1771 Roble Grande RD 
Alpine, CA 91901 
(619) 659-9393 
(619) 659-5966 (fax) 
Email: marysarmiento@sandiegosportingdogclub.org



December 2010 Newsletter

click here for printable PDF version

President: Mary Sarmiento

1st VP: Rick Greenwell

2nd VP: Pam Felgenhauer

Treasurer: Wendy Greenwell

Secretary: Randy Domingos

Members:  Bill Cox
               Joe Artes 
               Ernie Lopez
               Ron Dotson

The Lorenzen's America at the Fall Classic.


Calendar of Events

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00PM

Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

December 4th – SDSDC Shoot to Retrieve.

The Shoot To Retrieve is this Saturday, December 4th.
Time: 8:00 am
Place: Hollenbeck Canyon Jamul, CA
Birds: Rooster Pheasant
Cost: $55.00 per dog
Club will furnish shells.

There will be 2 categories at this event. Amateurs (people who run their dogs and have someone else shoot for them) and Open (where you shoot over your own dog).

Sharon Potter Retriever Handling Workshop  
December 10th, 11th & 12th

by Mary Sarmiento


Sharon Potter, whom I think is one of the best trainers in the country, as well as a great clinician, will be escaping the frozen tundra of Wisconsin and coming here December 11th & 12th to hold a Retriever Handling Workshop. Friday night will be an introduction, Sat. will be focused on land, and Sunday on water. The cost is $350. See the PDF flier for more information. E-mail me or call me at 619-659-9393 if you have any questions or are interested in signing up. 

SDSDC Board of Directors Election

The following individuals have been nominated for officer positions:


Mary Sarmiento (Declined)

Steve Sarmiento (Declined)

Rick Greenwell (Declined)

Joe Artes


Pam Felgenhauer

Steve Sarmiento

Rick Greenwell


Joe Artes

Pam Felgenhauer

Randy Domingos

Wendy Greenwell

Pam Felgenhauer (Declined)


Pam Felgenhauer (Declined)

Randy Domingos

Wendy Greenwell (Declined)


Bill Cox

Trevor Niarchos

Joe Artes

Ernie Lopez

Rick Greenwell

Mike Linville

Ron Dotson

Mary Sarmiento


Steve Sarmiento

Please vote for one (1) individual for each of the following positions: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Bird Steward. Additionally, please vote for four (4) Board Members from the list of nominees.

You should E-MAIL your ballot to Joe Artes no later than 5:00 p.m. on 12/7/10. All ballots will be tallied and the results announced at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, 12/8/10. Thank you for your cooperation and participation!

Joe Artes


Three Agree

Ron Dotson has graciously donated the fine piece of art featured in this newsletter to be silent auctioned at the SDSDC Banquet in January.  "Three Agree" depicts Brittany's at what they do best.  Whether you own a Brittany, have owned Brittany's in the past, are planning on a Brittany for your next hunting dog or just enjoy fine hunting art, this painting would be a great addition to your living room. Start saving up now and plan on bidding for this wonderful piece.  

If you would like to visit Ron's website use this link

2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle

How many tickets did you sell this month?


Gun Raffle ticket sales are lagging behind so the club has decided to award a prize to the member who sells the most tickets.  Ten Gun Raffle tickets will be awarded to the member that sells the most tickets to someone other then himself.  Gun Raffle tickets make for great gift items especially birthdays and stocking stuffers for Christmas.  Don't forget to turn your sold ticket stubs in for the drawing.  Tickets are available at the General Membership meeting if you need more to sell.  If you can't make it to the meeting mail you completed stubs and funds to: Pam Felgenhauer, 1660 Lotus Lane, El Cajon, Ca, 92021.  If you have any questions please e-mail Pam at this link.

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club will individually raffle off two SPR310 shotguns, one 28 gauge and one 12 gauge at the SDSDC Banquet January 15th, 2011.  The raffle is open to California residents only.  The guns must be picked up at Hi-Pass Sports.  The winner must be eligible to own a firearm under California law and need not be present to win.  Winners must complete their paperwork and all California laws and waiting periods apply.  Tax and DROS fees are included.  Anyone wishing to see these new guns can do so at; Hi-Pass Sports 2435 Alpine Blvd #B Alpine, CA.  619-445-4039.  The Club will not refund the ticket costs to a winner who is not eligible to own a firearm under California law.  In the event a winner is disqualified from owning the gun a new winner will be chosen from the remaining tickets.

