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Pine Shadows News

 

November 15, 2017

 

Morgan and crew are in Austin, MN for the National Open Championship. Safe travels and best of luck to all participants. Enjoy the performances of our amazing breed!  

Here’s a walk thru the Apples Trailer. If you are at the Open, JP will be glad to give you the 25 cent tour! Ask him for the recipe to the chef-inspired Spam Sandwich.

Here’s a link to the schedule of events and running order: https://essft.com/2017-english-springer-spaniel-national-open-championship/  

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November 5, 2017

Congratulations are in order! In honor of Aberdeen’s unique history of serving free pheasant sandwiches to nearly a million service men and women who passed through town on the railroad during WWII, and in celebration of hunting season and all things “Rooster Rush,” the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted an open house event last Thursday which included their first-ever contest for the best pheasant sandwich. The inaugural “Pheasant Sandwich Shootout” was open to professional and home chefs.

 

Daybreak’s Chef Rachel submitted a most tasty plate that the five-judge panel unanimously chose as the first-place winner! Congratulations Rachel!

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October 28, 2017

 

We get letters:

 

Hi Mark,

 

This is one of my favorite photos from about two years ago. We were on a hunting trip with Jesse and his boys, I took Wags out for a break about 4:00 AM we came back into the room. And he found Parker to sleep with the rest of the night. Speaks very well for the temperament of a Pine Shadows dog.

 

Jim

 

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October 24, 2017

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Mark,

 

I spent the last few days chasing roosters in North Dakota with Jay Altringer.  We ended up with 31 roosters and 5 patridge.  Numbers are definitely down up here too and the two Pine Shadows springers got quite the workout.  Cahill did very good and impressed a lot of people, but is a little sore and beat up (he will get a few days off now).

 

Caleb Montag    

 

 

October 19, 2017

We get letters:

Hello!

 

I hope all is well with you and the dogs.

 

You probably don't remember us, we had lived in Brainerd for several years before moving to Sioux Falls. We would come out to train with you and have purchased two of your dogs.

 

Several years ago we sent you a Christmas card with our then young son Chase and our dog May (whom we received from you). Chase is now a senior in high school and had some pictures taken with Pearl who is from a litter we had with Spear  (a Timber / Pistol pup d.o.b. 8/20/01).

 

We hope you enjoy it as much as we have. This truly represents their relationship.

 

Kevin, Paula and Chase McGowan

 

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October 10, 2017

Morgan tells of a good weekend at the Heartland Club trials.  All the dogs performed well both in Amateur and Open.  In the Amateur all age APRIL O/H Tony Cyr, DOZER O/H Bob Schulke, and REACHER O/H Ryan Landberg finished all three series with REACHER earning the First Place.  In the OPEN Morgan handled Ray Jack’s CYCLONE to a third and JP Martin’s GINGER to the second place ribbon.  In the Puppy Stakes CRUMB O/H Ryan Grauf took a third place.  

 

Next weekend Morgan and crew head to the St. Croix Valley Spaniel Club trial at Stallman Farms, 3944 140th Ave, Twin Valley, MN.  Good luck and safe travels to all participants

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October 2, 2017

Morgan reports the dogs had good performances at the North Dakota and the Colorado trials. In the North Dakota Open All-age Stake Bob Schulke’s DOZER earned first place and Ryan Lamberg’s REACHER took second. Both were handled by Morgan. A week later in Colorado YANTA was handled by his owner Kate Haglin to fourth in the Puppy Stake, Ryan Grauf’s CRUMB, was handled by Morgan to first in the Puppy Stake, and Patrick Connell’s HANK, was handled by Morgan to first place in the Open All-Age Stake. 

 

Special congratulations to HANK as he completed his Field Championship!

 

This coming weekend Morgan and his crew will be competing in the Minnesota Heartland trial which is be held at the Phil & Mary Williams’s property – 42941 210th Street, Clitherall, MN. Good luck and safe travels to all.

 

 

New Field Champion, Pine Shadows Flying Hank

 

 

September 18, 2017

Congratulations to all!

What a wonderful weekend we have just had at the NMESSC trial at Daybreak. It takes a great team effort to get all the pieces together and run a smooth trial. Many comments from the gallery and the participants about the enjoyment and fun all received at the trial. Thank you to all of you for your part in running this trial. We have an incredible club, tremendous people and awesome dogs.

Starting at the food, Rachel with her kitchen crew were fabulous; Terri and her bird crew, best team planting crew yet; Clean up crew, gun team, marshals, a great combination and an enjoyable cast of characters doing their part.

 

Thank you for making this a talked about trial across the springer world.

 

Mark

 

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Placements:

Youth

4th CHARLIE – Clark Haglin; 3rd C-YA – Grant Vershey; 3rd – Evan Lamberg; 2nd YANTA – Kate Haglin; 1st HIGGINS – Gabrielle Vershey. 

Puppy

4th SONNY – Krueger; 3rd BANE – Stallman; 2nd GHILLIE – Mulhollam; 1st DARBY-Winslow;

Amateur

4th BART – Koehler; 3rd BRODY – O’Keefe; 2nd REACHER – Lamberg; 1st CHIEF – Rutherford

Open

4th VINNIE – Sworsky; 3rd GINGER – Haglin; 2nd IZZE – Stelzer; 1st LONDON – Garner

 

 

August 20, 2017

 

The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Fall Field trial will be held on September 16, 17, 2017 at Pine Shadows Daybreak Hunting Lodge at 37853 111th Street Frederick South Dakota.

