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Result: International Amateur Woodcock Championship

Location: Moose Junction, Wisconsin

Post Date: Jun 19, 2024

Submitted By: Sigmund Degitz

International Amateur Woodcock ChS24

International Amateur Woodcock Championship (l-r): Brett Edstrom (judge), Scott Luther with Bang Bang's Longshot, Ken Moss with Moss Meadow Seeker, and Paul Cook (judge).

The Moose River Grouse Dog Club held the 2024 International Amateur Woodcock Championship on April 26-28. The trial was held on Douglas County forestry land in far northwestern Wisconsin. These grounds were initially developed in 2008 and have continually been reworked and improved to provide ample opportunity for dogs to find birds and show well on the ground. We want to thank Purina for their continued support of the Cover Dog trials. Their donation of dog food to the winners is very much appreciated. Lunches were provided on the grounds by the owners of the Moose Junction Lounge. They put on a delicious spread for us all Friday and Saturday. Every trial requires a dedicated group of club members to clear courses, marshal braces, and assist with trial details. We want to thank Bill Frahm, Sig Degitz, Ed Graddy, Greg Johnson, and Tim Kaufman for their hard work.

We were fortunate to secure two very qualified judges with considerable experience handling dogs and judging in high-level competition. Judges for the event were Paul Cook of Danbury, Wisconsin,
and Brett Edstrom, Hudson, Wisconsin. They were attentive, always on their toes, and had a keen eye for the attributes necessary in a champion and runner-up.
English Setter male Moss Meadow Seeker, owned and handled by Ken Moss, was named champion. Seeker had a hardworking ground application, mostly forward, hitting the likely cover and staying in touch with Ken. He had a grouse find around 20 minutes with the bird well located. He scored again at 35, a woodcock, with the bird right off his nose. At 45, his bell stopped yet again; forward and to the left, he was found pointing on a swamp edge. The bird could not be produced after a brief but thorough flushing attempt and Ken asked Seeker to relocate. Seeker went down the swamp edge about 40 yards and pinned the bird with the grouse directly in front. A nice piece of work by a seasoned grouse dog! Seeker finished strong and going forward.
The judges named Bang Bang's Longshot runner-up for owner and handler Scott Luther. Longshot had an attractive forward race and hit all the likely objectives. Longshot had an excellent forward grouse find around 40 with great style, all in order. The only detractor was an unproductive at 55 in a likely location. The dog finished strong.

Moose Junction, Wis., April 26
Judges: Brett Edstrom and Paul Cook

Winner-MOSS MEADOW SEEKER, 1676726, setter male, by Moss Meadow Rambler-Moss Meadow Maggie. Ken Moss, owner and handler.
Runner-Up-BANG BANG'S LONGSHOT, 1696304, setter male, by North Creek Scooter-Blue Ridge Molly. Scott Luther, owner and handler.

Open Derby
The Open Derby started midday on Saturday and finished up late Sunday morning. The skies were overcast, the air was damp, and the temperatures were ideal for cutting loose these young competitors. We want to thank our judges, Scott Anderson and Ben Brettingen. First place went to English Setter male Big Big Energy for handler Jordan Pharris. He ran a very strong forward, searching race to the edge of the bell. The bell was lost to the front midway through the brace, and after some searching, the dog was found proudly pointing a grouse. Second place went to English Setter female Mud Lake's Money Maven for owner and handler Hannah Peterson. Maven had two good finds on grouse with the first being a scouted find to the front. Third place went to Northwoods Homer, owned and handled by newcomer Mitch Anderson. Homer made some good moves and had a good derby find on a grouse and another flash point on a grouse.

International Amateur Open DerbyS24

Open Derby (l-r): Jordan Pharris with Big Big Energy, Hannah Peterson with Mud Lake's Money Maven, and Mitch Anderson with Northwoods Homer.

Judges: Scott Anderson and Ben Brettingen
OPEN DERBY - 7 Pointer, 14 Setters, and 2 German Shorthairs

1st-BIG BIG ENERGY, 1705733, setter male, by Northwoods Atlas-Clover Valley's Millie. Jordan Pharris, owner and handler.
2d-MUD LAKE'S MONEY MAVEN, 1704637, setter female, by Jackson's Let Er Rip-Jones' Big Sky Lanius. Kyle Peterson, owner; Hannah Peterson, handler.
3d-NORTHWOODS HOMER, 1701801, setter male, by Snyder's Pioneer Scout-Northwoods Cedar. Mitchell Anderson, owner and handler.

Judges: Tim Kaufman and Jeff Marek
OPEN SHOOTING DOG - 4 Pointers and 7 Setters

1st-BERG BROTHERS HATCHET, 1691718, setter male, by Berg Brothers Easy Glide-Berg Brothers Rory. Colin Peterson, owner and handler.
2d-BERG BROTHERS DOC HOLLIDAY, 1698544, pointer male, by Berg Brothers Sagebrush-Berg Brothers Abbie. Paul Bukovich, owner and handler.
3d-HACKBERRY'S AMOS MOSES, 1695788, pointer male, by Elhew Sinbad-Numark Surefire Peg. Ben Brettingen, owner and handler.