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Armour is located in Douglas County along US Highway 281 just south of SD Highway 44 in south-central South Dakota.

Armour Hosts Fall Hunt Test
for the American Pointing
Labrador Association

We had the extreme good fortune to host members of the American Pointing Labrador Association for a fall hunt test September 28-29, 2013. A big thank you to Scott Olson and Brad Lhotak for organizing the event and bringing it to Armour. Scott is a familiar face around Armour since he works with NorthWestern in his day job. Under his work shirt, he must wear the uniform of ultimate outdoorsman, dog-lover, hunter and champion of pointing labs because he brought a heck of a nice event to our town. Brad is a Wagner native who recently returned to that area. Thank you to all the owners and handlers who brought dogs to town and participated in the events held at Lake Alcazar; CRP land owned by David and Cindy Nase; Marv Mills’ preserve located at his lodge, the Mills’ Pheasant Hunt; and the pasture ground at the location of the former Hanskutt elevator, which is owned by Mark VanDerWerff. It was nice to meet all the participants and we appreciate that you shared your sport with us and were so friendly and eager to share information about what happens during a hunt test.

For those of you who are not familiar with Pointing Labradors, they are gun dogs that point at upland game birds. They have all the traits of a Labrador Retriever such as a keen nose, friendly disposition and trainability, but they are a smaller dog. According to the Rocky Mountain Pointing Labrador Club, “The Pointing Lab combines all of the best qualities of the Labrador Retriever as a great family companion, superb hunter and retriever on land or water with the added advantages of a pointer.  The Pointing Lab will find upland game and establish point  – holding the game until its handler can reach the area and flush the game.”

Scott and Brad put in a lot of work to make the event a reality. We sincerely hope they do it again next year. If you would like more information on Pointing Labradors, please visit the website of the American Pointing Labrador Association.

In addition to the landowners who provided pheasant habitat for the test, a great group of Armour-area residents helped out. In particular, the members of the local 4-H shooting sports club (both the kids and their parents) did an excellent job helping out. What a thrill to see them working with all of our out-of-state guests.

– Susan Hoffmann-Lout, mayor of Armour

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Scott Olson June 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Thanks to everyone in Armour that helped with the APLA hunt test / 4H shooting sports fund raiser. It went very well, again this year. The Armour community showed your true colors. Everyone was welcomed with a great South Dakota WELCOME. Land owners worked very hard to make this run smoothly as well. Thanks Marv Mills and Dave Nase for the use of your hunting land. Thanks to Heath Brower and Mark VanDerWerff for alowing us to use your property for the retreiving series and thanks to the City of Armour for the use of the lake. Please look at the American Pointing Labrador Associations facebook page for what the entrants are saying about this fantastic community.

2 Vic Rompa June 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

On behalf of the APLA I would like to thank the people of Armour for their outstanding support of our organization during the tests this past weekend. Letting us use Lion’s park to conduct the tests as well as the people of Armour who donated their land for us to run the dogs. Of course, the volunteer help was outstanding. It is so nice to see so many young people and their parents being outside and enjoying the dog work. And to top it off, you kept everyone well hydrated and well fed. Everyone I talked participating in the event felt the welcoming hospitality was incredible. I hope the citizen’s of Armour will ask us back again in 2015!

On a personal note, my wife and I enjoyed judging this test and hope to do so again next year. We don’t mind the 9 hour drive when we have the citizens of Armour to look forward too!

Much appreciated.

Vic Rompa
President APLA

3 Chris Garramone June 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I had the pleasure of attending the APLA test this last weekend. I was amazed by the support of the community and had a wonderful time. This was a very organized event and one that I hope to attend again in the future.

4 Michael Hojer June 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I was in town this last weekend for the APLA hunt tests. I wanted to say thank you for having us and welcoming us in you community. We had a great time.

5 John and Mike June 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Just wanted to say thank you to the generous folks in Armour for allowing us to invade their space this past weekend. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing old friends from last year and making some new ones. We enjoyed our weekend and hope you have a good summer glad we could bring you some showers.

Thanks again
John and Mike dba K and L Kennels

6 Mike Miller June 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Thank you armour. First trip to SD enjoyed your town and state. I will be back. Thanks for hosting 2014 American pointing lab hunt test.

7 Mike STallman June 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I wanted to let the folks in Armour SD know how much we appreciated the hospitality and their friendliness. It was a fun venue. It was also nice to meet some of the other handlers in the APLA that I had not ever met. Thanks.

Mike Stallman
Lafayette, CO
Top Points’ Pointing Labs

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