November/December 2012 Newsletter

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President:  Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:      Rick Greenwell

2nd VP:     Donald Flanagan

Treasurer: Wendy Greenwell

Secretary: Randy Domingos

Board Members:

Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Ed Marr
Trevor Niarchos

Mike Moran's Annie in South Dakota


Calendar of Events

January Training Day
Saturday, January 19, 8:00 AM
Location to be announced

Annual SDSDC Banquet
Saturday, January 12
Casa Machado, next to Montgomery Field
More details to be announced. There will be no club meeting in January

News and Notes

SDSDC Board of Directors Election Results

Pam Felgenhauer returns for another term as President
Biff Ellington, 1st Vice President
Randy Domingos, 2nd Vice President
Ed Marr, Treasurer
Donald Flanagan, Secretary
Board members:
Mike Linville
Joe Artes
Trevor Niarchos
And nominated from the floor and elected to the Board of Directors at the November meeting,

Colleen Scruggs

Thank you all so much for making this committment to the club! We all know that it is a lot of work, and we appreciate it very much.

Fall Classic
A great time was had by all who attended the Fall Classic today!  A big thanks to Randy Domingos and Ed Marr for putting this all together!  Thanks to our excellent shooters: Jimmie Phillips, Stan Petersen and Sonny Hale!  Thanks to everyone who helped set up and plant birds!  Another big thanks to our judges Don Barker and Scott Toothacre!.  

We saw a lot of really good dog work today and it was a pleasure to see the newer members and their young dogs do a great job.

Event winners:

Pointing Dog Stake
1st  Patch & Mary Sarmiento
2nd Abby & Mary Sarmiento
3rd Roxy & Bryan Bonas

Flushing Dog Stake
1st   Misty & Biff Ellington
2nd  Robbie & Corey Magers
3rd Franklin & Mary Sarmiento

Hunting Dog Stake, Pointers
1st  Remington & Rafael Aguilar
2nd Hawk & Vince Crisci
3rd  Hans & Bob Brown

Hunting Dog Stake, Flushing
1st Russell Brand & Maggie
2nd Biff Ellington & Sasha


Shoot to Retrieve
Open Retriever
1st John Segoria & Dakota    3 birds   3.43 minutes
2nd Ezekiel Lagos & Rambo   3 birds  7.54 minutes
3rd  Mary Sarmiento & Eleanor   3 birds 8.12 minutes

Open Pointer
1st  Mike Moran & Katie    3 birds  4.46 minutes
2nd Joe Artes & Gracie      3 birds  7.40 minutes
3rd  Mary Sarmiento & Jag  3 birds 8.15 minutes

Amateur Pointer
1st  Bryan Bonas & Whitey   1 bird  15 minutes

Amateur Retriever

1st  Pam Felgenhauer & Reed    3 birds   5.36 minutes

Congratulations to all!!!!

A big thanks to everyone who came out and helped to make the S2R a big success.  We couldn't do it without you: Randy Domingos, Mary Sarmiento, Mike Moran, Rick Greenwell, Joe Artes, Brad Fenton, Bryan Bonas, John Segoria, Trevor Niarchos, Bob Brown, Ezekiel Lagos and Kirk Gilliand!

Also a big thanks to Pam for organizing this event!

Project 2000 Elite Truck Event

The SDSDC attended the P2K Range Elite Truck Event Saturday, December 1st.  We had a booth to promote the club and sell gun raffle tickets for the Beretta 3100 that will be raffled off at our annual banquet January 12th.  P2k was nice enough to allow us to display the shotgun at our booth.  We met some nice people and several club members dropped by.  Thanks to Pam Felgenhauer, Mary Sarmiento, Randy Domingos and Mike Linville for volunteering.

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

October, 10th 2012 SDSDC Meeting

Present were Pam Felgenhauer, Rick Greenwell, Randy Domingos, Wendy Greenwell, Ed Marr and Mike Linville. Joe Artes and Trevor Niarchos.  Donald Flanagan was unable to attend.
Also present were Ken Kessler and Rafael Aguilar and Mike Moran.

Old Business

Gun Raffle
The gun has been paid for at this point.  So it’s all money for the club.  Randy tried to contact P2000 for their event December 2nd at p2K.  Has not heard back from them yet.

