April 7, 2021
Another fine NMESSC fun trial was conducted last Saturday. Ninety-four dogs competing in the 10 stakes plus fifteen kids in the youth/children events. Forty-eight placements were awarded along with the 2020 High Point plaques. We even had a WW2 flyover!
Youth activities at the NMESSC Fun Trial Saturday included group building games, the annual Easter Egg Hunt with the theme of ten different wild animal tracks, making plaster casts of animal tracks, planting perennial seeds, primarily milkweed varieties, for the Monarch Butterfly pollination garden that the kids will be building at the next two fun trials, snack breaks, placeboard retrieves to hand with their dogs, buffet lunch, and award presentations.
Next NMESSC Fun Trial will be May 22nd.
February 12, 2021
Our local springer group, the Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club, will begin their 2021 season with the first of four Fun Trials on Easter Saturday, April 3rd . Click to see the calendar and descriptions of stakes.
The spring AKC licensed ESS Field Trial is on April 24-25 at the Sand Pine Shooting Preserve near Avon. The fall Field Trials will be at Pine Shadows Daybreak with the cocker trial on September 9-10 followed by the springer event on September 11-12.
In addition, there will be a Gunning Seminar on July 31st and a Judging Seminar on August 14th.
January 27, 2021
This is the week of the two ESS Hall of Fame Trials hosted each year by the Volunteer English Springer Spaniel Club in LaGrange, TN. Mark and Morgan are the judging team for the Wednesday-Thursday event. Morgan will compete with some of his client springers in the Open Stakes of the second trial on Friday-Saturday while Mark will be on the gun team.
Good luck and safe travels to all participants. More information. #EnglishSpringerSpaniels #SpringerSpaniels #fieldtrials #BirdDogHallofFame
December 29, 2020
We get letters: Hello Mark,
Just wanted to share this picture of Shandy s accomplishments this year.
Morgan and the crew at Pine Shadows help make this possible.
December 18, 2020
We Get Letters: CLYDE (C-YA x DOZER) has included his owner/operator Mike on several fine wingshooting adventures this fall exploring for both grouse and pheasants. Good work to both of you!
The New Year is nearly upon us. Time for some wholesome, outdoor dog training and talking. Pine Shadows will begin Saturday training on January 9, 2021. The Hobo Fire should be throwing good heat by 8:30 AM.
November 25, 2020
We get letters: RUBY (COAL x YANTA) with owner/operator Kathie. After a summer of training and weekly involvement with Diamond and Dogs this pair opened the Minnesota pheasant season and bagged these roosters, the first wild birds of RUBYs career. Congratulations pup!
November 4, 2020
Again this season we are receiving many good hunting stories about your dogs in action. Wonderful, love getting the photos and narratives.
Here at Daybreak the spaniels are working well with lots of birds flushed. We have hunters coming until nearly Christmas with a few good dates yet available, perhaps for you and your group.
We are busy at the kennel also with puppies on the ground and another litter expected before the end of the year.
Morgan has one remaining trialing activity when he heads to Utah next week to judge the ESS National Open Championship. He and his co-judge Mike Elsasser from Ohio will evaluate around 120 English springer spaniels during that week of competition. Good luck to all involved!
October 7, 2020
We certainly enjoy getting your field reports. Steve Winslow has been exploring the grouse woods since opening. His young pup, JOSIE (BUTTER x BADGER) shows off her fourth ruffy. Wonderful!
And here is one of our young folks, Matt, and his cocker spaniel BLU after a walk in the forest coverts. What a success story. Matt started out learning to handle some of the older Pine Shadows springers as he waited for his pup to born and become old enough to go home. Matt begin training BLU immediately with imprinting and obedience. The gang at the kennel helped him develop a training program and worked with him.
In addition, Matt learned safe shotgunning getting his gun safety certification and along with training from Morgan and others in proper gunning over dogs. Matt and BLU have competed in fun trials and a couple of AKC Field Trial Puppy Stakes. Grow the Sport!
