American Field

Special Bulletin

Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship

By Mike Husenits | Apr 05, 2018

Guys Mills, Pa. — The 28th running of the Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship was held March 28-30 at the Black Ash Sportsman Club grounds near Guys Mills, Pa. Judges Tony Bly of Milan, N. H., and Tom Fruchey of Beaverton, Mich., scrutinized fourteen of the leading cover dog points-earners in the country, most either champions and/or runner-up champions.

All dogs run two consecutive days for one hour followed by a third day when the judges call back their top rated dogs to run a third hour, all on non-released game.

The winner of this year’s renewal was Ponderosa Mac, five-year-old white and chestnut setter male owned by Steve C. Snyder of Ellendale, Minn., and handled by Scott Chaffee. Mac rendered three hours of forward hard hunting ground work combined with a total of two woodcock finds, one grouse, an unproductive and a stop to flush on a grouse. Runner-up was  awarded to Chasehill Little Thudd, five-year-old liver marked pointer male owned by Tim Kisieleski of Amesbury, Mass., and handled by John Stolgitis to three consecutive days of superior ground coverage and a find on a semi-wild cock pheasant.

Weather conditions were quite wet. A complete report will follow.

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