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Current Sporting Lifestyle News

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. Don’t 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!   

November 22, 2018

Eighteen months ago, Beretta did a photo shoot at Daybreak. You may have seen our springers hunting the coverts in magazine full-page shotgun ads or in Beretta catalogs, and maybe in the three-minute trailer that continues to circulate on social media.

During that short week with us they were also working on new product development as one of Beretta key designers from Italy, Elena Vismara, immersed into a North American wingshooting experience. We assembled a focus group of active uplanders who accompanied her answering questions, offering suggestions, and collaborating on the design of active hunting apparel for the U.S. market. Several pieces have been introduced this fall.

This new upland vest is an absolute home run. Elena captured so many of the focus group recommendations resulting in the most functional bird hunting vest I have ever used. 

November 1, 2018

Hunting has been very good at Daybreak this year. We battled an early snowstorm that postponed the harvest timetable but had no effect on the birds. Reports from South Dakota and Minnesota are generally pretty good to strong for pheasants. And the ruffed grouse/woodcock chasers have been doing well.

A week ago Polaris was filming scenes with Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and their Crush production at Daybreak. They liked the Elm River ridges, bottomlands and crossings, and of course, lunch with Chef Rachel. Pictured with  Mark are Lee and Tiffany plus Casey Wiesmantel from the Aberdeen CVB.


October 3, 2018

This year will be season number 100 for pheasant hunting in South Dakota. The first, in 1919, lasted one day. Five hundred residents and 500 nonresidents bought licenses. They killed 200 birds that Oct. 30.

We are celebrating this significant centennial all season at Daybreak, where our Orvis Endorsed springerspaniels guide your wingshooting of the famous South Dakota ringnecked pheasants. 

August 25, 2018

Double-Header next month at Daybreak . The Northern Minnesota ESS Club will conduct two English Cocker Spaniel field trials, September 13-14, followed by an English Springer Spaniel field trial September 15-16. 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: Any questions call Mark at 218.821.1295 or Morgan at 218.820.8815.

July 15, 2018

A grand day for the NMESSC Fun Trial with sixty dogs entered in the stakes plus sixteen entries in the kids events!  

Next fun trial is Saturday, July 28th! 

June 23, 2018
A first ever Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever event was held at Pine Shadows recently. The event was to showcase the upland hunting ability of this breed and determine if they could run under the spaniel hunt test rules. Based on the success of this event and the performance of the dogs they should soon be eligible to enter in spaniel hunt tests. Tom Meyer, AKC sporting dog representative, was on hand to observe the performance of the dogs. Look forward to watching these Tollers soon in upcoming spaniel hunt tests throughout the country.

June 20, 2018

Wednesday evening training sessions have begun. All breeds welcome! Open training typically starts around 4:00. Afterwards we gather in the pavilion or inside the training office for a meal or snacks. If you would like to come earlier, check with Morgan 218.829.4736. He is typically training in the mornings, Monday thru Saturday.

June 10, 2018

Despite the damp weather the first NMESSC fun trial of the season attracted truckloads of enthusiasts who entered sixty-five dogs in competition!  Good experiences, good performances, good comraderie, and good times.  

Don’t miss the next one on June 30th. 

May 29, 2018

The first Northern club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS this Saturday, June 2nd. Registration beginning at 8:30 am. We will again be offering a Senior Dog (10 years and older) stake. A full slate of youth activities is planned. Hope to see many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages.

May 9, 2018  

Preserving Your Sporting Traditions.  

Enroll your children/grandchildren in Firearms Safety Class. Morgan is teaching his annual MNDNR class in June. He will meet with his students Monday and Thursday evenings, (June 4,7,11,14,18,21), from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Paul Bunyan Nature Learning Center in Baxter, (the T.I.P. headquarters building). 

Further info and to register call Morgan 218.820.8815. He will teach the class again on Mondays and Thursdays in August (6,9,13,16,20,23).



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