Spoon River NAVHDA Chapter

Serving Central Illinois North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association


  About NAVHDA

 The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote, and improve the versatile hunting dog breeds in North America; to conserve game by using well trained reliable hunting dogs before and after the shot; and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging non selective and uncontrolled breeding, which produces unwanted and uncared for dogs. 

Our Chapter would add that a big part of our WHY is also to positively impact and educate new hunters, thereby supporting wildlife conservation. 

Our goal is to acquaint hunters, sporting dog enthusiasts, and any interested person with the proper humane training methods, outlined in the NAVHDA AIMS book. We are family oriented and always welcome guests and new members.

You do not have to be a member of NAVHDA International to join our chapter and come to training days but it is required if you want to test, get the magazine, and/or get a copy of the "NAVHDA green training book." 

Who We Are

The Spoon River Chapter of NAVHDA serves central Illinois. We are a relatively smaller club, with a variety of ages in our membership. We have a very energetic, active membership that is always willing to lend a helping hand. Our main goal during training days is to teach handlers how to train and handle a versatile hunting dog. We have many knowledgeable members on hand and try to keep the group informed between training and meeting days by e-mailing, phone calls, or blogging on our site, and also get together between scheduled training days. 

Our chapter offers so many things for the hunting dog enthusiast.  $40 a year gets you access to excellent private training grounds, a variety of game birds, top notch training equipment, excellent experienced advice, paid guiding opportunities, volunteer hunting and outdoor show events, discounts on hunting dog equipment, and a chance to meet new hunting friends. We work directly with multiple hunting clubs, NWTF Wheelin' Sportsmen, and IDNR.  We are a fully functioning 501c3 charity because of our volunteering in the hunting education and guiding community.  The Spoon River Chapter is a family oriented club. Please feel free to always involve your spouse and children in training or testing sessions. What a great way to start a family activity, and meet a lot of new friends.

If you are not a member of Spoon River NAVHDA yet, and would like to become one, please pay via PayPal on our home page and email Shae Birkey at slbirk@gmail.com to be added to future event emails.  Thank you! 

Training Days

Training days typically begin at 8:00 AM, unless the weather is unusually warm in which case we may start earlier. They include a break at 11 or 12 for lunch. All current and prospective members are invited to attend.  Training days, tests, associated chapter meetings, hunts, and other events will be listed on our calendar.  Any questions...contact Training Director Shae Birkey at slbirk@gmail.com. Training days are typically held at Gobblers Knob Hunting Preserve near Canton Il and nearby Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area, unless otherwise mentioned. A special thanks goes to Don Duell at Gobblers Knob for his continued support.  Gobbler's Knob 26471 E, State Highway 9, Canton IL, 61520. 

Gobbler's Knob has game birds (typically pigeons, quail, pheasants, and chukar) available to sell and self-guided or fully guided pheasant, chukar, and quail hunts during hunting season.  


President:  Graham Haley  

Vice President:  Dustin Nash

Secretary:  Shae Birkey   slbirk@gmail.com  217-369-0314 

Training Director: Brett Pomrenke gundog_15@yahoo.com  309-840-5281 

Test Secretary:  Peg Roginski rojohse@comcast.net 309-525-0995

Treasurer:  Jeff Sikora    


This is an independent web site maintained by Spoon River NAVHDA Chapter.  Spoon River NAVHDA Chapter does not and is not authorized to speak or act on behalf of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, Inc. 

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events

Pay Yearly Dues

Natural Ability Test Fee

Utility/Utility Prep Test Fee

Donate toward Youth Hunts