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2018 Spring NAVHDA Natural Ability Test

Saturday & Sunday  June 2th & 3th at 7:00 AM  (Rain or Shine)

hosted by
Mark and Michelle Wilbers
Brush Dale Hunting Preserve

[Test Entry Guidelines]  [Test Entry Form]
[Driving Directions] [Local Lodging]

Chukar will be used for the NA Field Search.
Breakfasts on Sat & Sun
Andrew Cafe
16 W. Benton St., Andrew (563) 672-3405
at 6:30AM
From Brush Dale, turn right onto Hwy 62. After approx. 2 miles, turn left (east) off Hwy 62 onto Benton. Cafe is approx. 1 block on left.


Lunches on Sat & Sun
Catered Boxed Lunches - $6.00 (includes beverage)
Brush Dale Hawkeye Lodge
Lunch count will be taken in the morning.

No-Host Dinner Saturday 6:30pm
Second Street Station
116 S 2nd St., Bellevue. (563) 872-5410
From Brush Dale, turn left onto Hwy 62. After approx. 10 miles, turn right (south) off Hwy 62 onto 2nd Street. Station is 1/2 block on right.

Emergency Veterinarian
Bellevue Veterinary Clinic, North Riverview St., Bellevue, IA. 563-872-4710

Test Entry Fee: $110


To receive a refund of your Test Entry Fee, you must cancel two weeks or more prior to the day of the Test by contacting the Test Secretary. Late cancellations, for any reason, will result in a forfeiture of your Test Entry Fee.

Who Can Enter? Any NAVHDA-registered versatile hunting dog
How to Enter: Send one complete Test Entry Form and the Test Entry Fee for each dog you are entering to:

Michelle Wilbers
17374 Hwy 62
Maquoketa, IA 52060 Test Secretary

Chapter Member Volunteers Needed!

If you can help with any of the following positions, please contact Michelle Wilbers at 563-672-3291

Field Marshall
(Have next handler/dog ready. Have next event setup/ready. Keep gallery from interfering.)
Bird Planters
(Use 4-wheeler to plant birds for field test.)
Food Organizer
(Gets lunch count and gets out box lunches.) Gunners
(1 for each NA field test to fire blanks - minimal walking)
Judge Steward
(Looks after comfort / needs of judges.)


The Natural Ability Test

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. It rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation.

 [Test Description] [Scoring Info]

Test entrants are judged one at a time, by three judges, with their performance scored against a standard. Prizes are awarded on the basis of numerical scores achieved in the test. Each dog that meets or exceeds minimum standards in all areas of work is placed in one of three categories: Prize I, II or III. Prize I being the highest classification. If all dogs entered in a NAVHDA test perform very well, all can receive a Prize I.

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