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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NSTRA?

NSTRA is the National Shoot to Retrieve Association. The National Shoot to Retrieve Association is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated bird hunters looking for a way to extend the upland bird season and provide service to its members. NSTRA Field Trials provide competition with others who enjoy bird dogs, in a sportsmanlike environment under hunting conditions.

Why join NSTRA?

Are you a bird hunter with limited wild bird hunting opportunities? Are you looking for a way to include your entire family in your hunting experience? Do you have a hunting dog that needs to get out more? Are you willing to learn more, make new friends and enjoy the company of other sportsmen? NSTRA just may be the place for you! Read more on the national NSTRA site HERE

Who can become a NSTRA member?

Membership is open to all sportsman looking to extend the hunting season and enjoy a competitive experience for their families and dogs. NSTRA consists of 31 Regions in the Continental US and Canada, which offer over 1,000 field trial opportunities throughout the year.

Become a NSTRA member HERE 


(Select Mid-North as your Chapter until ours has been recognized).

What breeds does NSTRA recognize for trials?

Any dog that is eligible to be registered as a recognized pointing dog breed with UKC, AKC (no PAL/ILP registered dogs), FDSB, CKC (Canadian Kennel Club), and VDD registries. Your dog must be registered to receive placements.

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