On Thursday April 23, 2015 we had a gathering of the faithful Bay Area California Side by Side members who met at the Black Point Sports Club, now renamed Wing & Barrel, to shoot Chukar in glorious Sonoma County.  We had an exciting array of mixed gauges of side by sides and over and unders used by those attending as listed below:

Roger Stuart: Connecticut Shot Gun RBL 20 ga.
John Brezzo: Parker DHE 28 ga.
Steve Kint: Arrieta 20 ga.
Dexter Lowry: Lefever 16 ga. and 12 ga. (with spreader loads)
Duff Lundy: Arrieta 20 ga.
Patti Strait: (Duff Lundy’s daughter) Browning Lightening Grade O/U 20 ga.
Marston Nauman: Grulla Round Body 20 ga.
Randy Smith: Abercrombie & Fitch (Rizzini) 410
Frank Wentworth: Franchi O/U 28 ga.
Bob Devlin: Arrizabalaga 28 ga.

Our shooters put a serious dent in the chukar population with Randy Smith getting the sportsman’s award for shooting his 410 with great accuracy. Marston Nauman newly converted from 12 ga. to 20 ga. shot his Grulla 217 RB and with each bird downed a bigger smile. Duff Lundy shot his Arrieta 20 ga. hitting a number of doubles as did his daughter Patti with her Browning 20 ga. 

Following the two walk ups which we shot over the Black Point Kennel Labs, Side by Side members took to the field for a cleanup sweep with Frank Wentworth’s 13 year old pointing yellow lab Peach producing four birds in forty minutes. Duff Lundy’s nine year old Brittany Mohican clover leafs the field like a vacuum cleaner and never misses a scent and holds his points so that Duff can leisurely walk up to take a shot.

We returned to the club house to enjoy a glass of wine and chukar breast hors d’oeurves prior to sitting down to a medium rare steak, mixed salad and wild rice which was followed by proprietor Mike Sutsos wife’s outstanding Biscotti for desert. A great time was had by all with lively convivial conversations around the table set for ten.  We gave a special toast to long standing member Duff Lundy who has been hunting over his various Brittany’s since 1964, that’s fifty one years, nine generations and thirteen Brits. He found what he liked many years ago and has stuck with this formable breed to include field trial work and master hunters in the mix.  Congratulations Duff!


Robert T. Devlin