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Elk and I hunted the Allagash of Maine in 2014. It had been raining off and on that morning and there was a heavy but cool mist in the air. I was trying to stay out of the conifers as they were soaked and Elk worked both sides of the logging road. He had just crossed into a copse of light hemlocks mixed with alder and white birch and had suddenly gone still, just out of sight. I moved in to him but when I attempted to cross the ditch, I slipped in instead of crossing easily. No injury to body, though, and I was focused on the bird. As I approached Elk the bird went almost straight up and was clearly intending to cross the road I'd just left to get into the safety of the spruce plantation on the other side. I felled this fella as a high overhead, right-to-left crosser.
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Those eyes.... so warm and beautiful! #banjo #versatilechampion #vcbanjo #germenshorthairedpointer #gsp

The NAVHDA way. As the summer waxes each year we have several especially long NAVHDA days, as folks prepare for chapter testing in August and Invitational in September. Met at 7:30AM, ran eleven or so dogs (in my group) through the field in preparation for Utility then got on the swamp at about 1:30 and finished at 6:30PM. Almost that entire time in a kayak. I worked with a dozen or so duck search dogs. It's a lot of work, especially when one is not training one's own dog BUT it's worth it. I love seeing the differences between breeds and individual dogs, and I like watching the dogs develop their hunting skills. Yesterday, I worked or walked with Small Muensterlander, German Shorthair, Vizsla, Griffon, Weimaraner, and German Wirehair. The approach with each dog is tailored to that dog's needs. We are also educating handlers about the nature of pointing dogs, in general, and their dog, specifically. Many wise folks walk with every dog. Such people learn a lot by doing so. Offering to help is the norm and it's appreciated, especially since the core club membership is aging. What I've described above is what I would say is the NAVHDA way. Neither I, nor the chapter is unique in this regard. This is happening all across the US and Canada. Again, it's the NAVHDA way--we help each other. The fatigue and soreness fade but the friendships linger. Great dogs and folks.
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Cope earned the NAVHDA Utility Test prize 1 with a max score of 204. It’s been a blessing to see him mature over the last two years. On to the 2019 Invitational for a chance at Versatile Champion.
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Came home from the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America to find in my mailbox my current piece in the Ruffed Grouse Society Magazine.
It’s always a thrill to see one’s work in print. Outstanding layout job by Matt Soberg. I heard from some Appalachian fellows who shared their approval. That pleases me very much.
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#Repost @uplander1016 with an awesome morning afield! Who out there is looking forward a few months?
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Montana, 2016. A very special day on which I took sharptail, rooster, and hun over Elk in the morning then did the same over Aspen in the afternoon. The last bird was taken as light was fading and fell into an icy slough from which Aspen retrieved it. .
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Montana, 2016. A very special day on which I took sharptail, rooster, and hun over Elk in the morning then did the same over Aspen in the afternoon. The last bird was taken as light was fading and fell into an icy slough from which Aspen retrieved it.
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I headed to North Dakota for the first time in 2012 and, through a chain of serendipitous meetings and events, wound up in some good sharptail country. New VC, Aspen, and I made short work of them and gleaned a limit on three trigger pulls. We were pushed off the Prairie the next day by an impending blizzard and headed back to Minnesota—Grand Rapids—to hunt grouse and woodcock.
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Five years ago today an outstanding litter of black GSPs was born. The dam was Versatile Champion Cain (UP N' Adam's Speckled Baron x Rimrocks Honor This), one of three litter mates to earn Versatile Champion, and the sire was Anton vom Canuck (half of the sibling couple who each received Prize 1 in VGP, earning a VGP Breeder's Award in 2012). In addition to the usual great talents inherent to the breed, there was cooperation and flexibility to new situations apparent in these dogs. These were manifested in hunting and testing situations. Five received Prize 1 in Natural Ability on the same day and all of those (Bling, Elk, Dutchess, Stiletto, and Birch) were Prize 1 utility dogs by age two years and three months. Two are Versatile Champions. All were amateur owned/handled. Most importantly, they are all loved deeply and provide the companionship which exemplifies the breed. Happy Birthday to the Anton X Cain litter! Where the heck does the time go?
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