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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary
We have found a new supplier for the measuring sticks. The ones we have been getting from the VDH have not been available recently but the new supplier has stated they will have them going forward. If you are interested in obtaining a measuring stick for yourself the cost is approximately ninety euros. What we don’t know at this time is what the cost of the shipping will be. In any case it appears that the cost is less than we were paying VDH, which was one hundred euros plus shipping. If you are interested please contact Frank O’Leary at 509-520-7483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to place our order by September 10th and expect delivery by the end of October.
The WR tests are filling up. If you have indicated you will be participating in a fall test, please submit your entry ASAP. If you have submitted your entry and realize you will be unable to participate please let the test coordinator know ASAP.
On September 29th, 30th and October 1st we will have a Solms/AZP/VGP/Zuchtschau in Hysham, MT. Mike Kennedy is the Test Coordinator for this event. Mike can be reached at 406-342-5616. There is room in the test for additional VGP dogs at this time. Judges for this test are Test Director Jeff Martin, John Calandra, and Leigh Betsch.
Leading up to the fall tests we will be having training opportunities in Walla Walla, WA. Please be aware, it has been extremely dry in Walla Walla, the fields are dusty, and the water levels are very low. If you would like to participate in the training sessions please contact Frank O’Leary at 509-520-7483.
Western Region Annual Raffle
The 2017 Western Region Annual Raffle has not but TWO GREAT PRIZES and TWO LUCKY WINNERS. The first ticket holder drawn will have their choice of an Upland Bird Hunt for 4 persons or a Beretta Over/Under Shotgun. The second person drawn will receive the other prize.
Hunt Oregon, LLC, has graciously donated an upland bird hunt for four people, for three days, and four nights. All meals are included and there is a hosted open bar. Transportation to and from the Pasco, WA Airport and bird processing is included. The total value of the package is $12,000.00. The hunt will take place on the famous Cunningham Sheep Company ranch. One of the largest family owned ranched in Oregon, these properties have only been open to family and friends until now. The 2016 winner, Paul Kennedy, from Charlestown, SC, will be bringing his party of four to Hunt Oregon, LLC this fall.
A Beretta Over/Under 686 Silver Pigeon 20/28 gauge Two Barrel Set will be the other prize awarded. This is a great gun and the two barrel set makes it special. The retail value of this set is $3,500.00. Last year’s winner, Tom Watson, Jr., from Walla Walla, WA, thinks the Beretta is the nicest gun he has ever seen.
by Denis Brown
My name is Denis Brown. Though we are originally from Louisiana, we now live in Wallsburg, UT, about an hour and a half south of Salt Lake. Our ranch is at the end of the black top and though my wife feels it is in the “middle of nowhere”, it seems to fit our lifestyle. For example, we have two horses, two mules, a donkey, two (formerly homeless) goats, five chickens, four cats, and four dogs. Mercifully, the cows have been sold for the year. I doubt there is a house in town that would accommodate this menagerie. We lived in Salt Lake for a while, but it just didn’t seem to be a good fit, for obvious reasons. We’ve now moved out into the country and are homeschooling our two children, our son, 10, and daughter, 13. As you’d expect, the day is usually consumed with chores and school, and maintaining some semblance of order.
We’ve always owned dogs and cats. Though there was a time when we owned some Australian Heelers, the rest of the dogs have been pointers and retrievers. Historically, I’ve owned American Pointers, German Wirehairs, and German Shorthair Pointers, which acted like American Pointers. The pointers came from the old Guardrail line of dogs. They were, what is called, diplomatically, ‘big running bird dogs’. In fact, one of those dogs sliced her toe on a hunt and it was eventually amputated. Looking on the bright side, I supposed that would possibly slow her down a bit. No such luck. She continued to maintain full velocity, though her steering abilities were slightly compromised. The GSPs came from South Texas. Those dogs may have been a bit slower, but still ranged at the vanishing point. Make no mistake, I loved them all, but with a limited number of effective years left, I’m making a calculated move to something different. I’ve come to the realization that there is no benefit to having a dog point a covey beyond the horizon; I only want a dog hunting within a stone’s throw (of me). Continue Reading . . .
by Phil Kress, DVM
This week, I’m getting ready for an annual 4-day adventure that I’ve enjoyed for years. A group of us floats 32 miles of the Snake River’s wild and scenic Hells Canyon. It starts at Hells Canyon Dam and ends at Pittsburg Landing, where our rigs and trailers have been driven over 200 miles by a shuttle service. The scenery is rugged and beautiful, wildlife abounds (i.e. deer, bears, Rocky Mt. Bighorn sheep, eagles, turkeys), and the fishing is a “bass a cast”. We are also often swarmed by coveys of Chukars, making me wish I had my bird dog and shotgun along. The season usually opens the middle of September.
This reminds me of a chucker hunter’s nemesis, the rattlesnake. I’ve encountered many over the years, not only in the Canyon but other places, and have been lucky enough to have never had my dog or myself bitten. If you ever have a dog struck by a rattlesnake, immediately restrain and calm them. If possible try to hydrate them with as much water as they’ll drink. Of course the hunt is over and it’s time to ambulate the dog to your rig and head directly to a veterinary facility. Walking the dog, or if possible carrying them, helps keep their circulation and perfusion normal and slows the uptake of venom.
We are about to end the BBQ season. Therefore, it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events is put into motion.
(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes the dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill, beer in hand.
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three-meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.
Here comes the important part:
(5) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.
(6) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat.
(8) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table
(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and washes the dishes.
And most important of all:
(11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed 'her night off,' and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.
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