Remington SPR310
Over/Under with
Walnut stock.  12 ga.
28" barrel, 3"chamber
and four chokes.
Full, Cylinder,
Imp. Cyl. & Modified.

28 ga.- 26" barrel
fixed Modified &
Imp. Cylinder chokes.
Both have an auto selective ejector,
Chrome lined bore
and Ventilated rib


Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  The tickets are printed with the information as to which gun the ticket is valid for.  All tickets must be filled out with the required information including name, phone number and returned to the SDSDC prior to the drawing January 15th, 2011.  After the winners have taken possession their names will be posted on the club website.


The Board of Directors Meeting Report

SDSDC Board of Directors meeting minutes, November 10th, 2010. 

Old Business

Fall Classic 
The club broke even on the costs associated with the Fall Classic.

Tee Shirts and Hats
No update

Rules Committee
No update

New Business

March 2011 Shoot to Retrieve
A chairperson is needed to spearhead the open to the public event scheduled for March 2011.  Randy will send an e-mail asking for a volunteer and will report back to the Board in December with the result.

Election Committee
Joe Artes reported that few nominations have been received.  He will continue to press the general membership for nominations.

December Sharon Potter Seminar
Pam Felgenhauer won the raffle at the general meeting for the entry into the Potter Seminar.

December Shoot to Retrieve
The Shoot to Retrieve event for December was moved to December 4th from the 11th.

Donated Painting
The Board voted to have the painting Ron Dotson donated for the banquet framed.  Minimum bid will be $200 at the banquet.

SDSDC Banquet
Mary will ask Pam to send letters requesting donations for the banquet.

Treasures Report
As of November 10th the club has $5148.41 in our bank account.

Volunteers Needed

Dogs and Handlers are needed for the DFG Game Bird Heritage Hunts.  If your interested in participating contact Steve Sarmiento for details.

We are also still looking for a member to attend the San Diego Wildlife Federation meetings and report back to the Board.  Please let us know if you can help.


In the Field

Club members at Blazing Guns in South Dakota.


Steve Sarmiento with Corey Magers Boykin Spaniel, Robbie in South Dakota.

Bill Cox sent in a couple of pictures from Kansas. His Britt, Rusty is holding a nice point on a covey of Bobwhites while Mike Moran’s son-in-law, John walks in for the flush.
Another picture from Kansas, hunting a section of cut Milo.
Randy Domingos and Wyatt with a Nebraska Pheasant.  

Wyatt disappearing in the tall CRP grass outside Culbertson Nebraska.


Here is a picture of me on the porch of the farm I hunt at in western Nebraska. I was there for a week at opening day. The weather was warm and it was very dry, so the dogs had trouble with scent. We were hunting with (4) men, (5) Brittney's and (1) 14 month wired haired Pointer on his first trip. The Brittney's are all seasoned veterans and it is hard to imagine a better pheasant dog. In spite of the difficult conditions, we saw a lot of birds and even shot some of them! We did bust several coveys of quail and I managed to shoot 1 prairie chicken (which my buddy is having mounted for the farm). It is hard to have enough land to hunt with 6 dogs, but we are blessed with a understanding farmer who allows us exclusive access to hunt his circles and red grass. We also hunted several state owned sections for public hunting and did quite well there flushing big flocks of birds. So... the Nebraska hunting is very good this year. I look forward to the Thanksgiving hunt now that it has snowed and there is some moisture on the ground.
Gary Klingener

