Coming to a test is a great way to see our dogs, learn about our breeding and testing program, and determine if you would like to get a dog and become part of the action. Visitors are welcome to view the test and to attend our Saturday dinner. If you are already a member, please consider attending and volunteering too! Heartland Chapter Field Tests are held at the Mazomanie Field Test Grounds near Salk City, WI. The Heartland Chapter normally conducts a Spring test in late April and A Fall Test in early September.
Next Scheduled Test: April 18-21
Thursday, April 18 is an optional training day. Please contact test chair to reserve your space and birds. Friday, April 19 is the annual Board of Directors Meeting and the Judges Seminar. Dog testing will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21. Note: Sunday is Easter Sunday. Our group is locked into the test grounds for this weekend each year and cannot change our weekend. Sorry for any inconvenience. Use the link below to download test information and a test entry form.
Special Training Day
Start time will be 8:00 AM. On the same grounds where we hold the test at the Mazomanie Wildlife Area.
Our goals are to help each handler to be prepared for the test and help each dog to perform its best. If you’ve never tested before, it’s a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the little details like releasing your dog on a track and for your dog to practice under test-like conditions. Although intended primarily for dogs that are testing this weekend, it’s also a great opportunity for younger dogs, so bring your pup. We want to help you with any questions and consult on areas you think your dog needs to improve.
We will have both ducks and pheasants for you to purchase. For Natural Ability dogs, we suggest ordering one pheasant or possibly two (if your dog hasn’t had much tracking experience). Intermediate dogs could use a duck and a pheasant. You must contact Test Chair, Dave Read to reserve a spot and to order your birds. He will need to know if you plan on coming to the training day and how many birds we should purchase for you.
Test Rule Booklets can be downloaded from the Progeny Testing Page.
Holland, MI 49424-2665
Do you anticipate testing a dog? please note the following:
Dogs are eligible for the Natural Ability Test from the age of 6 months up until and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over age may be entered for evaluation only. Dogs are eligible for the Intermediate Hunting Dog Test from 12 to 24 months of age. Dogs over 24 months of age may be entered under the special category of Older Hunting Dog Test and will be judged more severely in obedience based upon their age. Dogs over 18 months of age are eligible for the Utility Field Test. Versatile hunting dogs other than Cesky Fouseks are eligible and welcome for all tests.
Application deadline is March 1st but we would really appreciate if you sent it as soon as possible. We will hold your check until the application deadline if you wish.
Note: Also send a copy of your dog’s up-to-date Rabies and Parvo DHP/L vaccinations and a copy of your dog’s Official Pedigree front and back.
Test Member Nonmember
NAT $50.00 $55.00
IHDT $60.00 $65.00
UFT $70.00 $75.00
Make Checks for Test Entries Payable to: BWPGCA Heartland Chapter
Send Completed TEST APPLICATION FORM, other documents and payment check to:
Jon Coil, Heartland ChapterTreasurer
49625 Waldo Rd NE
Kelliher, MN 56650
PH: (218) 647-8451
Testing starts at 7:30 AM each morning. We will be looking for bird handlers and photographers for the test so if you will be willing to help please let us know. Contact Dave Read (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lodging: Please remember to make your reservations early. At any of these motels remember:
1) Always keep your dog on a leash.
2) Make sure your dog is dry before bringing it in the room. Bring a towel from home to wipe down your dog. If for some reason you need to bathe your dog, please clean up the hair etc. in tub.
3) Do not leave your dog unattended in the room, even in a kennel.
4) Do not allow your dog to bark in the vehicle in parking lot.
Motel 6 – 90/I-94 at US 12, Exit #92 E10892 Moon Road, Baraboo, WI 53913 608-355-0700
Lunch is served at the test grounds each day. A modest fee is collected on site to cover sandwiches and beverages.
Saturday Evening Banquet
A no-host dinner will be at the Sauk Prairie Grill at 6:00 PM Saturday evening along with a Heartland Chapter meeting. NOTE: THIS IS A NEW VENUE FOR OUR DINNER. PLEASE SEE MAP AND RESTAURANT FACEBOOK LINK FOR DIRECTIONS. In addition to reading test scores and recognizing handlers, there will be raffles and a silent auction. If you are visitor to the test, please join us for dinner. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with dog-owners and learn more about the club. Please complete the meals reservation form or contact us contact us by phone or email. Money for lunches and dinner will be collected at test site, but we need your reservations now.