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March Training: The March 2023 training clinic will be held Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th, at either SGL #205 near Foglesville or SGL 119/ACE depending upon weather starting at 8:30 am each day. A members email will be sent prior to the training and depends upon the weather. Birds must be ordered no later than midnight Monday March 19th. For those not ordering birds they should register by Thursday March 22nd. Register

NAVHDA Fall Test: The Hickory Run Chapter will hold a NAVHDA Test September 7-8, 2024.

The 2024 test fees are set at $135 for dogs owned by Hickory Run chapter members and $150 for dogs owned by non-chapter members for the NA Test and $155 for dogs owned by Hickory Run chapter members and $170 for dogs owned by non-chapter members for the Utility/UP tests. A refund equal to 80% of test fee will be given for any dog withdrawn more than 30 days before the test provided a FULLY PAID REPLACEMENT is found. NO REFUND will be made for withdrawal LESS THAN 30 DAYS before the test.

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The member/non-member fee depends on who owns the dog being tested. If the dog testing belongs to a member of Hickory Run but is being handled by someone who is a non-member the fee is member. If a member handles a dog owned by a non-member the non-member fee applies. 

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

Contact Melissa Turner, Test Secretary, for the latest test info. To register, complete the National NAVHDA Test form.

Registration Form (can we link to the national test reg form here?) and mail it along with the check to Melissa Turner. Please make checks payable to the Hickory Run NAVHDA Chapter.

Melissa Turner
7210 Koch Ct., New Tripoli, PA 18066
Ph: 610-554-7468

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.

Hunting 2023, Photos by Members



Hickory Run NAVHDA - Officers and Training Committee
Executive Council
Marlene Lopes - President
Nicholas Turner -Vice President
Floyd Miller - Secretary
Rich Brookman - Treasurer
George Nichols - Director
Sharon Merkel - Director
Mark Frederick - Director
Test Secretary - Melissa Turner

Training Committee
George Nichols and JohnSalter
Including Executive Council Members
Axel Waldkirch
Mark Blasko
Lonnie Maywald
Andrew Uhler
Mike Bigus
Roger Allen
Doug Harris
Robert Thigpen
Michelle Thigpen
Steve Skoransk
Rich Johnson
James Snyder

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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