Pheasant hunters support youth event at competition

Edward H. Uebler of John Day with his Pointing Labrador named, Annie Too, was the first-place winner at the Shoot to Retrieve competition near Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY - On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, the Oregon Bird Hunters Association hosted its annual fund-raiser for the Youth Pheasant Hunt with a Shoot to Retrieve competition.

The event involved a hunter/dog team working in a field approximately 15-20 acres in size, with the goal being to bag three birds in 15 minutes.

A total of 16 teams competed in the event, with teams coming from as far away as Klamath Falls and Hermiston for the competition.

Points were scored if the dog finds the bird, the hunter bags the bird and the dog retrieves the bird, plus additional points were given for each 30 seconds not used in the 15 minutes and for unused ammunition

The teams ran in two heats over the two-day weekend, and Edward H. Uebler from John Day and his dog Labrador retriever Annie Too were the overall winners.

Cathy Bishop from Prairie City and her German Wirehair named Trader finished second, and Robert Crisler, also from Prairie City finished third with the help of his Chesapeake Max.

The Youth Pheasant Hunt is scheduled for September, and the money raised will fund the event and also helps Prairie City High School which raises the pheasants.

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