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Pine Shadows News
December 8, 2017
Here is Piper
(Sarah x Higgins) with owner/operator Kevin Rolf in North Dakota on a
Walter Zaplacinsky was at
Daybreak in November for some fine wingshooting
and dog work with his spaniels.
December 6, 2017
Look in Beretta Winter 2017 catalog, it’s Ryan and Reacher at Daybreak!
December 1, 2017
We Get Letters:
Hello All – thought you might
like to hear how Jersey’s first
full hunting season went. She did AWESOME. She listens to ME,
follows my direction (even when Greg is close by) and brings the birds back
to me. She’s not afraid of the big roosters (has even trapped a
few). She’s done a few blind retrieves - successfully.
We’ve had her hunting with a group and with other dogs
vs just Raggs
– no issues (she just loves to hunt). She’s traveling well. Has a
heck of a nose (Raggs
and Jersey together – we’re
I (Greg too) am very very happy with my little Jersey Girl!! We just
and crew are in Austin, MN for the
National Open Championship. Safe travels and best of luck to all
participants. Enjoy the performances of our amazing breed!
a walk thru the Apples Trailer. If you are at the Open, JP will be glad to
give you the 25 cent tour! Ask him for the recipe
to the chef-inspired Spam Sandwich.
a link to the schedule of events and running order: https://essft.com/2017-english-springer-spaniel-national-open-championship/
November 5, 2017
Congratulations are in order! In honor of Aberdeen’s
unique history of serving free pheasant sandwiches to nearly a million
service men and women who passed through town on the railroad during WWII,
and in celebration of hunting season and all things “Rooster Rush,” the
Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted an open house event
last Thursday which included their first-ever contest for the best pheasant
sandwich. The inaugural “Pheasant Sandwich Shootout” was open to
professional and home chefs.
Daybreak’s Chef Rachel submitted a most tasty plate that
the five-judge panel unanimously chose as the first-place winner!
October 28, 2017
This is one of my favorite photos from about two years ago.
We were on a hunting trip with Jesse and his boys, I took Wags out for a break about 4:00 AM
we came back into the room. And he found Parker to sleep with the rest of
the night. Speaks very well for the temperament of a Pine Shadows dog.
October 24, 2017
I spent the last few days chasing roosters in North
Dakota with Jay Altringer. We ended up with 31 roosters and 5 patridge.
Numbers are definitely down up here too and
the two Pine Shadows springers got quite the workout. Cahill did very good and impressed a lot
of people, but is a little sore and beat up (he will get a few days off
October 19, 2017
We get letters:
I hope all is well with you and the dogs.
You probably don't remember us, we had lived in Brainerd
for several years before moving to Sioux Falls. We would come out to train with
you and have purchased two of your dogs.
Several years ago we sent you a
Christmas card with our then young son Chase and our dog May (whom we
received from you). Chase is now a senior in high school and had some
pictures taken with Pearl who is from a litter we had with Spear (a Timber /
Pistol pup d.o.b. 8/20/01).
We hope you enjoy it as much as we have. This truly
represents their relationship.
Kevin, Paula and Chase McGowan
October 10, 2017
Morgan tells of a good weekend at the Heartland Club
trials. All the dogs performed well
both in Amateur and Open. In the
Amateur all age APRIL O/H Tony Cyr, DOZER O/H Bob Schulke,
and REACHER O/H Ryan Landberg finished all three
series with REACHER earning the First Place. In the OPEN Morgan handled Ray Jack’s
CYCLONE to a third and JP Martin’s GINGER to the second
place ribbon. In the Puppy
Stakes CRUMB O/H Ryan Grauf took a third
Next weekend Morgan and crew head to the St. Croix
Valley Spaniel Club trial at Stallman Farms, 3944 140th Ave,
Twin Valley, MN. Good luck and safe
travels to all participants
October 2, 2017
Morgan reports the dogs
had good performances at the North Dakota and the Colorado trials. In the
North Dakota Open All-age Stake Bob Schulke’s DOZER
earned first place and Ryan Lamberg’s REACHER
took second. Both were handled by Morgan. A week later in Colorado YANTA was handled by his owner Kate
Haglin to fourth in the Puppy Stake, Ryan Grauf’s
CRUMB, was handled by Morgan to first in the Puppy Stake, and Patrick
Connell’s HANK, was handled by Morgan to first place in the Open All-Age
to HANK as he completed his Field Championship!