 

Be a part of history and run your springers in the 3rd annual Spaniel field trial held in South Dakota. South Dakota is considered the ultimate pheasant hunting state. Entries  close Thursday, September 7th. 

 

See letter and premium:  http://www.essft.com/alldates.html#Aug. 

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August 4, 2017

Sophie and I attended the Drumming Log RGS banquet last night. What a fine job they do! We are most grateful to our sportsmen advocacy organizations, both in their national scope and in the grassroot local efforts.   Well done.  Enjoyed seeing old friends and really appreciated the support the RGS provides ensuring success in our fund raising. Attending and helping were two Regional Reps, Matt Kangas and Dave Johnson, our biologist Ted Dick, and our RGS magazine editor Matt Soberg. Congratulations and Thank You!

 

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July 21, 2017

Central Minnesota folks, put this on your calendar for the 3rd of August: The  29th Annual Drumming Log Chapter Banquet of the Ruffed Grouse Society will be held at Hunts Point Gun Club on Hwy 29 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. 

 

We strongly encourage support of conservation organizations such as RGS and Pheasants Forever who are advocating our sporting traditions. Tickets call Matt: 218.232.6227. More info: http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/BrainerdMN17.pdf See you there!

 

July 10, 2017

 

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NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday!  Registration begins 8:30 am. See list of stakes.

 

This is the final trial of season. The total points race is close in many of the stakes. Who might become the top dogs recognized at the annual banquet in February?

 

News Flash: Pollinators galore - Catherine and Michael Blassey will be helping the youth build Butterfly Houses to take home.  

 

 

June 28, 2017

Schedule updates for the next couple of weeks at Pine Shadows:

Saturday, July 1, training

Tuesday, July 4, training

Wednesday, July 5, Evening training

Saturday, July 8, NO Training.

Wednesday, July 12, Evening training

Saturday, July 15, NMESSC Fun Trial    

 

 

June 11, 2017

Our Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS next Saturday, June  17th. We will be registering at 8:30 am. Of course, we are offering the Classic 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.  Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm  

 

June 6, 2017

The BRAMBLE pups are ten weeks old and are beginning to go to their new homes!

 

May 18, 2017

NMESSC fun trial this Saturday, May 20th, at Pine Shadows.  Registration begins 8:30 am.  Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2017

Reminder: Preserve Your Sporting Traditions.

 

Something for your children/grandchildren calendars:  Morgan will be teaching his MNDNR Firearms Safety Class in June.  It will meet Tuesdays and Thursday nights, 5:30-8:30 at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center in Baxter, (the new T.I.P. headquarters building).

 

For more information and to register call Morgan  218.820.8815.    Students must be 11 years or older by June 1st

 

 

May 3, 2017

Month of May activities:  Wednesday open training:   May 10,17,24, and 31.  Saturday open training: May 6 and 27. Memorial Day, May 29th.  NMESSC Fun Trial on Saturday May 20th.  No training on Saturday, May 13th.  Morgan is training most every day; if you wish another time call for an appointment, 218.829.4736.

 

April 25, 2017

The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club just completed its annual spring licensed trial this past weekend. We returned to Hunts Point Hunting Club north of Brainerd and we were blessed with great weather and strong birds and 80 plus dogs running in the Open, Amateur, Puppy and our beloved YOUTH Stake.

 

I wish to thank all the club members again for the tremendous amount of work and time commitment to successfully conduct this trial. It runs smoothly, efficiently and hassle free.

 

We had fine judges, for the open and amateur in Gary Riddle from Utah and Rick Paquin from Minnesota, puppy judges Jerry Barrett and Matt Clark and youth judges Ryan Lamberg and Matt Clark.  Our crew of bird planters, bird cleaners, shaggers, marshals, judge stewards, shuttle drivers, gunners, food prep, clean up and organizers are absolutely wonderful

 

Thank you to all the folks who entered this trial and made it a success for all. Our club considers it an honor to have you enter our trial and showcase your dogs. Congratulations to all the placing dogs as well as all the competitors.

 

Best regards, Mark

 

 

April 20, 2017

The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club returns to Hunts Point Gun Club north of Nisswa to conduct their annual spring trial on Saturday and Sunday of this week.  You are most welcome to come out and watch over seventy springers competing. 

 

The grounds are located west on County Highway 29 from Hwy 371 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. Hours are 8-4 Saturday, 8-Noon Sunday.   Good luck and safe travels to all participants! Click on to Hunts Point for exact directions. 

 

 

April 11, 2017

 

The Dog Trial in Pennsylvania

 

It was a cold early fall morning. My dad and I were loading the dogs on to the duly. The other hunters I was competing against were getting ready. I was in the Youth Stake with my dog Apples. I was confident Apples and I were going to win. My brother Clark was playing fetch with his dog, Trap. He was also running Bob Nichols’ dog, Susie. Clark and I were the only ones in the youth division. My grandma Sophie came too (she wanted to watch us in the Youth Stake). I looked around the grassy moor, the land was wet with morning dew.

 

Then as if he came from thin air, a guy and his dog stood by me and said: “Do you remember me? I saw you when you were a little kid!” I was getting frustrated! Everyone asked me that! “Um no, I don’t,” I said in my trying-to- be- nice-but-frustrated-voice. Then the guy and his brown Cocker Spaniel left. So did I. I kept walking down the dirt road to the food area.

