Are you a bird hunter with limited wild bird hunting opportunities? Are you looking for a way to include your entire family in your hunting experience? Do you have a hunting dog that needs to get out more? Are you willing to learn more, make new friends and enjoy the company of other sportsmen? NSTRA just may be the place for you! Click here for more membership information.
NSTRA Trials are friendly to new members with our Open/Novice trial format and Mentor Program. Click for more information on Open/Novice Trials
Training Day/Mock Trial
Our Next Training Day/Mock Trial is January 13, 2018.
Location: Bens's Brick Oven Pizza: 101 East Bison Highway, Hudson, Colorado
Start time: 10:00 am
Instructors: Mark Pace and Kevin Creeden
Point of Contact: Chris Cooperrider
This is a free event.
When entering the trial grounds please enter on the south side near the old homestead. Do not go up the drive to the other parking area. We will be using the south west section of the property. Remember to bring water for your dogs. We will not be setting up water tubs, however the Temerpature high is expect to be 57 degrees (F)
Electronic collars may be used (Neck, flank, or both)
3 birds will be planted per dog, 6 birds for a two dog brace.
Max time in field per dog/run 30 min
Handler may pull their dog at any time
After your dog has moved three birds the handler should work on backing, field handling or leash their dog and exit the field.
Dogs may run solo or with a brace mate. Max of 2 dogs per field.
Handlers won’t run back to back. Handlers may run their dogs together if they choose to. However the default draw will opt to have a handler’s dogs not run against each other.
We will do a draw 2 days before the event.
A note from RM NSTRA Club President: Chris Cooperrider:
We have had a number of members who have shown interest in having a training day/mock trial day once a month throughout the winter. We are still working on the details, but basically it will be just set up as a mock trial scenario where handler’s will be able to train their dogs in a trial setting or individually if they choose. Handler’s will be able to choose if they want to run their dogs with or without a collar, individually or they can be braced against another dog with an experience level of their choosing. Handlers can run additional braces for just the cost of the birds and time permitting.
We will plan on doing something for lunch like brats/burgers, etc as well.
Our first training day will be Saturday October 28th at 10:00 am at Rocky Mountain Sporting Dog Club grounds in Hudson, Colorado. Everyone is invited and we encourage anyone who is interested in training/trialing to come out and join us.
Hello all, thank you to all who have entered this year’s Pike’s Peak trial. As most of you are aware, the trial filled in less than 15 minutes, which is incredible! Sorry for the delay in getting the draws finished but they are finally drawn and available on the NSTRA website.
We will be using the same fields as we did last year and the directions can be found on our here . There will not be any camping available at the fields but there are several campgrounds in the area within 5-15 minutes of the trial grounds. We have had an abundance of rain in the past month which has made for some nice cover in the fields.
Forecast as of 8/6/17
Start times will be at 0730 each day. We will work around the occasional thunderstorms which have been showing up in the afternoons. Lunch will be available each day at the fields. The landowner has approved us to be on the fields Thursday afternoon but please remember no birds planted in the fields after 3pm on Thursday.
Thanks to everyone for coming and supporting our trial and a special thanks to those who have volunteered and agreed to help with judging, marshaling, scoring, setting the fields, and with meals. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 719-659-7361. Thanks again, Chris
This year we will continue the Pikes Peak Trial High Point award. The rules for 2017 Pikes Peak Trial-High Point Award will be as follows:
Points will be awarded to each dogs first three runs. If a dog only has 2 runs during the trial then their 3rd score will be entered as a zero.
In an effort to reward consistency, points will be awarded to each dog according to where they finished in each field they ran.
Example: 1st place=32 points, 2nd place=31 points, 3rd place=30 points, down to 32nd place=1 point.
Start Time: 8:00 The 2016/2017 Regional Elimination Trial and side trial are May 6-7, 2017. The 2016/2017 Regional Elimination Trial and side trial will be held at the north fields at Steel Fork Pheasants in Rush, CO on May 6/7. The trial will start at 0800. Our judges will be Mike Jepsen from Big Sky Region and Jason Norton who is the Mid North Region President. Our bird handler will be Hanna Jepsen who has planted numerous Regional trials. Our side trial judges will be Dave Dowers and Ron Horn. The side trial will be in the west field -the current B Field (42 acres) the Regional field ( 48acres) will be east of the current A Field. By doing this, the Regional field will have virgin cover and we will have a full 40 acre field between the Regional and side trial to prevent bird fly over and interference from outside dogs. We did get permission from NSTRA 1st Vice President Mikeal Mulberry to chip draw the side trial to avoid conflicting braces. I am planning on drawing the side trial on Friday May 5th at the clubhouse. The Regional entry fee will be $100.00 and the side trial brace will be $45.00.
We will move to the clubhouse at the end of the trial on Saturday to hold our annual membership meeting, election, and dinner. Dinner will be available after the meeting and we are planning on prime rib made by Rhonda and Rod. The cost of the dinner will be $20.00/person. We will also have a raffle to raise money for the region and to help offset the cost of the Regional. If you are able to bring something to donate for the raffle that would be appreciated.
Thank you Steel Fork Pheasants and Start to Fish Bird Dog Training for an excellent trial. Congratulations to all our winners.
Start Time: 7:30am Our next spring trial is April 22-23, 2017. This trial will be located at Steel Fork Pheasants East of Rush, CO. See the trial schedule for details on the trial grounds. This is an Open/Novice trial, handlers must specify that they want their dog to run as a novice prior to the draw. There is more information on the Novice program above. You can view the draw by clicking the link below and then selecting braces. Once the braces option expands you can toggle between the field and days by clicking on the top icons for each Field/Day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this trial! A special thank you must go out to our judges who had some snowy and cold conditions as well as Steel Fork Pheasants who opened up their facilities a day early so folks could make safe travel arrangements.
Start Time: 8:00am Our next spring trial is April 1-2, 2017. This trial will be located at Steel Fork Pheasants East of Rush, CO. See the trial schedule for details on the trial grounds. This is an Open/Novice trial, handlers must specify that they want their dog to run as a novice prior to the draw. There is more information on the Novice program above. You can view the draw by clicking the link below and then selecting braces. Once the braces option expands you can toggle between the field and days by clicking on the top icons for each Field/Day.