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JORDAN WELLS “METHOD” TRAINING SEMINAR: The Hickory Run Chapter will be hosting a JORDAN WELLS “METHOD” TRAINING SEMINAR FEBRUARY 24-25, 2024. The Seminar will be presented by Jordan Wells. It will be conducted at the Orchard Hills Training Center, 45 Bella Vista Ln., Barto, PA 19504. Seminar runs from 9-4 on Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday. Registration is for the 2 Day Seminar. Cost is $440 per participant (includes 1 dog). If an additional family member wants to attend it is $50 for the additional family member (No additional dogs). Seminar is limited to one additional paying family member per paid  participant. Payment must be included with the registration.  Register on the form completing the information, adding a check for payment and mailing to the provided address.

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.

Sept Training 2023, Photos, by Barbara Brookman and 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
Sharon Merkel - Director
Lonnie Maywald - Director

Training Committee
Mark Blasko and George Nichols --
Axel Waldkirch
James Snyder
Floyd Miller
Rich Brookman
Lonnie Maywald
Andrew Uhler
Mike Bigus
Roger Allen
Doug Harris
Robert Thigpen
Michelle Thigpen
Marlene Lopes
Sharon Merkel
Steve Skoranski

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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