Bird Dog & Retriever News

October / November 2003 issue Page 7

 October/November 2003 Now in our thirteenth year.

If you own a pointing dog and you read only one magazine article this year, THIS should be the one.

 I had a number of readers and writers contact me about a tragic situation that has evolved between America Field Publishing Company (who sanctions pointing dogs events) and NSTRA (National Shoot To Retrieve Association). At the heart of the situation is question: Do we stand together or do we back down to the anti-gun and anti-hunting crowd? The American Field has chosen to join with the anti-gun/anti-hunting crowd, and we thought you should know. If you want to know how we at Bird Dog & Retriever News feel.... turn to any page of the last 14 years of Bird Dog & Retriever News, we proudly take the stand of pro-gun and pro-hunting.... as with our forefathers who built this proud country.
Dennis Guldan
Publisher Bird Dog & Retriever News

From Wes Barr: President of National Shoot To Retrieve.
Members of NSTRA,
Below this brief introduction you will find a letter recently sent to President Wes Barr from Bernie Mathys of American Field Publishing Co. The summary of this letter is that American Field will no longer sanction any NSTRA field trials beginning immediately. The reason in the letter is very clear and stems around one very important principle to NSTRA, "we shoot birds." This topic has been one that AF has found objectionable for some time. Mr. Mathys has suggested to us on numerous occasions that we consider reformatting NSTRA and do not

 include harvesting birds as a part of our sport.
NSTRA was and still is founded on the principle of the true and complete hunting dog. Our wonderful organization is what it is today because of this principle and to change it is unthinkable. NSTRA dogs have become known in the sporting dog world as bird finders. Due to the format and philosophy of NSTRA our dogs can compete in trials on weekends and go a field on Monday and be very efficient and effective hunting dogs. This cannot be said about many other sporting dogs.
 The National officers, at a recent officers meeting in July, adopted a slate of NSTRA Championships levels to replace the American Field programs. This program is being considered and voted on by the NSTRA National BOD. These levels are to include NSTRA National Champion, NSTRA Regional Champion, and NSTRA Champion. Details are included in the packets sent to the BOD. These levels will differ within themselves distinctly with all receiving recognition at the gatherings in October and April each year. Each level will be distinguished on the NSTRA pedigree as well.
This is a wonderful opportunity for NSTRA to grow not only within its own ranks but in the world of competition pointing dogs as well. NSTRA has become one of the top Field Trial Organizations in the Country. We no longer are the "step child" of bird dogs. We do and will continue to stand tall in the Bird Dog World.
Wes Barr, President NSTRA

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