Kane, PA – Some local pups are the proud winners in the spring Bird Dog Challenge in Elk County!

The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society holds the event each year at the Rolfe Beagle Club in Johnsonburg.

Dogs were placed and judged in either flusher or pointing categories.  Entries were not to exceed 20 dogs in order to maintain a quality hunt for all handlers and dogs.

This year the event was run by Mason Walters of Wilcox, and Tommy Launer of St. Marys, Elk County.



1stBruce, Springer Spaniel, owned by Patrick Rondomanski of State College, Pa

2ndCooper, Labrador Retriever, owned by Logan Mooney of Brockway, Pa

3rdCooper, Cocker Spaniel, owned by Todd Fannin of Johnsonburg, Pa.


1stMegan, Brittany Spaniel, owned by Jared Shaffer of St. Marys, Pa

2ndKhaos, Llewellin Setter, owned by John Morris of Ford City, Pa

3rdAyla, German Short-haired Pointer, owned by Joe Mikelonis of Kane, Pa

4thPatches, Llewellin Setter, owned by JT Morris of Ford City, Pa

5thRosco, Llewellin Setter, owned by John Morris of Ford City, Pa.


Habitat for Wildlife, of Johnsonburg, donated the prizes for the dogs, and the bird boys and girls.  Mix’s Game Birds of Kane, Pa. provided the chukars for the challenge.

The judges were Tommy Launer of St. Marys, Pa.; Mason Walters of Wilcox, Pa.; and Allison Shaffer of St. Marys, Pa.  The “stagers” (judges’ assistants) were JoAnn Schiafone of Ridgway, Pa., and Chrisy Walters of Johnsonburg, Pa.

Bird boys and girls were Garrett Balon, Logan Mooney, MacKenzie Mooney, Mark Palmer, and Chuck Venard.

JoAnn Schiafone donated the use of an UTV for the bird boys and girls.

Johnna and Brian Winters provided lunch.

The RGS Allegheny Chapter’s Bird Dog Challenges are meant to be fun and do not require AKC or NAVHDA registrations or certifications.

The next RGS Bird Dog Challenge will be held Saturday, September 7th, 2019, at the running grounds at the Rolfe Beagle Club, 1016 Long Level Rd, Johnsonburg, Pa.  All previous dog owners that registered for any previous challenges will receive advance emails notifying them of the next event.  Attendance for the fall challenge will be limited to 14 dogs.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.

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