 

After a few moments I heard a soft clip clop. No one seemed to notice, but all of a sudden an Amish guy putted down the road with his black and white horse. I continued down the smelly dirty row of cars. Then I stiffened. I  looked at my watch, the trial was in 5 minutes!!!! Then as if I wished for it, my dad came rolling up in the rusty red ranger.

 

“Get in” he told me. Clark was already in the ranger.

 

As soon as we got there, the judge shouted, “Clark Haglin with Trap!” He brought Trap up. My heart was beating so fast and loud I thought it would burst out of my chest. Clark came back walking with a happy/whatever face.

 

Then it was my turn. I tried not to get nervous because that would get Apples nervous. I stepped up by the judge. “Get out!” Apples immediately flew to the left far side of the field. I blew my whistle twice and Apples ran to the right far side. Then she found a scent trail and 5 seconds later she found a pigeon. I blew the whistle loudly once. Apples sat her small bottom down on the still wet grass. I heard a loud BOOM! That was the gunshot!

I yelled “APPLES!” Apples quickly got up and sprinted toward the bird. It took her a minute to find it, but when she did, she trotted back toward me. She sat down and put the bloody, wet pigeon in my hand. I whispered, “Thank you.”

 

I put the leash on Apples’ neck and walked off the field. When I got to the truck, Apples lapped up the water I gave her. “Good job” I murmured. I put her up in the dog box on the truck and someone shouted, “PLACEMENTS!!!”

 

I sprinted toward the food area. They just finished the novice stake. The judge said that and then added something else: “I think the kids in the youth are going to kick our butts in the future!”Everyone laughed and then he continued...  “First place goes to…… I gleamed hopefully…..“Clark with Susie!” -murph.

 

Not me, but there’s always 2nd place! “2nd place goes to….Kate with Apples!!” I was stunned I walked up and shook the judge's hand  I won 2nd Place!!!!!!! My brain was doing a little happy dance. “Now third place goes to….Clark with Trap!!!!!” Clark walked slowly up to the little platform and took his prize.

 

It was an amazing day at the dog trials, all our hard work paid off!

 

 

April 10, 2017

The first Northern club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS on Easter Saturday, April 15th. We will be registering 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 including the annual Easter Egg hunt.    Hope to see many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages.  Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm       

 

April 6, 2017

 

We are having a busy week at Daybreak hosting a twin project for Beretta USA. They have a film crew, Rockhouse Motion, here to create images for their Fall/Winter 2017 promotional material for clothing, shotguns, and accessories. The campus and several of our hunting coverts have become photo and movie sets for film crew, lighting grips, models, springer spaniels, and production staff. 

Beretta is also doing an in-depth survey of likes, dislikes, suggestions and wish lists for functional upland clothing and accessories. Two of Beretta’s lead designers from Milan, Italy have been here shooting and hunting with and listening to a focus group of avid uplanders that Pine Shadows assembled for them.  We have had over forty people participating this week.

 

 

 

March 4, 2017

We had a very successful Pheasant Fest. Participants filled the convention center with record crowds, 30,400+ and sometimes it seemed like most of them were at our booth asking questions!  Wonderful to catch up with old friends and visit with so many Pine Shadows springer owners. Sophie, Morgan and I are ever grateful to the assistance from Tony and Robin, Joannie and Lynn, Mark Rysavy, Teri, Peyton, Morgan’s family, and others.

 

 

Morgan and crew are resuming the spring trial season this coming weekend traveling to the Northern Colorado Springer Club Cocker Trial held on Friday. Morgan has some cockers competing.   Following this he will be judging this club’s Springer Spaniel trial stakes on Saturday and Sunday.  Then they head for Zenda, Kansas for training at the Bramwell’s plus the Oklahoma and the Central Kansas field trials on Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19.  Best of luck and safe travels to all participants!     

 

February 14, 2017

We had a good trip to the Bird Dog Foundation Hall of Fame trials last week in Tennessee.  All dogs performed well for their first competitions of the season.  Gwendolynn Lappin’s Quinn, handled by Morgan, earned second place in the HOF English Cocker Spaniel Trial and Ray Jack’s Cyclone, also handled by Morgan, took third place in the HOF English Springer Spaniel Trial. 

We appreciated the warm, spring-like weather and the fine hospitality of the Hall of Fame events. At the banquet we enjoyed a conversation of both reminiscence and future prediction with bird dog trainer extraordinaire Delmar Smith. It was also great to attend the Hall of Famed induction ceremony of long time ESS trainer and handler Gary Wilson on Saturday.

This coming weekend we will be at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis. It begins with the famous Bird Dog Parade of hunting breeds on Friday morning around eleven o’clock. As they have done at the previous national convention Morgan’s children, Kate and Clark, will be leading the English Springer Spaniel breed.

Pine Shadows has a large booth right on Rooster Row and we will be in attendance with dogs all three days.  In addition, Sophie and Joan will be conducting their Puppy Imprinting Workshop – “The Essential Connection” several times daily on the Upland Hunting Stage.

 

 

February 3. 2017

While at last week’s SHOT Show in Vegas, our son Travis visited with our friend John Thames, publisher of Covey Rise. John has a Pine Shadows springer spaniel.      

 

 

January 9, 2017

 

The NMESSC annual banquet and meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4th.   The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will kick off 2017 with its annual meeting, banquet and awards presentation.

