The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging non selective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.
Our Chapter would add that a big part of our WHY is also to positively impact and educate new hunters, thereby supporting wildlife conservation.
Our goal is to acquaint hunters, sporting dog enthusiasts, and any interested person with the proper humane training methods, outlined in the NAVHDA AIMS book. We are family oriented and always welcome guests and new members.
You do not have to be a member of NAVHDA International to join our chapter and come to training days but it is required if you want to test, get the magazine, and/or get a copy of the "NAVHDA green training book."
Our chapter offers so many things for the hunting dog enthusiast. $40 a year gets you access to excellent private training grounds, a variety of game birds, top notch training equipment, excellent experienced advice, paid guiding opportunities, volunteer hunting and outdoor show events, discounts on hunting dog equipment, and a chance to meet new hunting friends. We work directly with multiple hunting clubs, NWTF Wheelin' Sportsmen, and IDNR. We are a fully functioning 501c3 charity because of our volunteering in the hunting education and guiding community. The Spoon River Chapter is a family oriented club. Please feel free to always involve your spouse and children in training or testing sessions. What a great way to start a family activity, and meet a lot of new friends.
If you are not a member of Spoon River NAVHDA yet, and would like to become one, please pay via PayPal on our home page and email Shae Birkey at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to future event emails. Thank you!
Training days typically begin at 8:00 AM, unless the weather is unusually warm in which case we may start earlier. They include a break at 11 or 12 for lunch. All current and prospective members are invited to attend. Training days, tests, associated chapter meetings, hunts, and other events will be listed on our calendar. Any questions...contact Training Director Shae Birkey at email@example.com. Training days are typically held at Gobblers Knob Hunting Preserve near Canton Il and nearby Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area, unless otherwise mentioned. A special thanks goes to Don Duell at Gobblers Knob for his continued support. Gobbler's Knob 26471 E, State Highway 9, Canton IL, 61520.
Gobbler's Knob has game birds (typically pigeons, quail, pheasants, and chukar) available to sell and self-guided or fully guided pheasant, chukar, and quail hunts during hunting season.
President: Nick Dyson firstname.lastname@example.org 217-473-0129
Vice President: Adam Lowery email@example.com 217-414-5938
Secretary: Shae Birkey firstname.lastname@example.org 217-369-0314
Training Director: Brett Pomrenke email@example.com 309-840-5281
Test Secretary: Peg Roginski firstname.lastname@example.org 309-525-0995
Treasurer: Jeff Sikora email@example.com 309-530-7606