dog retrieves duck
Bambino of Wolf Fork Canyon completes retrieve of duck during Heartland Fall 2015 test to Jen Lachowiec

The Heartland Chapter serves the Midwest and is probably the largest membership group in the BWPGCA.  So whether you already have a club dog and need help with training, or if you are new to the breed and just want to meet a Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon nose-to-nose, chances are there are chapter folks nearby who can accommodate you.

Breed Testing Events
We usually hold a test both Spring and Fall. A typical test weekend begins with club members and visitors gathering at the Motel 6 on Highway 12 near Baraboo, Wisconsin. (You’ll know that you’re in the right place by all the bushy-faced dogs trotting about.) There’s generally a pizza party where old friends make new ones and swap stories about dogs and bird hunting and the up-coming tests.  By 7:30 AM the next morning, folks have migrated down to the Mazomanie Wildlife Area Test Grounds  about 25 miles away, where test chair is  busy getting everything ready for the day’s events. (See the Heartland Test page for details.)

On Saturday evening, we have a club dinner  Visitors are welcome to attend. There’s typically a fund raiser silent auction and a raffle, a brief business meeting and most important, a review of the test results. For any prospective club member, it’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with people who will help you train your future pup and probably become your hunting partners.

Heartland Field Test Information

Exposure/Training Days
The Heartland Chapter also sponsors exposure and training days to help versatile gun dog owners prepare for tests and to get the most out of their dog’s hunting potential. From April through September, training days are usually held monthly near Marshall Michigan. Contact Jim Crouse for details. We typically meet about 7:30 AM at the Country Kitchen Restaurant at the Marshall MI exit on I 94 and then spend the day training nearby. John Pitlo has also been hosting a training weekend in early August in Bellevue Iowa. Besides the dog training, folks camp out or stay in area motels and just have a fun weekend devoted to the dogs.

Chapter Contacts:

President: David Finley

Vice President:Richard Schwerin

Secretary: Rem DeJong
7219 St Charles Place
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Treasurer: Jon Coil
49625 Waldo RD NE
Kelliher MN 56650

Field Test Chair
Dave Read
PH:(616) 836-5304

Mailing Address:
1374 Natchez
Holland, MI  49424-2665

Mazomanie Test Grounds Rep
Greg Hurtig

Training Exposure Days

Location:  Marshall MI
Held Monthly, April – Sept.
Contact: Jim Crouse

Location: Bellevue IA
Generally first Weekend in August
Contact John Pitlo