This coming weekend
Morgan and his crew will be competing in the Minnesota Heartland trial
which is be held at the Phil & Mary Williams’s property – 42941 210th
Street, Clitherall, MN. Good luck and safe
travels to all.
New Field Champion, Pine Shadows Flying Hank
Congratulations to all!
What a wonderful weekend we have just had at the NMESSC trial
at Daybreak. It takes a great team effort to get all the pieces together and
run a smooth trial. Many comments from the gallery and the participants about
the enjoyment and fun all received at the trial. Thank you to all of you for
your part in running this trial. We have an incredible club, tremendous
people and awesome dogs.
Starting at the food, Rachel with her kitchen crew were
fabulous; Terri and her bird crew, best team planting crew yet; Clean up crew, gun team, marshals, a great combination and
an enjoyable cast of characters doing their part.
Thank you for making this a talked about trial across the
4th CHARLIE –
Clark Haglin; 3rd C-YA – Grant Vershey;
3rd – Evan Lamberg; 2nd YANTA – Kate Haglin; 1st
HIGGINS – Gabrielle Vershey.
4th SONNY –
Krueger; 3rd BANE – Stallman; 2nd GHILLIE – Mulhollam; 1st DARBY-Winslow;
4th BART –
Koehler; 3rd BRODY – O’Keefe; 2nd REACHER – Lamberg; 1st
CHIEF – Rutherford
4th VINNIE – Sworsky; 3rd GINGER – Haglin; 2nd
IZZE – Stelzer; 1st LONDON – Garner
August 20, 2017
The Northern Minnesota
English Springer Spaniel Fall Field trial will be held on September 16, 17,
2017 at Pine Shadows Daybreak Hunting Lodge at 37853 111th Street Frederick
Be a part of history and run
your springers in the 3rd annual Spaniel field trial held in South Dakota.
South Dakota is considered the ultimate pheasant hunting state. Entries close
Thursday, September 7th.
See letter and
August 4, 2017
Sophie and I attended the Drumming Log RGS banquet last
night. What a fine job they do! We are most grateful to our sportsmen
advocacy organizations, both in their national scope and in the grassroot local
efforts. Well done. Enjoyed seeing old friends and really
appreciated the support the RGS provides ensuring success in our fund
raising. Attending and helping were two Regional Reps, Matt Kangas and Dave
Johnson, our biologist Ted Dick, and our RGS magazine editor Matt Soberg. Congratulations and Thank You!
July 21, 2017
Central Minnesota folks,
put this on your calendar for the 3rd of August: The 29th Annual Drumming
Log Chapter Banquet of the Ruffed Grouse Society will be held at Hunts Point
Gun Club on Hwy 29 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes.
We strongly encourage
support of conservation organizations such as RGS and Pheasants Forever who
are advocating our sporting traditions. Tickets call Matt: 218.232.6227. More
See you there!
July 10, 2017
NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday! Registration begins 8:30 am. See list of stakes.
This is the final trial of season. The total points race
is close in many of the stakes. Who might become the top dogs recognized at
the annual banquet in February?
News Flash: Pollinators galore - Catherine and Michael Blassey will be helping the youth build Butterfly
Houses to take home.
June 28, 2017
Schedule updates for the next couple of weeks at Pine
Saturday, July 1, training
Tuesday, July 4, training
Wednesday, July 5, Evening
Saturday, July 8, NO Training.
Wednesday, July 12, Evening
Saturday, July 15, NMESSC Fun Trial
June 11, 2017
Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club fun trial will be held
at PINE SHADOWS next Saturday, June 17th. We will be registering at
8:30 am. Of course, we are offering the Classic 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. Here is the description of
June 6, 2017
The BRAMBLE pups are ten weeks old and are beginning to go
to their new homes!
May 18, 2017
NMESSC fun trial this Saturday, May 20th, at
Pine Shadows. Registration begins 8:30
am. Good Luck!
May 10, 2017
Preserve Your Sporting Traditions.
Something for your children/grandchildren calendars: Morgan will be teaching his MNDNR Firearms Safety
Class in June. It will
meet Tuesdays and Thursday nights,
5:30-8:30 at 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 1st
May 3, 2017
Month of May activities:
Wednesday open training: May
10,17,24, and 31. Saturday open
training: May 6 and 27. Memorial Day, May 29th. NMESSC Fun Trial on Saturday May 20th. No training on Saturday, May 13th. Morgan is training most every day; if you
wish another time call for an appointment, 218.829.4736.
