handler and dog
Anna Artz handles Belle of Cattail Storm in Utility Field Test at Rocky Mountain Spring 2016 Test.

Over the past several years, we have been holding our field tests in late March at Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area near Jerome, ID. Typically, we test between 5 and 15 dogs, split between Natural Ability and Intermediate Hunting dogs. It is a treat when we have an occasional Utility Dog. We do not hold a Fall test in our area due to extreme dryness and lack of water appropriate to our testing needs. Some of the Montana members have explored potential places to hold a Fall test in Montana, but we have been unable to find accessible land with all the right ingredients, especially pond or sloughs with enough water to conduct a duck track.

Test location:

Niagara Springs Wildlife Management Area, Wendell, Idaho

Next Scheduled Test: Wednesday through Sunday March 24 – 28
Pre-test training:  Wednesday, March 24,

Puppy exposure/ pre-test training event at the test grounds, for those interested. This training event will be open to NA dogs only for this year. The exposure day is to give handlers and dogs some additional help/training/acclimation to the test site/water work/bird contact prior to the test. It is an opportunity for members that have no access to open water for months before the test or have a dog that needs a brush up on tracking or water work, to practice one more time. This pretest training day costs $10.00. Birds and one-on-one help will be available to handlers.
IHDT dogs/handlers can come to the site and work on their own, however.

Club Seminar on Thursday, March 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Robert Milner, author of Absolutely Positively Gun Dog Training will be the speaker. He will be condensing his seminar into a 1-day program for our club that will include 6-8 pre- recorded 1 hr. segments. Attendees will learn valuable techniques for positive training to develop a young dog into a skilled hunter and family companion. This will be held in the conference room of the hotel via ZOOM on an 84” screen. Alternatively, you can watch this program on your own computer in your room or at home. The program link will be sent to members prior to the event. The seminar is free. More details will be forthcoming.

Test on  Friday – Saturday March 26-28, 2021 at Niagara Springs WMA located near Wendell, Idaho
Location: Jerome, ID
Test Chair John McDunn
Email: McDunnK9@hotmail.com

Testing starts at: 8:00 a.m. Sharp

Do you anticipate testing a dog?  Please note the following:

Dogs are eligible for the Natural Ability Test from the age of 6 months up until and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over age may be entered for evaluation only. Dogs are eligible for the Intermediate Hunting Dog Test from 12 to 36 months of age.  Dogs over 18 months of age are eligible for the Utility Field Test. Versatile hunting dogs other than Cesky Fouseks are eligible and welcome for all tests. Test rulebooks are available on line at: https://ceskyfousekna.org/progeny-testing/

Application  deadline: FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Download Test Entry Form

Download Test/Seminar Payment Form

Download Test Information   

Information packet contains Introduction letter, Test information, direction to test grounds and map.

Note: Also send a copy of your dog’s up-to-date Rabies and Parvo DHP/L vaccinations and a copy of your dog’s Official Pedigree front and back.  IHDT entries should also complete the Cornell University DNA study questionnaires.  Contact the Test Chair for details.

Field Test Chairman
John McDunn
3380 Rottweiler  Ct.
Helena,     MT  59602

Test Fees:

NATURAL ABILITY                        INTERMEDIATE                              UTILITY FIELD TEST

$100.00 Entry Fee*                           $150.00 Entry Fee*                              $200.00 Entry Fee*

* If you are not a member of CFNA, an additional fee of $10.00 will be charged.

PLEASE indicate on entry form which day you wish to run your dog: Sat. or Sun. Space will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Early entries would help us tremendously. Please send ASAP.

Payment Information:

You must submit any and all registration forms and payments to me no later than March 5, 2021. Submitting the registration information on time ensures that you and your dog will have a place in our test. Timely registration also helps out the volunteers that make our test run (record keeping, bird purchasing, food, etc.) Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at the spring test. Please make all checks to RM Chapter of CFNA.

If you have not done so previously, via PayPal on our website (www.ceskyfousekna.org.), it is also that time of year for RM Chapter members to mail in your dues of $10 per household. Thank you in advance for supporting our club.

Tawna Skinner
Rocky Mountain chapter CFNA
5 Dutton Lane
Salmon, ID 83467
Email: tawnaskinner@yahoo.com

Lodging: (Primary)

This year we will be lodging at the Towne Place Suites, 175 Avenida Del Rio, Twin Falls, ID 83301

Book your group rate for CFNA Rocky Mountain Chapter
We have 40 rooms reserved at the Towne Place Suites
25- Double Queen rooms
15 – Kings
Every room has a kitchenette so you can bring your own food or buy out and bring in.
Room rate is $84.00 plus tax per night and will be available from Tuesday March 23 until Sunday March 28. 10 rooms will be available at the same price for those desiring to stay through Monday March 29.

Lunches will be available on the test grounds each day for a cost of $8/person.
We will not be having a Saturday evening banquet this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, though we may gather in the hotel conference room on Saturday evening for social interaction and a “Silent Auction” fundraiser event. All other meals are on your own.

PLEASE REMEMBER-Cars kill dogs. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when in the vicinity of a road or driveway. Do not rely on a well-trained dog.

PLEASE NOTE-CFNA & Chapter clubs are not responsible for injuries to persons or dogs at the test site. Field and water conditions may contain hidden objects that could cause injury as in any hunting activity.

There is a Vet on call in case of emergency. Name and contact information will be available at the test.