January 2013 Newsletter

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Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:     
Biff Ellington

2nd VP:    
Randy Domingos

Ed Marr

Donald Flanagan

Board Members:

Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Colleen Scruggs
Trevor Niarchos

Opening Day of Pheasant Season

Opening Day of Pheasant Season, 2013
Randy, Joe, Ed, and Jimmy


Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 7:00PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

Work Day at Honey Springs
Friday, February 15
The San Diego County Wildlife Federation is having a work day on Friday, February 16, out at the Honey Springs training area. They will be digging holes in which to plant grass on Saturday (they have plenty of help lined up for Saturday). If you are available to help, they could really use you. Please
email Ed for more information.

February Training Day
Saturday, February 16, 8:00 AM
La Posta training area. Pigeons will be used, and will cost $4.00 each.

Shoot to Retrieve
Saturday, February 23
The Spring Shoot to Retrieve will be held at the Honey Springs training area. Please come early to help set up!


Yesterday, Rick and Wendy Greenwell said goodbye to Greta, their GSP. Greta was battling cancer, and it became too much for her. She was a good dog, and will be missed.


News and Notes

Annual Banquet

A special thanks to Pam and Mary for all the hard work they put into the banquet this year. It was well-attended, and was a lot of fun. Thank you also to all those who lent a hand in order to make it a success!

Shotgun Raffle

At the banquet, we drew the winner of the Beretta shotgun- Mike Hearne! Congratulations, Mike!

NWTF's Turkey Tune Up

The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Spring 2013 Turkey Tune Up will be held on February 23, at 8:30 AM, at San Vicente Reservoir (not Lake Sutherland). Click here for full details.

Sharon Potter Training Seminar
By Mike Moran

The last couple of years, we've had a training event at my place in Oregon over the Memorial Day weekend and members of the SDSDC were invited to participate. This year, I'm doing something a little different. I'm trying to set up a Sharon Potter two day retriever training seminar - however pointing dogs are welcome also.

I've tried to have the seminar close to a three day weekend to help out the Social Security payers with time off from the mines. The seminar date is scheduled for July 5-7. The fifth is Friday and there would be a meet and greet in the evening with Sharon (refreshments will be provided) with the training running both Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM to 4 PM. I picked this weekend for a couple of reasons - Sharon is available all the weekends in July; the 4th is the only three-day (sort of) weekend in July; and it is usually not snowing. It should be nice and toasty for good water work. In fact, we will have a hard time keeping the dogs OUT of the water.

The cost of the seminar is $400/person. We need a minimum of 5 participants to make this seminar worth Sharon's trouble. I am taking care of her room and board plus all her transportation. This way we don't need eight or ten participants for her to show up. For those interested, I will require payment in full, up front. We can't have people backing out after reservations have been made.

It is eight hundred forty miles from El Cajon. It takes me thirteen and a half to fourteen hours to drive straight through on I5. There is motel space about nine miles from my place next to a nice little country restaurant in Chiloquin. To participate would require most likely traveling on the 4th - this could be problematic for some folks who may already have plans for that holiday. If people want to bring trailers or camp, I can provide water and power. Dogs can be left at my place over night in the Man Cave (where my dogs stay at night).

Please contact me, Mike Moran, with any questions or to RSVP.

-Mike Moran

In the Field

Fall Success
By Gary Klingener

I have been hunting every weekend since the beginning of October. I flew to Green Bay Wisconsin and hunted grouse and woodcock on my friend’s family farm. We did quite well with the bird dogs out for the first time this year. It was just a beautiful setting with all the leaves changing and walking thru the deep forest litter. I was surprised by how many birds we ran into, and we did actually shoot some woodcock also. The plan is to return next year. There are very few bird hunters there as the main focus is deer hunting – translation – no hunting pressure.
The quail hunting has been better for me this year. We shot 12 quail on opening day out by the cannels in Calexico. Tex is starting to get the hang of it.
I just got back from my house in Colorado and pheasant hunting in Nebraska. The hunting was in very dry conditions and we were worried about the droughts effect on the bird population. We were surprised at how many birds we ran into. We hunt old style way, with four guys, usually dropping off a blocker at the end of the field. Our dogs were four Brittanys and Tex, my wired haired pointer. Out there, it’s good to have some dog power with you – there is a lot of ground. We have a couple honey holes, but a lot of it is hunting corn stubble and the corners of the sections. The first day we must have seen sixty to seventy birds (we shot nine). We hunted hard for five days until sundown, which is really early on the prairie.

It’s hard to understand how much land is needed to hunt for a day as the dogs cover so much ground and then there is the next day. We are lucky to have so much ground. The old days of knocking on doors and asking permission are going away, as a lot of the farmers who have good cover realize that the land can be leased out for money. The past few years we have been also running into a lot more prairie chickens. They are difficult to recognize and can be mistaken as a hen pheasant. My son bumped into a couple flocks, missed the first one and shot one on the second bunch. Let’s just say he should have had a couple more. I was just out of range. We also ran into some coveys of quail. It’s really a surprise when the dogs are on point, you are ready for a big old rooster, and a covey of quail gets up and scares the !? *$# out of you.

My friend says after I left they got some snow and did quite well last weekend without me and Tex. The snow showed him how many birds were actually around. They were spooky, and hard to corner, but we feel there are a lot of pheasants are in the field this year, contrary to many reports.   


Tex and Pheasants

-Gary Klingener

DFG Junior Pheasant Hunt

Mike Moran and Annie, along with Bryan Bonas and Roxy assisted young Lené at the December Junior Pheasant Hunt put on by the DFG. Oops, it's the Department of Fish and Wildlife now. Lené ended up with five birds- wow! Good shooting, Lené.

Junior Pheasant Hunt

Wyatt and his happy hunter

ED Marr, abbey, Brea, Randy and Wyatt with kids

Ed's Abbey stalking a pheasant

Thanks to all our members who volunteered for the three DFG hunts this year, and a special thanks to Joe Artes for coordinating the our volunteers.  Without your help Nick would have a hard time introducing the next generation to pheasant hunting.  The January hunt turned out to be a great day. At least it wasn't raining like the December hunt! We had a great day and the dogs got some good reps, the kids had fun too!

Bryan Bonas' South Dakota Trip

Bryan was joined by his son, Jamie, grandson, Taskar, and Roxy. Three generations of pheasant hunters, and a good dog!

Bonas' Crew

Litter Announcement!

By Trevor Niarchos

I have a litter of AKC Vizsla pups born 1/18/2013. The Dam is Red Oak’s Brandy Alexander “Brandy”. The Sire is Mudbone and Firestorm’s Cicatriz “Scar”. Both have excellent and proven field and show pedigrees. Pups are $1500. I am offering $300 back as a referral fee to anyone who helps me place a pup. I am taking deposits now. All info related to the litter can be found on (including health, pedigree, and pictures of both parents and the pups).

Contact Trevor at 330-280-2758, or by email for more info. Pups will be ready to go home mid to late February.

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.

FOR SALE: Thunder 1000 bumper launcher. Mary Sarmiento says: I have a practically brand new Thunder 1000 for sale. I bought it a couple of years ago and have not really used it, so I am selling it. I have all the bumpers and it is in good working order. I am selling it for $600 with the Tri-Tronics Transmitter (no receiver), or $500 with no electronics. Email Mary for more Info.

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.

Dog Box

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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