The events page needs updating with the Fall Winter information.  Randy will take care of it.

September Training Day
We had 5 members cancel in the days before the event resulting in 16 extra birds including the 7 extra ordered.  Some extra birds were sold at half off to help limit the loss to the club.  Total funds brought in from the event were $230.  Mary is to bring a check for $36 to the meeting to pay for her birds.  Rick Greenwell was asked to pay Wendy $32 for his birds. Russell Brand paid for his unused birds.  With those additions the total amount brought in for the birds was $298.  The cost of the birds was $384 for a loss of $86. A notice in the newsletter for paying for birds you order.  Randy is to send a request for payment to those that cancelled.  Raising the amount charged to members for birds was discussed.  Training days will be kept as low cost as possible and the cost of birds will remain the same, club cost.

Ken Kessler has a GSP. Turned in his membership application.

New Business

SDSDC Election
The Ballot is as follows.
President - Pam Felgenhauer,
1st VP - Biff Ellington
2nd VP - Randy Domingos
Secretary - Donald Flanagan
Treasurer - Wendy Greenwell

Board Members
Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Ed Marr
Trevor Niarchos

At this point there are no challengers.

Fall Classic
November 18th was settled on.  Location will probably be at Honey Springs.  La Posta will also be checked for foxtails cover.  The judges and shooters are set.  Mike Moran will allow us to use his blind for the team to hide behind.  Randy to send out email for volunteers and stakes.

DFG Junior Hunts
The dates are as follows:
11/17/12 – AM Family-Quota of Hunters-18
11/17/12  - PM Junior      “                   “  -12
12/15/12 – AM Family -   “                  “  -18
12/15/12 – PM Junior -    “                  “   -12
01/05/13 – AM Family -    “                 “  -18
01/05/13 – PM Junior -     “                 “   -12
Joe Artes to coordinate the dog handlers. At this point we have 1 volunteer to plant birds.  Mike Moran, Randy Domingos and possibly Trevor can volunteer.

Training Days
Oct 13th, Nov. 10th, Dec. 22nd and Jan. 19th, were discussed as possible training days.  No further action was taken.  Possibly need to change date to Nov. 3rd.  Randy is to check location and birds.  Pam is to check on birds.

SDCWF Report
SDCWF was held but nothing new.  Member organizations requested fill our snake survey.

No deposit is required for the location this year.

A new roster is needed.

Treasures Report
$4493.24 in the bank.

Wags and Brags

Biff and Misty do it again in Arizona!

The NAHRA test...was a blast. GMHR "Misty Mountain Merry Mischief" MH Misty banged out 2 ribbons in Senior, one for each day.
Sasha ran beginner Saturday and got her first ribbon. Ran Started (a real test) on Sunday. Nailed the land series. I was quite surprised how well she did. Then wouldn't get her feet wet so we didn't get a ribbon. Will have to work on that. She had a blast though.

In the Field

South Dakota Pheasant Hunt

Earlier this Fall, Mike Moran, Bill Cox, the Sarmientos, and the Fentons travelled to South Dakota to hunt pheasants. Caroline Fenton captured the memories for our enjoyment:

This is Mike Moran's lab, Fieldstone Good Golly Miss Molly with her first pheasant in Wisconsin. She is there being trained by Sharon Potter, and is 7 months old here.

Brad, Boise, and Buck
By Brad Fenton

Hunt 1 – Wister Refuge – Opening Day
Duck season opening day was not really considered a reality, especially since the odds of getting a reservation, especially the first time I put in, were like a jillion to one.  So I about fell out of my chair and checked the website three times.  I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.  Normally I would have called John Segoria, who has graciously invited me many times last year, but he was already going with his brother to San Jacinto.  So I invited my quail and dove hunting buddy, Jeff, and his neighbor.

Friday before opening day rolls around and Jeff calls to tell me due to a family commitment he and Dave cannot go.  I decide to go by myself.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can hear all you saying, “why  didn’t you call me?”.  Just selfish I guess and I wanted to see if I could manage by myself.  I have not hunted long and it seemed like a good challenge.

So long story short, after getting lost at 3:30 am for about an hour trying to find the blind (marker was buried in a bush and I walked by it  about 55 minutes before) I finally found the blind and went back for Boise and my shotgun.  I still had 45 minute until shoot time, so no problem.  By the time I got set, the dekes out, the blind up, the dog settled and swatted about ten thousand skeeters, it was on.

