My passion for hunting fueled the desire for me to own a lab. Not just any lab though, it had to be capable of picking up birds from the dove fields down home to ducks in the rice in Arkansas to pheasants in the hills of South Dakota. It was no small order and to make things more difficult, it had to be chocolate. My dreams were realized in 2001 when for my birthday, my parents gave me the gift of my choice of chocolate puppy from wherever I wanted. It took almost an entire year to locate such a pup but I did. I named him Hooch and we never looked back. Now, almost 15 years later, he has achieved more than I ever dreamed of. He gave me the foundation needed to train detection dogs for the USMC and has allowed me to run numerous hunt tests across the country. Because of him and the experience he gave me I decided to start Candler Creek Retrievers.

Since starting Candler Creek Retrievers in 2010 we have been truly blessed with the opportunity to train some remarkable dogs both as hunt test competitors and accomplished gun dogs. We are a proud supporter of the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) and Ducks Unlimited. We take pride in producing high quality hunting retrievers that will serve our clients both in the field and on the line for many years. Come see us and let us help you realize your goal of owning a well trained retriever.


Joe Overby