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The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is a legally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to fostering, improving, promoting and protecting the versatile hunting dog in North America. Underlying these aims is the desire to serve the interests of game conservation, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and good sportsmanship, by encouraging hunters to use dogs that are well-trained in work before and after the shot, on land and in the water.


  1. To educate all interested persons in the techniques of training versatile hunting dogs, to conduct tests of versatile hunting dog breeds in North America and maintain records of such tests for all interested persons and to promote selective breeding and population control of versatile hunting dog breeds.
  2. To prevent cruelty to animals by the use of properly trained hunting dogs.
  3. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the corporation shall not intervene in any political campaign.
  4. The corporation shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, or any legally proscribed classification, in its programs, activities, or employment practices.

This is an independent web site maintained by the Illowa Chapter. The IIllowa Chapter does not and is not authorized to speak or act on behalf of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Inc. The accuracy of any statements or information posted on or derived from use of this web site is not verified and may not reasonably be relied upon.


Good Dogs!

Good Friends!

Good Times!

Our Chapter includes a variety of versatile breeds from the French Brittany to the Spinone, and everything in between.

One of our favorite events for the year is the Youth Pheasant Hunt.

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2020 Youth Pheasant Hunt - is planned for October 24, 2020.  The event will once again be held at the Henke-Benson Farm, 10447 55th Street, Wapello. 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Please visit the chapter calendar for the registration and liability waiver forms.




2020 Fun Hunt scheduled for March 21st is cancelled based of the disaster declarition of Govenor Reynolds.  We will do our best to re-schedule as soon as the delariation expires.  Dear Illowa NAVHDA Chapter Members and Friends . . . We are so sorry to announce Iowa Governor Reynolds has declared a State of Emergency that prohibits any gathering of more that 10 people. This proclamation effects our ability to host our annual Fun Hunt at this time. We will do our best to put on the Fun Hunt at a future date. We will keep you posted as this disaster declaration progresses.

2019 Youth Pheasant Hunt - Was a great success! .Plans will soon be underway for 2020.  The event will once again be held at the Henke-Benson Farm, 10447 55th Street, Wapello. October Pending, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Please visit the chapter calendar for the registration and liability waiver forms.  A special Thank You to all the sponsors for your support!

We Made The Cover - We made the cover of the VHD January 2019 magazine.  We are thrilled and proud of our chapter, members, the dogs and everyone who helps us year after year.  You all are the best!  Check the LINK

Considering Joining Our Chapter? - If you are a prospective member, we invite and encourage you to join us for a Chapter Training Day. It is the best way to see first hand what our Chapter is all about, and to meet some of our Members. You will also undoubtedly come away from the Day with your training questions answered, as well as a new training tip or technique. Contact us for more information, or Join Today! 


Upcoming Events




Youth Pheasant Hunt

Wapello, IA

The youth hunt is limited to 12 youth ages 11 to 15 who have completed hunter safety.

NOTE:  If a youth was to attend an in-person hunter education course that has been cancelled due to COVID-19 the State of Iowa will allow a youth (15 years and younger) to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.  That requirement will be met by the youth mentor and / or the dog handler.

Please see the attached files for additional details, the application, liability waiver and driving directions.  Any particilant who is not a current NAVHDA member, must sign the waiver to participate in the activities.


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