Big Rivers Chapter Notes

Fall 2018

Seasons are changing and the cooler weather has finally started to move into the South.  Dove and Teal seasons are in full swing hopefully honing our shooting skills for an enjoyable hunt with our dogs.  Big Rivers Chapter has shown an increase in litters and membership this past year. We have had several nice pups showing their talent in the early testing season.

The 17th Annual Armbruster 2018, in Janesville Minnesota did not disappoint.  Eight Handlers with their Drahthaar made the trek north to represent some of the best that BRC has to offer.  Three from vom DeWolf Kennels and five from v.d. Uberhutte tested successfully.  Many of the handlers were first time owners that had tremendous support from their Breeders.  The dedication of our breeders throughout Big Rivers to educate and mentor new buyers has proven its mettle.  We are seeing a knowledgeable and confident handler that has done their work and has molded the relationship with their hunting partner.  These new Drahthaar handlers are taking the challenge of building a bond, learning to train, and developing their future hunting companion for the next generations.  What we see in this dedication to the breed reminds us that there is no real hunting without a dog, just as there is no real hunting dog without hunting. 

A well-bred dog can have all the talent in the world but without a combination of a good handler, good hunting experiences, and an opportunity to evaluate those genetics all you have is a lap dog.  Hunting is the true test for that dog and handler to hone those traits.  We saw several nice Drahthaar’s on display in Minnesota. Our future in BRC is hopeful.  We want to extend a huge thank you to the Minnisota team that pulled the 2018 Armbruster together and made it a stellar event. Looking forward to the hunting season, keep in mind that the VGP testing dates are knocking at the door, with VJP coming up this Spring.  We are coordinating the dates and times for the Big Rivers Chapter events, Breeder Education meeting, Annual meeting, and our VJPs.  We will be seeking volunteers to assist with these events coming up.  Please contact myself or Brandt Hardy to support our organization.  We can’t do what we do without your unwavering support. 

Eric Toribio will be spearheading some new design concepts for merchandise showcasing Big Rivers logos.  Look for those to be ready the first part of the year.

Last but not least this is an election year for several positions within the BRC, make sure your nominations get submitted to Brandt Hardy in a timely manner. 


Joseph Day

Interim Vice-Chairman

Big Rivers Chapter

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