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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
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
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.
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
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.
Hunting season is here!
Enjoy, send us your photos. We love them!
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
and see how it goes. I will you keep you posted.
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’
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:firstname.lastname@example.org or post
them directly on our Facebook
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
July 12, 2016
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,
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
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
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’
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
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
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.
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
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January 5, 2016
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.
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
What a joy having all the grandkids at Daybreak for
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
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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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
NMESSC Field Trial Results:
Open 1st Trakker-Joe Coady, 2nd
Dude-Dan Murray, 3rd Tre’-Paul McGagh, 4th Teal- Dan
Amateur 1st Chetty- Steve Beyer,
2nd RJ-Joe Coady, 3rd Murphy-Joe Stallman, 4th
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.
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
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
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
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
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
June 30, 2015
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
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.
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
May 24, 2015
This season is upon us. Be prepared by have the ingredients
in your canine first aid kit.
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
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,
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
Fun Trial this Saturday. Starts at
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
us. Become an active part in helping RGS preserve our sporting traditions
for future generations by creating forest habitat for grouse and
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
I will miss him dearly, Sophie and our boys will miss him
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
and Rachel are joining him to demo a truckload of puppies and dogs to three
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.
NMESSC banquet on the 31st. RSVP your intent and meal choice to firstname.lastname@example.org or
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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
Please RSVP your
attendance and meal preference to us.
or call 218.829.4736.
We encourage you to: friend Mark and LIKE Pine Shadows for current updates and daily photos.