Good Luck from Georgia!

2014 Shot
From the 2014 Northeastern Grouse and Woodcock Championship. 15th brace: Lanny Dellinger with Snuffmill Bailey and by Bob Little with Sanderling Lucky Penny.

Sorry to miss you all and the Championship. I hope the weather is perfect and you move tons of birds! Best of luck to everyone from down in Georgia!


2015 Northeastern Grouse and Woodcock Championship Draw

We will be starting at 7:00 am and running 6 braces per day.
Thank you for the entries and best of luck to all!

1a Woodcock Haven Stella, PF, Russell Ogilvie
1b Grouse Hill Bell, PF, J. Stolgitis/M. Flewelling

2a Fricke’n Coco, ESF, Fricke/R. Ecker
2b Stokely’s Trash Can, ESF, Tony Bly

3a Foxbrook Ike, ESM, Wheeler/R. Ecker
3b Stokely’s Frankie B, ESM, Tony Bly

4a Shadyhills Billy Too, ESM, Ikegami/R. Ecker
4b Sunkhaze True Blue, PM, M. Flewelling/J. Stolgitis

5a Fernwood Cove Bella, ESF, J. Dahl
5b Snuffmill Bailey, ESF (IS), Lanny Dellinger

6a Wynot Brady, PM, Al Robbins/J. Stolgitis
6b Wild Apple Spot On, PM, Craig Doherty

7a Sterlingworth Judge, ESM, Smith/R. Ecker
7b Grouse Hill Dixie, PF, J. Stolgitis/M. Flewelling

8a Chasehill Little Thudd, PM, J. Stolgitis/M. Flewelling
8b Wild Apple Calvados, PF, T. Kisieleski/C. Doherty

9a Bog Brook Okie Dokie, ESF, Joe Dahl
9b One Bad Winter, PF, K. Unsworth/J. Stolgitis

10a Rockland Ridge McGraw, ESF, Chlapaty/R. Ecker
10b Chasehill Baby Bella, PF, J. Stolgitis/M. Flewelling

11a Sunrise Star, ESM, Najor/Ecker
11b Chasehill Ben Franklin, PM, M. Flewelling/J. Stolgitis

12a Snuffmill Atalanta, ESF, Lanny Dellinger
12b Caird’s Little Macy Mae, PF, R. Little/J. Dahl

13a Bud of Piney Woods, PM, Warters/R. Ecker
13b Caird’s Little Brynn, PF, Robert Little

14a Upper Ammonoosuc Sadie, ESF, Marquis/R. Ecker
14b Wild Apple Samantha, PF, Craig Doherty

15a Celtic’s First Strike, ISF, Ober/R. Ecker -IS
15b Bog Brook Rigby, ESF, Kisieleski/C. Doherty

16a Paucek Tomahawk, ESM, Kellie Short
16b Wynot Atom, PM, Al Robbins

17a Guardian, PM, M. Flewelling/J. Stolgitis
17b Paucek Hickory Bonnie, ESF, Kellie Short

18a Islander, ESM, Kazic/Ecker


2015 Spring Trial Report by Chris Mathan


Having spent the better part of the winter in southwest Georgia, I can happily say I did not bear witness to one of the worst winters in memory in the northeastern part of the country. Hit particularly hard was the mid-coast area of Maine with record amounts of snow. And so for a second time, the Mid-Coast Maine Field Trial Club’s popular spring wild bird trial due to run in mid April had to be canceled.

We held our second scheduled trial on the weekend of May 16 and 17 in Prospect, Maine and were blessed with two gorgeous spring days. This was a great improvement over last year’s one-day washout where it poured for the better part of Saturday’s running. Club members and trial attendees met up on the mountain, where there is just enough room for all the trucks, places to stake out dogs between granite boulders, and lunch tables and chairs. Quite a few years ago, we determined the most efficient way to run the trial was to lay the courses out to spill down the mountain through native grouse and woodcock cover, cross the bridge over the brook at the bottom of the hill, then run alongside the brook, enter into a section of denser woods and then head back out along the brook where dogs have the opportunity to show a good finish. The shorter Puppy and Gundog Challenge courses take a somewhat different route midway down. Judges, handlers, marshal and gallery are met and transported by truck back up the mountain to the starting point for the next brace. This makes it much easier on everyone, especially those judging, preventing them from having to climb up and down hills many times over in the two days. There are several small creeks that cross the course so even on hot days there is plenty of water for the dogs to cool off. We couldn’t have a prettier spot for our trial thanks to member Al Robbins who has done a tremendous job maintaining his property that we have used for the trial this past fourteen years. Most of us remember what the grounds were like when the club was first established with makeshift bridges often washing out during spring rains. It was a far cry from how beautifully groomed it is today.

