September Bird Dog Challenge Now Taking Registrations

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 9, 2017 – The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is now accepting registrations for the September 9, 2017 bird dog challenge in Johnsonburg, Pa. Open to all owners of bird dogs, and just before hunting season, the bird dog challenge is an opportunity for hunters in north central Pennsylvania to get their dogs out with other bird hunters, watch the dogs work the birds, take home some harvested birds, and have some FUN throughout the day.

Registration is limited to 20 bird dogs only in order to maintain the quality of the challenge. Flight chukars will be released in managed warm-season grass fields and early successional brush. Each dog will be given the chance to point or flush three chukars apiece and receive a score. The handlers can harvest the birds or have a designated shooter harvest the birds. Hunter orange is required apparel. Lunch will be provided.

“We’ve made some changes to the event for this fall,” said Jeff Yeager, President of the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society(RGS). “Handlers liked the chukars so well in our spring challenge, we’ve decided to go with chukars again, and we’re going to up the harvest to a potential three chukars.”

Registration must be received no later than September 6; check must be made out to RGS. Cost is $40 for one dog or $20 for two dogs. Mail registration to Rolfe Beagle Club, 1016 Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, PA 15845. Direct questions to 814-512-2101 or wlhab@windstream.net. All handlers registered for the event will also receive a membership to the training grounds.