Great Lakes offers a variety of events to its members throughout the year.
These vary from training days, to hunting trips, to picnics, etc. This page is to help you see what we have to offer as a club on a regular basis. We are always looking, however, for ways to better meet the needs of our members. Please don't hesitate to make a suggestion if you think of something you'd like to see here! To see specific dates of upcoming events, you may also check out our Calendar Page.
Fun Hunt in Fenwick
What: Training Day Focused on Upland Hunt Tests!
When: Mar. 16, 2019 1:00PM
Where: Sydney Suwannarat's Property in Scotts, MI (Click for Map)
RSVP: Please contact Phil Swedberg to let him know you are coming!
Cost: $5 per dog, $10 maximum + bird costs
This fun hunt will a simulated test scenario to prepare for our upcoming Upland Hunt Test. We will set the field up just like an upland test and plant birds to flush and shoot. Members will be on hand to talk you through what is expected at an Upland test and what judges are looking for. Understand, though, that it is perfectly acceptable to adapt the scenario to fit what you and your dog need. If you need to simplify the set up, or only run one bird at a time (there are two planted for each dog in an actual Upland test), or run your dog on a check cord to teach/encourage steadiness, we can always adapt for whatever each dog needs. Please just communicate with those planting birds to ensure you get what you want.
For this training day, we'll be using live pheasants. These live birds will need to be ordered and paid for in advance. Thanks to a killer deal from Ron Wiessner, these pheasants will cost just $9 each!
Please click on the link below to order your birds via PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, you may also use a credit/debit card on this site. Once you click the button, you will be redirected to a PayPal page for "checkout." Simply adjust the "Quantity" box on this page to reflect how many birds you'd like (Most people use 1-2 birds per run, per dog and run their dog 1-2 times per day at a normal Upland Fun Hunt.) and the website will adjust your total due.
Can't wait to see you all in Scotts, MI!
Click the button below to order your upland birds.
Spring Regular Hunt Test
Where: 550 Snows Lake Rd. Fenwick, MI 48834
Our annual hunt test is our flagship event. This simulates a day afield hunting waterfowl and is sanctioned by the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. Dogs will be tested on both land and water at three different levels of testing. For more information about these tests, please visit our Hunt Test Page.
Upland Hunt Test
When: Late March
Where: Wings and Rings Pheasant Hunting Preserve (3365
146th Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464)
This test simulates a day of upland hunting. We usually use chukars or pheasants free planted and dogs must flush the birds as if they were upland hunting. On the flush, the dogs must demonstrate steadiness to wing and shot and retrieve the shot birds. We frequenly offer four tests in a weekend, allowing for the possibility of earning your dog's Upland Hunter title in a single weekend! For more information about these tests, please visit our Upland Hunt Test Page.
When: June or July
Where: Location varies each year.
This is a social event where we meet to eat, play yard games, and basically socialize as a club. We vary the location and this is not a dog training event, but is a family event and always a great time with our club members.
When: Early February
Where: Cantina Mexican Grill, 2770 E. Paris Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
Another social event, the annual banquet is held in January or early February to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our members in the past year. After dinner, we hold a brief business meeting and then begin recognizing the titles earned during the year with trophy plaques and then hold a raffle for hunting and dog related equipment. This is another excellent opportunity to network with club members, renew old friendships, and share stories of our hunting and training seasons past.
The following events are additional benefits of membership in GLHRC. While they don't all happen annually or on a schedule, we try to offer these events as frequently as possible and are always looking for suggestions for new ideas!
These events simulate a hunt test and frequenly feature set ups like you might see at a test. Setups are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate dogs at all levels of training or multiple setups may be offered. Sometimes ducks are used, other times bumpers. Usually, experienced members are on hand to advise newer handlers on training tips, handling advice, etc. These events are great for evaluating the progress of your training and for socializing your dog to performing around many other dogs and people.
One huge benefit of membership in the club is access to experienced trainers who've "been there, done that" and can advise you on how to train our dog. These training groups often form informally and develop into whatever the involved members want them to be. Access, though, to emails, phone numbers, and chances to meet other members make creating a group that meets your needs and fits your schedule possible.