Winners of Fall Bird Dog Challenge Announced

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – September 12, 2017 – The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) announces the winners of its fall Bird Dog Challenge run at the Rolfe Beagle Club in Johnsonburg, Elk County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Dogs were placed and judged in either flusher or pointing categories. Entries were not to exceed 20 dogs in order to maintain a quality hunt for all handlers and dogs.

Flushers
1st – Bella, chocolate lab, owned by Tom Thompson of Clarion, PA
2nd – Charleigh, yellow lab, owned by Josh Peters of Shippenville, PA
3rd – Cooper, cocker spaniel, owned by Todd Fannin of Johnsonburg, PA
4th – Magnum, English springer spaniel, owned by Jim Eriksen of Buffalo, NY

Pointers
1st – Brya, Deutsch Drathaar, owned by Ben Warner of Clarion, PA
2nd – Megan, Brittany, owned by Jared Shaffer of St. Marys, PA
3rd – Marlee, Llewellin Setter, owned by John Morris of Ford City, PA
4th – Lincoln, Hungarian Vizsla, owned by Richard McDowell of Bradford, PA
5th – Patches, Llewellyn Setter, owned by John Morris of Ford City, PA

JT Morris, son of John Morris - cuddles a puppy at the Fall Bird Dog Challenge for NC PA

JT Morris, son of John Morris – cuddles a puppy at the Fall Bird Dog Challenge for NC PA

Other breeds of dogs entered into the RGS fun bird dog challenge were German Wire-haired Pointers, German Short-haired Pointers, English pointers, and Black Labs.

SinterFire, Inc., of Kersey, the industry leader in frangible, lead-free projectiles, donated prizes of t-shirts and cozies.

The judges were John Bilodeau of St. Marys, Rich Elliott of Brockport, Chris Double of Warren, and Larry Neel of Bradford, PA. The “stagers” (judges’ assistants) were Mason Walters of Wilcox and Terry Armstrong of Mt. Jewett, PA.
Bird boys were Ronald Reynolds (lead bird boy), Zander Israel, and trainee bird boy Logan Mooney.
Jeff Yeager, President of the RGS Allegheny Chapter, donated the use of a side-by-side for the bird boys, and Scott Mix of Kane donated the use of an ATV.

The birds were purchased from Mix Game Birds of Kane, PA. The RGS Allegheny Chapter provided lunch.
The RGS Allegheny Chapter’s Bird Dog Challenges are meant to be fun and do not require AKC or NAVHDA registrations or certifications. “We are a bunch of dog-crazy folks just wanting to get together to have a little competition and fun with our dogs,” says Christine Haibach, a new member of the RGS and a ‘frequent flyer’ at the chapter’s bird dog challenges.

The next RGS Bird Dog Challenge will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the running grounds at the Rolfe Beagle Club, 1016 Long Level Rd, Johnsonburg, Pa. All previous dog owners that registered for any previous challenges will receive advance emails notifying them of the next event. Attendance will once again be limited to 20 dogs.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.