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Sat., June 18, 2011, 4:42 p.m.

Bird doggers compare breeds in Fun Hunt

Ricky Poon with his German shorthair pointer, left, and Doug Koeing with his English setter start their brace in the Fun Hunt at Espanola on June 18, 2011. (Rich Landers)
Ricky Poon with his German shorthair pointer, left, and Doug Koeing with his English setter start their brace in the Fun Hunt at Espanola on June 18, 2011. (Rich Landers)

GUN DOGS -- A black Lab won the battle of the breeds today at the Spokane Bird Dog Association's 2011 Fun Hunt.

Among the breeds were German shorthair pointers, springer spaniels, yellow Labs, English setters and German wirehairs.

They went head to head in braces during the  timed event at Espanola to see how fast they could bag a pair of chukars.

I'm still checking out the rumor that the Labs and springers are sponsored by PETA. The handlers generally  didn't have to fire a shot as their dogs moved in quickly to nail the pen-raised birds.

It's not clear whether the flushing-dog owners can't shoot -- or whether they really don't want to.

Stay tuned.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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