 

This grand event will take place at the Northern Cowboy’s Flame and Brew, north of Brainerd on highway 371.   We will train in the morning and get together by two o’clock at Northern Cowboy (formerly Iven’s on the Bay). Bring along some luck to attract door prizes with JP’s infamous sweepstakes drawing! 

 

Please RSVP your intent. mailto:mark@pineshadows.com or 218.829.4736.            

 

December 28, 2016

Hi Mark, Sophie and Joan;

Thought you might be interested in a quick update on Ruby

On her 10th month birthday she is well muscled and weighs in at 45 pounds.  She is sweet and lovable, but she can be “naughty” -- not really bad, just playfully naughty.  That’s not to say she doesn’t know her own mind, but we work through it and I normally win.  Her hunting skills are improving but she’ll benefit from more training and experience. 

I hope you had a joyous Christmas and things are going well at Daybreak.

Take Care,

Ron

 

 

 

 

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

 

December 21, 2016

Just over a week left in Minnesota’s ruffed grouse season, get out there one more time.  Clark and Trapp bagged a nice one last Saturday.

 

 

December 4, 2016

 

ZZ x Paddy litter is seven weeks old already.  Take a peek: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8JTf6QHEuy1SHlMcHRyS0oyNjg/view?usp=drivesdk

 

November 13, 2016

 

We Get Letters:

Sophie, Mark & Morgan,

Thought you might enjoy a photo of Winnie and her 1st grouse retrieve.  She and I hunted partridge off the Gunflint Trail the first week of October and then again the week of MEA.  Such fun of course and Winnie did a fine job.  

It was a hilarious to watch her charge after that first bird.  She was off like a rocket and both she and the bird went flying head over heels when she hit it after it was dropped on the logging trail.  When she regained her footing, she circled the bird five or six times before jumping in and bringing it back to me proud as you please!  I am still chuckling!

 

She also retrieved a bird for our young friend, Logan, who accompanied me to Pine Shadows a couple of times late this summer for training with Winnie.  I would guess you may remember him, as he was not shy about discussing any topic!  

Thanks for providing me with my fourth wonderful Pine Shadow's pup!!

We are off to western North Dakota on Veterans Day to chase a few pheasants.  Stay tuned for more photos!

Warm regards,

Paul

P.S.  Enjoyed the photo of Merlin and his crew!  As you know, he is the father of my last dog, Tessa, and is the grandfather of Winnie whose mother is Tempest.  Cool!!

 

 

 

November 9, 2016

A few years back while attending Brainerd High School Lindsey Olson worked with us at Pine Shadows.  This past summer her family needed a breed of dog that wouldn’t set off allergies yet be able to learn how to hunt.  During the summer Morgan gave them some advice and homework for their new poodle, Dexter.  Here’s a couple pictures from Dexter’s first hunt.  Awesome!                          

 

 

 

November 3, 2016

We had a four generation hunt this week at Daybreak.  L to R: Hemi the youngest of the group, Tempest, mother of Hemi, Merlin the patriarch of all, father of Buster, and Buster, father of Tempest. 

 

 

October 20, 2016

We get letters:  This is from Greg Meller.

 

Here’s a pic of Laurie and Jersey with their first wild rooster. Jersey was in the tall grass responding to Laurie’s commands when she became very birdy turning wide circles attempting to unravel the scent. It didn’t take long before she was on its trail. The rooster ran out of the tall grass heading for the corn with Jersey in hot pursuit. As soon as she spotted the rooster it flushed. Jersey was so close to the bird I had to wait for some separation before I rolled it. Jersey went straight to it, picked it up and brought it directly to Laurie’s hand.

We decided to finish out the last 20yds of the field so Laurie casted her off in the opposite direction of the first flush but instead she ran straight ahead, started turning circles and flushed another Pheasant. I was not able to get a shot but the experience she gained from the whole pursuit and flush along with the first flush and retrieve will fuel the fire of desire when we hit the field again.

 

 

October 19, 2016

By definition, camaraderie is mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.   Most of this group has hunted with Morgan for every South Dakota opener for the past ten years.  They always have briefings about safety and care for one another, preserving their sporting traditions.   

 

 

October 6, 2016

 

Hunting is in full swing at Pine Shadows Daybreak.  Weather is good, harvest is ahead of schedule, and we are discovering birds.

 

GIBBS (REMY x DIESEL) completed a nice summer of training and competed in a couple of trials in September. He did a fine job in the hunts this week with Lee.  GIBBS will be coming out again with Ryan for more hunt experiences.

 

Morgan is at the St. Croix field trial this weekend and will begin spending a good deal of time out at Daybreak following that.

 

 

September 21, 2016

Hunting season is here!  Enjoy, send us your photos. We love them!

 

 

Hi Mark,

 

Here is a pic of our first hunt with Jersey as an observer. She watched with excitement as Raggs, the old seasoned veteran worked in her favorite environment.

 

After the hunt we let Jersey work a patch of tall grass with a dead pheasant rolled in, which she found with on problem and retrieved to Laurie. Jersey loved being involved and was eager to get her nose in the cover. On the next hunt we will let here hunt with Raggs and see how it goes. I will you keep you posted.