We towed my travel trailer up to Gray Lodge in Northern California for the pheasant opener and camped out for the weekend. We had put in for reservations, but didn't get drawn so had to do the sweat line. Started walking the levee at o'dark thirty to a back field for the 8:00 opener. Got side tracked by some ducks coming into the ponds on the way to the field. By 8:00 we had a couple other groups join us at the edge of the field and were able to work the field quite nicely. Pushed the birds to about 40 yards to the end of the field, then they started flushing in singles. What a surprise to see a large turkey flush 10 yards from you. We must have flushed at least a dozen turkeys, all in singles. I've called turkeys and tried to stalk turkeys, both with shotgun and archery, but wing-shooting turkeys was a first. What a blast! Tough birds to bring down, even with #4 Hevi-shot. Ember went to retrieve my turkey for me, but I called her off as it still had quite of bit of life in it. Mark's turkey was flushed very nicely by some other hunters directly over us and dropped in one of the canals after 4 direct hits of #5 shot. The dogs were able to retrieve the bird out of the canal for us. Flushed a couple roosters out of range, and missed one. The pheasant numbers were down significantly - several theories out there, and one of the reasons why they opened turkey at the area for the first time in the fall (they opened the season initially on turkeys this Spring). Ultimately, the county has been spraying for mosquitoes and I think that is why the pheasant numbers were down so much. At the end of the day, they had 59 turkeys and 60 pheasants harvested.
James Reichstadt



Pam Felgenhauer's Reed passed his 4th AKC test (despite the awful weather) and got his JH title!  Congratulations Pam and Reed.

New Arrivals

Pat Harris sent in this picture of Ginger who had nine pups on 11-03-10, seven girls and two boys. They will be registered.  Contact Pat if your interested in one of these fine dogs.


The Food Bowl

Al’s Sesame Pheasant Stir Fry

Pheasant or other game bird at least ˝ per person.
Sesame Oil….I prefer dark.
Stir fry vegetables, but don’t forget the garlic and peppers… any color will do.
Vegetable oil

At least one half day prior to your meal remove the meat from the bone and dice into bite sized pieces. Place the meat in a bowl along with a generous covering of Sesame Oil. I add some parsley flakes but that is not necessary. When ready for dinner or supper (semantics) get your wok or steel pan nice and hot and toss in the pheasant sesame oil and all. Cook but do not overcook. Remove the pieces from the pan and set aside, now add vegetable oil, get it hot and toss in your vegetables. Again do not overcook, once the vegetables are about ready toss the pheasant back in, add salt and pepper and you are about to enjoy a special treat. Serve with rice or as I like it just alone.

Around the Fire Hydrant


Volunteer needed to attend the San Diego County Wildlife federation Meetings and report back to the club.  Meetings are Held at the Sizzler Restaurant on Aero Drive.  Contact Joe Artes for additional details.

Newsletter Submissions:
To submit an article, brag, recipe or want ad to the SDSDC Newsletter please send an E-Mail to:  RandyDomingos@sandiegosportingdogclub.org

E-Collars Information:

Steve Sarmiento is now a Tri-Tronics representative and can help you with information and purchasing Tri-Tronics collars. 

If you are thinking about getting an e-collar, and want to do some research, go to this link
  www.gundogsupply.com/dog-training-collars-buyers-guide.html for a lot of  information.

Training Opportunities:
Pam and Mary are holding obedience classes in Alpine, North County and Lakeside. Basic obedience for puppies and adults, behavior issues, rescued dogs, AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and Puppy Star classes. Also available for private in home lessons. Call for details 619-659-9393 or 619-442-5354 or email muscat54@gmail.com.

Steve Sarmiento is accepting dogs for training.  Cost is $650 per month and includes birds.    Contact Steve at 619-659-9393 or sssarmi@gmail.com

Dog Portraits (and other art):
Have your best friend and hunting partner immortalized in a commissioned painting. Visit the website of SDSDC member Ron Dotson.

For your shooting needs:
Hi-Pass Sports 2435 Alpine Blvd #B Alpine, CA 619 445-4039. 

For Sale & Must Have

FOR SALE: Command Leads and Leather Collars – Call Steve Sarmiento for details. 619-701-2089

FOR SALE: Training birds for sale, Chukar and Pheasants. Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393

FOR SALE: Bird Boxes - The club purchased several used bird boxes and we have some available for purchase by club members.  Cost is $20 per box.  These are the same orange transport boxes that we use for our events and sell new for over $70.  Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393

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