far. Another pup and she caught a lion in a culvert pipe last weekend, and she took a swat, but is fine. She’s gamey and got to chew on a lion last Saturday. We enjoy her antics; she’s the most entertaining dog we’ve ever owned.
This is my Bluetick female that I got from you. Her name is Storm, and she is doing great! She is the fastest hound I’ve ever seen. I sent you a picture of her baying a lion on a cliff that she caught by herself.