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2015 Inductee – Main Creeks Gun in “Gauge”

Owner/Handler: Mark and Julie Sweeney
1218 Champion Points
Legendary Status Champion
61x Champion
9 Super Major Championships

Every new competitive upland hunter is always looking for that special animal to be the cream of the crop. For Mark Sweeney, he was introduced to tournament hunting by Mike Peterson when Mike needed a partner to compete with him and Hall of Fame Gordon Setter, Sheba. That was all that it took for Mark to be hooked on the sport and more importantly to know that he wanted to hunt over a pointing dog specifically. Mark contacted Craig Steinbach about finding him a German Shorthair. At that time, it just so happened that Lucy Hunter, a littermate to BDC Hall of Fame dog, Domino, had a litter on the ground. Craig’s dad went and picked out a puppy for Mark and Julie. Excited to pick up their new bundle of joy, Mark and Julie went to Big Rock Hunting Preserve and there on the footrest ledge of the bar was a 10-week-old liver roan puppy that was already pointing birds. Little did Mark and Julie know that Main Creek’s Gun In “Gauge” would be the foundation of Main Creek Kennels and the start of pure excellence.

Gauge had all of the qualities one could ask for in a companion and hunting dog. He was good with people of all ages and loved to play. He had a very calm disposition and a lot of natural born talent. All Mark had to do was take him home, introduce him to birds, and start hunting him. Believe it or not, Mark himself needed a little help learning the game, and with the guidance of guys like Mike Peterson, Jamie Gunn, and Bruce Schmeig taking him under their wings, he did just that. Gauge started competing in tournaments in 4 different circuits that include: North American Tournament Hunter Association (NATHA), Pheasant Hunters Unlimited (PHU), United Field Trialers Association (UFTA), and the National Bird Dog Circuit (NBDC). Competing in his first tournament at 6 months of age, Gauge won his first trophy at an event held at Big Rock. As a puppy, Gauge also won the prestigious Menz Tournament in 2003 at 16 months of age. With Mark’s knowledge of the game and Gauge’s awesome nose and ability to cover a field so thoroughly, if there was a bird there, they’d find it. They quickly became the team that everyone feared when they came to a tournament. It wasn’t long until fellow competitors would tell Mark, “You don’t know what you have in that Gauge dog”. “That Gauge Dog” soon became a phrase the Sweeney’s would hear often. With the help of friends, Gauge won 52 trophies in his first 2 ½ years of life which included the achievement of Legendary Champion in the National Bird Dog Circuit. Gauge won 6 of 7 Super Majors in a row and in the 7th he placed 2nd.

Competing in the days with some of the great Hall of Fame dogs like Sheba, Phoenix, Reggie, Domino, Albert, and Abby was a privilege that provided a lifetime of memories and friendships.

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National Bird Dog Circuit

4 days 16 hours ago

Here are the current standings for Flushing Dog of the Year!

Region 1 Champion Points
Murphy-Earl Hacking (113) *Clinched

Region1 Qualifying Points
Mazey-Brian Roushar (188)
Keno-Mike Peterson (185)

Region2 Champion Points
Rosalee-Jerry Brost (227) *Clinched

Region 2 Qualifying Points
Ace-Ethan Scheffler (346) *Clinched

Region 3 Champion Points
Storm-Kyle Kerstetter (186) *Clinched

Region3 Qualifying Points
June-Dan Steingraber (289) *Clinched

Region 4 Champion Points
Terzah-Barbara Eskam (158) *Clinched

Region 4 Qualifying Points
Molly-Todd Perdue (333)
Bailey-Todd Perdue (332)
Sonny-Dan Cathcart (307)
Cam-Dan Cathcart (300)

Region 5 Champion Points
Mossy-Kip Burns (104)
Buddy-Bing Wesner (102)

Region 5 Qualifying Points
Mossy-Kip Burns (289)
Skye-Kip Burns (288)
Marley-Bryan Matthews (170)

Region 6 Champion Points
Red-Seth Woodall (74) *Clinched

Region 6 Qualifying Points
Beast-Matt Behe (209) *Clinched

With the Top Gun Championships being the last event of the season, we could see some changes to these standings. Regions 1, 4, and 5 could see some movement!

National Bird Dog Circuit

4 days 16 hours ago

Here are the current standings for Pointing Dog of the Year!

Region 1 Champion Points
Thor-Josh Tucker (53)
Scout-Scott LaPlante (47)

Region 1 Qualifying Points
Scout-Scott LaPlante (409)
Nala-Scott Lambert (336)

Region 2 Champion Points
Puckett-Bernie Birkenholz (254) *Clinched

Region 2 Qualifying Points
Letz-Bill Steeno (496)
Wolfgang-Bob Garrity (479)

Region 3 Champion Points
Sawyer-Tom Glynn (291) *Clinched

Region 3 Qualifying Points
Shooter-Richard Sipes (438)
Ralphie-Jack Heim (408)

Region 4 Champion Points
Ruger-Mike Pyle (197) *Clinched

Region 4 Qualifying Points
Riley-Kevin Eskam (676) *Clinched

Region 5 Champion Points
Sammie-Ron Ricks (130)
Rango-Mark Moyle (118)
Jeff-Mark Moyle (114)

Region 5 Qualifying Points
Sammie-Ron Ricks (658)
Mater-Ron Ricks (652)
Dasie-Holly Tompkins (540)

Region 6 Champion Points
Slick-Matt Behe (108) *Clinched

Region 6 Qualifying Points
Costa-David Register (205) *Clinched

We could still see some movement in the closes races in Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5.