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Calendar of Events
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Bob Smith from the San Diego County Wildlife Federation will be our guest speaker.
Training Day at Sarmiento's
Shoot to Retrieve
Sporting Clays Shoot
Ronnie Smith Seminar
GSP Club of San Diego AKC Hunt Test
Trained Retrieve Seminar with Sharon Potter
Location: Sarmiento's, 22050 Japatul Rd (on the corner of Japatul Rd and Lyons Valley Rd) 8AM. The focus will be on yard work (obedience, check cording, whoa post, e-collar conditioning). There is also room to throw bumpers, so we can work on retrieving too.
RSVP to Mary at 619-659-9393 or email@example.com
Shoot to Retrieve - Saturday, February 20th
First let me clarify by saying that the seminars are not geared towards dogs that have a lot to learn, they are geared towards dog handlers that have a lot to learn. Both seminars are geared to teach you how to teach the dog. They are both interactive in that you bring your dog and handle your dog through each exercise under the guidance of Ronnie or Sharon.
The Ronnie Smith Seminar is a 2-day seminar (Friday evening introduction, full day Sat, and full day Sunday). He starts out by teaching you to be the alpha, the chain gang, the command lead, then goes on to check cording and overlaying an e-collar, to the whoa post, and then touches only slightly on the force fetch. It has been held in the past at Rancho Jamul. It is going to be held on March 5th - 7th. The cost is $350.00. You can find all the info on www.huntsmith.com
The Sharon Potter seminar is 100% the trained retrieve, or force fetch. We set up 3 training tables here in my yard. Itís you, the dog, and Sharon. There is a Friday evening introduction then itís all day Sat, and all day Sunday. Cost is $350.00. The seminar dates are April 16, 17, 18th. The timing is perfect for the summers around here. Since the training is scaled down due to the heat, foxtails, and snakes, we do all of our force fetching during the summer. There is more information about the process on her website at www.redbrachkennels.net
The annual Turkey Tune-Up sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the City of San Diego is set for Feb. 27 at Lake Sutherland. There will be seminar speakers, vendors and a lottery for turkey hunts at Sutherland. A game warden will explain hunting regulations and rules. John Massie will talk about where the turkeys are located these days. There will be turkey hunting and calling seminars, a Jakes calling contest and a raffle. Hunters may sight in their shotguns or bows on two ranges. Check sandiegoturkey.com.
SDSDC Banquet was held January 16th at Seau's. The banquet was a lot of fun and a great success. Two foundation members, Casey Kurpiel and Frank Bell graced us with their presence. It is always good to see them! Mary & Steve Sarmiento brought a slide show of old SDSDC pictures that was very entertaining. We had some great raffle prizes donated by members. The General Raffle was ran differently and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Special thanks go out to some members who helped make this a success:
A really big thanks to Lenice Lopez who donated the cake!
The SDSDC would also like to thank the following members and companies that donated raffle prizes to this years banquet.
The San Diego Sporting Dog Club held a shoot to retrieve on Saturday, January 30th, 2010
We had a good turnout for our first Shoot to Retrieve of the year with the following members and their dogs making runs.
Bill Cox with Trip
Mike Moran and Roxy
First Place: Bill Cox & Scout 3 birds 3 shots Time 6:33
Second Place: Bill Cox & Trip 3 birds 3 shots Time 7:20
Third Place: Mike Moran & Roxi 3 birds 7 shots Time 9:25
2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle
You will soon be getting raffle tickets in the mail for our annual gun raffle. This year we are raffling off the following
two guns; one 12 gauge and one 20 gauge. They are as follows:
Welcome New Members
Matt Johnson was approved as a member by the Board of Directors at the SDSDC banquet January 16th.
Biff Ellington's membership application was approved by the Board of Directors at their February 6th meeting. Mr. Ellington is a previous member of the SDSDC.
Thanks to our Volunteers
SDSDC Trailer Repaired
The club would like to thank Steve Sarmiento for the repair work he did on the club trailer.
Volunteers are needed for the competition rules committee.
Rick Greenwell is heading this committee to update our rules for our competitive events. Our bylaws dictate that the committee must consist of at least three members. Chris Logan has volunteered but we need at least one more member. Please contact Rick if your interested in helping out.
Your 2010 Membership dues delinquent after February 15th. If you havenít paid your dues already, please do so and join us for another year of fun with the dogs.
Newsletter and Website
You may have noticed the newsletter has changed a bit. Iíll do my best to make future issues informative, fun and accurate. Any suggestions for improvements will always be welcome. Contributions of articles are encouraged but I reserve the right to edit as needed.
The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report
Minutes from the SDSDC Board of Directors meeting held February 6th 2010.
Present were Mary Sarmiento, Rick Greenwell, Wendy Greenwell, Randy Domingos, Ron Dotson and Joe Artes. Pam Felgenhauer, Bill Cox and Ernie Lopez were unable to attend.