 

Greg Meller

 

 

September 5, 2016

Fall is about to begin as our NMESSC kicks it off with the annual fall trial.  We will have about seventy dogs competing next weekend at our hunting grounds, Pine Shadows Daybreak.  Morgan and his road crew will be in few more trials before he returns to Daybreak to lead our wingshooting adventures. He just returned from the Alberta trial with a couple of placements for Ginger in the puppy stakes and a second place finish in the All-Age Open for Dave Adams’ springer, Cyclone.

                  

We are all anxious for the openings of various game seasons.  Get your companions out in the fields, forests, and waters for exciting times.  We look forward to the photos of your pups from your smart phones. Send them email to mailto:mark@pineshadows.com or post them directly on our Facebook page.

 

August 17, 2016

Looking for a sportsman’s conservation banquet?  Here’s one of the best!  The Deep Portage Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society holds its 27th annual Conservation and Sportsman’s Banquet next Thursday, August 25th at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack.  Ticket info from Jerry Lamon, 218.947.3870. Hope to see many of you there! 

I strongly encourage you to support the fine conservation organizations who are working to preserve our Hunting Traditions.   http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/HackensackMN16.pdf        

The NMESSC Fall Field Trial will be held September 10-11 at Pine Shadows Daybreak, our hunting lodge located at 111th St. Frederick, South Dakota.  Make your travel plans and fill out those entries soon.                 

August 8, 2016

 

Passion for the Hunt television featured Pine Shadows in their recent weekly show, “Preparing Dogs for the Hunting Season.  Take a look at it. It also has some scenes from the recent Deep Portage Upland Bird Camp field day at the kennels.

 

July 28, 2016

The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society conducts its 28th annual Conservation and Sportmen’s Banquet Tuesday, August 2 at the Woods Event Center just north of Brainerd on County #3.  Ticket info from Matt Soberg, 218.232.6227.   Hope to see many of you there!  http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/BrainerdMN16.pdf           

 

 

July 12, 2016

Our final NMESSC Fun Trial of the season will be held this Saturday at Pine Shadows. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the first stake starting by 8:30. Come a little early, Thanks!

 

Click here for a list and description of stakes. 

 

 

 

June 27, 2016

 

Summer training is in full swing at Pine Shadows.  Gun dogs and operators are improving their skills.  Come to watch, participate and have a bite to eat on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Morgan is training on weekdays and can work with you and your pup at your convenience.  Give him a call to arrange a time, 218.820.8815. 

Over the coming holiday weekend we will be training both Saturday and Monday (July 4th) mornings.

We have several litters in house ranging in ages of 5 to 16 weeks.  Come out to be delighted by their play!

 

 

June 8, 2016

There will be another NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday at Pine Shadows. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the first stake starting by 8:30. Come a little early, Thanks!

 

Click here for a list and description of stakes. 

 

The planned breedings for this fall have been announced. See details at this link.

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May 25, 2016

 

Last weekend’s NMESSC fun trial attracted sixty-four dogs entered in the various stakes.

Twenty photos from the event are posted on the NMESSC page.

 

There will be training on the holiday weekend both on Saturday and Monday.

 

Have a wonderful holiday!

 

 

May 10, 2016

 

Upcoming Events:

  Wednesday, May 11- Training into the evening

  Saturday, May 14 – Morgan and Mark at the North Dakota Field Trial.  No training at the kennels.

  Wednesday, May 18 – Training into the evening

  Saturday, May 21 – NMESSC Fun Trial at Pine Shadows beginning at 8:30 am

 

April 28, 2016

There will be no training this Saturday at the kennel as Morgan is gone and I am at the ESS Parent Club board of governors meeting in Chicago Friday and Saturday.

 

We have begun Wednesday evening training with a good turnout each time already. 

 

Morgan is training daily at the kennel and is available for you and your gundog’s needs.  Questions, appointments, give him a call at 218 820 8815.

 

 

April 18, 2016

The Northern Minnesota Springer Club completed its annual spring field trial this past weekend at Major Avenue Hunt Club. We were blessed with great weather, good cover and strong birds. I wish to thank the club members again for the tremendous amount of work and time commitment put in at the trial to make it run smooth, efficient throughout the weekend. We have a great crew of bird planters, bird cleaners, shaggers, gunners, marshals, judges stewards, shuttle drivers, food prep and organizers, clean up and take down.  A wonderful weekend. Thanks to the judges, John Wright and Greg Royer, for spending time with us and thanks to our participants who shared their dogs’ performances.

 

                

 

April 12, 2016

Want to watch some good hunting dog action? The NMESSC Spring Field Trial is this weekend. Nearly 100 English Springer Spaniels will be competing in this AKC licensed trial at Major Avenue Hunt Club, 11721 Major Avenue Glencoe, MN.   Events on Saturday from 8 to 4, Sunday, 9 to 11. You are most welcome.

 

 

 

April 4, 2016

 

Zia is celebrating five generations, two litters here at Pine Shadows now and another on the way. 

 

Look at this wonderful family: R-L, Sophie is holding the new puppy, its Mom Gypsy, Grandma Pelli, Great Grandma Sadie (Spear), and Great Great Grandma Zia!   

 

 

 

March 21, 2016

Competing in the field trial season began a week ago for Morgan’s kids.  They did well in the Youth Stake of the Mid-Penn club event running SUSIE, APPLES, and TRAP.  Congratulations!

 

 

The first NMESSC fun trial of the season is this Saturday at Pine Shadows. Registration at 8:30 am. 

