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Thread: Looking for states that have public training and test/trial grounds.

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    Default Looking for states that have public training and test/trial grounds.

    I would like to know which states that designated public retriever training and or test/trial grounds on state property. Also, what are the guidelines in as much as are you limited to the time of year due to waterfowl nesting times? Are they easily accessible? I guess what I want to know are the restrictions and rules/guidelines.

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    In Utah:

    "Hunting dog training is allowed on the following DWR wildlife and waterfowl management areas:

    Farmington Bay WMA Davis County/Salt Lake County, entire area open to dogs and dog training two weeks before waterfowl season through February
    Lee Kay Center Salt Lake County, open year-round
    Ogden Bay WMA Weber County, three designated dog training areas, open seasonally September 1 to April 1
    Willard Bay WMA Weber County, dog training pond open year-round, areas south of the road open year-round"

    Out here in the Wild West we also use National forests etc. for training, trialing, or testing, and there are other state lands that are not managed and you are allowed to train year round
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    In Nebraska there is no dog training from May 15th to July 15th I believe on public ground. I don't think they are real worried about waterfowl nesting, more upland birds that don't exist. Also any land designated as "trial grounds" is off limit to training while the trial is going on, I didn't realize it was an actual law.
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    in Idaho we use BLM (bureau of land management) properties, but they are usually rough,roads are marginal and water consist of beaver ponds or spring fed...did run into one situation where some Basque sheepherders felt like the sage areas were theirs to control, and I did not wish to challenge their rather large Newfoundland dog...also have to be aware of gopher holes,whistle pigs and RTV'ers
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    Alabama has Forever Wild known as the Barnett Lawely FT grounds better known as the
    "cattle Ranch". 4300 acres dedicated to sporting dogs- most years we have 14 retriever events.
    Never closed to nesting issues, 200 pieces of water and the list goes on.
    Cost is 5 a day per dog.
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    South Carolina. H.Cooper Black. Awesome place. We usually camp when we're testing. Horse facilities too.
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    One of very few things the State of Illinois did get right. Training/hunt tests/field trials are restricted during public hunting season. You do need to reserve the area and show proof of club insurance in order to hold tests or trials on the properties.
    Here are the properties and restrictions. Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife area is a popular area for hunt tests and field trials.
    http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt...n/dtpublic.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by suepuff View Post
    South Carolina. H.Cooper Black. Awesome place. We usually camp when we're testing. Horse facilities too.
    Open every day except Christmas Day. Unless it is reserved for an event, you can train dogs on it either by showing up and finding a place that nobody else is using or by reserving one of the fields for either a full or half day.

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