American Field

Trainers Report . . .

Aug 17, 2017
A successful day of walleye fishing near Maxbass, N. D.

Paul K. Wright, erstwhile professional handler who was headquartered out of West Point, Ind.,  for many years, wrote to say that he and Peggy had just returned from Maxbass, N. D., their summer home for over thirty years. (Paul and Peggy now live in Florida.)

“We haven’t been back for quite  awhile,” wrote Paul, “and it was really great seeing our friends from years gone by! Several have ‘passed’ but the families that remain are doing very well.

“Farming practices have changed quite a bit. Gone are the many acres of CRP and wheat fields that covered mile after mile. Now it’s soybeans, corn and canola!

“When we first started going North, the farmers only farmed HALF the land and “summer-fallowed” the other half. Most of the shelter-belts and treerows have died off and have been removed. Certainly different from the days when ‘birds’ were easy to find and plenty of land to let a dog ‘roll on’ out there!

“One of my best friends and neighbor took me walleye fishing on the ‘big’ lake. We had a great time and talked about ‘yesterday’.

“Memories are wonderful sometimes!”

[Editor’s note: After a lengthy tenure in the field trial arena, Paul Wright moved to competitive fishing. As the photo above illustrates, he is equally adept at that sport.]



Conditions in Michigan have been pretty tough this summer; that is the most recent report from David Grubb.

“All the rain we’ve had has caused the cover to be high and unusually thick. There do seem to be a few more birds this year, but only finding them at daylight.

“It has been pretty hot, but some cool days mixed in. The dogs are looking good, despite the tough conditions.

“I have a good looking young setter Derby, Scottish Legend, owned by Paul Tutro of Richmond, Mich. He is a full younger brother to Jerrell Bryan’s two class setters, American Shadow and American Icon, all by Shadow Oak Bo.”

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