 

 

March 7, 2016

Morgan is judging the Mid Pennsylvania ESS Club trial in Tyrone, PA this weekend. Kate and Clark are also at that trial competing in the Mid Penn Club first Youth Stake.   I will be hosting Saturday training at the kennel. 

 

We have a new puppies at the kennel with the Pistol x Rebel litter.  A number of litters are planned and they are listed on the puppy page.

 

The first Northern club fun trial will be held at the kennel on Easter Saturday. Hope to see many of you in attendance. The complete listing of club events is on the NMESSC page.

 

February 9, 2016

Sophie and I had a nice visit at the Bird Dog Hall of Fame field trials last week. Time well spent and I encourage you to get to LeGrange, Tennessee and have a look. 

Wonderful to see old friends and very satisfying to witness longtime friend Tom Meyer’s induction into the Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to a fine fellow who has contributed mightily to the springer spaniel breed and the trial game.

 

 

 

January 18, 2016

Lynn Swarthout and Black Jack (Wheaties x Diesel) on a South Dakota hunting trip in December 2015. 

 

Looks like a most wonderful hunt!

 

Thanks for the photo!

 

 

 

 

January 8, 2016

Get two birds- Celebrate Valentine’s Day and bird dogging the same evening! The NMESSC annual banquet and meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13th.   On that day the Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will kick off the year 2016 with an annual meeting, banquet and awards presentation.

 

This grand event will take place at the The Woods, 19624 County Road 3, Merrifield, MN, three miles north of Brainerd on County Road 3.  We will train in the morning and get together in the late afternoon at the Woods event center (formerly Timbermist). Enjoy hors’ devours during the meeting followed by a nice buffet with chicken, beef and JP’s infamous prize drawing! 

 

Please RSVP your intent. mark@pineshadows.com or 218.829.4736.            

 

 

January 5, 2016

We have uploaded all new photos on our Pine Shadows Daybreak website.  Take a look: http://www.pineshadows.com/pheasanthunt.htm   

 

 

December 29, 2015

Received a nice card and note from Rick and Ann Zweig. Their Pine Shadows pup, Ice, is fifteen and a half years old. Ice retired from hunting last year, but continues to be the favorite fishing buddy throughout the summer.

 

 

December 24, 2015

Pine Shadows has been blessed this past year with the many new friends joining our family of dog people. It is extremely gratifying for us to establish these new friendships and to have continued relationships with the numerous longtime friends involved in our dog world.  Many come and go through the fabric of our lives but we all have the common core of being connected through the dogs.

 

Our mission at Pine Shadows is to be the default choice when it involves anything to do with your pet. We hope we have done that with you and pray that we can continue that association into 2016 and beyond.

 

 

Being one of the best parts of your day by sharing our enthusiasm for the sporting lifestyle, our passion for the power of pets and the creation of authentic experiences lasting a lifetime involving you, your family and your pet is our goal.

 

Enjoy this Holiday season with your family and look forward to a blessed New Year.

 

Mark and Sophie

 

 

December 3, 2015

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What a joy having all the grandkids at Daybreak for Thanksgiving!

 

 

November 16, 2015

 

After a summer of growing up and training Bauer (ZZZ x BIGGS) had his first pheasant hunt with owner/operator David Quisberg. Everyone was pleased, especially Bauer!

 

 

October 26, 2015

It’s been a good fall. We are busy with groups at Daybreak and hunting has been very good. Lots of folks stopping by for a visit. Be sure to do that if you are hunting in the Aberdeen area. Give me a call, 218.821.1295.

 

Now that we are in the heart of our hunting seasons let’s see some of your pictures from the hunts.  Send us photos and descriptions of your favorite days afield with your canine companions. 

 

Here’s one from the field.  Grant had his kids out to Daybreak a week ago.

 

Best of luck!

 

 

October 1, 2015

Morgan’s fall schedule includes three more trials. This weekend the crew is off to the Minnesota Heartland trial at 138th St SE & 14th Av SE, Owatonna, MN.  On the following week they head to Nebraska for the Eastern Nebraska club event on Thursday and Friday followed by the Platte River ESS trial on Saturday and Sunday. Good luck and safe travels to all!

 

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September 18, 2015

Morgan has been training at Daybreak this week.  He and JP have headed up to the North Dakota fall trials for the weekend.  Morgan will be running seven dogs in the open stakes.

 

September 14, 2015

NMESSC Field Trial Results:

Open 1st Trakker-Joe Coady, 2nd Dude-Dan Murray, 3rd Tre’-Paul McGagh,  4th Teal- Dan Murray.

 

Amateur 1st Chetty- Steve Beyer, 2nd RJ-Joe Coady, 3rd Murphy-Joe Stallman, 4th Trakker-Joe Coady. 

 

Puppy 1st Tempest-Peyton Loss, 2nd Penny-Dan Murray, 3rd Chief-Kevin Rutherford, 4th Toby-Dan Murray.

 

Youth 1st Susie-Kate Haglin, 2nd Briar-Reece Stallman, 3rd  Mozart-Peyton  Loss, 4th Apples-Kate Haglin.   

 

September 9, 2015

Want to watch some good hunting dog action? The NMESSC Fall Field Trial is this weekend. Nearly sixty English Springer Spaniels will be competing in this AKC licensed trial at Pine Shadows Daybreak, our hunting lodge located at 111th St. Frederick, South Dakota. This will be the first licensed springer trial in South Dakota.   Events on Saturday from 8 to 4, Sunday, 9 to 11. You are most welcome.   

