Editor:

After an unfortunate yearlong hiatus caused by last year’s Missouri River flooding and its aftermath, the Fort Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club resumed its semi-annual Hunting Dog Competition Feb. 22 between Sherman Army Airfield and the Missouri River.

We owe a great deal of thanks to the superbly professional efforts of 16 volunteers and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff.

The club was blessed to provide 19 hunting dogs and their handlers an opportunity to finish the 2019-2020 upland game bird season and finalize their plans for the upcoming training season to hone the skills on finding, harvesting and retrieving upland game birds.

The event was very much a safe, fun, family-oriented event because of the superb support from our volunteer judges, bird planters and command post operators who facilitated English and Llewellyn setters, a pudelpointer, Labrador retrievers, a Viszla, Brittany spaniels, drahthaars and German shorthair pointers to “hit” the fields one last time.

On behalf of all the dog handlers — thank you to our Spring 2020 Hunting Dog Competition volunteers and FMWR staff for allowing the dogs to display their genetic potential and let their owners prepare their training plans to help the dogs get ready for the 2020-2021 hunting season.

Yours in safe hunting with trained and healthy dogs,
Kent Ervin and Jan Horvath, co-chairmen

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