North America Jagdgebrauchshundverein

NA-JGV 2023 Annual Meeting

June 9-11, 2023 at Mahoney State Park near Omaha, NE

NA-JGV’s annual meeting will be held at Mahoney State Park on June 9-11, 2023. With the meeting being held in Nebraska this will be a great way for you to come meet the NA-JGV’s Executive Board, hear some great speakers, attend the membership meeting, and have the chance to bid on some great auction items.

Please keep checking our Facebook page for updates. Thanks!!

The following seminars will be given with a Q&A to follow:

Larry Reeves: Training the Registered FCI Puppy – Starting It Out Right in the JGHV Testing Program

Larry Reeves  Bio – 

  • Retired Caterpillar Engineer
  • 50-year founding member of VDD/GNA
  • Established vom Wildrücken kennel in 1978
  • Produced 22 liters before retiring from breeding
  • VDD/GNA Breedwarden from 1988 to 1996
  • Zuchtrichter in 1988
  • Verbandsrichter in 1991
  • Trained and tested numerous dogs through VJP, HZP, VGP, Btr and breed shows.
  • 2007 Armbruster Test Director
  • Has judged numerous performance tests and breed shows
  • Is an avid upland, waterfowl, deer and turkey hunter.

Leonard Chase: Training for the 20/40 Hour Blood Track

Leonard Chase Bio –

  • Joined VDD-GNA in 1991 and has been a member for 30 + years.
  • Established vom Hetzenhof kennel in 19
  • Has run 11 VGP’ S with most of the blood tracks being overnight tracks, which are at least 14 hours old.
  • Has completed four -20 hour tracks which are 1000 meters long (5/8 of a mile), plus one -40 hour track.
  • Became a VR judge in 1995,
  • Became a SWvR judge in 2002  after apprenticing with Joerg Tabel.
  • Since becoming a blood tracking judge I acquired a library of tracking books, videos and knowledge from others in the organization.

Jeff Henke: Use of GPS in Blood Track Training

Jeff Henke Bio – 

In 1970, when I was 11 years old, I started doing chores for a neighbor that had German Wirehaired Pointers. I spent a great deal of time with him, training, helping whelp puppies, etc. I got my first wirehair, Tailor, from him soon after that.

In the following years I owned and hunted over 2 more GWPs.

In 1988, with the last AKC wirehair I had, I got involved with the Hawkeye Chapter of NAVHDA and met some people with Deutsch Drahthaars. In 1990, I got my first German Registered dog, Moses vom Wildrucken. Though our testing never advanced past Natural Ability in both NAVHDA and the JGHV, we hunted a lot. Mose passed away in July 2001.

In 2002, I imported Ebba vom Drostenberg from Germany and got very involved in training for VDD and NAVHDA tests. We ran all the tests we could, including VGP, 20 and 40 hr blood tracks, BTR and NAVHDA Utility. In 2004, I got the kennel name ‘vom Entenmoor’, which translates to ‘from Ducks Marsh. To date vom Entenmoor has produced 35 litters which all go back to Ebbi, we have trained and tested many of the pups we’ve produced. We host training days and tests at our property.

Bobbi and I are currently members of the VDD-GNA Heartland Chapter, NA-JGV, NADKC, and NAVHDA.  We both serve as officers for Illowa NAVHDA, and I’m Director of Testing for NA-JGV. I’ve been a JGHV judge since 2007 and Blood track judge since 2010. 

Cortney Schaefer – How to train for Totverbeller and Totverweiser

Cortney Schaefer Bio – 

I grew up in Nebraska and have been bird hunting since before I could carry a gun, although we never owned any hunting dogs while I was growing up.  I work as a wildlife biologist and I got my first German-bred dog in 2005.  I have successfully trained/handled 10 dogs through the VJP/Corona Specialty Tracking Test, 12 dogs through the HZP, and 9 dogs through the VGP.  I have also successfully trained/handled dogs through the NAVHDA NA, UT, and IT.  I have been a JGHV Performance Judge since 2013 and am currently an apprentice Breed Show Judge.  

In the past, I served as the DL-GNA Breed Warden for 10 years, and the DL-GNA Director of Testing for 8 years. I am currently serving as the DL-GNA Director of Judge Development, in addition to being a member of a few different VDD-GNA committees.  I have waterfowl hunted a lot in the past, but I am primarily an upland bird hunter now, in addition to recovering a handful of deer each year.

