National Gundog Open Challenge

The Upland Gundog Association was founded just a few years ago, but oh man have they found success. This organization is dedicated to testing the true upland hunting abilities of gundogs, and they spent a tremendous amount of time educating the general public on proper training techniques. If you have not seen an event, now would be a great time to check one out!

On April 26 and 27 the Upland Gundog Association will host our first National Gundog Open Challenge. The Open Challenge is a tournament style venue that is timed; 3 birds in the fastest time wins, with time penalties added for missed shots, partial retrieves or trapped birds (pointers only). This competition is held in two divisions; Pointers and Flushers.

Each division will have their own field to avoid excessive scent saturation, and birds will be planted in similar vicinities, however not identical locations each time to avoid handlers memorizing locations rather than asking the dogs to hunt. The objective is to hunt and harvest 3 birds in the fastest time and to not miss your shots. This competition is run with one dog and one handler.

“Many dogs have already qualified for Nationals by participating in previous UGA events, however on Saturday, April 26, 2014 we will be holding qualifying rounds for more dogs to qualify for the National competition on Sunday”, said Ryan Eder, UGA President. “Our Open Challenge is a lot of fun because you get to see some outstanding dog work, be around fellow bird hunters and just enjoy our sport in its purest form. This is a true hunting dog event, open to anyone with a good bird dog”.

The UGA is an upland bird hunting and dog training organization, offering upland hunt tests and their signature Open Challenge event for both pointing and flushing breeds. All purebred sporting breeds are recognized in the venue. Additionally, the UGA is heavily focused on hunting dog education for youth, newcomers to upland bird hunting or dog training and avid bird hunters looking to get the most out of their bird dogs. They offer training demonstrations, clinics and youth events.


Gundog Open Challenge Nationals: Held in Grinnell, IA
Saturday April 26, 2014 – Qualifying Rounds (dogs already qualified are welcome to run)
Sunday April 27, 2014 – Nationals

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Josh Ward
Professional Retriever Trainer

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