Scooby, a 4-year-old Vizsla, retrieves a bobwhite quail during a Lake Superior Pointing Dog Club hunt test held Saturday and Sunday near Sturgeon Lake. Scooby was handled by Jodi Hines of Willow Creek Kennels in Little Falls, Minn. (Sam Cook / firstname.lastname@example.org)
While most of us are thinking about fishing, lots of pointing-dog owners gathered near Sturgeon Lake on Saturday and Sunday for the club’s spring hunt test. A total of 49 dogs went afield in quest of their Junior, Senior or Master hunter titles. I was there to take some photos and gather information for a story we’ll publish in the Duluth News Tribune this coming Sunday.
It was good to see such a variety of pointing dogs — German shorthairs, English pointers, Irish red and white setters, Gordon setters, English setters, Vizslas, Brittanies and at least one wire-haired pointing Dutch Griffon. Several Duluth-area and Northeastern Minnesota hunters were among those who handled dogs in the event.
Depending on the level of test (junior, senior or master), the dogs were judged on their ability to point birds, hold steady at the shot, to retrieve and to honor another dog’s point.
Here’s one more photo from the day:
Ruger, a Gordon setter, holds a stylish point on a bobwhite quail. Ruger was handled by Jodi Hines of Little Falls, Minn. He was purchased by Mike Filas of Andover, Minn., from Dean and Jill Fries of Clearcut Kennels in Culver.