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Region 19 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Robert Tomczak | Feb 01, 2018
Championship Winners. From left: Katherine Gove, Gary Cowell, Bob Gove, Rich Boumeester, Trisha and Todd Babbel, the judges; John Mathys with Boumeester’s Bar None, Ed Liermann, Chuck Wingard, Bill Stapleton with Dakota Nation, Pat McInteer, Robert Tomczak, Scott Jordan, Mark Johnson and Frank LaNasa.

Danbury, Wis. — You couldn’t ask for a much more beautiful and mystical place to annually hold an amateur regional championship than the “Barrens”, the Namekagon Barrens in Burnett County, Wisconsin.

As you wind down the sandy roads through a kaleidoscope of colored hardwoods and green pines, you cross the occasional tea stained cold water of a rushing stream or river. Expect to apply the brakes to slow for a turkey, deer, ruffed grouse or black bear as it saunters across the road.

After a ten-mile drive, the forest empties as the sky opens and you can see for miles across a pine/oak barren prairie. When the first whistles sound and dogs are loosed, the charge that can stay in touch with his handler, finding the front in this challenging terrain, and point sharptail grouse may have earned the title of Region 19 Amateur Shooting Dog Champion.

We drew good numbers again this year—thirty dogs—consisting of a nice mix of pointing breeds: pointers, setters, red setters, Irish setters and Vizslas coming to the line from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Maryland. Many thanks to all who came to support and help with this championship event.

Special thanks to wildlife Manager Nancy Christel and assistant Jed Hopp for their continued hard work and dedication to a consistent long-term managed burn program that keeps the grounds in great shape and has continually helped the wild sharptail population.

Thank you to the AFTCA and the 20th Century Fund for the grant money awarded our club. We presented a check to Jed Hopp at the judges’ dinner to put toward the maintenance of this unique ecosystem.

We also appreciate and want to thank the efforts of the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens for their continued interest and help in preserving this tremendous natural resource.

The Winners

We started under overcast skies and cool temperatures with rain coming in the final brace of the day. Birds were spotty but were seen throughout the day; however, the early braces had a tough go of getting them pointed.

The winner, Boumeester’s Bar None, pointer male owned and handled by Rich Boumeester of Jordan, Minn., was coming off a win at the National Open Prairie Chicken Championship. Bar None ran in the 5th brace, course No. 2, and rendered a nice comfortable shooting dog race. He was braced with Erin’s Wild Run, owner-handler Mark Johnson.

Unfortunately, Wild Run had his running shoes on and was gone by one of the road crossings. On his own then, at 45 Boumeester called point as Bar None worked the left edge of one of the leching area fields into the scrub oak. He was relocated and just as he slammed on point a covey of scattered birds began flushing in the scrub oak as he stood high and tight. Bar None continued on nicely after the road crossing, swinging wide and to the front at time.

Runner-up honors went to Dakota Nation, pointer male owned and handled by Scott Jordan of Grant, Minn. He was braced with last year’s runner-up, Chief’s Smoke Signal, owner-handler John Mathys.

They were loosed on course No. 1 on a beautiful cool sunny morning on day No. 3. Both dogs worked well and a large covey of birds lifted as we turned by the pond after the first road crossing but nowhere near our competitors. Dakota Nation swung wide as we made the second road crossing. He was absent for a time but returned and regained the front. As we made our way around the big lake another large covey of sharpies lifted, unfortunately not where the dogs were able to get in on the action. It appeared the birds were being touchy today and just as the clock was winding down at time Jordan called point for Dakota Nation. On the approach to the dog birds lifted with all in order to garner the runner-up spot. Smoke finished the hour but went birdless.

Our judges cited a few other nice performances but unfortunately they were not able to crack into the winners’ circle. Smoke, owned and handled by Bill Stapleton, was a little rough on the handle but had three finds, two were singles and one a covey, and two unproductives. Nemaha Boot, owned and handled by Pat McInteer, had a nice race but no birds. Champ, owned and handled by Eli Richardson, also had a nice race but no birds.

The judicial seats were capably filled by husband and wife team, Todd and Trisha Babbel of Dunbar, Neb. Both have been campaigning, running, and judging pointers for a good number of years and were very attentive and professional. Their time and sacrifice to be here was greatly appreciated.

A final thank you to our sponsors Greg Blair and Purina Pro Plan dog food for their continued support of this Championship.

Thanks to Chuck Wingard, one of the best dog wagon drivers around; he gives of his time each year to pilot the truck for this event and always is in the right place with a big smile on his face.

Also big thanks to the club members, Bob and Katherine Gove, who prepared their annual big turkey dinner, and for handling the treasury and to Rich Boumeester for helping marshal.

Lastly, thanks to my co-chair Bill Stapleton who helped with the food each day and with our rib dinner.

We hope to see everyone next year in October up on the Barrens.

Danbury, Wis., October 6 — One Course

Judges: Todd Babbel and Trisha Babbel


[One-Hour Heats] — 15 Pointers, 11 Setters and 4 Vizslas

Winner—BOUMEESTER’S BAR NONE, 1662742, pointer female, by True Confidence—Bar P Fizz. Rich Boumeester, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—DAKOTA NATION, 1674370, pointer male, by Erin’s Full Throttle—My  Minnie. Scott Jordan, owner and handler.

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