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2024 Spring NAVHDA NA, UPT, UT Test

Friday, Saturday & Sunday  May 17th (NA Only), 18th (NA, UPT, UT) &19st (NA Only) at 7:00 AM  (Rain or Shine)  

hosted by
Mark and Michelle Wilbers
Brush Dale Hunting Preserve

[Test Entry Guidelines]  [Test Entry Form]
[Driving Directions] [Local Lodging]

Test Entry Fee:  NA $125; UPT $175; UT $175.          



To receive a refund of your Test Entry Fee, you must cancel two weeks or more prior to the day of the Test by contacting the Test Secretary. Late cancellations, for any reason, will result in a forfeiture of your Test Entry Fee.

Chukar will be used for the Field Search.

Andrew Cafe
16 W. Benton St., Andrew (563) 672-3405
Opens at 6:30 AM
From Brush Dale, turn right onto Hwy 62. After approx. 2 miles, turn left (east) off Hwy 62 onto Benton. Cafe is approx. 1 block on left.

Bring your own snacks and lunch.

No-Host Dinner Saturday 6:30 PM

Emergency Veterinarian
Bellevue Veterinary Clinic, North Riverview St., Bellevue, IA. 563-872-4710


Who Can Enter? Any NAVHDA-registered versatile hunting dog. Owner and handler must be NAVHDA International members.
How to Enter: Send one complete Test Entry Form and the Test Entry Fee for each dog you are entering to:


Michelle Wilbers, 17374 Hwy 62 , Maquoketa, IA 52060

Test Secretary


Chapter Member Volunteers Needed!

If you can help with any of the following positions, please contact Michelle Wilbers at 563-672-3291   EMAIL

Field Marshall
(Have next handler/dog ready. Have next event setup/ready. Keep gallery from interfering.)
Bird Planters
(Use 4-wheeler to plant birds for field test.)
Food Organizer
(Gets lunch count and gets out box lunches.) Gunners
(1 for each NA field test to fire blanks - minimal walking)
Judge Steward
(Looks after comfort / needs of judges.)

UPT/UT Gunners


NOTE:  This is used to pay your entry fee. 

You MUST complete the NAVHDA Test Entry Form to be entered in the test.

The Natural Ability Test

The Natural Ability Test is designed to evaluate the inherent natural abilities of young dogs and gain insight into their possible usefulness as versatile gun dogs. Although a dog's natural abilities are being evaluated, a dog is expected to be prepared to take the Test.  In the Spring participation in March, April and May Training Days and the Mock Test is highly recommended.  When testing in the Fall you have June, July, August and September to prepare your puppy.  The Test rates seven important inherited abilities: nose, search, tracking, pointing, water, desire and cooperation.


 [Test Description]

Test entrants are judged one at a time, by three judges, with their performance scored against a standard. Prizes are awarded on the basis of numerical scores achieved in the test. Each dog that meets or exceeds minimum standards in all areas of work is placed in one of three categories: Prize I, II or III. Prize I being the highest classification. If all dogs entered in a NAVHDA test perform very well, all can receive a Prize I.

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