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DU Greenwings Attend "Ducks Unlimited WaterDog" Training Camp

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ROSHOLT, S.D., July 13, 2006 – Four girls and seven boys along with their retrieving dogs were part of eleven youth/dog teams that attended the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Camp WaterDog Daze, July 6-9 at Firewater near Rosholt, S.D. 

“The camp was a tremendous success,” said DU Director of Communications Gregg Patterson. “Helping our Greenwing members train their hunting dogs is a

Samantha Williams and "Bogey" ready for a long mark.
great way to introduce them to waterfowl hunting and wetlands conservation. The Team WaterDog trainers really helped every camper walk away with more confidence in what their dog is capable of doing in the field.”

Eleven DU Greenwing members (12-17 years of age) attended the camp after being selected from a national essay competition. Greenwing campers included: Andrew Bohren, 15, Big Rapids, Mich.; Forrest Brown, 14, Rockymount, N.C.; Maddy Phillips, 17, and her twin brothers, Jesse and Dalton, 12, Woodstock, Ga.; Billy Mork, 12, Plymouth, Minn.; Brianna Martin, 15, Swansea, Ill.; the Williams sisters, Sloan, 14, and Samantha, 12, Mooresville, N.C.; Alec Cooksey, 13, Plano, Texas; and Hunter Parrish, 13, Washington, Mo.  

Camp WaterDog Daze is designed to provide youth with an in-depth, hands on educational experience focused on dog training and waterfowl hunting and conservation. Activities included, dog training seminars, firearms safety, waterfowl identification and a first-hand look at breeding ducks in the shallow-water ponds of this important Prairie Pothole Region.

Some of the best dog trainers in the country, including “Ducks Unlimited WaterDog” host Justin Tackett of Little Rock, Ark. and his Labrador, Yella, provided one-on-one guidance to the campers and their canine friends. The other Team WaterDog trainers who graciously donated their time to the effort included past Super Retriever Series event winners Chris Akin of Bono, Ark., Stacey West of Louisburg, N.C. and Scott Greer of Friendship, Tenn.

Trainer Scott Greer works on basic obedience with Andrew Bohren and "Bella."
“I know the kids and their dogs had fun and learned a lot,” Tackett said. “But I think the adults got more out of it. Working with kids and their dogs helped jump-start all of the trainers again. It took us all back to those magical moments with our own dogs when we were growing up. That’s what it’s all about.”

An episode of “Ducks Unlimited WaterDog” was shot during the four days of camp. The show will air on the Versus network (formally Outdoor Life Network) this fall. Dog breeds at the camp included black and yellow Labrador retrievers, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever and a Labradoodle (Labrador/poodle cross).

Lodge accommodations and first-class cuisine were provided by Firewater and “Ducks Unlimited WaterDog” TV’s sponsors: Avery, Creative Answer, Dogs Afield, Eagle Eyes, Eukanuba, SportDOG Brand, Mossy Oak, Zink Calls, Dancin’ Dog Productions and Ducks Unlimited.

For more about “Ducks Unlimited WaterDog” TV go to http://www.waterdogtv.com/.

Contact: Mike Checkett
(901) 758-3793
mcheckett@ducks.org

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

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