 

August 31, 2015

There will be no training this Wednesday at Pine Shadows.  Two open training sessions remain this season, Saturday Sept. 5th and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7th.  The fall trialing and hunting seasons begin soon. 

 

Looking for a sportsman’s banquet?  Here’s one of the best!   Join us near Hackensack next  Thursday evening for the 26th  annual Deep Portage Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society annual event.  See you there!

 

August 17, 2015

Support the fine conservation organizations who are working to preserve our Hunting Traditions.  In the next four weeks there are some couple of local banquets you might fit into your calendar.

The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society has its banquet on Tuesday, August 18th at the Woods event center north of Brainerd.  Tickets call Matt 218.232.6227.   And the Deep Portage Chapter of the RGS is having its 26th anniversary banquet on Thursday, September 3rd, near Hackensack, tickets Jerry 218.947.3870.   

 

Meanwhile, the North Country Pheasants Forever Chapter is holding their annual membership banquet on Thursday, August 20th, at the Nisswa American Legion. Tickets call Travis Raske, 507.351.5790. 

 

We look forward to seeing you. 

 

 

July 22, 2015

 

Thursday morning we will be welcoming a busload of about forty-five folks from the Deep Portage Upland Bird Camp for their 25th annual field day with us. 

 

The campers will be involved in demonstrations and activities on puppy raising, canine first aid, bird dog training in the field and water, skeet shooting, and firearm history while meeting a variety of gun dogs in action. More about this camp at: Upland Bird Camp.   

 

 

July 12, 2015

 

From the NMESSC Fun Trial on Saturday, July 11th.

 

 

 

 

July 8, 2015

The NMESSC will be conducting a fun trial at Pine Shadows this Saturday, the 11th.  Eight stakes plus activities for youth will be available.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

June 30, 2015

Reminder: Preserve Your Sporting Traditions.

 

Something for your children/grandchildren calendars:  Morgan is teaching his MNDNR Firearms Safety Class for three weeks in July/August.  It will meet Monday and Tuesday nights, 5:30-8:30, beginning July 27th.

 

The location is the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center in Baxter, (the new T.I.P. headquarters building).

 

For more information and to register call Morgan  218.820.8815.    Students must be 11 years or older by July 27th. 

 

 

June 22, 2015

We enjoyed a very good NMESSC Fun Trial last Saturday.  Fifty dogs competed in the stakes plus a dozen youth were involved in their activities. 

 

 

 

June 15, 2015

 

NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday at Pine Shadows starting at 8:30 am.  Eight stakes plus activities for kids, lunch, and good times. 

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June 5, 2015

 

Joannie, Rachel, and Mark took the traveling show to Garrison the other day. With a truckload of pups they demonstrated the puppy imprinting process to Knowledge Bites, an enthusiastic group of folks who meet monthly at the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church.  A wonderful afternoon.

 

 

May 24, 2015

This season is upon us. Be prepared by have the ingredients in your canine first aid kit.

 

Captain Morgan’s Best De-Skunking Formula

1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/3  Cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, laundry detergent is best.

DO NOT shampoo or otherwise clean dog prior to use of this recipe. Other methods of cleaning will only push the odor causing oils to go further into the coat and skin. Wet the dog thoroughly before applying, then rub vigorously into coat and skin. Rinse with water. It may be necessary to repeat process a few times.

May 18, 2015

Thanks to all the participants at Saturday’s NMESSC Fun Trial.  The threatened rain stayed away while fifty-one dogs competed; fourteen kids enjoyed the youth activities that included running dogs with flyers and a gun team! All were treated to a fine lunch of shared dishes, Rachel’s BBQ pork loin, and Tony’s grilled fowl!  The next fun trial will be on Saturday, June 20th. 

We will be training Wednesday evening and next Saturday morning May 23rd.  On Saturday, May 30th there will be no training. Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.

 

 

May 12, 2015

NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday.  Starts at 8:30 am.  

 

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May 6, 2015

We will be training each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning May through August. On 3 Saturdays we host NMESSC fun trials: May 16, June 20, and July 11. On May 30th there will be no training. Any other changes will be posted on Facebook and on the Current News page of the Pine Shadows website.  Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.

 

May 1, 2015

Congratulations to SUSIE (PILOT x TOAST), owned by Bob Schulke, in winning the Iowa field trial all-age open stake.  SUSIE was handled by Morgan.

 

 

April 23, 2015

I will be in Arizona for the next couple of days attending the annual meeting of our ESS parent club, essfta.org. Morgan and crew are traveling to the Iowa Sporting Spaniel Club inaugural field trial this weekend at Big Springs Range near Searsboro, Iowa.

 

Saturday training will resume on May 2nd.  Meanwhile, we have begun Wednesday evening training.  Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.

 

 

 

April 20, 2015

NMESSC Field Trial

Spring 2015

Major Avenue Hunt Club

 

What a wonderful weekend the NMESSC had at the spring field trial held this past weekend at Major Avenue Hunt Club. Thanks to all of you who entered your springers in the competition. Results are posted soon on www.essft.com and some pictures have surfaced on Facebook.

 

This is also a good opportunity to say Thank You to all who made it a wonderful weekend. We have a tremendous group of club members who go above and beyond in making this a great event. Thanks to the bird planters, bird steward, shaggers, treat makers, marshals, judge stewards, catalog folks, gunning team, mule drivers, judges, steward of the beat, bird cleaners and the land owner Jerry Martin.

