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Chasehill Little Speck Named Champion; Spring Brook Maximus is Runner-Up

Northeastern Grouse and Woodcock Championship

By Russell Ogilvie | Oct 05, 2020
Judge George Hetrick, John Stolgitis with Chasehill Little Speck, Russell Ogilvie with Springbrook Maximus. Judge John Olfson, Joe Dahl and Steve Forrest holding sign.

Berlin, N. H. — The 2020 Northeastern Grouse and Woodcock Champion, Chasehill Little Speck, owned by Harley McClung of Craigsville, W. Va., and handled by John Stolgitis, came out of the 5th brace. The three-year-old white and liver pointer male was braced with Wild Apple White Lightning (Craig Doherty) on the Moosehorn course.

Both dogs broke away down the trail. Speck, a first year shooting dog, is coming off a very successful Derby year. Spec won the Woodcock Futurity, the Grand National Grouse Futurity in 2019, and was named Purina Cover Dog Derby of the Year.

Well, Spec did not take long getting to work. His bell fell silent deep to the right of the course at 16. Handler, judge, and scout entered the thick alder and grass cover. As the search went deeper, a grouse erupted out of the grass but still Speck was not to be found. The search went deeper and more forward into the cover and once again, a grouse erupted out of the grass. However, this time Spec was found standing staunchly.

While this was going on, Myke had his own stop but a bird got up on his relocation which ended his day.

Speck was taken back to the course where he pounded through the thick cover. He stopped at 28 but nothing could be produced and the relocation was unsuccessful.

Speck continued working the cover. His bell would fall silent one last time at 48. Once again, a lengthy search with birds getting up all over. Six grouse got up and still no Speck. Finally on the seventh bird, Speck was found standing like a statue. Impressive maturity for such a young dog. Stolgitis sent him on and he headed out with the same energy as he had during the first ten minutes.

The runner-up, Spring Brook Maximus,  six-yea- old white and liver pointer male, owned and handled by Russell Ogilvie, came out of the 12th brace of the trial. Max was braced with Chasehill Little Thudd (Doherty).

This brace paired to strong runners. Each dog tore off right from the brake away but both dogs returned and quickly settled into a forward pattern with little handling required. Max’s bell fell silent first at 25. Both handler and scout had a lengthy search going when Thudd’s bell fell silent. Doherty was able to locate Thudd and a grouse blew out of the cover with all in order.

Soon after, Ogilvie found Max standing in the same area where a brood was seen leaving. Both dogs were taken back to the course and cut loose. Max stopped again at 35 along the stream facing a small alder patch with Thudd coming in to back. Ogilvie thrashed through the alder patch with judges and gallery watching. Not able to produce a bird, Max was sent on and Thudd was collared back to the course.

As Max broke right, Doherty took a step left with Thudd and a tired little woodcock blooped with no dogs involved. Why that woodcock did not take flight during the flushing attempt had everyone scratching their heads.

Both dogs once again headed down the trail and into the cover. Max headed up the hill and quickly stopped a 41. Max was seen standing; as the handler and judge made their way toward him, a grouse blew out in front with all in order. Once again, Max was returned to course and with his bracemate he powered forward. Both dogs would end the hour with more in the tank.

The Mid-Coast Maine Field Trial Club would like to thank the Purina and Greg Blair for once again supporting this event. A main reason why these dogs succeed is due to the quality of food they consume.

We also thank Lloyd Murray and the rest of the Northern New Hampshire Bird Dog Club for the use of their grounds. We had to make a change of venues so that we could ensure everyone had an opportunity to enter.

I would like to thank the club members for traveling to help out with vehicles, lunch pick up and numerous other items that needs to occur to make a successful trial. If anyone has walked the Kilkenny grounds, they know how nice they are but they also know how challenging it is to navigate them.

This year we were fortunate to have two very well experience judges to look over our entry. George Hetrick made his way from Pennsylvania and John Olfson came up from Connecticut. With three full days of running, these gentlemen got a workout.

Of course all this could not have occurred without a strong entry. This year we had 35 dogs that included strings from Wild Apple and Chasehill Kennels. To round it out, we had pros with smaller entries and the much needed but strong entries from the amateurs.

Again, thank you to all the owners and handlers for making this a great trial.

THE RUNNING

Day No. 1. The first brace of the trial included Paucek’s Castiel (Kellie Short) and Wild Apple Cider (Doherty). Lonesome Ridge had been a tough one. They completed the hour without a bird being seen

Wild Apple Polka Dot (Doherty) paired up with Chasehill Little Izzy (Stolgitis) broke away on Deer Mountain. Both dogs ran well. Dotty had a stop at 32 but nothing could be produced. Izzy had nice run but nothing for her effort. Three birds seen.

Paucek’s Tommy Tucker (Short) broke away with Duck Hook (Stolgitis) on Goldenrod. "Brute" got stuck a little early to the left of the course in the swamp. Tucker moved well through the course. Tucker made a move to the left of the course and the bell fell silent at 29. The scout was sent out and Tucker was located. Short reached Tucker and a grouse was produced with all in order. A nicely scouted find. Brute moved strong through the course but came up empty. Tucker finished a nice race.

Long Gone Porky (Murray) and Cairds Rosie (Stolgitis) had the first go at Pancake. Porky stopped at 16 and was relocated without success. Rosie stopped at 44 but moved on. Three grouse were seen by the gallery.