September 22, 2020
Morgan has a few trials yet this fall. This week he will be In Reedsville, Wisconsin for the Fox Valley English Cocker Club trials. He will compete in springer trials on Thursday/Friday and cocker trials on Saturday/Sunday. See more info on Springer trial and Cocker trial
He continues next week at the St. Croix Valley Spaniel Club springer trials near Clitherall Minnesota. See more info. Good luck and safe travels to all the participants!
August 19, 2020
Hunting and trialing seasons are nearly here. Last chances for Saturday training are August 22nd and September 5th. There will be no training on Saturday August 29th and Labor Day Monday. Best of luck in the fields this fall. Please share your photos and stories!
August 22 Training
August 29 No training
September 5 Training, last time
Labor Day No training
September 10-11 Cocker Trial at Daybreak
September 12-13 Springer Trial at Daybreak
May 21, 2020
Not all of our springers grow up to be bird dogs. MIKEY (C-YA x DOZER), has begun his career with the NYPD. You can follow his work and play on his own Instagram Page, https://www.instagram.com/k9_mikey/ #huntingdogs #nypd #nypdk9 #nypdk9unit #k9handler #bluelivesmatter #nyc #workingdogsofinstagram #workingdogmagazine #policedogs
The NMESSC has revised the schedule for Fun Trials this summer. Join us these Saturdays, June 13th, June 27th, and July 11th. Details http://pineshadows.com/NMESSC.htm
We will be training this holiday weekend, both Saturday and Monday mornings.
May 8, 2020
Wednesday training. We will begin Wednesday evening training next week on May 13. Open training typically starts around 4:00. Afterwards we gather in the pavilion for a meal. If you would like to come earlier or prefer a different day, check with Morgan 218.829.4736. He is typically training every morning Monday through Saturday.
We will continue to have Saturday training this month. The Fun Trial has been postponed, hoping to be able to conduct one in June.
April 20, 2020
Remember the photos of Pine Shadows KELVIN as he was at the Macy Thanksgiving Parade? Now he has earned his badge having graduated from the K9 academy and is officially NYPD Transit K9-80.
Here he is at Grand Central Station. His new name is MIKEY after Inspector Michael McGrath. The canines names are derived from the names of both NYPD and United States military heroes who have fallen in the line of duty. Those canines continue the legacy of their namesakes in protecting New York City. Congratulations!
Thank you for your service
April 13, 2020
Over the years we have participated in many field tests and product developments from hunter gear and clothing, canine health and nutrition, ammo and guns, and electronics and safety.
One item that has had our attention and involvement for nearly fifteen years has been a protective vest for our hunting companions. In 2006 we found a design which has been clearly a cut above the rest. Forever tinkering we collaborated with several manufacturers in search of the better mousetrap. Qualities we esteemed were protection, durability, workmanship, breathability, value, range of motion, and weight.
Our experience with this design includes thousands of hours in the field with hundreds of vests worn by our springers and the many dogs of our clients. Countless pups have been spared the emergency vet trip because of the protection these vests provide.
We have just received another new prototype from our friends at K9 Topcoat that is going through all the rigors our gun dogs can hand out. Stay tuned.
February 10, 2020
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will kick off the new year with its annual meeting, banquet and awards presentation on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. Need RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or call (218-829-4736) by February 20th.
The event begins at 2:00 pm with a social with the meal served about 2:30. Awards, Prizes, Meeting and we will wrap up by 4:00 pm. Yes, you can train in the morning and go directly to the banquet!
Reminder, no training this Saturday as our crew will be in the center of Rooster Row at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis, Friday through Sunday.
December 11, 2019
When you watched Macys Thanksgiving Parade did you see the K9 unit? Sargent Randy Brennes, coordinator of the NYPD Canine Unit, tweeted this photo:
Special events like todays Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade are a great opportunity to train our newest class of Transit K9s. I will admit we still have a few lessons to go on looking at the camera 101.
In middle of the group see Pine Shadows KELVIN (C-YA x DOZER) and his handler Officer OConner. KELVIN is one of several Pine Shadows springers working in K9 units.
December 6, 2019
Some folks have asked for recipes.How about a wild game recipe, PHEASANT POPPERS, from our Daybreak hunting lodge.
