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Field Trial Report

Region 19 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Robert Tomczak | Feb 07, 2019
Championship Winners. From front left: Rich Boumeester, Dave Moore with Boumeester’s Duramax, Frank LaNasa and Scott Jordan with Strut Nation. Behind: Bill Stapleton, Judges Mike Kindler and Doug Meyer, and Robert Tomczak.

Danbury, Wis. — With the shortening of days comes the colder temperatures and the changing of the colors in upper Northwest Wisconsin. That also means Region 19 Championships on the challenging yet magnificent landscape of the Namekagon Barrens. That also means sharptail grouse, and this year they were plentiful.

Milder winters the last few years in conjunction with an excellent well executed long-term management plan by site manager Nancy Christel have led to an excellent population of wild sharp-tail grouse.

Added land acquisition of 1500 additional acres of adjoining land, clearing, burning, and restoring it to natural prairie only adds to the continued greatness and improvement of this amazing resource known as the Barrens.

The Northwest Field Trial Club was blessed with and able to present manager Nancy Christel a check from the 20th Century Fund to aid in the efforts. In addition, the club members and participants try to raise funds to add to this donation.

Special thanks to John Mathys for matching every dollar raised in additional funds which allowed an extra $3,000 plus more dollars to be given to Nancy Christel and the state at our judges’ dinner. Christel shared that she would lobby for the purchase of an additional five acres of land from the county to add to our parking area. Ms. Christel is a true gem and is not only very passionate about managing the Barrens and sharptail grouse but is a pleasure to work with. Many thanks to her for allowing us the privilege to hold our trial here.


This year’s winner was Boumeester’s Duramax, white and black pointer male owned and handled by Rich Boumeester of Jordan, Minn. Duramax ran a very consistently forward, nice shooting dog race with multiple finds on singles and coveys. He had a nice finish and was crowned champion by our judges.

Runner-up Strut Nation is certainly not new to the winners’ circle. The white and orange pointer male is owned and handled by Scott Jordan of White Bear Lake, Minn. Strut Nation ran a nice race, getting big and wide at times but carded multiple sharptail finds and was absent at the finish. He was found standing as the final minutes ticked away but stood beautifully as Jordan flushed a small covey of birds for him to cap off a nice performance.

Many thanks go to our judges Doug Meyer of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Mike Kindler of Brownsville, Wis., for their time and watchful eye of each participant’s entry.

Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors Purina Pro Plan and manager Greg Blair and SportDog and Jim Morehouse for your continued support of these regional championships.

As always, thanks to the best dog wagon driver around, Chuck Wingard, for the excellent job he does every year. Thanks to event chairmen, pro Robert Tomczak and Bill Stapleton, for organizing and running the event and preparing some great meals for all. Lastly, to club stalwarts Bob and treasurer Katherine Gove for helping prepare a meal, guide in marshalling and handling the monies and accounting.

Danbury, Wis., October 5 — One Course

Judges: Mike Kindler and Douglas Meyer


[One-Hour Heats] — 12 Pointers, 13 Setters and 5 Vizslas

Winner—BOUMEESTER’S DURAMAX, 1669447, pointer male, by Erin’s Redrum—Bar P Fizz. Rich Boumeester, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—STRUT NATION, 1658294, pointer male, by Game Strut—High Value Special. Scott Jordan, owner and handler.

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