President’s Message 

by Frank O’Leary

(L to R) Randall, Patrice, Marianne, Graci, Jennifer, and Chad

Marianne and I had the opportunity to travel to Montana and North Dakota for a nine-day hunting trip. Simply put it was GREAT. We took five dogs and four guns and hunted for pheasants, Sharp Tail, and Huns. First stop was in Belgrade, MT to hunt with Tim and Kathy Crawford. Tim and Kathy have a Trocken Bach dog, “Proud”, and have invited us to stay over with them and hunt on their property. It’s a great piece of property and holds pheasants, lots of pheasants! From there we traveled to Crosby, ND and meet Randall Cherry and Patrice Kortuem. Also joining us were Chad and Jennifer Kunz who live in North Dakota and were hunting in Lignite, approximately 30 miles east. We hunted for five days, had a great time, and encountered all three species. The hunting was good, but the company was even better. Hopefully, we can make this an annual event.

(L to R) Chad with Datoka KS vom Trocken Bach, Marianne with Maggie KS vom Trocken Bach, and me with Wren vom Trocken Bach

During the hunt we were lucky to have three generations of dogs to enjoy. The picture to the right shows Chad with Dakota KS vom Trocken Bach, Marianne with Maggie KS vom Trocken Bach, and me with Wren vom Trocken Bach. Wren is Maggie’s son and Maggie is Dakota’s daughter. It was special to have all of them together.

The DKGNA testing schedule is wrapping up with our final test being held in Frisco City, AL, November 5th – 7th. A Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau/VGP will be held. This year’s testing schedule has been expansive with tests from Alberta Canada to Alabama. Looking forward to 2022 we anticipate that we will expand into new geographic areas.

Later in this publication you will see that nominations for the Board Positions of Treasurer, Breed Warden, and Southeastern Regional Director are open.

(L to R) Frank Maggie, Wren, Chad, and Randall

At the October DKGNA Board of Directors Meeting, it was decided that the 2022 Annual Meeting will again be held in the Salt Lake City area. During our review of this year’s event, we had the opportunity to analysis each facet of the event and address areas that could be improved. The dates of the 2022 Annual Meeting will be forthcoming shortly.
We hope you and your families are in good health and your hunting season is underway!!

Frank O’Leary, President

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