Amite River Hunting Retriever Club

    "Conserve Game - Hunt with a Trained Retriever"

What We Do


Welcome to the Amite River Hunting Retriever Club (ARHRC). We are located in the Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana metropolitan area.  We are affiliated with the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the national Hunting Retriever Club (HRC). The club consists of both amateurs and professionals, young and old, male and female, and hunters and non hunters. It exists for two main reasons: to help each handler achieve their maximum potential and to better all retriever breeds through selective breeding. We invite you to Like us on Facebook and join us in all the fun that comes with training a top notch retriever.

Amite River present at the rewarding of the HRC Foundation Research Grant to the LSU College of Veterinary Medicine. The grant was awarded to Dr. Cassian Pulaski for her research on heartworm resistance.

L to R:H Glenn Stelly, Dr. Jack Malone, AJ McDonald, Mark Evans

Our History


Amite  River Hunting Retriever Club became an official member of HRC in 1985, the year after HRC was organized.  Its first licensed hunt test was held February 14, 1986.  A total of 71 dogs competed at the Bonnet Carre' Spillway in Norco, LA.  Since the, ARHRC has hosted 29 consecutive annual hunt tests.  The club has hosted two International Grand Hunts.  Most recently, the club hosted the 2010 Spring Grand Hunt Test and 378 dogs with participants from the United States and Canada.  In attendance was one dog from the Republic of Slovenia, a country in Central Europe.  Club members include many accomplished amateur and professional trainers.  One member, Mark Lanier, served as president of the National HRC organization from 2005-2007, and another,  Kevin Bearden, served as Vice President of HRC in 2011.


ARHRC is a growing club and has recently expanded into a host club for the Super Retriever Series Events.  In September 2014, ARHRC held its 1st Annual SRS Club Qualifier and has plans to make this an annual event.

“All I want is to learn how to train my dog to pick up my ducks, geese, and doves.” 


That probably reflects the thoughts of 90% of our members when they joined the Amite River HRC. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, most members, after seeing how much fun it is training their dog and hearing about hunt tests, will run one just to see what everybody is talking about. Usually, after running a test, they're hooked! The great thing about hunt tests is your dog is judged against a performance standard on a pass / fail basis.

Whether you are interested in competing in hunt tests or just want a great hunting dog, we invite you to join us.

Weekend Hunt Test

A weekend hunt test consists of a land series and a water series. HRC Clubs hold a test on Saturday and another one on Sunday. You can enter one or both days. We host a "Tailgate Dinner" Saturday evening after all the dogs have run. After everyone has eaten, the judges announce the results of their test and call the passing dog handlers to receive their pass slip and ribbon. On Sunday, ribbons are presented after each flight completes the test.

ARHRC Annual Spring Hunt Test - The Centerpiece of Our Yearly Activities


We host a UKC licensed hunt test each March. It is typically held on the Dixon Correctional Institute grounds in Jackson, Louisiana, just a 45 minute drive from Baton Rouge and in the surrounding areas. The weekend event is actually two tests, one held Saturday and one on Sunday.   

What to Expect    

In order to run a test, each dog must be entered using a form called a premium which can be found on the HRC Website. Our hunt test will have entries for Started, the beginning level; Seasoned, the intermediate level; and Finished, the advanced level. Each level is broken down into flights of approximately 30 dogs to make it more manageable. Each test consists of a land series and water series.

The tests start early. The premium will list the exact time. First, go to headquarters to check in. You will receive a program with your dog’s number and flight assignment. Next, go to your site location and check in with the site marshal. The marshal is responsible for assigning the running order of all dogs in your flight. Give the marshal your dog’s number and he/she will inform you as to when your dog will run the test. The marshal will inform you of the running slots available and allow you to select one. It is a good idea to identify the dog and handler running ahead of you so you will be ready when your turn comes.     


There are two judges at each test site. They will have a brief handlers meeting to welcome all the handlers, explain gun safety and describe the test. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask.

Test Dog

Each test site will have a test dog. Prior to any competing dogs running the test, a designated test dog will run the test to demonstrate the test mechanics. Watch carefully and ask questions if needed.

What to Bring to a Hunt Test

  • Food and water for your dog
  • Dog lead
  • Lanyard with a duck call and a whistle
  • Wear camo clothing
  • Knee boots
  • Rubber Boots, Hip Boots or Waders if running seasoned or finished
  • Rain gear
  • Insect Repellant
  • Umbrella
  • Cell phone car charger

To make your day more comfortable, we recommend that you bring chairs and a canopy to provide shade for you and your dog. We also suggest that you bring some drinks and snacks.

Friends and Family

Your friends and family are always welcome. Make sure they wear camo or dark clothes since white or light colored clothes may distract a working dog. Be considerate when dogs are working - no loud music or loud talking and no adult beverages at the test sites.