Northern IL Chapter

Pro Trainer Clinic

Our training season will open up with a Pro trainer clinic starring Blaine Carter. Clinic details are as follows.
Date: Saturday March 17th and Sunday  March 18th

Time: 9 AM to 5 PM 

Location:  The Village of Salem Lakes Fire Department Station #1  11252 254th Court, Trevor, WI 53179 
The clinic is for chapter members only and is free of cost.
Chapter members must register by February 25 to Diane Calandra at Diane.calandra 

If there are any specific topics you would like to see or if there are any particular issues you have with your dog please let Taylor know at

Any questions please feel free to let Taylor or Diane know.

Our chapter, in partnership with the Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Youth Wingshooting Clinic and Pheasant Hunt on March 10th at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center near Pecatonica, IL.  The event is co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

This is an opportunity for kids to experience this aspect of our sporting heritage and for our chapter to support the goal of NAVHDA’s Youth Program “to remove barriers that keep youth from experiencing the outdoors, particularly hunting. This, in turn, will foster a lifelong love of the outdoor heritage and lifestyle as well as the values that NAVHDA represents.”  We are hoping to make this an annual event!

As always, to be successful, we need your support!  We are looking for volunteers.  We need:

4-6 dog handlers with dogs steady to flush/shot
4 bird planters, general support hands
Someone to write an article for submission to Versatile Dog magazine
If you are willing to help, please contact Jerry Smith (847) 609-4713

Additional Details:

The wingshooting clinic and youth pheasant will be lead by a team of six IDNR certified wingshooting instructors (the field marshal is Rod Campbell).  We are planning for 24 youth, organized into six groups of four youth each.  A wingshooting instructor will lead each group. Hunts will occur in six separate fields.  Launchers will be used to release the birds.

Volunteers should plan to arrive around  10:00 am.  We will be providing lunch.  Overnight accommodations at the Torstenson Lodge also are available for any volunteers that require it.

Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center
13735 Cook Road
Pecatonica, IL 61063


Fun Hunt for you and your dog


NI NAVHDA Dues must be paid in full to be eligible to participate.
Comply with all Wisconsin DNR rules for dog training.
Hunter must wear Orange hat, vest and name tag.
(If you want to talk to a person about their dog it is good to know their name
If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all)
Dogs can sport anything you deem normal for safe hunting
Break action gun, shot no larger than 7 ½ .
If you hunt you have to plant birds.

No peeking while the birds are planted

Hunting options are:
4 birds
Single Hunter single dog.
Single hunter 2 dogs
4 bird hunt is complete with 4 points or 15 minutes.
6 birds
Two hunters two dogs
6 bird hunt is complete with 6 pts or 20 minutes.
Running order will be by random drawing the day of the hunt.

$38.00 for four birds or $57.00 for six birds
Entries no later than 27 February 2018
Check made out to NI NAVHDA

Suggested Scoring
If you want to keep score
1 pt ea. for point,
steady to flush,
steady to fall
retrieve to hand
If you are interested Contact Mark Lancaster at
or text 815 980 8605