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2014 Inductee – Phoenix

Owner/Handler: Jamie Gunn
527 Champion Points
Legendary Status Champion
26x Champion
4 Super Major Championships

Getting a new puppy and especially the pick of the litter is always an exciting time for any family.  In addition, every upland hunter has their rockstar dog and for the Jamie Gunn family that was their yellow lab, Phoenix, nicknamed “Nix” who was born out of their very own Reno  and dear friend, Bob Bull’s black lab, Pistol.

From the very beginning Nix was a family dog.  He loved spending his time with Jamie & Andrea as well as the kids, Cody, Faith, and Jordan.  While he enjoyed spending time with the family at home, he preferred spending time with family in the field hunting.  This meant countless hours of guiding hunts at Big Rock as well as Jamie and his son Cody enjoying their mutual hobby, tournament hunting in competition circuits such as NATHA, Wisconsin Series, and the BDC.

Not only was Phoenix a great family dog for the Gunn’s, but he had a profound desire to please and to hunt.  He never disappointed.  He hunted with his nose in the wind, he was fast, and he ran a field thoroughly leaving nothing unturned.   His only bad habit, being a solid pointing lab competing in the flushing division, was that many times Phoenix would not put the bird in the air when Jamie needed him to.  In fact, at times you would see Jamie pick Phoenix up and give him a gentle toss onto the bird so that Phoenix would get credit for the flush.

There are two stories about Phoenix that were shared.  The first came from family friend, Bob Bull.  Bob shared with me how Nix was the only dog that he had ever known that could be standing flat-footed on the floor, and if you slap the bartop, Phoenix would jump up and land on all 4s in that very spot.  The second memory comes from Jamie.  He and Phoenix were competing and leading the field in the finals at the National Championships.  Jamie shot the final bird and everyone spectating on top of the hill started cheering and screaming, “NIX!!”  The screaming scared Phoenix so much that he dropped the MONEY bird on the retrieve.  Thankfully they had that lead and Jamie and his hunting buddy went on to win the National title by four minutes.

Although Phoenix had limited opportunities to compete, one thing is for sure, before Cody passed away in August 2010, he and Jamie created many memories hunting with Phoenix, and Phoenix made the best of every opportunity he got to be in the field chasing game.  In December, the family put Phoenix to rest at the age of 12.  There is no doubt that he and Cody are hunting God’s country together again.  Today, Phoenix enters the BDC Hall of Fame with 527 Champion Points, 4 Super Major wins, and a legend in the game who will forever be remembered.

Written by:  Carla Haglund-Turnquist

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National Bird Dog Circuit

4 days 15 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.