500 acres of specially managed field trial and dog training areas connected with extensive walking trails
Large training pond and another small pond/wetland area
Lots of shade
Air-conditioned clubhouse with meeting space, running water, and restrooms
Field and water training opportunities throughout the day. This spacious property will allow many handlers to work with their dogs at the same time. MSDA will provide gunners.
This is a peer-to-peer training day. Experienced handlers are asked to mentor others as well as work with their own dogs.
Volunteers are key to making this event a success! In addition to informal mentoring, there are opportunities for throwing bumpers, planting birds, gunning, training, hospitality and many other options.
Handlers working with introductory-level dogs will be able to train away from live fire, watch advanced dogs work in fields and water, and will benefit from the guidance of experienced handlers, trainers, and AKC hunting test judges. If you have questions about whether your dog is ready for this activity, what to bring, how many birds to order, or any other issue please contact:
Coffee, cold drinks, and snacks will be available all day. Potluck lunch will be served in the clubhouse. A brief (but interesting!) MSDA general membership meeting will be held during lunchtime.
Admission is FREE; birds are not. Participants also are asked to bring a potluck dish to share or to make a lunch contribution.
To accommodate everyone, please register for this event and order birds. The deadline for ordering birds is Saturday June 10th. Payment must be received by Monday 6/12/2017.
Prices for birds are: $6 per quail, $7 per pigeon, $10 per chukar.
Important note: this event will be held rain or shine! The average afternoon high temperature for June 17th at Felton DE is 83 (F) with an early morning low of 63.
For safety reasons, blaze orange clothing (not just a hat) is strongly recommended for all participants and guests. A limited number of orange t-shirts (adult XL) will be available at the site for $5 each.
It’s also important to bring shade for your dog to rest and plenty of cold water to drink in the field. Dogs are not permitted in the clubhouse and you won’t always be near a pond. There are a lot of trees near the fields, but very little shade in the parking areas at the clubhouse.
Entrance, C&R Center at Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Felton DE. For your GPS, the coordinates are 39.037608 Latitude, -75.639837 Longitude or 39°02'15.3888"N 75°38'23.4132"W. Google will find it using the following address: 694 C and R Center Rd, Felton, DE. (Note: The roads are correct, but the wildlife area is much much bigger than what is shown on the Google map.)