Now I am not a great shot, and it did take almost 40 shells to get my limit, but there were so many ducks that limit was at 7:30 – less one bird.  They were all (except one spoony) teal.  I like teal, but wanted to wait for a larger duck.  I sat and watched at least 4 blue wings settle 20 yards out in the decoys and countless others fly by.  After about an hour or so I saw a pair of pintails on the other side of the levy and picked up the hen.

I was home in time for lunch.  This was the way it should be.  But this is not the end of the story.  As it turned out, John had a reservation at San Jacinto on the next Wednesday.  I certainly did not expect it to be as good as this was again.

Hunt 2 – San Jacinto Refuge
I joined John and his brother Anthony at 2:30 am at the check-in station.  Getting to the blind was much less eventful than Wister.  In fact were set up so quickly John and Anthony had time for an hour nap.  I sat quietly with Boise and John’s lab, Dakota, listening to the birds landing in the water where we had just set the decoys.  The perked ears and nervous behavior told me the dogs clearly knew what was about to happen.

I am sure you can guess.  It was similar to an Easter egg hunt when they let the kids go.  In this case it was ducks and guns and dogs.  Shovelers, teal, widgeons were everywhere.  John got his seven birds in about 45 minutes, Anthony was done by 8:15 and yours truly just could not get it done until about 9:15.  But who am I to complain after not getting one limit of birds all last year.

The dogs did great.  Boise was a bit eager on a couple occasions and did not wait, but both dogs got to retrieve 21 ducks between them.  A good day for any dog.  I was personally happy to see the light bulb go on in Boise’s head (it was only her 5th duck hunt).  She started to watch for incoming birds and marked them as they fell – even if it was not her turn (we will be working on her steadiness).  But best of all was when she learned to dive under the water after a duck trying to get away.  It was big step for her.

I am looking forward to the next outing, but certainly do not expect it to be that good again.  But I can always hope.

Buck's first duck:
a nice drake pintail from San Jacinto Wildlife Area

Thanksgiving in Wyoming
By Donald Flanagan

My hunting partner of 8 years has a sister and brother-in-law who live on a farm in Wyoming, near the Montana border. Last year, while we were out hunting (and seeing nothing), his sister called him and left him a voicemail, saying "I woke up this morning and looked out the window, and there were 6 deer in the driveway. I don't know what to do. Maybe if someone could come hunt these things...I don't know...give me a call." She was laying it on thick, that's for sure. We had been talking about going up there for years, but I said "we've GOT to make this happen." Well, we missed the deadline for putting in for the deer tag lottery, so we decided to get doe tags, and make this a "scouting" trip. I got online, and discovered a few issues:
1. When purchasing the reduced-price doe/fawn tags after the lottery had concluded (over-the-counter, so to speak), the price drops from $48 to $34 for a tag, because there's no application fee involved.
2. These are limited-quota tags, meaning they only issue 1200 of them for this particular area, and there's no limit to how many you can buy, until the quota is met- but they'll only let you buy 20 at a time online. Then you have to log off, and log back on to buy another 20, and so on, until they're all sold. Or, you can buy them over the counter.

Ok, so I'm only kidding that those are problems. Really? Non-resident doe tags cost less than a CA deer tag? Oh yeah!

In October, my friend's sister sent him a text containing this:

And this:

She said there were about 35 in one field, 40 in another, and more across the street! This is all right outside the house!

On Saturday morning, Nov 17, I started out toward Wyoming. The scenery was beautiful, especially in Utah. I stopped in Provo for the night, and continued onward in the morning, cutting across Southern WY, then heading North through Casper. I saw a couple herds of antelope in the south, but wow, there were herds every couple of miles along the 25 and the 90! Next time I go, I'm getting antelope tags, as well. Southern WY is beautiful in its own way, but Northern WY...gorgeous. I arrived at my destination around dinner time.

I had planned on this being only a rifle hunt for me, but when I got there, I learned that the land owner preferred that we use archery equipment, since only the western border of the property has a proper backstop (a ridge), and there are homes in all other directions. I had not brought my bow, so he lent me his. Over the next couple days, however, I took 3 shots, and missed all 3. I took some time to shoot it for a while and figure out why, and determined that the arrow rest was to blame, not fully coming to the detent each time, causing the point of impact to change with every shot.