Saturday began with the Open Puppy stake with a good number of entries. Bob Little’s pretty female pointer, Cairds Little Macy Mae took first place honors followed by Craig Doherty’s Wild Apple Spot and Russell Ogilvy’s Spring Brook Maximus; all three showing lots of potential. The Open Shooting Dog was won by Chris Mathan’s Pal’s Kitty Hawk with a well-executed, forward race requiring little handling. Kit, R-U in the International Amateur Woodcock Championship last fall, had five well-located finds, one far-flung on a woodcock showing off her attractive style on point. Second place went to Mike Flewelling’s male pointer Gaurdian also with multiple finds, showing excellent manners and rendering a mature and solid race. Third went to Steve Forrest’s first year female pointer, Wynot Whitney that had a strong showing as a derby last season and will no doubt do more winning. Littermates to Whitney, Al Robbins’ Wynot Atom and Craig Doherty’s Wild Apple Sam placed first and second in the Open Derby with Craig’s Wild Apple Spot in line for third. All these dogs showed the maturity looked for in a spring derby, no doubt, in part due to the fact that all three were hunted over last fall. The shooting dogs and derbies pointed good numbers of birds on Saturday with excellent scenting conditions. The quail were as good as I can ever remember seeing. They flushed like rockets and disappeared over the treetops.

Sunday brought somewhat warmer temperatures and for that reason as well as the increased humidity, the scenting conditions deteriorated towards the middle of the day. We could hear the birds calling but far few were pointed even by seasoned dogs known to be great bird finders. The morning began, as is customary at our spring quail trial, with the non-sanctioned Gundog Challenge. The Open Shooting Dog followed with Russell Ogilvy’s always-competitive female Woodcock Haven Stella taking first place with a fast and exciting race, scouring the course for which she was well rewarded. Her manners on game was exemplary. Following in the second brace, came the second and third place winners. Chris Mathan’s Pal’s Sea Pearl, only days from her eleventh birthday, and Mike Flewelling’s renown bird-finder… rarely out of the winner’s circle, Chasehill Ben Franklin. They lost no time getting right to work, neither requiring much help as they swept the grounds far to the front with Pearl to the extreme. Just as time and course were running out, both bells were heard to stop in the heavier timber. Pearl was soon seen nicely backing Franklin who was pointing into an ugly blow-down. Pearl was shortly moved on, followed by Franklin. Almost immediately, both dogs were stopped again, a divided find with a bird quickly put to flight and twin guns ringing out. Wynot Atom, with a mature, hard-hunting and attractive ground race, punctuated by one late find took first place honors again with littermate Wild Apple Sam doing likewise for second place in the Open Derby. These are very consistent dogs from a litter sired by Craig Doherty’s multiple grouse champion Wild Apple Jack. Third place went to Mike Flewelling’s Sunkhaze Pistol Pete who showed us that there were indeed more birds to be found.

Several other dogs on both days did commendable jobs, had clean birdwork and could easily have placed on another day. Nearly everyone at our spring trial competes in grouse and woodcock championships throughout New England, the Maritimes and further afield.

The Gundog Challenge, in its eleventh year was, as always, well attended. Most of the competitors have run their dogs here on several other occasions and have improved remarkably in their confidence and handling skills. Club member Pat Forrest did an excellent job handling a dog for the first time in this stake. The club is very proud of its continued success and congratulates the winners.

Mid-Coast Maine club members all chip in to make this trial a great success and a lot of fun year after year. It’s always enjoyable to see everyone after a long winter. A special shout-out goes to Nick Kingsbury and his dad, Mark for the many years they have been putting birds out. We never see or hear them come or go and the birds are pointed way off the course path as it should be. Thanks to those who judged — Joe Dahl, Steve Forrest, Al Robbins, Craig Doherty, Russell Ogilvy, Lanny Dellenger, Mike Flewelling, Jeff Mahaney, Al Ladd and Chris Mathan, those who marshaled, transported everyone up the hill, and brought coffee and donuts (with no pink bits). Thanks to Steve Forrest and Pat for helping with secretary duties. Thanks especially to those who came from afar to support our trial. Long-time friends, Frank Joyal and Paul Fuhrman drove all the way from Vermont and Western Massachusetts, the Dellengers came up from Rhode Island and Bob Little came down from New Brunswick. Saturday evening’s potluck supper was delicious, with lots of homemade goodies. Our spring quail trial awards ribbons only. The money saved allows us to offer free lunch, supper and refreshments at all our trials. We look forward to seeing everyone again this fall at the Northeastern Grouse & Woodcock Championship.

2015 Spring Trial Results


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First, thanks to everyone who once again came and supported our Spring Quail Trial on our beautiful grounds in Prospect, Maine. We had a good turnout of club members…the Dellengers traveled up from Rhode Island, Frank Joyal came east from Vermont with buddy Paul Fuhrman from Western Massachusetts and Bob Little came down from New Brunswick.

