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Field Trial Report

Duplin County Gun and Dog Club

By Bill Faust | Nov 17, 2021

Warsaw, N. C. — Friday evening, October 1, opened the 2021 Duplin County Gun and Dog Club’s annual field trial. The entries were closed at 6:00 p.m. Dinner was provided by Bill Faust, president of the trial and enjoyed by all members in attendance. Following dinner, the dogs were drawn for the next day’s events.

Saturday, October 2, dawned a nice cool morning with a gentle breeze. The event was held at B & J Hunting Reserve, better known as “Boy Scout” lane in Warsaw, N. C. With several handlers arriving in the early morning hours, the grounds where buzzing with activities before daylight. As the grounds filled with owners, handlers, scouts, horses, barking dogs and greetings of excitement, it wasn’t long before the Puppy Stake was announced, the dogs kicking off at 8 a.m. to start the day’s lineup.


In the first brace of the Puppy Stake, Star, a pointer female handled by Calvin Curnutte, was paired with Bat, setter handled by John Outlaw. Bat showed good distance, working the grounds in reasonable fashion. His bracemate, Star, was a little less aggressive, however ran a good race.

Second brace was the pairing of Sonny, a setter male again handled by Outlaw, and Sissy, pointer female handled by Curnutte. Sonny ran long and hard; in short, he out performed Sissy throughout the entire race.

The third brace was Curnutte, handler for Mac, a setter male paired with newcomer and co-owner of Sanford, six-month-old pointer male, handled by Pat Smith. Mac out-performed Sanford which lacked the experience of the older dog.

Curnutte and Smith were paired again, Rod, a pointer male and Son, also a pointer male, ran the race in true puppy style. Son, still learning the ropes, didn’t show the distance that the judges had hoped for; however, both did a good job for their ages.

Maggie, a setter female handled. by Curnutte,  as a bye, showed promise, good distance, working the grounds in true puppy fashion, concluded the Puppy division by 9:20 a.m.

Judges Jerry Raynor and Sammy Giddens, tallied the scores and announced their winners.

The Open Derby was called to be on the line at 9:30 a.m. The day began cool and breezy, was beginning to warm up, showed the largest gallery seen here in some time, with 22 individuals.

Third brace Merritt’s Princess, setter female handled by Calvin Curnutte, and Hardison’s Distant Speck, pointer male handled by Jerry Raynor, were ready and on the mark in quick fashion. Princess took the course, made a wide swing around the sand field, with Speck on her heels. Both were determined to find birds; a nice find and the tree grove in the sand field was the first find of the day. Curnutte’s Princess with a find and Speck delivering a spin and stop, backed this find. After watering, both dogs they were re-directed to continue the course. Clipping through the feed patches with purpose, both dogs led the race, first then the other as handlers gave direction. As the third brace came to a close, this pair with bird work, showed an impressive effort.

Thanking the judges, Tommy Brigman and Roger McGuire.

With the arrival of lunch, organizers and judges called a break for lunch. Barbecue and fried chicken plates were prepared by Blands BBQ, a local eatery from the Warsaw community. Served with country sides and hushpuppies this meal was enjoyed by all in attendance. Served with an assortment of sodas, bottled water and Southern sweet tea were enjoyed throughout the afternoon. This delicious meal is a preview for the championship trial meals this club will provide in January, 2022.

The judges and trial organizers called for the Open Shooting Dog to start promptly at 1:00 p.m. This allowed for a great lunch break and ample time to complete the 2021 Duplin trial the same day, with a good amount of daylight left for packing up.

Third brace, Sandlands Shooter, a setter male handled by Calvin Curnutte produced two finds that resulted in an impressive showing of workmanship, in both the dog and the handler. He was paired with Rambo, pointer male that completed the race, but did not produce any bird work.

Thank you judges, Tom Brigman and Roger McGuire.

Open All-Age would complete the day’s activity. Two dogs were scratched, resulting in the afternoon events to end late afternoon. During the All-Age Stake, these dogs put on an impressive show.

As the day ended on a positive note, our gallery had good numbers through the day, many owners were on hand to see their dogs in action; the grounds had multiple feed patches with a variety of millet planted on the grounds. Dixie Lee Peas, planted for the freezer also provided a good food source, as well as a small corn crop which provided summer country sides for family and friends and coverage for the birds in late summer.

Thanks to everyone that helped to make this event a success. Thanks to Bill Faust for providing the location, the lunch, the sportsmanship/fellowship of all attending.

A Special thanks to James Costin of Nutria for supplying dog food for the first place winners and all placements received a lease of color for first, second and third placements in blue, red and yellow.

On a final note, we are so thankful for the beautiful safe day for such a great event.

Warsaw, N. C., October 2 — One Course

Judges: Sammy Giddens and Jerry Raynor

OPEN PUPPY — 5 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—SONNY, unreg., setter male, breeding not given. Bill Faust, owner; John Outlaw, handler.

2d—BOY, unreg., setter male, breeding not given. Bill Faust, owner; John Outlaw, handler.

3d—STAR, unreg., pointer female, breeding not given. Calvin Curnutte, owner and handler.

Judges: Tommy Brigman and Roger McGuire

OPEN DERBY — 9 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st–MERRITT’S PRINCESS, 1695446, setter female, by Sandlands Shooter—Merritt’s Hope. Terry Merritt Kennel, owner; Calvin Curnette, handler.

2d—HARDISON’S DISTANT SPECK, 1697199, pointer male, by Erin’s RedrumBrock’s Mini Mouse. Doyle Hardison, owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

3d—JAKE, unreg., particulars not given. Mr. Brown, owner; Sean Melvin, handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 6 Pointers, 3 Setters and

2 Irish Setters

1st—SANDLAND’S SHOOTER, 1674049, setter male, by Hytest Paladin—Sky Hawk’s Blues Traveler. Calvin Curnette, Jr. & Mills Hodges, owners; Calvin Curnutte, handler.

2d—COME BACK TRUMP, 1673917, Irish setter male,  by Come Back Audie—Celtic's Spectacular. Joe Edwards, owner; Sean Melvin, handler.

3d—PINEY GROVE INTIMIDATOR, 1686403, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Miller’s Fancy Lady. Dun Garris, Jr., owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

Judges: Tommy Brigman and John Outlaw

OPEN ALL-AGE — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—MERRITT’S MISSY, 1662614, setter female, by Merritt’s Zackery—Merritt’s Hope. Terry Merritt, owner; Calvin Curnutte, handler.

2d—GAME ICE, 1691410, pointer male, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Game Snow. Auddie Brown, owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

3d—PINEY GROVE SAMSON, 1686439, setter male, by I’m Southern Style—A Tarheel Pretty Penny. Don Garris, Jr., owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

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