The 2018 Master National will be held in Roseburg, Oregon on October 18-28 an taking the helm of our ship will be former Region IV Vice President Kevin Bunnell. We thought you might like to get to know Kevin as he embarks on a journey for the love of the sport. Good Luck Kevin!
I live in Roseburg, Oregon with my wife Pam of 45 years. We have two sons, five granddaughters, and 4 black Labradors. My occupation as a self-employed contractor has given me the freedom to devote a lot of time to this sport.
I have been involved with hunting dogs for about 30 years. It was in the early 90’s that I was introduced to the “hunt test” sport of training and testing. When I was first introduced to this sport, my main objective was to learn
new training techniques to improve the hunting abilities of my dogs. An older gentleman, Bob Klausman, shared his observation that a lot of people start this sport to improve their hunting dogs. However, it wasn’t long before the sport of training and retrieving overtook the sport of hunting. At the time, I heartily disagreed. After twenty five years of training, testing, judging and lots of money … Bob Klausman was so right!!
I have trained and titled 10 Master Hunters. I also had the privilege of judging the 2007 Master National. I am a founding member of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, the 2018 Master National Host Club, and have served on the board for many years. My family and friends know that from February to October, judging and running dogs are my obsession, Pam and I are on the road “Doggin It”.
Our social calendar is scheduled around hunt tests, training days, and judging. Hopefully no weddings or funerals are
planned around this time – because I probably won’t be able to attend! My kids have labeled me a “Hunt Test Junky”.
I’ve come to realize that attending the Master National is like a class reunion of sorts. The friendships, comradery and shared successes and failures are what I cherish most. After all, where else can you go and find a whole field of “Hunt Test Junkies”?
It is an honor to serve on the Master National Board of Directors as the president of this organization. It is
my goal to orchestrate a smooth and successful event. Fun and comradery will be the main focus.
Please feel free to contact me through email or phone at any time. I love talking dogs!!