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December 2010 Newsletter
Calendar of Events
General Membership Meeting
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:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pam Felgenhauer's Reed passed his 4th AKC test (despite the awful weather) and got his JH title! Congratulations Pam and Reed.
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
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.
Steve Sarmiento is now a Tri-Tronics representative and can help you with information and purchasing Tri-Tronics collars.
Steve Sarmiento is accepting dogs for training. Cost is $650 per month and includes birds. Contact Steve at 619-659-9393 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Portraits (and other art):
For your shooting needs:
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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