Ingredients:Boneless pheasant, Bloody Mary Mix, Bacon, Cheese, Pickled Jalapenos
Directions: Cube pheasant in to bite size pieces and cut a small slice in one side of those pieces. Place them in a ziplock bag and cover with Bloody Mary mix. Marinate overnight. Remove pieces from the bag. Cut slivers of your favorite easy melting cheese (pepper jack, Gouda etc.). Place the slivers of cheese and peppers in the pheasant pieces, and wrap with a half a piece of bacon. Used a water soaked toothpick to secure the wrapping. Roast in the oven at about 425 until bacon is browned or better yet, grill on medium high heat. When bacon is crisp, the poppers are done.
October 4, 2019
We love getting letters and photos of the Pine Shadows springers from all around the country. Here is an old timer starting out the fall season with a couple of good hunts already. KATIE (PIPER x BLOCKER) was born in December of 2002. Remarkable!
Thanks owner/operator Dean for this update. He sent these pictures and a video.
We wish for everyone a great season, both productive and safe!
August 16, 2019
Yesterday was the final class for the summer of the MDNR Firearm Safety Class taught by Morgan. Twenty-five fine students participated. As a special treat Chef Rachel prepared a picnic supper for the students and the ten-plus volunteers. Special thanks to JP Martin for the use of his Action Trackchair that enabled Caleb to be involved in all aspects of the training. Well done teachers and young hunters!
Trialers: Another double-header next month at Daybreak . The Northern Minnesota ESS Club will conduct two English Cocker Spaniel field trials, September 12-13, followed by an English Springer Spaniel field trial September 14-15. 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 and ESSFT Any questions call Mark at 218.821.1295 or Morgan at 218.820.8815.
June 24, 2019
We often hear requests for more pictures of dogs. While this web page adds a few each month there are some other platforms we utilize that feature good gundog photography. We have three active Facebook pages that you are encouraged to follow. They highlight activities, events, training tips, and upland lifestyle. One is Pine Shadows, another is our Dakota hunting adventues on Pine Shadows Daybreak, and a third avenue is to friend Mark.
For you Instagram fans we have a lively presence there with several springer photos displayed weekly. You will want to follow us on that platform also.
And finally please share your sporting dog photos and stories with us. If you like we will post them too.
June 2, 2019
The third NMESSC fun trial of the year will be held at PINE SHADOWS on Saturday, June 8th. We will be registering at 8:30 am. You bet, it’s a broad spectrum of events as there will be a Senior Dog (10 years and older) stake and a Young Puppy, (under 6 months) stake. A full slate of youth activities is planned also. Hope to see many of you in attendance. Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm
We have open training each Saturday beginning around 8 am and again on Wednesday late afternoon beginning around 4 pm. If another day is more convenient Morgan and his crew are training throughout the week. Make an appointment with him, 218-820-8815.
April 7, 2019
Morgan will be competing April 13-14 in the Fox Valley English Cocker Club Field Trials at the Connolly Game Farm near Reedsville, WI.
The first NMESSC fun trial will be held at Pine Shadows on Easter Saturday, April 20th. Register around 8:30 a.m. As you know there are activities for young and old handlers and young and old dogs. http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm
On the last weekend of April Morgan will be participating in the North Dakota Sporting Spaniel Club Spring Cocker Field Trial at the Hobson Brown Farm near Menoken, ND.
Mark will be at the annual meeting of the ESSFTA Board of Governors, General Membership, Bench Governors and Field Governors in Bloomington, Minnesota on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, 2019. The headquarters is the Holiday Inn Bloomington Airport South.
Mark and Morgan will be judging the Prince Edward Interprovincial Springer Spaniel Club field trials May 4 – 6 at River John, Nova Scotia. On Wednesday, May 8th, Mark will be conducting a Gunning Seminar for this club in Waterville, Nova Scotia.
Our NMESSC spring field trial with be held May 18-19 at the Major Avenue Hunt Club near Glencoe, MN. Detailed info at: https://essft.com/event/northern-minnesota-english-springer-spaniel-club/?instance_id=938
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
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!