The Gundog Challenge was also again well supported and most everyone remarked at what improvements there have been in the handling of dogs and the calibre of performances in that stake.

The weather was more cooperative than last spring when Saturday was a complete washout! This year Saturday was seasonable, mostly overcast with great scenting conditions for dogs to find the super fast flying birds. Sunday got hot after the Gundog Challenge and the scenting conditions quickly deteriorated. The birds were still there but the dogs in both stakes had a much more difficult time getting them pointed.

Thanks to everyone who helped out….special shout out to Nick Kingsbury for the many years he has been planting birds with his dad, Mark. Great job again this year! Thanks to the judges: Joe Dahl, Steve Forrest, Al Robbins, Craig Doherty, Russell Ogilvie, Lanny Dellenger, Mike Flewelling, Al Ladd, Jeff Mahaney and Chris Mathan. Thanks to club member Cal Robinson who came up from southern Maine just to help out. Thanks to his wife Amy who sent up her excellent Ramen noodle salad and a delicious dessert for the Potluck dinner. Thanks to Steve and Pat Forrest for taking care of the secretary duties and thanks to Mike Flewelling for bringing the coffee and donuts. None of them had pink bits on them this year!

Saturday Results:
Open Puppy
1. Cairds Macy Mae, PF – Bob Little
2. Wild Apple Spot, PM – Craig Doherty
3. Spring Brook Maximus, PM – Russell Ogilvie

Open Shooting Dog
1. Pal’s Kitty Hawk, PF – Chris Mathan
2. Gaurdian, PM – Mike Flewelling
3. Wynot Whitney, PF – Steve Forrest

Sat OSD Winners
Sat Open Shooting Dog Winners (Craig Doherty posing Pal’s Kitty Hawk)

Open Derby
1. Wynot Atom, PM – Al Robbins
2. Wild Apple Sam, PF – Craig Doherty
3. Wild Apple Spot, PM – Craig Doherty

Sat OD Winners_2
Sat Open Derby Winners

Sunday Results:
Gundog Challenge
1. Daisy, ESF – John Cullen
2. Jack, GWP – John Cullen
3. Buddy, ESM – Rock Oliver
4. Hoss, PM – Nick Kingsbury

Gundog Challenge Winners
Gundog Challenge Winners and Supporters

Open Shooting Dog
1. Woodcock Haven Stella, PF – Russell Ogilvie
2. Pal’s Sea Pearl, PF – Chris Mathan
3. Chasehill Ben Franklin, PM – Mike Flewelling

Sun OSD Winners
Sunday Open Shooting Dog Winners

Open Derby
1. Wynot Atom, PM – Al Robbins
2. Wild Apple Sam, PF – Craig Doherty
3. Sunkhaze Pistol Pete, PM – Mike Flewelling

No photo…everyone too tired!

Congrats to all!

2015 Spring Trial Drawing


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Open Puppy
Judges: Joe Dahl, Steve Forrest            

1a    Spring Brook Maximus, PM – Ogilvie
1b    Chasehill Reggie, PM – Flewelling

2a    Thunderwing Bonnie Annabelle, GSF – Thorpe
2b    Wild Apple Spot, PM – Doherty

