November 2013 Newsletter
Calendar of Events
General Membership and Board Meeting
Shoot to Retrieve
DFG Junior and Family Pheasant Hunt News and Notes
News and Notes
Shoot to Retrieve!
This Saturday is the Shoot to Retrieve, so get your entries in to Pam by Wednesday at 8:00 PM! If you've never participated before, this is a fun, friendly competition, in which you and your dog will have the opportunity to find, shoot, and retrieve three pheasants as fast as you can. Here are some shots from previous competitions:
DFG Junior and Family Hunts – November 23rd
Photos by Randy DomingosWe had a successful first DFG hunt with great weather for a change. We were just able to provide enough pointers for the event with some help from our friends and NAVHDA. Several of the pointers in the club moved to Texas and Nebraska this year and we really missed them. Although we’d like to see as many SDSDC members as we can, the numbers of dogs needed means we will probably need additional help for the foreseeable future. The DFG requires that we use pointers to slow the hunt down for the new hunters as a safety issue, so unfortunately we’re unable to use any of the fine flushers we have in the club.
Volunteering this year were Joe Artes (our event coordinator), and dog handlers Randy Domingos, Ed Marr, Mike Moran, Trevor Niarchos, Rafael Aguilar, and Bryan Bonas, and Joel Vexler who planted birds all day.
Helping us out this year as additional dog handlers were Matt Moore from NAVHDA San Diego, and Ken Wille with his two münsterlanders. Joe Kubasak who has planted birds for us at so many events helped all day planting the pheasants.
Thanks to all of you!
The next DFG hunts are December 14th and January 18th. If you’d like to volunteer in any way please let us know.
SDSDC Board of Directors Election
It's time to vote in a new Board of Directors, and club members have received a list of candidates for each of the positions. Please send in your votes as soon as possible, or come to the general meeting on December 11th and turn in your votes in person. If you would like to run for a position and have not yet made your desire know, please come to meeting and do so. A special thanks to those who have given of themselves and their time in order to make the club a success- we could never do it without you!
Reminder: as we get closer to the banquet in January, our time for selling tickets for the raffle is quickly coming to an end!
support the SDSDC by selling a few general raffle tickets to your
friends and family. The Members only tickets are for SDSDC
members only. The large stub makes a great stocking stuffer!
You may also turn the stubs in at an upcoming event, such as the Shoot to Retrieve or the General Meeting on December 11th.
Cañada de San Vicente Land Management Plan
- Randy Domingos
While at the DFG Family Hunt this November we were informed that the DFG is taking comments on land use for a new property near Ramona. The location has lots of quail and would also be a potential spot for dog training. If hunters and the dog community are interested in ever being able to use the property now is the time to speak up.Please take a moment to review the DFG page and send a comment to the link at the bottom.
2013 Fall Classic
Photos by Randy Domingos
Vexler is new to the club, but jumping in with both feet, and
volunteering wherever possible! He took on the organization of
the November training day, and did a wonderful job. Thanks, Joel, for
making it a success.
Photos, except as noted, by Randy Domingos
In the Field
Imperial Valley Upland Hunting
Adam Eidson, Mike Linville and I were joined by Mike's neighbor for a pheasant hunt down in the Valley. The morning started out very promisingly, as 5 pheasant spooked out of the first field of the morning, as soon as the first truck door was opened! We worked that first field, and as we were on the final leg back to the trucks, a rooster got up. My second shot hit it. Mike sent another shot after it from a distance, but it flew down into a ditch filled with tall, thick vegetation. Boomer followed it, but it was long gone by the time he got there. We made a good effort at finding it, but to no avail.
A couple fields later, Adam Eidson's Maggie put up another rooster, which dropped stone-cold dead with just one shot. Maggie also put up a hen in the next field.
As we headed back to the trucks, we swept through a strip of field that hadn't been covered earlier, and we put up a final rooster. Mike's neighbor hit it, and it went down, but Adam soon spotted it running along the edge of the field. Three dogs and four men made a strong effort at finding it, but it evaded us.
Adam and I tried for dove and quail in the afternoon, but didn't get any opportunities in some of our standby areas.
On Black Friday, Adam and I were joined by Joel and Kenny Vexler, and Adam's friend Johnny for round two. The Vexler's had spent much of the week down there, without a single bird flushing for them- but not for lack of good dogs, or for lack of trying! This would be their fourth day of hunting hard. Again, things looked promising as dove, quail, and a rooster flushed as we drove in. We decided to try going after the quail first, and as we did so, another rooster flew into the field we intended to hunt first.
The quail ended up flushing ahead of us into a very thick river bottom- they got away clean. On to pheasant hunting!
We had just completed our first sweep through the field, and were starting back when we got a call from Johnny, who was chasing rabbits, saying that the landowner had told him that we would not be allowed to hunt this very promising field, and the ones surrounding it (which all looked very birdy). We were disappointed, but we did the right thing and walked out of the field. As we did so, Ken's dog Bodie jumped a hen!
We went through some nearby fields, but these turned up nothing. We headed to a ditch that had produced birds in the past (hens only, though), and almost immediately, we put up another hen. We worked the rest of that ditch, then went to the adjoining ditch where that hen had flown. Quickly, we put up a hen, thinking it was the same one. We went down the ditch a little further, and put up another! But further down, we could see more hens flushing ahead of us. That ditch was loaded with them! But not a single rooster. Adam had to head home, but the Vexlers and I went to a feedlot and shot limits of dove, then took it easy and worked one more field for pheasants.
The next day, I started out with a brief duck hunt (I only saw one duck, not including the ruddies), then headed to some new areas, where I hunted some ditches and fields, but came up empty again. So I went back to the feedlot, shot a limit of doves (plus a euro and a pigeon), and called it a day.
It was a good hunt with good friends, and I can't wait to do it again!
- Donald Flanagan
Duck Hunting Success!
I thought I'd pass on some photos from my duck hunt at Wister today with my buddy and Maggie. We got a mixed bag of pintails, wigeon, teal, and a couple of spoonies. Maggie retrieved every last one, and loved every second of it. She was so geeked that her teeth were chattering in anticipation all morning.
- Adam Eidson
The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report
Board Members Present: Pam Felgenhauer, Donald Flanagan, Randy Domingos, Mike Linville, Trevor Niarchos.
Other Members Present: Terry Jenkins, Rich Vergara, Mary Sarmiento, Joel Vexler and wife, Rafael Aguilar, Lauren.
$200 has come in, to date. Randy has some more to turn in. No tickets have been sent out yet.
Received another letter from the IRS requesting the 2011 990 forms. Links provided by IRS lead to 2012 forms. Pam wrote back to request links to proper forms or physical form.
New BusinessTreasurer’s Report
For the months of August and September we had total deposits of $589.50 comprised of $100.00 from gun raffle $286.50 from garage sale and $203.00 for hats and shirts. Leaving us with $3,442.80 in our checking, $1050.50 in our savings which totals $4,493.30 . We have sold $200.00 dollars in raffle tickets to date.
Club laptop is old. Time to think about a new one. Trevor will research.
Will be held January 11. Still looking for location, but Casa Machado is our standby.
November 2 (La Posta, Joel Vexler will organize) Birds available, we need organizers.
Shoot to Retrieve
Date set for Dec. 7. Spring S2R Feb 22.
Pam will poll the board members to see who is willing to continue.
Joel Vexler volunteered to help with the website.
Around the Fire Hydrant
Dog Portraits and other Art
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.
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