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Congrats to Mark Altemann and Rum Creek Setters!

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    • #364
      October Setters

        I thought everyone should know that few days ago RymanSetters member Mark Altemann ran his two females Autumn and Briar in the Ruffed Grouse Society Highlands Gun Dog Challenge. Autumn took Second Place and qualified for the Gun Dog of The Year for the third time. Plus Autumn’s daughter Lilly, owned by friend of RymanSetters Bill Seniura, took First Place! Way to go Mark, Bill, Autumn and Lilly!


      • #367
        Rum Creek Setters

          More good news from Rum Creek Setters this week — Briar finally came into heat!!  If all goes as it should, puppies will be whelped mid August.

          Thanks for the kudos Lisa, they have been doing great, should be a great fall of hunting.

          • #368

            Congrats on the success at the RGS Gun Dog Challenge.  Those events sound like a lot of fun.  And that’s good news about Briar coming into heat.  She was cutting it awfully close for hunting season but it sounds like she – and you – should still be able to get out for at least part of it.

        • #369

          Mark, all great news. Can you tell us more about what your experience is with the Gun Dog Challenge? What does it mean to qualify for Gun Dog of the Year?

        • #371
          Rum Creek Setters

            This spring around 5 different RGS chapters throughout the lower peninsula hosted “Challenge Trials” at various preserves.  Most had a Pointing Class and a Flushing Class.  Braces with 2 Hunters with one dog each have 20 minutes to hunt 3 birds, usually chuckars.  Each brace has 2 judges that walk with each brace and points are accumulated based and birds pointed/flushed, birds shot and retrieved.  Points are also given for the way the dogs cover the field and respond to handlers instructions.  Four places for each class are determined at the end of runs based on the judges observations in the field.  These 4 qualifiers from each location will meet in the fall, to compete again in the Gun Dog of the Year finals using the same format.  These are not highly competitive like BDC events, but are a chance to run dogs in hunting senarios that work to improve dogs hunting abilities and meet a lot of other dogs owners with common interests.  I have met a lot of great people and seen a lot of nice dogs at these events.  It’s also a great way to run the dogs on birds in the “quiet time” in the spring.  It also help support the various RGS chapters in the state.  The one thing that the dogs don’t like is that 20 minutes or less of running to hunt birds isn’t enough for them, they are always wanting more.

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