Friday, May 8, 2009

Retriever Club to host event at Elk Lake Heritage Preserve for area hunting dogs

Prairie Lakes Hunting Retriever Club has joined with Elk Lake Heritage Preserve to present a day long learning event on Saturday, May 16, for area hunters who own hunting retrievers.

The day will begin with a Retriever Training Seminar by Ed Loeffler from 9:00 to 12:00. Included will be training information and demonstrations ranging from basic through advanced levels. For more information and to preregister call 320/986-2200 or see . Prairie Lakes HRC invites hunters and their hunting retriever dogs to participate in a Fun Hunt Retriever Test beginning at 1 PM at Elk Lake Heritage Preserve. Club members say the Fun Hunt is a great opportunity to visit and work with other owners of hunting retrievers. Owners can run their dog in a simulated hunting retrieve on land and/or water, as appropriate for the dog’s experience level. Others may just want to be part of the gallery, listen to the training tips of club members and judges, and watch the dogs do their best. Handlers will learn how their dog and their handling compare to others and how they can improve.
The cost to owner/handler participants in the Fun Hunt will be $10 per run, with Prairie Lakes HRC ribbons awarded to passing dogs. The dogs will be competing against standards set by the National Hunting Retriever Club, Inc, and not against other dogs. No live birds will be used.
Elk Lake Heritage Preserve is located four miles north of Hoffman on County Route 5. For more information on the Fun Hunt call Damon at (320) 295-1867, Tim at (320) 283-5015, or Dale at (218) 205-5387. No preregistration is needed.
Prairie Lakes HRC has members in several area counties. Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. has more than 8500 members and 133 clubs in 37 states. The local club meets bi-weekly from April to September for training sessions. New members are welcome.
The club’s third United Kennel Club-licensed Hunt Test will be held July 11-12 at Elk Lake Preserve. More than sixty dogs from several Midwest states are expected to compete.
For questions or further information call Dale Stinton, Secretary, Prairie Lakes Hunting Retriever Club, at 218.205.5387

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