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Tasha, a yellow Lab owned by Rick Edington of Kettle River, retrieves a duck during a field trial at the Duluth Retriever Club in 2007.
If you want to see some good retrievers in action, swing by the Duluth Retriever Club today (Friday) or Saturday or Sunday. The club is holding its annual AKC Hunt Test. This isn’t a competition, just a way for dog owners to test their dogs in simulated hunting conditions. Dogs can earn Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter or Master Hunter titles if they score well enough in retrieving situations.
You’ll see a lot of young dogs trying to earn their Junior titles and more seasoned dogs looking for Senior and Master titles.
It’s free to watch. But as at all hunt tests and field trials, it’s best to leave your own dog at home or in its crate in the truck if you come out.
The Duluth Retriever Club is five miles north of Superior Street on Lester River Road.