Club activities include monthly training sessions where you can hone the skills of your retriever for the field or competition. This is an opportunity to gather and help each other as well as share in our mutual interest of gun dogs. Special events are held throughout the year, such as practice with live fliers and one AKC hunt test and one HRC hunt test (one in the spring and one in the fall). The Eastern Carolina Hunting Retriever Club has a lot to offer amateur and professional trainers, hunters, dog handlers, and gun dog enthusiasts.
According to www.huntingretrieverclub.org, the Preamble of the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. Constitution states its primary purpose to be: "...the betterment of Hunting Retrievers as a whole and to influence the breeding and training of a better and finer Hunting Retriever; to provide hunters and Hunting Retrievers a series of actual Hunting tests in a controlled system and furnish an ongoing educational program for the Hunters, for their training, experience, and sporting competition. Further, it is the purpose of this Association to support and protect the inherent rights of its members to own, hunt, bear arms, to promote the breed and type of dog of their choice and promote complimentary conservation and management of game birds and wildlife species commonly pursued by the members of the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc." "Conceived by Hunters for Hunters" is both the philosophy and reality of the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. ("HRC"). A Non-Profit, totally volunteer organization with the exception of an Administrative Secretary, HRC is democratically governed by a Board of Directors and an elected Executive Committee. Formed in 1984, the HRC boasts active membership of 8,500+ with 132 Clubs in 36 States and 2 Provinces. Membership in HRC is open to all persons regardless of age, race, religion, creed or national origin. The HRC is a family-oriented organization offering outdoor fun and fellowship to its participants. Participation by women and children is strongly encouraged and a wholesome atmosphere is maintained at all times. While most HRC members own retrieving breeds, participation in events is open to other versatile hunting dog breeds that can do the work.
The substantial membership of HRC are devout outdoorsmen, women and young people. 17% of HRC members are under 30 years of age, 38% are age 30-40, and 45% are over 40. This diverse membership includes responsible hunting individuals from all walks of life, including doctors, law enforcement officers, engineers, lawyers, mothers, ministers, students, and more. We strongly encourage family participation. The HRC is a magnificent organization that helps to teach discipline, responsibility, hard work and accomplishment to our young people in the out of doors - away from the television set!
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.” - Dwight D.Eisenhower