Monday, June 10, 2013

MI Ruffed Grouse Society to hold Gun Dog Fun Field Trials in New Era

By Stephen Kloosterman |  Follow on Twitter

The West Michigan Lakeshore Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society plans to hold its Gun Dog Fun Trial in New Era this year.

The annual event for hunters and their dogs will be held 8 a.m. Sunday, June 23 at Modaka Kennels, 5023 S. 48th Ave. in New Era.

The event, heading into its fifth year, has previously been held at a Zeeland location, but won't be able to use the location this year due to a scheduled burn by the property owner.

The Gun Dog Fun Trial is a chance for hunters and their dogs to compete against each other and hone their skills for hunting game birds.

“It’s set up for the guy that goes out and hunts every week with his dog,” said Nick Moe, president of the West Michigan Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Both pointing and flushing breeds compete in the event. Each dog-and-man team has 20 minutes in a field to find two pen-raised birds, called Chukars, that have been planted in the field. The teams have to flush out the birds and shoot them.

“It’s definitely a competitive thing,” Moe said. 

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