Our chapter, like all NAVHDA chapters, is not a dog training service. We come together each month as a group to help each other work toward the goals we have set for our dogs and for ourselves. This means we all need to be prepared to participate and lend a hand – setting up a field, planting birds, gunning, sharing experience, and learning from each other’s challenges and successes. To that end we need all of our members involvement and support in making our training days successful
Training Day Procedures:
Training Days - Richard Bong State Recreation Area
Below are the currently scheduled training days, however during the peak of the season we do offer weekly training days for those wishing to improve. Please contact Jerry Smith if you are interested in training during the week.
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - Start Time: 7:30 am
Saturday, June 7th 2014 - Start Time: 7:30 am
Saturday, July 19th 2014 - Start Time: 7:30 am
Saturday, August 16th 2014 - Start Time: 7:30 am
Saturday, September 7th 2013 - Start Time: 7:30 am
The State of Wisconsin requires all handlers training a dog with captive game to have in their possession a Dog Training License make sure you have yours.
You may apply in person at the Ranger Station at Richard Bong State Recreational Area don’t forget to ask for a Runway Permit.
Download the WI Dog Training and Trial Regulations(PUB-WM-44 2007) here.
Download the Dog Training Application here.
Download a Partial List of State of WI Training Grounds here.
Bird orders are final!
Training at Richard Bong State Recreation Area - bird contact will be Dale Nemitz order by email or call (920) 699-3326. Bird orders must be submitted no later than the Wednesday preceeding the training day, by 5pm. Bird contact is for training days at Richard Bong State Recreation Area ONLY.
Northern Illinois NAVHDA Chapter conducts monthly training sessions March-September at Richard Bong State Recreation Area ("Bong") in Kansasville, Wisconsin. Usually these sessions are organized around a theme, such as steadiness or the trained retrieve. Of course, you are also free to work on whatever skills that you or your dog need to develop.
The chapter has many experienced dog trainers, who will be happy to make their expertise available to you. Additionally, there will be training aids & equipment available for you use at these sessions. Some of this equipment is the property of individual club members, so please treat it accordingly.
The chapter can provide birds for training. We charge only our costs for the birds. We ask that you call the Game Steward (see above) and reserve the number & type of birds you will need. You must contact the Game Steward, the chapter will not keep "birds on hand" for you to purchase. You will be accountable for the type & number of birds reserved. Northern Illinois NAVHDA does not refund unused birds.
We ask that you take possession of your birds and pay for them as soon as you arrive. After you take possession of your birds, they are your responsibility.
Training Day Locations/Directions
Richard Bong State Recreation Area is 8 miles southeast of Burlington, Wisconsin, on State Highway 142. The entrance is a little less than a mile west of State Highway 75. It’s about 47 miles from Milwaukee, 71 miles from Chicago, and 362 miles from Minneapolis.
Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, Kansasville, IL 53139, (262) 878-5600.
Seneca Hunt Club. The Northern IL chapter will not be sponsoring any training days at Seneca Hunt Club. If you would like to train there the Illinois Chapter holds training days there on occasion. They welcome our members to train with them. www.IllinoisNAVHDA.org
Need to purchase birds for training? Go to North American Gamebird Association - www.mynaga.org