Bird Dog Challenge winners

Photos by Mike Carroll of the Plainsman The Bird Dog Challenge team of Dan Krugman of O’Neill, Neb., left, and Jared Finnegan of Lynch, Neb., center, earned the 2018 title. With them is Kent Shelton, Ringneck Festival board member. Bird Dog Challenge participant Paul Kappler collects his bird Friday afternoon. The Bird Dog Challenge team of Johnny Richman and Jeremy Coon exit the field, accompanied by “Roxy,” a Black Lab and scorekeeper Gail Styer Friday afternoon, as the Challenge wrapped up for 2018.

HURON — The 2018 Bird Dog Challenge wrapped up Friday with the team of Dan Krugman of O’Neill, Neb., and Jared Finnegan of Lynch, Neb., taking top honors.
Coming in second were Craig Steinbach of Thorp, Wis., and Ernest Virgil of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and third place went to Steve Nelson and Dan Krugman, both of O’Neill.
The Bird Dog Challenge was added to the Ringneck Festival 18 years ago, and is held on land donated by Curt and Becky Kempf. It is a 20-minute timed event that puts two hunters and one dog in a field where six pheasants are planted. Each hunter is given five shells, and scores are based on points for birds harvested and retrievals.
The 21st annual Ringneck Festival continues today with teams taking part in competitive hunting, with those results to be published in Monday’s edition.

Photos by Mike Carroll of the Plainsman The Bird Dog Challenge team of Dan Krugman of O’Neill, Neb., left, and Jared Finnegan of Lynch, Neb., center, earned the 2018 title. With them is Kent Shelton, Ringneck Festival board member. Bird Dog Challenge participant Paul Kappler collects his bird Friday afternoon. The Bird Dog Challenge team of Johnny Richman and Jeremy Coon exit the field, accompanied by “Roxy,” a Black Lab and scorekeeper Gail Styer Friday afternoon, as the Challenge wrapped up for 2018.


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