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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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German Long-haired pointer club

September 28, 2009 at 08:11 AM

Add another German import to the list of versatile hunting dogs.

This breed is the German Long-haired pointer, whose breeders have started a club to handle registry of their breed. Here’s a full release from the club.

German Long-haired Point Club established

MOSINEE, Wis. - To make the versatile German long-haired pointer an even better dog for North American bird hunting conditions, a new organization was founded this spring. The goal is to bring together the breed’s best traits from wherever it is found across Europe and this continent.

The German Long-haired Pointer Club of North America has established its own registry for this breed characterized by its setter-like coat of brown and brown/white combinations, feathered full tail and strong desire to hunt, track and retrieve both upland game and waterfowl.Illinois hunting and fishing

In addition to the best of the breed from its German homeland, the new club will incorporate the best bloodlines from Scandinavia and England to produce a driven, yet cooperative and affectionate bird dog to better fit North America’s variety of unique bird hunting conditions, says Del Peterson, GLPCNA president.

Peterson, who first imported the breed to North America in 1974 and has been hunting a myriad of game birds over it ever since, says due to the changing landscape of Germany, German breeders have been emphasizing larger and more aggressive dogs for forest big game hunting, such as red stag and wild boar.

The new club will select for upland and waterfowling attributes, as well as biddable companions that interact well with handlers and other dogs. The club will continue to adhere to a demanding German-style field testing system and physical confirmation examination, including hip certification, to ensure breeding quality control.

“The ability to incorporate dogs from Scandinavia and England will also allow us to expand the gene pool here in North America and make these highly-sought after dogs more available to dedicated bird hunters,” said Peterson, who lives in Yakima, Wash.

The GLPCNA is adamant the dogs be tested to evaluate both instincts and trainability. The tests will examine the dogs’ searching, pointing, retrieving and tracking on uplands and water.

For more information on German long-haired pointers and the GLPCNA see the club’s Web site at http://germanlonghairs.org/ or contact club secretary Cortney Schaefer of Mosinee, Wisc. at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (715) 457-2145.

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