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Field Trial Report

National Amateur Grouse Championship

By Tim Kaufman | Feb 03, 2020
The Winners. From left: Tim’s Setter Earl with Tim Callahan and Woods R Callin Sammy with Bill Frahm. Behind are the judges, Bert Benshoof and Rod Lein.

Moose Junction, Wis. — The Moose River Grouse Dog Club held the 2019 National Amateur Grouse Championship on October 11-13. The weather was unusually cold for mid-October in the northwoods with highs only reaching freezing and light snow fell throughout the event.

The trial was held on Douglas County forestry land in far northwestern Wisconsin.

These grounds were initially developed in 2008 and have continually been reworked and improved to provide ample opportunity for dogs to find birds and show well on the ground.

Grouse numbers throughout the Midwest have seen a significant decline in the past several years and these grounds have not been immune to declines. Near complete nesting failure in 2017 and 2018 and a relatively poor hatch in 2019 have had a big impact on the number of available grouse. However, because these grounds are situated in prime habitat, there were enough birds to go around.

We would like to thank the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America for providing us the opportunity to hold the 2019 renewal of this event.

We also thank the Moose Junction Lounge for their great hospitality. They provided lunches each day and hosted the Purina sponsored dinner on Saturday night in addition to providing a nice warm retreat from the early winter conditions.

We thank Purina for their continued support of the cover dog trials. Their donation of dog food to the winners and sponsorship of the handlers’ dinner are very much appreciated.

Every trial requires a dedicated group of club members to clear courses, marshal braces and assist with trial details. We would like to thank Scott Amacher, Tim Callahan, Sig Degitz, Bill Frahm, Brad Holt and Tim Kaufman for all of their hard work.

We were fortunate to secure two very experienced judges. Both have considerable experience handling dogs and judging at the championship level. Judges for the event were Rod Lein of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Bert Benshoof of Roseville, Minn. Conditions were wet and sloppy and we never heard either man complain.

THE WINNERS

We drew 28 dogs with handlers coming from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. A number of the dogs entered hold championship and runner-up titles.

Taking home the championship title was setter male Woods R Callin Sammy, nine-year-old white, black, tan and ticked setter male owned and handled by Bill Frahm of Minong, Wis. Sammy was credited with two grouse and two woodcock. The judges loved his forward movements and he was flawless on his birds. Without a doubt the clear winner.

Runner-up was Tim’s Setter Earl, three-year-old white and orange setter male owned and handled by Tim Callahan of Catawba, Wis. Earl had a forward race with a grouse find toward the end of the hour.

Others in the hunt included Moss Meadow Seeker, setter male owned and handled by Ken Moss; Hartland Maisy Mae, setter female owned and handled by Tim Kaufman; Grouse Trails Pride, pointer female owned by John McKellop.

Moose Junction, Wis., October 11

Judges: Bert Benshoof and Rod Lein

NATIONAL AMATEUR GROUSE CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers and 22 Setters

Winner—WOODS R CALLIN SAMMY, 1626184, setter male, by Tom Jones—I’m Blue Gert. Bill Frahm, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—TIM’S SETTER EARL, 1666880, setter male, by Keystone’s Red Recession—Tim’s Setter Rosie. Tim Callahan, owner and handler.

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