Brace No. 5 — Chasehill Little Speck and Wild Apple White Lightning — was previously noted.

No. 6: Panola Bacon (Stolgitis) and Wynot Pete (Steven Forrest) had the last brace of the day. Pete started off well but changed his tune quickly and Forrest picked him up at 12. Bacon took a different route and the retrieval device was called for at 23.

Day No. 2. Elhew Snakedancer (Doherty) and Magic Mist Sydni (Joe Dahl) took their turn at Lonesome Ridge. “Sydni" had a quick stop at 5 but moved on. Both dogs ran with ease through the timber. “Sydni” stopped to the left of the course at 34. Dahl flushed but could not locate a bird. “Sydni” would relocate and stop. On the third relocation, Lizzy came down the trail and busted three grouse in the open hardwoods ending her day. “Sydni” was moved on and her day ended when she hit the bottom and put too much pressure on a grouse at 54.

No. 8: Grouse Hill Pepper (Ogilvie) and Cinder (Sloan) broke away on Deer Mountain. Cinder ran to the edge of the bell. Pepper was running well through the hardwoods. At 28 Pepper came in and slammed on point for everyone to see. Unfortunately, they also witnessed a pair of grouse leaving and Pepper going with them. Cinder had the rest of the course to herself and a moment of hope occurred when she stopped at 59. Sloan flushed and even after the relocation, nothing could be produced.

Elhew Snakewood (Doherty) and Mooselook Mac (John McNulty). Cobie and Mac made it to 25. Mac stopped and was fine when the first grouse left but the second one was too much. Cobie entered the scene when this was going on and sent the rest of the brood skyward.

Stoke’s Willie B (Tony Bly) and Wynot Sullie (Forrest) had a good run on Pancake. Willie’s bell fell silent at 33 on the other side of a large opening. Bly and scout searched earnestly and when Sullie’s bell fell silent, Willie was located with Sullie backing. Bly was able to produce a woodcock in the edge of a raspberry patch. With both dogs moving forward, it was Sullie’s turn. He stopped just left of the course with Willie backing at 38. Forrest was able to get a woodcock to take flight. There was no further action. One grouse seen on course.

Wild Apple Jonathan (Doherty) and Stokely B Ricky broke away. Ricky stopped at 14 on a brood. Jonathan failed to stop on the flushing brood and his day was over. Ricky marked the birds but all was OK. Ricky was taken on and stopped at 26 but nothing could be produce. Ricky would fade some towards the end of the hour.

No.12 — Spring Brook Maximus and Chasehill Little Thudd —was previously noted.

Day 3. West Hill Gia (Dubriske) and Foxbrook Poker Face (Stolgitis) had a cool morning to run Lonesome Ridge. This has been a toughest course to get birds pointed and today only reinforced this. Gia stopped to the left of the field shortly after the break away but moved on as the handler and judge worked toward her. “Tina” worked hard through the hardwoods but both dogs could not dig up a bird. “Tina” dove deep right and stopped at 50. Stolgitis could not get anything to fly and the relocation proved fruitless. As the handlers continued on the course, a grouse got up out in front and Gia came in and stopped below it. Dubriske had nothing to lose and hoped it had a lazy friend with it but it wasn’t the case.

Stokely B Jack (Ralph) and Long Gone DaQuan (Murray) were up next on Deer Mountain. Braeval Laddie was scratched and DaQuan was moved up. Both dogs ran well on a course where birds have been seen but in various places. Daquan started out strong and faded a little in the end. Jack ran strong like he usually does and when he dove deep to the right, his bell fell silent at 54. Ralph worked his way to the bottom as his scout went a little higher. The scout walked up a grouse and just after, point was called and a brood of grouse could be heard exiting followed but the echo of blank gun.

Grouse Hill Annie and Mooselook Fionn (McClusky) took off under windy conditions on Golden Rod. Previous days produced birds throughout but today proved challenging for the dogs. When the handlers rounded a corner, a grouse took off just off the path without dogs involved. Another grouse was seen leaving but again no dogs involved. Both handlers picked up at 48.

Wild Apple Calvados and Chasehill Baby Bella took to the woods of Pancake. Bella quickly went to the edge of the bell quickly. With the windy conditions, Stolgitis recognized it wasn’t her day and he picked up at 10. Brandy would have the rest of the course to herself. She went well and Doherty was rewarded with a stop at 28 where a woodcock was flown. Brandy continued on, slowing at times but could not locate a "woods chicken".

No.17: Wild Apple Spot On (Doherty) and Daddy’s Little Boy Butch (Stolgitis) had the last brace of the trial. Spot started out strong but broke right and not return. Butch stopped at 26 but nothing could be produced. Butch  moved on and stoped again at 30 where a grouse was flown. On course again, Butch stopped quickly at 32 where a brood took flight. However, on this hot and dry afternoon, Butch’s day ended when a grouse popped up in front of him.

Berlin, N. H., September 14

Judges: George Hetrick and John Olfson

NORTHEASTERN GROUSE AND WOODCOCK CHANMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 22 Pointers and 13 Setters

Winner—CHASEHILL LITTLE SPECK, 1684441, pointer male by Daddy’s Little Boy Butch—Porter Meadow Bette. Harvey McClung, owner; John Stolgitis, handler.

Runner-Up—SPRING BROOK MAXIMUS, 1657296, pointer male, by Chasehill Little Bud—Riley’s Rowdy Shadow. Russell Ogilvie, owner and handler.

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