3a    Sunkhaze Pistol Pete, PM – Flewelling
3b    Wild Apple Molly, PF – Doherty

4a    Cairds Macy Mae, PF – Little
4b    Tanglewoods Alley, ESF (IS) – Harris

Open Shooting Dog            
Judges: Al Robbins, Craig Doherty

1a    Kate, PF – Short
1b    Gaurdian, PM – Flewelling

2a    Cairds Little Brynn, PF – Little
2b    Snuffmill Bailey, ESF – Dellenger

3a    Tomahawk, ESM – Short
3b    Snuffmill Atalanta, ESF – Dellenger

4a    Woodcock Haven Stella, PF – Ogilvie
4b    Bonnie, ESF – Short

5a    Wynot Whitney, PF – Forrest
5b    Pal’s Kitty Hawk, PF – Mathan

6a    Hard Driving Rita, PF – Mathan
6b    Bye

Open Derby
Judges: Russell Ogilvie, Lanny Dellenger            

1a    Cairds Macy Mae, PF – Little
1b    Wild Apple Sam, PF – Doherty

2a    Chasehill Reggie, PM – Flewelling
2b    Wild Apple Spot, PM – Doherty

3a    Wynot Atom, PM – Robbins
3b    Bart, PM – Joyal

4a    Jigpaw Max, PM – Forrest/Brown
4b    Roxy, ESF – Short


Gundog Stake
Judges: Al Robbins, Mike Flewelling

Open Shooting Dog
Judges: Al Ladd, Jeff Mahaney                

1a    Woodcock Haven Stella, PF – Ogilvie
1b    Cairds Macy Mae, PF – Little

2a    Chasehill Ben Franklin, PM – Flewelling
2b    Pal’s Sea Pearl, PF – Mathan

3a    Pal’s Kitty Hawk, PF – Mathan
3b    Cairds Little Brynn, PF – Little

4a    Wynot Brady, PM – Robbins
4b    Hard Driving Rita, PF – Mathan

5a    Wynot Whitney, PF – Forrest
5b    Bye

Open Derby
Judges: Chris Mathan, Joe Dahl                

1a    Sunkhaze Pistol Pete, PM – Flewelling
1b    Wynot Atom, PM – Robbins

2a    Jigpaw Max, PM – Forrest/Brown
2b    Wild Apple Sam, PF – Doherty/Flewelling

3a    Penny’s Autumn Blaze, PM – Burnnel
3b    Wild Apple Spot, PM – Doherty/Flewelling

4a    Springbrook Maximus, PM – Ogilvie
4b    Bye

Good luck to everyone! There will be signs posted to the grounds. Everyone is welcome to our Potluck Supper on Saturday evening after the running. Weather permitting, we will have it on the grounds. Grill be available.

Annual Meeting

The Mid-Coast Maine FTC will be meeting on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 (noon) at the home of Steve and Patty Forrest, 442 Main Road South, Hampden, Maine 04444.

Lunch and beverages will be served. All members and prospective members are invited to attend. Agenda items include: trial dates & venues, committees, electing club officers, etc. For more info call 207-862-3183. We look forward to seeing you there!

Patty Forrest, Club Secretary

2014 Championship2014 Northeastern Grouse & Woodcock Championship!

Winners ~ 2014 Northeastern Grouse & Woodcock Championship

2014 Northeastern Ch

Winner: Fernwood Cove Bella, Joe Dahl, handler; Jimmy Gill, owner.
R-U: Fricke’n Coco, Robert Ecker, handler; Johnathon Fricke, owner.

Congrats to the winners! Thanks to all who came to support and help out with the championship on this hot weekend. Despite the heat, there were birds seen on all courses. Thanks to our two judges Calvin Robinson and Bill Bonnetti for walking the three days and looking at all the dogs. They gave their undivided attention and their decisions were well received. Thanks also to Russell Ogilvie for reporting.

Special thanks to Pat and Steve Forrest who, once again, hosted Saturday nights lobsta/steak feed!

…more photos to come!

2014 Northeastern Grouse & Woodcock Championship ~ Running Order

2014 Championship AdChampionship begins on friday at 8:00 am. We will run 6 braces a day.

1a High Rollins Real Deal, PM, Robert Ecker
1b Fernwood Cove Bella, ESF, Joe Dahl

2a Sunkhaze Whoa Nelly, PF, Mike Flewelling/John Stolgitis
2b Woodcock Haven Stella, PF, Russell Ogilvie

3a Texas Black Pepper, ESM, Robert Ecker
3b Richfield Almond Joy, PF, John Stolgitis

4a Chasehill Baby Bella, PF, John Stolgitis
4b Covercharge, PM, Robert Ecker

5a One Bad Winter, PF–IS, John Stolgitis
5b Rockland Ridge McGraw, ESF, Robert Ecker

6a Magic Mist Bandit, ESF, Joe Dahl
6b Cairds Little Brynn, PF, Bob Little

7a Hard Driving Rita, PF, Chris Mathan
7b Grouse Hill Dixie, PF–IS, John Stolgitis

8a Lucky Luke Star, ESM, Robert Ecker
8b Raintree Ballerina, ESF, John Stolgitis

9a Chasehill Little Thudd, PM, John Stolgitis
9b Islander, ESM, Robert Ecker

10a Wynot Dallas, PM, Al Robbins
10b Chasehill Little Bud, PM, John Stolgitis

11a Paucek Tomahawk, ESM, Kellie Short
11b Sunrise Star, ESM, Robert Ecker

12a Upper Ammonoosuc Sadie, ESF, Robert Ecker
12b Grouse Hill Belle, PF, John Stolgitis

13a Fricke’n Coco, ESF, Robert Ecker
13b Jonesy’s Rebel Revenge, ESF, Tim Kisieleski

14a Chasehill Ben Franklin, PM, Mike Flewelling/ John Stolgitis
14b Fieldstone Farm Clyde, ESM, Robert Ecker

15a Snuffmill Bailey, ESF, Lanny Dellinger
15b Sanderling Lucky Penny, PF, Bob Little

16a Celtic’s Signature, ISF, Robert Ecker
16b Snuffmill Atalanta, ESF–IS, Lanny Dellinger/Kelsey Dellinger

Map to Prospect Grounds
Directions to Championship grounds.