American Field


By Piper Huffman, Secretary | Nov 07, 2017

The Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America is proudly celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Still strong and still growing, the AFTCA was organized to better achieve its mission to restore and perpetuate upland game bird habitat and promote and advise on conducting amateur field trial competitions.

Since the establishment of the AFTCA’s 20th Century Fund, more than $200,000 has been distributed in grants to various member clubs for upland game bird habitat improvements.

Now, the AFTCA is offering beautifully crafted and engraved 100th Anniversary knives in celebration of this landmark centennial anniversary. These knives will make great gifts for anyone, including judges’ and reporter’s gifts.

The knives are $175 each, or any amount over that, for donation to the 20th Century Fund, and $6.95 for shipping and handling.

These special anniversary knives can be purchased by contacting secretary at, going to the 20th Century Fund and click on “donate”, or, or (662) 223-0126,


It was determined at last year’s AFTCA annual meeting that any handler, owner(s), kennel name on the Field Dog Stud Book registration paper must have a $25 membership to enter an AFTCA event, excluding youth trials. It was made clear there are no exemptions, except youth (16 years of age and under) are not required to have a membership ID number.

This AFTCA membership is not just to receive a win certificate. You MUST have the $25 membership to ENTER the AFTCA recognized event.

The membership time frame is June 30 to June 30 membership no matter when you purchase it.

Membership can be purchased on line at or mail a check to the AFTCA office. Attn: AFTCA, Piper Huffman, Secy., 2873 Whippoorwill Road, Michigan City, MS 38647.


As announced earlier, the National Amateur All-Age Invitational Championship will begin Monday morning, December 4, at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn. Drawing will be held Sunday evening, December 3, at 7:00 p. m. CST in the Ray building on the plantation.

Judges are Michael Shears of Franklin, Tenn., and Jonathan Burch of Holly Springs, Miss. Reporter is Jim Atchison of Caruthersville, Mo.

The National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Championship will begin December 8 at Round Pond Plantation in Leslie, Ga. Drawing will be held Wednesday evening, December 6, at 7:00 p. m. CST at the office of the AFTCA secretary.

Judges are Mark McLean of Doerun, Ga., and Luke Eisenhart of Albany, Ga.

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