February 8, 2019
See your favorite hunting lodge chef February 22-24 at Pheasant Fest at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.
Our Chef Rachel will be presenting five seminars of pheasant recipes on The Wild Game Cooking Stage. Do not miss it!
More info: Click Here
January 18, 2019
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will kick off the 2019 year with an annual meeting, banquet and awards presentation. Even if you are not currently a member you are welcome to attend the banquet.
This grand event will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Drummond Wine Company at the intersection of Highway 25 and Thiesse Road. Meal will be choice of chicken pot pie or Pork Mediterranean on Rice.
The cost will be $25.00 per person. There will be a cash bar. Door prizes and awards will be presented during the banquet.
RSVP email@example.com or call (218-829-4736) by January 23rd, 2019
January 1, 2019
The new year resumes our many experiences of the sporting lifestyle. Saturday training begins this week on January 5th. This is a weekly event conducted on Saturdays except during the field trial and hunting seasons. All breeds welcome. First dog down is about 8:30 and we are usually finished before Noon. Snacks or a meal plus conversation in the training office follows. If it is super cold there may be a little more conversation inside than training outside. Occasionally a Saturday may be canceled. Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook pages for any changes.
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will be holding its Annual Meeting and Banquet on the afternoon of February 2nd at the Drummond Wine Company in Brainerd. Awards, prizes, and more. Details will be emailed.
As the sun sets on 2018 I hope you scatter joy and happiness wherever you go all the days of the upcoming year and may you receive the same in return. Happy New Year!
December 25, 2018
What a wonderful season. Plans are being made for the coming year. Look for the start of Saturday training days, field trial schedules, new litter announcements, and special events. We also have some exciting things happening at Daybreak, our Dakota wingshooting adventureland.
Stay informed with this website and our Facebook pages. We look forward to sharing time with you and your canine companions in 2019!
December 3, 2018
And just who might be that lady carrying an over/under across the Elm River at Daybreak with a fine brace of English Springer Spaniels? The new issue of Covey Rise magazine features our chef Rachel in its upland chef series. Do not miss seeing this wonderful story and photos, A Life Well Seasoned. All with a bonus of two of her recipes, Chukar Satay Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce and Pheasant Jerky Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust!
November 22, 2018
Eighteen months ago, Beretta did a photo shoot at Daybreak. You may have seen our springers hunting the coverts in magazine full-page shotgun ads or in Beretta catalogs, and maybe in the three-minute trailer that continues to circulate on social media.
During that short week with us they were also working on new product development as one of Beretta key designers from Italy, Elena Vismara, immersed into a North American wingshooting experience. We assembled a focus group of active uplanders who accompanied her answering questions, offering suggestions, and collaborating on the design of active hunting apparel for the U.S. market. Several pieces have been introduced this fall.
This new upland vest is an absolute home run. Elena captured so many of the focus group recommendations resulting in the most functional bird hunting vest I have ever used.
November 1, 2018
Hunting has been very good at Daybreak this year. We battled an early snowstorm that postponed the harvest timetable but had no effect on the birds. Reports from South Dakota and Minnesota are generally pretty good to strong for pheasants. And the ruffed grouse/woodcock chasers have been doing well.
A week ago Polaris was filming scenes with Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and their Crush production at Daybreak. They liked the Elm River ridges, bottomlands and crossings, and of course, lunch with Chef Rachel. Pictured with Mark are Lee and Tiffany plus Casey Wiesmantel from the Aberdeen CVB.
October 3, 2018
This year will be season number 100 for pheasant hunting in South Dakota. The first, in 1919, lasted one day. Five hundred residents and 500 nonresidents bought licenses. They killed 200 birds that Oct. 30.
We are celebrating this significant centennial all season at Daybreak, where our Orvis Endorsed springerspaniels guide your wingshooting of the famous South Dakota ringnecked pheasants.
August 25, 2018
Double-Header next month at Daybreak . The Northern Minnesota ESS Club will conduct two English Cocker Spaniel field trials, September 13-14, followed by an English Springer Spaniel field trial September 15-16. The trials will be held on the grounds of Daybreak Hunting Lodge 37853 111th Street, Frederick, South Dakota. Headquarters will be the Hudson House on the campus of Daybreak. More info and registration at Hunt Secretary: https://huntsecretary.com Any questions call Mark at 218.821.1295 or Morgan at 218.820.8815.
July 15, 2018
A grand day for the NMESSC Fun Trial with sixty dogs entered in the stakes plus sixteen entries in the kids events!
Next fun trial is Saturday, July 28th!
June 23, 2018
A first ever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever event was held at Pine Shadows recently. The event was to showcase the upland hunting ability of this breed and determine if they could run under the spaniel hunt test rules. Based on the success of this event and the performance of the dogs they should soon be eligible to enter in spaniel hunt tests. Tom Meyer, AKC sporting dog representative, was on hand to observe the performance of the dogs. Look forward to watching these Tollers soon in upcoming spaniel hunt tests throughout the country.
June 20, 2018
Wednesday evening training sessions have begun. All breeds welcome! Open training typically starts around 4:00. Afterwards we gather in the pavilion or inside the training office for a meal or snacks. If you would like to come earlier, check with Morgan 218.829.4736. He is typically training in the mornings, Monday thru Saturday.
June 10, 2018
Despite the damp weather the first NMESSC fun trial of the season attracted truckloads of enthusiasts who entered sixty-five dogs in competition! Good experiences, good performances, good comraderie, and good times.
Don’t miss the next one on June 30th.
May 29, 2018
The first Northern club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS this Saturday, June 2nd. Registration beginning at 8:30 am. We will again be offering a Senior Dog (10 years and older) stake. A full slate of youth activities is planned. Hope to see many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages.
May 9, 2018
Preserving Your Sporting Traditions.
Enroll your children/grandchildren in Firearms Safety Class. Morgan is teaching his annual MNDNR class in June. He will meet with his students Monday and Thursday evenings, (June 4,7,11,14,18,21), from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center in Baxter, (the T.I.P. headquarters building).
Further info and to register call Morgan 218.820.8815. He will teach the class again on Mondays and Thursdays in August (6,9,13,16,20,23).