Motel Reservations

Motel reservations can be made at the Red Lion Motel (402-332-2300) located at the Gretna/I-80 exit. A block of rooms have been reserved for NA-JGV, ask for Sonny when you call.

For those of you who prefer to camp, there is a very nice KOA campground located at 14601 Highway 6 near Gretna. Reservations can be made by calling Jonathan or Sydney McMullin at 402-332-3010.

It is highly recommended you make reservations as soon as you can as June is the beginning of the tourist season and available lodging fills up fast!

Information about Mahoney State Park

While the park offers numerous recreational opportunities, people shouldn’t overlook visiting the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Aerospace Museum ( located right next to Mahoney State Park. And just down the road from the state park is Nebraska’s Wildlife Safari Park ( It’s a four mile, drive-through North American wildlife unique experience.

Annual Meeting Agenda

10 June 2023

  1. Call to order
  2. Attendance and Welcome Guests
  3. Alterations to Agenda
  4. Executive Committee Reports
    • Chairman – Jill Manring
    • Vice Chairman/ Judge Development – Lori Tyler
    • Secretary – Lona Kluck
    • Treasurer – Karen McNeese
    • Director of Testing– Jeff Henke
  5. Old Business
    • Update on new Membership management tool
    • Status the revising mail balloting for election of officers / By-Laws changes – go to an electronic voting method
    • Status By-Laws change for Director of Judge Development and Vice Chairman
  6. New Business
    • Presentation of 2022 High Score Awards
    • Test Fee Increase
    • Presentation of 2022 -2023 budget
    • Schedule date and location for 2024 Annual Meeting
    • Open Floor for questions / comments

NA-JGV Annual Membership Meeting Itinerary

 NOTE: Park vehicle stickers are required to enter Mahoney State Park. Stickers can be purchased at the booth just inside the main park entrance and are good for Friday to Sunday noon. A resident weekend vehicle sticker is $4.00 and a non-resident sticker costs $12.00.

Friday April 9

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Meet and Greet Get Together at the Lakeview Group Shelter (see map for location). Hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Attendees will be responsible for bringing their own alcoholic beverages. 

Saturday April 10

8:00 –   Coffee and rolls

8:30 –   Welcome

9:00 –   Larry Reeves – Training the   

              Registered FCI Puppy – Starting

              It Out Right in the JGHV Testing 


10:00 – Leonard Chase – Training for 

              the 20/40 Hour Blood Track

11:00 – Jeff Henke – Use of GPS in 

              Blood Tracking Training

12:00    Lunch

12:30 – Cortney Schaefer – How to Train 

              Totverbeller and Totverweiser

1:30.     NA-JGV membership 

              meeting (see attached        


4:00      Adjourn 

5:30 –   Dinner at Round the Bend 

              Restaurant, 30801 E Park Hwy, 

              Ashland, NE 68003

Sunday April 11 

8:00 – 12:00 Field demonstration 

First Call for Auction Items!!

This is a first call for items to be auctioned off at NA-JGV’s annual membership meeting on June 9-11, 2023. The auction is before our banquet on Saturday night. No item is too big or too small! To get the ball rolling, so to speak, currently we have three donated items.

Waidwerk dumbbell

The Waidwerk dumbbell with a 6 inch rubber bar is constructed in a similar way to a dumbbell. Wooden  discs can be attached to a threaded rod so that the weight can be changed by 1.5 pounds. Maximum weight about 3pounds. Two wide ends each have 4 dowels that prevent the dumbbell from rolling. The ends are not fastened with wing nuts, but with wooden balls so there is no risk of injury.

Mystique 3-part dummy

A dummy that imitates a fox in weight and shape

The Mystique® 3-part dummy weight is 11 pounds so you can slowly train your dog’s neck muscles . The 3 perfectly sewn and filled parts of the dummy make your dog carry the dummy neatly in the middle . The two loose parts swing loosely as in the game retrieval.

The advantages of the Mystique 3-part dummy at a glance:

  • with fur
  • Your dog will learn proper carrying
  • serves to strengthen the neck muscles
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • Dimensions: approx. 24 x 5 inches
  • Color: khaki
  • Variant: fox fur (real!)

Caldwell Stable Shooting Table

With its durable all-weather molded top, metal underframe, and ultra-stable base, the Caldwell® Stable Table™ Deluxe Shooting Bench is ideal for permanent setup—but at only 60 pounds it travels easily. Full 360 degree rotation, adjustable height, integral leg levelers and large 34 x23 inch tabletop accommodates any shooter. A great value!

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