The 2010 Banquet
For 1/1/10 - 2/5/10
Where to Hunt
Over the years Iíve explored much of our public lands in the southwest. One of my favorites is the Panamint Mountains on the western edge of Death Valley. The majority of the area is governed by the BLM with the top of the mountains being inside the Death Valley National Monument. Before I go on let me say that this is a very remote, isolated area that offers many dangers. There is no cellular service. From the top of the mountain the nearest phone is over an hour away in Trona. The nearest hospital or vet is over an hour and a half away in Ridgecrest. The Jeep trail up Pleasant Canyon climbs over 6000í in 8 miles so itís very steep with lots of opportunities to cut a tire on sharp rocks. Be sure to air down your tires. Full size trucks with 4x4 can make up there in low range but will have a much harder time than a mid sized 4x4. If you try to take your car up here you will not be coming home. I always travel with a second vehicle when I go. This year the second vehicle broke on top of the mountain. The clutch master cylinder failed. When this happens up there you have to fix it yourself. We lost a full day pulling the part, driving to Ridgecrest to buy the new part and replacing it. It could be your vehicle that breaks so I strongly recommend you go with a buddy up the mountain.
This is one of my favorite areas for camping and hunting so if Iíve scared you from going my work here is done.
Now for the fun stuff. If you decide to go you can stay in Ridgecrest, park your RV in the ghost town of Ballarat for a small fee, or park your RV or camp off of Indian Ranch Rd outside of Ballarat on BLM land for free. The other option is to stay at the World Beater cabin in Pleasant Canyon. Itís a BLM Adopt-A-Cabin available for public use on a first come first served basis. The wooden cabin offers Spartan accommodations with a nice wood burning stove (bring your own wood), a table and an outhouse. Bring everything you need to camp and donít forget mousetraps.
To get to Pleasant Canyon follow the sign east out of Ballarat. After a quarter mile or so youíll come to a split in the road. The right fork is the low route that takes you directly through the canyon. The trail eventually goes through a spring with running water and heavy brush that will scrape the side of your vehicle for a couple hundred yards. The left fork is Very steep and reconnects after the main part of the canyon after the stream, so pick your poison.
Once your past the stream chukar can be anywhere along the route. There are some ruins of an old mining mill site and the mountainside to the north can be climbed if youíre extremely fit and want to look for birds. The birds really like the rocky hillsides. The footing is treacherous for man and dog. If your dog goes without boots itís just a matter of time until he injures a foot so go prepared.
We hunted large coveys of chukar everyday. You have to go searching for them but theyíre there. Shots are long so a full choke worked best. Some birds held there position if you used a hawk call to scare them. When spotting birds from the vehicle keep the dog controlled while you prepare for your hunt. The birds usually will not fly until your first shot; theyíll just run up the mountain. After the first shot, birds fly in all directions. Wyatt was best used for retrieving although he has found birds hunkered down in the past. The birds really like to feed in the bottom of the canyon and will come back down after a while. Itís possible to quietly wait for them if you wish. There is a second spring at the top of the mountain just outside the Death Valley Boundary. This is also a good spot for birds. Do not hunt inside the boundary, itís illegal.
Pleasant Canyon is part of a loop through the mountains that drops back down to Panamint Dry Lake. The loop is a favorite of Jeep guys and motorcyclists. The loop is very rugged and dangerous. Once you enter the pinion forest at the top of Pleasant Canyon youíll find Ritaís Cabin. Donít go beyond that point. Return back down Pleasant Canyon. Because this is a multiple use area and very popular, your hunt will be disturbed by other vehicles. Weekends are the worst. Keep an eye on your dog, Pot Licker, the dog at the store in Ballarat came walking out of the mountains. If your dog gets lost up there he may not be so lucky. Early chukar season has many hunters up there and the snakes are still out so be careful.
If you would like to share a hunt or hunting area with fellow club members please email Randy Domingos at
The Food Bowl
An easy, delicious, and sure fire recipe that can utilize quail, chukar, pheasant, or a combination. Boil cleaned birds (quail 6 min, chukar 8 min, pheasant 10 min) in water, debone, and cut into desired sized pieces. In a slow cooker, combine meat, onion, oil, garlic, broth, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook in slow cooker on high 1 hour, then on low for 4-5 hours. Add can of beans and can of corn 30 minutes prior to serving. If desired, top off individual servings with sour cream and shredded Mexican four-cheese blend. Makes 6-8 servings.
3 boiled, de-boned & chopped chukar (can substitute 2 pheasants or ~ 5 quail)
Using a crock-pot I followed Jessís recipe with the only deviations being fresh bell pepper and I used a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic since my market did not have tomatoes with peppers. I used pheasant since I brought two fresh ones home from the Shoot to Retrieve.
This recipe is awesome! I give it a 10 out of 10. The cheese and sour cream topping pushes it over the top. With side dishes of corn bread and a green salad it makes for a great meal.
If you would like to share a recipe please email Randy Domingos -
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For Sale & Must Have
FOR SALE: English Setter Puppies, 4 males born 8/1/09, Orange and White, current shots, de-wormed, dew claws removed. Field Dog registered. $100 OBO each to good homes. Contact Cindy Toothacre 858-663-2234 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE: Command Leads and Leather Collars Ė Call Steve Sarmiento for details. 619-701-2089
FOR SALE: SportDog ProHunter 2500 e-collar with 1 Ĺ mile range. Retail: $299. Discounted to SDSDC members. Call Steve Sarmiento 619-701-2089
FOR SALE: Rooster Pheasant training birds for sale $15.00. Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393
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