I'm excited about the fast-approaching field trial season. For several months I've been conditioning and training our string of extremely talented dogs.
The trials I compete in are quite different from any other type of pointing dog competition. Trials are held in the woods on native grouse and woodcock. No birds are planted. Handlers and the gallery (onlookers) walk while judges are usually provided horses. No birds are shot but a blank pistol is used to simulate an actual hunting situation.
These grouse field trials are run under the auspices of The American Field and are widely acknowledged as the epitome in grouse dog competition.
While it's not a stellar spectator sport, visitors are always welcome to walk on any of the braces or to just hang around. Directions to field trial grounds are on our website.
Listed below, in chronological order, are the field trials and championships I plan to compete in this fall.
Chippewa Valley Grouse Dog Association
Wisconsin Cover Dog Championship, Wednesday, October 7, to conclusion
Open Derby, Saturday, October 10
Eau Claire County Forest, near Augusta, Wisconsin
Minnesota Grouse Dog Association
Minnesota Grouse Championship
Monday, October 12, to conclusion
Reuel Pietz Open Derby Classic, following the championship
Rum River State Forest, near Mora, Minnesota
Moose River Field Trial Club
Open Shooting Dog and Companion Stakes
Friday, October 23, to conclusion
Douglas County Forest, near Moose Junction, Wisconsin
Grand National Grouse Championship
Tuesday, November 3, to conclusion
Allegheny National Forest, Marienville, Pennsylvania