Four days gone to the dogs for the Wisconsin’s Southeast Group members
Brighton, Wis. – Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Wisconsin Wing Southeast Group with all five of its squadrons participated recently for four days at the Wisconsin-Illinois Hunting Retriever Club’s National Grand Competition held at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area in Brighton, Wis.
Approximately 100 CAP members were on site from sun-up to sun-down the first two days and sun-up to late afternoon the remaining two days. The members worked diligently as “bird technicians” whose duties included being duck runners, duck dryers, and trebuchet attendants.
The Grand Competition used just a small part of the over 4,500 acre park for their dog trials. They utilized various lakes, marshes and some of the wooded areas.
CAP members spent a large part of their workday knee deep in water, surrounded by duck decoys, with an occasional live duck who had become confused as to the activity. They watched amazing dogs perform their outstanding retrieval skills throughout the competition. Other members spent their days under tents, drying each duck so that it could be used again. The members also learned that wet ducks will sink.
This activity was used as a fundraiser for the Southeast Group’s units. They split the donation received from the Club so that each unit receives a percentage decided by the number of hours their members worked during the four days. The sum of total hours worked for the four days was just under 1,500 bringing in a tidy sum for each unit. It was truly a learning experience for all.
A special thank you to Lieutenant Colonel Julie Sorenson, Southeast Group’s commander, for spending many hours coordinating the details between the Club personnel and her unit commanders as well as setting up schedules and monitoring the activity for the entire event.
For further details about the area, click on Richard Bong State Recreational Park. The park offers dog training, model airplanes, rocketry, falconry and motor bike racing which coexist with rare species and habitats that you can enjoy from their look-out tower or many hiking trails. There is a beach found on the main lake and picnic areas throughout this massive park.