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mbrookins
07-17-2012, 08:28 PM
Press Release


Be sure to mark Saturday, August 25, 2012 on your calendar and plan to attend the Manitowoc County Kennel Club’s Hunting Dog Expo. This is the Club’s annual ‘fun with your hunting dog’ event where the average hunting dog owner can come and play six different sporting dog games in one locale. Hunting Dog Expo 2012 is two weeks earlier this year compared to its traditional date of the first Saturday after Labor Day. Open to all field breeds and their owners to prepare for the upcoming hunting season, the Expo is held on some of the finest dog training grounds in the Midwest. The kennel club grounds are 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 web site http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html for information and a map).

Like previous Hunting Dog Expo’s the sporting dog games are the real attraction for handlers and their dogs. Those games range from flushing a live game bird to single and multiple retrieves on both land and water. Some games are set-up to simulate an average day in the field. Other games test specific skills including retrieving game to hand. Attendees of the day’s event can run every game once or concentrate on specific games. All games can be attempted and run as many times as they wish. Pre-registration for the sporting dog games is not necessary to participate. However, Early Bird ticket packages are available at a discount and include an entry into a raffle for a game farm hunt. For more information contact Jeff Mueller at (920) 960-3660, or visit the Expo web site.

The Expo has been a fun and favorite event for sporting dog owners to test their skills prior to the upcoming hunting seasons. There is an opportunity for those dog and handler teams having a competitive side. The games are timed or scored by club members for points that count toward placements for each game. The highlight of the day is the presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day’s most successful gun dog.

Participants have numerous opportunities at door prizes, raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the generosity of supporters such as Purina, Tri-tronics, Avery Outdoors and totalretriever.com.

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 will be available on the grounds.

mbrookins
08-07-2012, 09:44 PM
Don't forget to get your Early Bird Raffle entry in by August 18 in order to have a chance for a game farm hunt.

mbrookins
08-16-2012, 06:55 PM
Early Bird entries close on the 18th (Saturday). We will draw the winner Sunday for a 4 bird pheasant hunt at Rivers Edge Game Farm. There is still time to buy a discounted package. Hope to see RTF folks at the event Saturday August 25.

mbrookins
08-22-2012, 07:28 PM
The Early Bird Raffle has been completed. Donna Kerr is the winner of a four bird pheasant hunt at Rivers Edge Game Farm in Reedsville WI. Congratulations Donna.

For any RTF'rs out there who are planning to attend this year's Expo we have great sporting dog games; some excellent silent auction items (8 bird pheasant hunt, 5 bird pheasant hunt, 4 bird pheasant hunt, 2 sporting clays packages for 4, Redlin collectors plates, and more). We also have a great raffle ticket.

Hope so see you there.

Daniel J Simoens
08-24-2012, 10:26 AM
darn you donna!!! jk congrats that's pretty awesome!!!

I will be attending the event tomorrow, along with 2 gallons of bug spray! This will be the first expo/event for myself and my Blue. Definitely going to check out the dock dog game. looking forward to it!!

Daniel J Simoens
08-26-2012, 03:06 AM
aside from the heat, the dog and a I had a great time. tried the goose station and about 3/4 of the way to the dummy goose the dummy dog desided he wanted to come back!! oh well, we went up north and threw a smaller duck for the dog in a pond for a bit and he enjoyed it. would have tried other stations but dog hasn't been intro'd to live/dead birds yet.

allydeer
08-26-2012, 05:03 AM
Who won???

mbrookins
08-26-2012, 05:54 PM
The Manitowoc County Kennel Club held its fourteenth annual Hunting Dog Expo at the Club’s grounds along the Manitowoc River near Valders on Saturday August 25, 2012. Hunting dogs of various breeds came out to enjoy the six different sporting dog games with their handlers and families. There were Springer Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, and German Shorthaired Pointers – and then there were the Labrador Retrievers. There were black Labs, yellow Labs, and chocolate Labs – all intent on hunting, and retrieving game birds.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for dog handlers to prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons in a fun way. Sporting Dog Games such as “Grouse Hunt”; Mallard Field Frenzy”; Blue Goose Bay; and The Waterfowl Challenge”; among others, attempt to simulate an average day in the field.

The Manitowoc County Kennel Club is thankful for the support and donations it receives from companies such as Purina, Tri-tronics, Avery Outdoors, Totalretriever.com, and many other individuals who are committed to the upland sports and training.

Most people who attend the Expo play for the fun of it. Then there are the competitive handler/dog teams that run each game to be the best that day. They compete for the title Great Lakes Hunt Dog Champion and the David G. Meisner trophy sponsored by The Retriever Journal and The Pointing Dog Journal. There were 16 placements among the four competitive sporting dog games. Three dog-handler teams were consistently placing and accumulating points toward the championship. Plymouth’s Vince Burri and his male black Labrador “Bear” (2010 Great Lakes Hunting Dog Champion and AKC Senior Hunter); Brandon Schelk of Elkhart Lake and Juice– a yellow male littermate to Burri’s Bear and recently titled AKC Master Hunter; and Randy Moore of Darboy with Lexi – a petite female yellow Labrador who loves to compete in National Bird Dog Challenge events. All three dog handler teams are accomplished.

When the scores were tabulated at the end of the day it was Randy Moore and Lexi who finished on top by a single point over Vince Burri and Bear. Randy and Lexi were awarded the Great Lakes Hunting Dog Championship for 2012. This was a repeat win for Randy and Lexi who are the only back-to-back winners of the championship since the Expo began in 1999. Complete event details can be seen at the Club’s web site, http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html.