The property is bordered to the east by a creek, which is lined with willows and brush, and holds a LOT of whitetail, pheasants, and turkey. The mule deer go up and down the ridge on the western border, coming down to feed in the cut alfalfa fields. The pheasants and grouse come out to feed in the fields as well. The pheasants run for the brush at the first sign of danger, and don't really hold well because there is no cover in the field. They do hold in the willows and brush around the creek, but that's so thick that when they flush, you can't get a shot. The grouse on the other hand, will frequently wait in the field until you get within 45 yards before they flush. When sitting in a ground blind waiting for deer, I could have taken limits of pheasants (3 per day), but I was focused on deer, and didn't end up getting any.

On Wednesday afternoon, our host was disappointed at our lack of success, so he told us to get our rifles out and shoot some deer in the field that is bordered by a ridge. We quickly took 3 whitetail does that evening. I also shot two grouse.

Thursday morning, I shot another whitetail, knocking it to the ground. Then, it got up and ran away, but I had no opportunity for a follow-up shot. Its tail was down, but it wasn't hunched up like you would expect from a gut shot. It wasn't limping as if shot in the leg. As it ran, it stumbled oddly in the rear end, but only once. I watched it until it disappeared from view, but later couldn't find a blood trail. I was completely puzzled, and disappointed that I had wounded an animal. I decided that that tag was filled.
Later that morning, we went after the turkeys, and I was able to get a head shot on one at about 30 yards. They were so unpressured, that they frequently would let you get withing 30 yards of them once they hit the brushline at the creek before they would fly away or cross the property line to the neighbor's place. My first turkey, and on Thanksgiving morning!

I needed to leave early on Friday, but since we still had two tags left, I agreed to an early morning hunt the next day (as long as I could jet out of there by 10:00). We got a mule deer doe, and as I finished quartering it, the turkeys came out to play. I sent my partner after them, and heard a shot (he missed). Then he called me, saying that he had found the deer I had shot the previous morning. It was weak and immobile, so we quickly dispatched it. I saw why it had been able to run away after being knocked down. Apparently, my shot (taken while prone in the middle of the field) was deflected by some stubble, and had hit the deer in the jaw, messing it up pretty bad. I'm so glad we found it, and were able to put it down. That filled our fifth tag, but by the time it was quartered, and everthing was cleaned up, and packed up, it was 1:00!

My return trip was longer, because I decided to drive through Montana on the way back. I took some breaks to get in catnaps from time to time, and made it home safely on Saturday evening. Our final tally was 4 whitetail deer, 1 mule deer, 1 turkey, and 4 grouse.

-Donald Flanagan

Around the Fire Hydrant

Newsletter Submissions:
To submit an article, brag, recipe or want ad to the SDSDC Newsletter please send an E-Mail to Donald Flanagan.

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 619-339-4801 or 619-442-5354 or email

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. His work is now in private collections both nationally and internationally. If you are interested in any of his works or commissioning a painting, please contact him by e-mail or by phone at (619) 925-2606. 

Denise Rich is also an accomplished artist and club member.  Denise is also known as "The Official Happy Cow" artist. In 2006 she was commissioned by the California Milk Advisory Board to paint their famous Happy Cows of the Real California Milk campaign. In addition to cows, Denise paints dogs, pets, or really anything.  If you are interested in any of her works or commissioning a painting, please contact her at her studio at 619-933-5935.  Or send her an e-mail.  Please visit her website to see some of her work.

Health Supplements for You and Your Dog!
Donna Sarmiento has a new business endeavour called Nature's Tails, distributing quality health products for the care, comfort, and well being of both you and your pets! These include calming, healing, and joint products for humans and dogs, as well as other edibles for your pets. Visit for more information.

Dog box for sale: two dog box. The first $300 buys it. It is a Diamond Deluxe brand box. New on eBay $737.50 plus shipping and sales tax. Email Joe Artes for the owner's contact information.

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

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 Pam or Trevor for more info.     

FREE TO A GOOD HOME: Dan Denhart has donated a very nice pair of leather boots in size 11 1/2D that don't fit him. If you can use them, please contact Donald Flanagan.


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