2017 Test & Training Information:
The Montana Sharptail Chapter Test is just a few weeks away, July 21-23. The test is coming together. At this point, we are opened up to non-memberships and are only taking dogs on waiting lists. The test will consist of one day of Utility Tests (6 dogs) on Friday, July 21 and two days of Natural Ability Tests (up to 10 dogs per day). The Utility Test will be held at the location we have used in the past, north of Wisdom. Natural Ability will be held at either the UT test grounds or last year’s NA test site near Jackson. Field conditions will dictate which grounds are used. We will get a run day schedule out around July 9.
The camping has changed for this year. A couple camping options are available near the test grounds. The base camp and meals will likely be located at the American Legion campground 1/2 mile west of Wisdom. This site has 15 campsites with no hook ups. Additional campground information is available online. We will have a toilet there and at the test grounds. There will be additional camping northeast of Wisdom, east of the gravel pit. More detailed directions will be provided.
We have an opportunity to train the two days prior to the test, Wednesday July 19 & Thursday July 20 at the test grounds. If you plan to attend and want training birds you need to order by July 7. We will be able to get chukars, pheasants, and ducks and you must order birds in advance. Contact John Arkins to place your order.
We do need volunteers to help pull off the test. If you are interested in helping, please let me know. Diane and Jim Lechleitner have been extremely gracious with taking on the food plan. There will be lunch (Fri.-Sun.) and dinner (Fri. & Sat.) available for a reasonable donation. We will need some help with food operations. Contact Diane or myself to help. If you would like to share a dessert or side for dinner, we want to try it.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.