Buckeye Brittany Club Newsletter
Extreme seems to be the watchword of the day. Folks campout on sidewalks the night
before to get in on some extreme shopping, reality shows have people involved in some
sort of extreme craziness and skiers have helicopter pilots drop them off at the top of
12,000 ft. peaks to embark on the extreme downhill rush of their lives! Not to be outdone
my wife and I headed for Key West in September to flyfish the flats for tailing bonefish
and permit. Not all that extreme except that hurricanes were lining up in the Atlantic at
the same time awaiting their turn to move west. Ike missed us and we had great weather
if you consider 100+ degree temps. and 99.9 % humidity great weather. Our daughter,
Sally, called to tell us that the kennels were about to fly off to Zanesville and parts east
with 70 m.p.h. winds blowing non-stop. The Reynoldsburg schools superintendent never,
ever thought he would have to close schools for three days due to a hurricane! Extreme,
indeed! Christmas and the New Year are approaching fast. While none of us gets to skate
in this present life the good always seems to outweigh the bad. I am extremely thankful
for that. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Grayling, Michigan was once again my destination this past Fall for grouse and
woodcock. The place was lousy with woodcock last year but not one woodcock was
flushed this season. Grouse were present in good numbers, however, and my pup, Tessie,
pointed her first grouse. George Simons was going to check out this area for birds. I’m
anxious to find out how his group did. Has anyone hunted grouse in Ohio this year?
George Martin and I hunted our quail covers down in Highland County again this year. I
was only able to get down once but we located three coveys that day. My male, Jack,
pinned a covey and I harvested a bird at the flush. I watched in horror as Jack completed
a speedy retrieve through 4 strands of shiny, new barbed wire.
George and I tagged along with Bill Burger and George Kucsma to Huron, South Dakota
to hunt wild roosters once again. Leroy Long, a new Buckeye Brittany member, came
out with Bill and George as well. Pheasants everywhere! Roosters were being pointed,
chased, shot, missed, tracked, retrieved, etc. The pup pinned and held her first wild
Dakota rooster. I think she wanted to retrieve it but since it was almost as big as she
is………….. A good time was had by all. Bill and George went out for a second week
and Bill said the birds were even more plentiful. This is a good place to take your Brit
and the price of gasoline is even starting to cooperate.
I hunted wild pheasants in Knox County last weekend and harvested one over Jack’s
point. I heard from Dan Armitage, an outdoor writer friend, that he has taken a few wild
birds in Ohio this year but they seem to be few and far between. Anybody finding wild
Field Trial Brags
I saw where Delmar McCallister’s gundog, FC/AFC Shady’s Be Sumbuddy, ended up in
1st place for the East Central Region Gun Dog Award. This is Buddy’s fourth time to win
this award. Congrats to Delmar and Buddy. I think Brian Hendrickson has had a hand in
some of Buddy’s placements as well. I also saw where Brian’s female, FC BJ’s Blaz’n
Daisy, earned first place in the ABC Open Gun Dog Championship. Congrats to Brian
We held our summer meeting at the July 26th specialty show at the Marion Fairgrounds.
We learned that our field trial grounds at Killdeer Plains will still be available for our
field trial this spring, 2009. Fees will be raised by $2.00 for each of the stakes in the
Spring field trial. Brian Hendrickson will be the field trial chairman and Jim Hamer will
be the field trial secretary. It appears that the Tri-Valley W.A. will be the site of future
field trials. The state is putting up a new building at the site to possibly include a new
well and corrals. Dresden, Ohio is approx. 6 miles away.
Fall Field Trial Meeting
Cassie Allen and Jean Webb will be judging entries at our first attempt to conduct an
AKC Hunt Test. Our test will take place at Smokerise Kennels on Dec. 6th, 2008. The
Ohio club is holding a test on Sunday, the 7th , at the same site. All details will be
available at our website—www.buckeyebrittanyclub.org.
The club voted to send $285.00 to the U.S. Sportsmen Alliance.
On a morning better suited to burying oneself into a warm bed covered over with at least
a foot of blankets, quilts, and comforters we held our first AKC Hunt Test. Eighteen
degrees and a breeze made for a very “fresh” trip around the course. I have nothing but
respect for Jean Webb and Cassie Allen who remained perched atop horses all day
judging our entries. We had 22 entries with 1 dog in the Masters stake, 4 dogs in the
Senior stake and 17 dogs in the Junior stake. It went really well with lots of help on
hand. Kristi Anglen completed the lion’s share of the paper work sitting in front of a
torpedo heater in an open barn. She kept fussing about the ink pen freezing up and I
knew she was cold when she attempted to saddle the heater. Dr. Allison Riedl, DVM
gave a very informative talk on caring for dogs hurt in the field and assembling a first aid
kit for dogs. Thanks again, Allison. Those club members with dogs receiving qualifying
scores: Masters (none); Seniors (none); Juniors DeLane R Little Firecracker-Hempfield,
Mr. Wade B-Burger, Spot One LaBelle-Kucsma, Crosscreek Let Freedom Ring-Long,
Ch DeLane Hi-Voltage-Hempfield, Beauregard LaBelle-Kucsma, Grousetangle KK
Contessa-Hamer and Grousetangle Breton BranDee-Hamer.
On Sunday at the Ohio Brittany Hunt Test Grousetangle BanDee Jack-Hamer received a
qualifying Senior score and Grousetangle KK Contessa-Hamer and Grousetangle Breton
BranDee-Hamer received a second qualifying Junior score.
Spring Field Trial
The Spring field trial will be held Feb. 28 and March 1st at Killdeer Plains W.A. We are
presently trying to have these dates moved to March 7th and March 8th.
Winter Meeting and New Officer Selections
Our winter meeting will be held at Dan and Allison Riedl’s home on Sunday, January 11.
It will be potluck and begin at 1:00 p.m. Dan will provide a map at the website.