April 25, 2017
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club just
completed its annual spring licensed trial this past weekend. We returned to
Hunts Point Hunting Club north of Brainerd and we were blessed with great
weather and strong birds and 80 plus dogs running in the Open, Amateur, Puppy
and our beloved YOUTH Stake.
I wish to thank all the club members again for the
tremendous amount of work and time commitment to successfully conduct this
trial. It runs smoothly, efficiently and hassle free.
We had fine judges, for the open and amateur in Gary Riddle
from Utah and Rick Paquin from Minnesota, puppy judges Jerry Barrett and Matt
Clark and youth judges Ryan Lamberg and Matt Clark. Our crew of bird
planters, bird cleaners, shaggers, marshals, judge
stewards, shuttle drivers, gunners, food prep, clean up and organizers
are absolutely wonderful.
Thank you to all the folks who entered this trial and made
it a success for all. Our club considers it an honor to have you enter our
trial and showcase your dogs. Congratulations to all the placing dogs as well
as all the competitors.
Best regards, Mark
April 20, 2017
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club
returns to Hunts Point Gun Club north of Nisswa to conduct their annual
spring trial on Saturday and Sunday of this week. You are most welcome to come out and
watch over seventy springers competing.
The grounds are located west on County Highway 29 from
Hwy 371 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes. Hours are 8-4 Saturday, 8-Noon
Sunday. Good luck and safe travels
to all participants! Click on to Hunts Point for exact directions.
April 11, 2017
The Dog Trial in Pennsylvania
It was a cold
early fall morning. My dad and I were loading the dogs on to the duly.
The other hunters I was competing against were getting ready. I was in the
Youth Stake with my dog Apples. I was confident Apples and I were going to
win. My brother Clark was playing fetch with his dog, Trap. He was also
running Bob Nichols’ dog, Susie. Clark and I were the only ones in the
youth division. My grandma Sophie came too (she wanted to watch us in the
Youth Stake). I looked around the grassy moor, the land was wet with
Then as if he came from thin air, a guy and his dog stood
by me and said: “Do you remember me? I saw you when you were a little kid!”
I was getting frustrated! Everyone asked me that! “Um no, I don’t,” I said
in my trying-to- be- nice-but-frustrated-voice. Then the guy and his brown
Cocker Spaniel left. So did I. I kept walking down
the dirt road to the food area.
After a few moments I heard a soft clip clop. No one
seemed to notice, but all of a sudden an Amish guy
putted down the road with his black and white horse. I continued down the
smelly dirty row of cars. Then I stiffened. I looked at my watch, the trial was
in 5 minutes!!!! Then as if I wished for it, my dad came rolling up in the
rusty red ranger.
“Get in” he told me. Clark was already in the ranger.
As soon as we got there, the judge shouted, “Clark Haglin
with Trap!” He brought Trap up. My heart was beating so fast and loud I
thought it would burst out of my chest. Clark came back walking with a
Then it was my turn. I tried not to get nervous because
that would get Apples nervous. I stepped up by the judge. “Get out!” Apples
immediately flew to the left far side of the field. I blew my whistle twice
and Apples ran to the right far side. Then she found a scent trail and 5
seconds later she found a pigeon. I blew the whistle loudly once. Apples
sat her small bottom down on the still wet grass. I heard a loud BOOM! That
was the gunshot!
I yelled “APPLES!” Apples quickly got up and sprinted
toward the bird. It took her a minute to find it, but when she did, she
trotted back toward me. She sat down and put the bloody, wet pigeon in my
hand. I whispered, “Thank you.”
I put the leash on Apples’ neck and walked off the field.
When I got to the truck, Apples lapped up the water I gave her. “Good job”
I murmured. I put her up in the dog box on the truck and someone shouted,
I sprinted toward the food area. They just finished the
novice stake. The judge said that and then added something else: “I think
the kids in the youth are going to kick our butts in the future!”Everyone laughed and
then he continued... “First place
goes to…… I gleamed hopefully…..“Clark with
Not me, but there’s always 2nd place! “2nd place goes to….Kate with Apples!!” I was stunned I walked up and
shook the judge's hand
I won 2nd Place!!!!!!! My brain was doing a little happy
dance. “Now third place goes to….Clark with
Trap!!!!!” Clark walked slowly up to the little platform and took his
It was an amazing day at the dog trials, all our hard
work paid off!
