Terry Strege, Buffalo Minnesota
I remember my first dog Angel. I just wanted a good hunting companion. As I trained and went to hunting training classes everyone told me how “Great” she was and that I needed to run hunt tests. The classes were not as realistic toward hunting as I had hoped. I joined the Four Points Retriever Club as a founding member with no clue what I was getting into. I would not trade the journey for anything. I have served several positions within the club including two terms as President. With the help of the club we earned a MHR and passed our first RAW Invitational. I was blessed with a “Great” dog and knowledgeable friends around me. That was sixteen years ago and I remember it as if it were yesterday. I have been fortunate since then to have shared time with several special dogs. I take pride in training my own dogs and running them from the ground up in the NAHRA program. I could not have done it without the support and help of the club. I took the judges test and was mentored by too many judges to list many of which have judged previous Invitationals.
My hobbies include hunting anything I can afford all across the North American Continent .I have been lucky enough to hunt thirteen states and two Canadian provinces. I usually spend a week chasing snow geese across Saskatchewan, deer hunting in Minnesota and Iowa, and turkeys all spring wherever I can find them. I hunt ducks in the field and boat. I chase pheasants in South Dakota and Minnesota. The rest of the time I work to pay for the adventures. I’m fortunate to have a lovely wife that lets me play with the dogs and hunt.
It is humbling to have been nominated by my piers to be a judge at the 2019 NAHRA Invitational. It is one of the greatest honors to be bestowed upon a member when selected to judge at the NAHRA Invitational. I thank the committee and board for placing their trust in me to be fair and set up a test in the NAHRA standard and tradition. I take this responsibility very seriously and look forward to the privilege of judging you and your K-9 partner. In my job as a Deputy Sheriff the truth is, I often like the dogs I come in contact with better than the idiots I’m forced to deal with. I may not remember the handlers name but I remember the dog. I truly do this for the love of the dogs no matter the breed. I look forward to seeing old friends and new at the NAHRA Invitational in Palmer Alaska. Those that know me are aware we will have to cut back on decoys, I am limited to one checked bag on the plane, but we will make due. Lets have fun!