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mbrookins
07-23-2006, 02:40 PM
Featured in such publications as The Retriever Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor News, and Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, the Manitowoc County Kennel Club?s Hunting Dog Expo is back for its seventh straight year. Hunting Dog Expo 2006 is open to all field breeds and their owners to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Participants can take part in 7 sporting dog games from the longest pond leap to hunting out a live hen pheasant.

The Expo is held on some of the finest dog training grounds in the Midwest. Nestled up against the Manitowoc River near the rural community of Valders, WI and conveniently located between Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley (see the event?s website http://www.mc-kc.com/huntexpo.html for information and a map) the facility has four technical ponds and several large fields to host the event. The grounds are west of Valders off of Highway 151 and Quarry road (turn north). Be sure to mark Saturday, September 10 on your calendar and plan to attend this fun filled event.

Wisconsin Outdoor Journal states the sporting dog games are ?unpressured competition for (dog) owners who want it, but just as important the format is ideal for learning and preseason tune-up.? The highlight of the day is The Pointing Dog Journal and The Retriever Journal?s presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day?s most successful gun dog. Dogs and their handlers participating in the variety of fun, simulated hunting scenarios and games, held throughout the day, will determine this.

Participants have numerous opportunities at raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the support and generosity of Mueller?s Retriever Kennels, Sportdog Brand Products, Lese Farms ?The Pheasant Ranch?, totalretriever.com, The Sportsman?s Warehouse, NutriSource Dog Food, The Pointing Dog Journal, Purina, The Retriever Journal, RFG Distributing ? Unleashed Technology, and Tri-tronics.

The gates to the event open at 8:00 AM and the sporting dog games run from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, proper seasonal attire and rain gear, water for their dogs, a camera, and lawn chairs. Concessions of bratwurst, hamburgers, and an assortment of soda, beer, & water will be available on the grounds.

Proceeds from the Expo are used to promote and preserve field breeds and sports on both a local and national level. MCKC?s Expo has made past contributions to the Bird Dog Hall of Fame, National Amateur Retriever Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Bird Dog Foundation, Fox Valley Cluster, and Professional Retriever Trainers Association's Land Development Grant.

Pre-registration is not necessary for Expo activities. However, early bird packages are available at a discount. For more information call (920) 999-2352. Be sure to visit www.mc-kc.com/huntexpo.html.