Spoon River NAVHDA Chapter

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john sondag

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Manito IL
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I joined NAVHDA a little over 2 years ago, looking for people with the same enthusiasm as me with dos and hunting. I have owned a few dogs before navhda and did not train them to the best of thier abilities. "if i knew then what i know now".


I come from a non sporting, hunting city raised family. I have self tought myself everything so far and am always willing to soak up new advice or training tips. I like meeting all the people, seeing the different dogs.


My goal is to train myself  to train a dog to run in and pass the Invitational! Hopefully more than one. I am also wanting to get involved in other sports, such as AKC master hunter titles, and possibly some shoot to retrieve trials.


Being a self taught loner,My exposure to wild game birds has been limited, sad but true, so Im always interested in hunting with someone to learn the ropes on wild game.


My first 2 years have been enjoyable. Ive tried to help in as many situations as I could, as its the best way to see how things run, and I also believe you get back what you put in.

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Reply Peg Roginski
8:14 AM on January 30, 2012 
Hey John,
We were away for the week end and couldn't make the meeting - sorry!
Reply Messing
11:17 AM on January 23, 2012 
Yes I would like to come to the meeting. Thanks for the reminder!
Reply Fred Hansen
9:32 PM on May 14, 2011 

Sorry I can't provide you with a more down to earth photo. The one I have is the only digital photo I have of myself. Generally, I'm behind the camera and don't point it at myself. If my perfessonel picture ain't good enuff, I'd be right pleased if ye'd take anothern of me right quick:)

Large pheasants seem to be going well. I still need duck work. Sigh.
Reply Fred Hansen
2:27 PM on April 11, 2011 
Just wondering if you know of anyone selling ducks. I need to really work Chester hard on ducks this season. I want to put him on a routine of only retrieving ducks. He will retrieve just about anything, including dead ducks, but a live duck still seems to throw him off, especially when it starts honking at him. So, lots of work ahead. Thanks!
Reply Fred Hansen
9:49 AM on March 18, 2011 

Also not sure who is in charge of website, but just a note that the word apparel in "Chapter apperal" is misspelled. If you can pass it along, it will make this professor happy:)
Reply Fred Hansen
9:46 AM on March 18, 2011 
Don't go to too much trouble looking for other birds. Pigeons are fine by me. If this is the case, I'll take 9 to 12 if you can get that many. If you can also get pheasant, I'll take 4 pigeons and 2 pheasants. Also, if you ever need access to more birds and can give me enough notice, I can probably get some from a friend of mine who raises lots of birds.
Blessings, Fred
Reply Fred Hansen
10:56 AM on March 17, 2011 

You know that I could never hate your Catholic guts. I don't have the protestant-Catholic hangup that some do:) I'm hoping to come this Saturday and bring my kids. Life has been crazy here as I've spent many, many weeks in Ireland studying. I just returned home from this last trip on Tuesday morning. Just in time to bring the dog out!
If there is still time, I'd be happy to take six quail and two or three Chukar if you are getting them. Perhaps a duck as well. Dog has plenty of pheasant experience after a good winter of hunting!
Reply Wyss
9:35 AM on September 28, 2010 
I saw the one in the picture of Shae, wonder if that was the same one. It kind of looked like it because it looked like a little one. That's awesome. I wish i could have gone out to watch Shae and the other dogs.
Reply Mark Allen
2:32 PM on September 2, 2010 
Hello John,
She's a bird crazy nut. I'm glad it cooled off so I can work with her more, when she sees my vest she gets so excited and knows what coming.
Reply Fred M.
11:56 PM on May 25, 2010 
Hey John,
Thanks for the email, I appreciate your comments about receiving a prize in the NAVHDA system and I do appreciate the score I got. I learn something new at every NAVHDA function I attend. I can read a hundred books on dog training but for me if I watch someone training their dog I will pick it up a lot faster. As for my wife she is definitely a dog person and she will not hold back her feelings as you probably know if you met her.

thanks again

Reply Mark Allen
7:07 PM on April 1, 2010 
Great! Thanks, We have been out several times in open fields and in the woods. Life is nothing but fun and exciting for her. I couldn't resist the quail wing on a fishing pole trick, and watched as she locked up and pointed. It was only used twice. It was exciting to see.
Reply Mark Allen
7:21 PM on March 31, 2010 
Hello John,
I have a WPG pup and was wanting to know about your next training day. I know she will be to young (8 weeks today ) to learn much but I thought I could help out and learn from the experience. Mark
Reply Terry Postin
8:54 PM on November 9, 2009 
How was the hunt with your son on sun ? You are very blessed to have that chance to invest in your sons life.
Zena is hurting , I will take her to the vet Tuesday.
Reply Ryanloop
8:55 PM on November 5, 2009 
Where are the pics of your new Puppy? I would like to see some pics of the little guy.
Reply Ryanloop
8:24 PM on November 5, 2009 
I would love to get in on some of this RUT aciton but I mainly shotgun hunt. I have a bow but don't have the time or close hunting ground to use it. Maybe some day. Looking forward to shotgun opener in a couple weeks.
Reply Adam J.
9:55 PM on October 26, 2009 
I haven't been able to get out for the Northern season yet. There just aren't any fields really opened up. But we did finally get some corn out yesterday in a field in the central zone. But I intend to be out Saturday morning knocking a couple down. Seen a few birds around.

The other night I was headed to Peoria, and just outside Brimfield there were around 400 cacklers in one field. I'm itching.

Working on plans for the pheasant opener, too.
Reply Mark Postin
11:28 PM on October 24, 2009 
Tried to upload some photos - must of done it wrong or files to big. I can't remove to file in the gallery.
Reply Mark Postin
10:37 PM on October 24, 2009 
Hey John, couldn't make it down. Need to get Dalton out he is into everything. I've had him on the treadmill but that isn't enough. He is sleeping on his chair in the familyroom for now but I want you to know that I never spoil my dog.
Reply Mark Allen
7:06 AM on October 16, 2009 
Hello John, I'm looking for a puppy now. I am very interested in the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon and have spoke to Terry Postin and Philippe Roca, both were very helpful. Thanks, Mark
Reply tara sondag
5:10 PM on September 11, 2009 
I think there is something wrong with our pics, you have my dog and I have yours. I need to change that!

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