“Inspire and promote outstanding Amateur Bird Dog Competition while supporting and conserving Upland Habitat.”

The AFTCA’s mission is to advocate and support Amateur Bird Dog Field Trial competition in quality events and to strive to make available to amateur participants extraordinary Upland Bird venues on which to compete.

To foster and increase interest in and knowledge of Upland Game Birds and their conservation in order to perpetuate them for future generations.

To organize for the purpose of strengthening our capacity to meet our objectives of improving the status and existence of Upland Birds and the genetics and performance of Bird Dogs.

Top Amateur Handler - Challenge for the Blue

The second season of the largest and most inclusive Amateur Handler Award in the AFTCA’s history and in the sport of Field Trialing has begun!

For complete details on this competition for Individual Members and Member Clubs visit Top Amateur Handler.

For great Sponsorship opportunities visit Top Amateur Handler Sponsorship.

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17 Jan 2022 News > Championships ~ Drawings

National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship 2022

National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship Camp Robinson Immediately following Shooting Dog Derby Judges, Tony King & Luke Topp 1a. One Day Lucky Strike, PM, Layne Hodges 1b. Hale’s High Flyer, PF, Jeff Hale 2a. Charlie’s Zip Tie, SM, Bill Owen 2b. Erin’s Country Rebel, PM, Sean Derrig 3a. Magic Maggie Mae, PF, Klaus Schmidt 3b. Lil Red Pete C, VM, Laura Miller 4a. Touch’s Steely Dan, PM, John Van Horn…
17 Jan 2022 News > Championships ~ Drawings

National Amateur Shooting Dog Derby Championship 2022

National Amateur Shooting Dog Derby Championship Camp Robinson Jan 20, 2022 8AM Judges, Steve Messick & Joyce Taylor   1a. Carbonado’s Silver Sage, PF, Austin Turley 1b. Kittys Bear Creek Kassy, PF, John Van Horn 2a. Mr. Arkansas, PM, Mike Lemon 2b. Three Sheets In The Wind, PM, Johnny Ornsby                                         …

National Amateur All Age Invitational Championship Report

                                                                                                                      NATIONAL AMATEUR ALL-AGE INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP By: Jim Atchison The AFTCA sponsored the 41st running of their National Amateur All-Age Invitational Championship on the six National Championship courses of Ames Plantation December 5-8.   AFTCA secretary, Piper Huffman, organized the championship and would be the first to admit she experienced some stress as some the qualified 12 dogs were scratched, due…

2021 National Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship by Greg Blair

The 2021 AFTCA National Amateur Walking Championship was run November 12th-14th at Keith Wright’s Redwood Farm, near Covington, IN. The Redwood Farm is the perfect place to show a walking shooting dog with rolling hills, edges, feed strips and plenty of cover that gives the opportunity for dogs to make moves while staying completely in tune with the handler.  Most importantly there was no shortage of birds as every brace…