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August Training: The August training is scheduled for August 13-14 at SGL 119, 40 and SGL 91 starting at 7:30 am. We will meet initially at the pavilion on 119 for the Mock test - NA on Sat and UT on sunday. Again we will all meet over lunch on Saturday if the schedule permits  Please bring a chair and your lunch. The focus of training itself will be Mock test.  For those running the NA mock test please order 4 chukars (less may be ordered but your field time will be adjusted accordingly), and 1 pheasant.   For those running the UT mock test please order 5 chukars (less may be ordered but field time will be adjusted accordingly) and a minimum of 2 ducks.  If your dog has any bit of tendency to mutilate a duck, it is recommended you order 3 ducks.

Use the Registration & Bird Order Form for more bird details and to register for the training. Birds must be ordered by midnight Saturday, August 6th. If you are not ordering birds please sign up no later than August 11th.

Training Documents: Below are documents available to assist members in preparing for our monthly training events. It is highly recommended that you review the documents in order to get the most benefit from training. The document is a list of Notes and Suggestions to help handlers prepare for training and how training is conducted. The Checklist is a list of items that handlers should try and bring with them for training days. The training committee asks all members to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to training on Saturday to help set up as well as distribute the training birds for the weekend.

NAVHDA Fall Test: The Hickory Run Chapter will hold a NAVHDA Test September 10-11, 2022.      This test is for NA, UPT and UT dogs. As of May 31st both the NA and the UP/UPT tests are full. We re accepting registrations for the Wait Lists.

2022 test fees will be $150.00 for Natural Ability and $175 for UT and UPT. Owners (and at least one owner of co-owned dogs) and Handlers of dogs must be NAVHDA Members in order to enter a NAVHDA test. For refunds click.

Locations: SGL#119, Army Corps Francis Walter Dam, Mud Pond on SGL #91 or the lake on SGL 40. 

Contact Barbara Brookman, test secretary, for the latest Test info. To register complete the National NAVHDA test registration form and mail it along with the check to Barbara Brookman. 

Barbara Brookman
477 Cafferty Road Erwinna, PA 18920
Ph: 610-294-9022

Please make checks payable to the Hickory Run NAVHDA Chapter.

Training July Photos Taken by Barbara Brookman & Sharon Merkel



Hickory Run NAVHDA - Officers and Training Committee
Executive Council
Axel Waldkirch - President
Mark Blasko -Vice President
Floyd Miller - Secretary
Rich Brookman - Treasurer
George Nichols - Director
Jim Snyder - Director
Lonnie Maywald - Director

Training Committee
Mark Blasko and George Nichols --
Andrew Uhler
Berdell Koch
Rich Johnston
Mike Bigus
Roger Allen
Steve Skoranski
Sharon Merkel
Marlene Lopes
Michele DiFrancesco
Robert Thigpen
Executive Council

Membership: Membership renewal for the Hickory Run Chapter of NAVHDA are due in January. New members are welcome at any time. Please send the completed application and Release of Liability forms along with your dues (see forms) to Floyd F. Miller, 131 Antler Lane, Kunkletown, PA 18058. Pricing is on the Application.

Welcome to the Hickory Run Chapter of NAVHDA International. The Chapter is located in the Allentown, PA area and will hold regular training sessions and testing events. The testing and the monthly weekend training will be held at a variety of locations. Learn first hand the various steps involved in training a versatile hunting dog.

NAVHDA training is designed to prepare the dog and handler for hunting and the NAVHDA testing. The training will include: pointing; steadiness to wing, shot, and fall; retrieval to hand from land or water; game tracking; gun sensitivity control; heeling; and backing or honoring another dog’s point.


Mission: The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs.

Hickory Run Chapter of NAVHDA

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