April 10, 2017
The first Northern club fun trial will be held at PINE
SHADOWS on Easter Saturday,
April 15th. We will be registering 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 including the annual Easter
Egg hunt. Hope to see
many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages. Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm
April 6, 2017
are having a busy week at Daybreak hosting a twin project for Beretta USA.
They have a film crew, Rockhouse Motion, here to
create images for their Fall/Winter 2017 promotional material for clothing,
shotguns, and accessories. The campus and several of our hunting coverts have
become photo and movie sets for film crew, lighting grips, models, springer
spaniels, and production staff.
is also doing an in-depth survey of likes, dislikes, suggestions and wish
lists for functional upland clothing and accessories. Two of Beretta’s lead
designers from Milan, Italy have been here shooting and hunting with and
listening to a focus group of avid uplanders that Pine Shadows assembled for
them. We have had over forty people
participating this week.
March 4, 2017
We had a very successful
Pheasant Fest. Participants filled the convention center with record
crowds, 30,400+ and sometimes it seemed like most of them were at our booth
asking questions! Wonderful to catch
up with old friends and visit with so many Pine Shadows springer owners.
Sophie, Morgan and I are ever grateful to the assistance from Tony and
Robin, Joannie and Lynn, Mark Rysavy, Teri,
Peyton, Morgan’s family, and others.
and crew are resuming the spring trial season this coming weekend traveling to the Northern Colorado
Springer Club Cocker Trial held on Friday. Morgan has some cockers
competing. Following this he will be judging this club’s Springer Spaniel trial
stakes on Saturday and Sunday. Then
they head for Zenda, Kansas for training
at the Bramwell’s plus the Oklahoma and the
Central Kansas field trials on Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19. Best of
luck and safe travels to all participants!
We had a good trip to the Bird
Dog Foundation Hall of Fame trials last week in Tennessee. All dogs performed well for their first
competitions of the season. Gwendolynn Lappin’s Quinn,
handled by Morgan, earned second place in the HOF English Cocker Spaniel
Trial and Ray Jack’s Cyclone, also
handled by Morgan, took third place in the HOF English Springer Spaniel
We appreciated the warm,
spring-like weather and the fine hospitality of the Hall of Fame events. At
the banquet we enjoyed a conversation of both reminiscence and future
prediction with bird dog trainer extraordinaire Delmar Smith. It was also
great to attend the Hall of Famed induction ceremony of long time ESS trainer
and handler Gary Wilson on Saturday.
This coming weekend we will be
at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis. It begins
with the famous Bird Dog Parade of hunting breeds on Friday morning around
eleven o’clock. As they have done at the previous national convention
Morgan’s children, Kate and Clark, will be leading the English Springer
Pine Shadows has a large booth
right on Rooster Row and we will be in attendance with dogs all three
days. In addition, Sophie and Joan
will be conducting their Puppy Imprinting Workshop – “The Essential
Connection” several times daily on the Upland Hunting Stage.
February 3. 2017
While at last week’s SHOT Show in Vegas, our son Travis
visited with our friend John Thames, publisher of Covey Rise. John has a
Pine Shadows springer spaniel.
January 9, 2017
The NMESSC annual banquet and meeting will be held on
Saturday, February 4th. The
Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club will kick off 2017 with
its annual meeting, banquet and awards presentation.
This grand event will take place at the Northern Cowboy’s
Flame and Brew, north of Brainerd on highway 371. We will train in the morning and get
together by two o’clock at Northern Cowboy (formerly Iven’s on the Bay).
Bring along some luck to attract door prizes with JP’s infamous sweepstakes
Please RSVP your intent. mailto:email@example.com or
Sophie and Joan;
Thought you might
be interested in a quick update on Ruby.
On her 10th
month birthday she is well muscled and weighs in at 45 pounds. She is
sweet and lovable, but she can be “naughty” -- not really
bad, just playfully naughty. That’s not to say she doesn’t
know her own mind, but we work through it and I normally win. Her
hunting skills are improving but she’ll benefit from more training and
I hope you
had a joyous Christmas and things are going well at Daybreak.
Just over a week left in Minnesota’s ruffed grouse
season, get out there one more time.
Clark and Trapp bagged a
nice one last Saturday.
December 4, 2016
ZZ x Paddy litter is seven weeks old
already. Take a peek:
We Get Letters:
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 hunt. Awesome!
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’ springer, Cyclone.
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
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)
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’ 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
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 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
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 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.
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 afternoon.
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 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
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 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
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.
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