 

 

 

April 10, 2015

I am joining Morgan and his crew at the Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club Spring Licensed Field Trial this weekend at SW 133rd St Elllendale, MN. Come out and see the action all day Saturday or Sunday morning. Here are the running orders: http://www.essft.com/alldates.html#Date

Following the busy trial schedule, Saturday training will resume on May 2nd.  Wednesday evening sessions are in full force. Come on out!

 

I encourage you to attend at least one of the spring sportsman banquets in your area. These organizations do a fine job advocating our sporting traditions.  While attending the 31st annual Bemidji Ruffed Grouse Society dinner last night I visited with RGS Regional Director Mike Griffin who was a wonderful host. Mike spends time with us each fall at Daybreak, our Orvis endorsed wingshooting grounds in South Dakota. 

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

Congrats to Cy earning fourth place honors in the Open Stake at the Minnesota Heartland trial last weekend.  Cyclone, owned by Ray Jack, is handled by Morgan.   

 

This Saturday, April 4, plan on attending the first NMESSC Fun Trial of the year at Pine Shadows.  Register around 8:30; remember there are a number of youth activities also. Click to see the list of stakes available for you and your dog.

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2015

A few jottings: Morgan is back from the southern trials. He reports all dogs had good experiences, a couple receiving placements. John Miettunen’s Sammy earned an all-age open second place and Dave Adams’ Bolt took fourth in a puppy trial. We head to Owatonna on Friday for the Heartland Trial. On the following Saturday, April 4th, day before Easter, the NMESSC holds its first Fun Trial of the season here at Pine Shadows.

There will be no Saturday training on the 28th; however, we will begin Wednesday evening sessions on April 1st.

The NMESSC spring field trial will be held on April 18-19 at the Major Avenue Hunt Club near Hutchinson. Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 8th.

 

 

March 12, 2015

 

Morgan and his crew are in Zenda, Kansas beginning the spring trial season. They will compete in the Oklahoma and Kansas trials for the next four days and go on to a Nebraska event next week. Morgan is most appreciative of the assistance from JP Martin, Steve Krueger, Mark Rysavy, and John Pauly.  Morgan has a number of springers in the open plus a puppy stake entry while each of the guys has a dog in the amateur stakes.  Best of luck to all participants.

With Morgan gone and Mark judging the Sportsmen Spaniel Club trial in Des Plaines, IL, we will have no training at the kennels this coming Saturday, March 14.

 

 

March 1, 2015

The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have a chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2015  6:00 p.m. at  Gander Mountain  in Baxter. As a follow-up to the December meeting, Minnesota DNR Forest Gamebird Coordinator Ted Dick will present information on grouse hunting in Minnesota in addition to the chapter's potential involvement in future local habitat projects.  RGS Director of Member Relations and Outreach Mark Fouts will discuss potential chapter activities for 2015.   

Please join us. Become an active part in helping RGS preserve our sporting traditions for future generations by creating forest habitat for grouse and woodcock. 

 

 

February 24, 2015

Dan Langhans comes to the line…

I was judging the Hall of Fame trial put on by the Volunteer English Springer Spaniel Club this past February. Dan Langhans had a number of dogs entered in the trial.

The course was extremely heavy and very tough walking with brambles, briars and tangles.

Dog number 5 comes to the line under Dan.

I greet him with a friendly hello and he shakes my hand, asks how I am doing and sets his dog up. I give him the same instructions I give all handlers. All the while I am thinking who am I to be judging this icon of a spaniel man.

The dog is glued to Dan’s every movement. With a slight cast the dog heads off quartering. 

Dan struggles through about ten steps and stops, turns slightly to me and says, “Mark, I can’t do this anymore; I don’t want to hold up the trial.”

With a slight whistle, his dog is back at his side, the leash is put on and Dan turns and walks off the course.  I am left standing there thinking I may have just witnessed Dan’s last trial.

I have judged Dan at a number of trials throughout the years and have always witnessed the epitome of dog and handler coursing as a team. 

I will miss him dearly, Sophie and our boys will miss him dearly.

Blessed and cherished be his memory.

 

 

February 4, 2015

This week Sophie and I are at the Hall of Fame field trials in LaGrange, Tennessee.  I will be judging the first of two trials being held. Not far from Memphis, the Bird Dog Hall of Fame is a great visit.     Both dogs and handlers are recognized in the exhibits.

In addition to training this week, Morgan will be taking the “show” to Forestview Middle School.    Joannie and Rachel are joining him to demo a truckload of puppies and dogs to three classes. 

There will be training this  Saturday

 

 

January 19, 2015

 

Saturday training has begun.   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.    

 

Remember  NMESSC banquet on the 31st.  RSVP your intent and meal choice to mark@pineshadows.com or 218.829.4736.

 

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January 1, 2015

 

Happy New Year. 

 

Nothing like the excitement of a new year indeed.  A couple January dates for you, the hobo fire cranks up for Saturday training on the 17th.  And the NMESSC annual banquet and meeting will be held on the last Saturday, the 31st.  On that day we will train in the morning and get together in the late afternoon at the Woods event center (formerly Timbermist) just north of Brainerd on Hwy 3, the Merrifield/Crosslake road.

 

Please RSVP your attendance and meal preference to us.  Email mark@pineshadows.com or call 218.829.4736. 

 

 

 

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