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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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