Below is information about training with Delmarva NAVHDA. Experienced members will readily answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!

Training days are listed under the events section on the home page and chapter members will receive an email about ordering birds before the training day (typically the Monday before). If you are not yet a member but are going to join our training day and didn't get the email please call our training director (Ivan Mast 302-542-1173) or email our director of membership (Margaret Quillen 


The following is a list of equipment recommended for training your dog with Delmarva NAVHDA.

For the Dogs

  • Water & Bowl to keep your dog hydrated and cool

  • Squeeze bottle to water your dog in the field

  • Sturdy leather or nylon collar

  • 6′ leather leash

  • Kennel or Stakeout for when you dog is waiting their turn

  • 20′ check cord (optional), High visibility recommended

For the Humans

  • Fluorescent clothing e.g. hat, shirt, and/or vest

  • Sturdy boots for walking over rough uneven terrain

  • Rubber boots for wet days

  • Bug spray for ticks and chiggers

  • Starter pistol and primers

  • Bird bag

  • Whistle

As you proceed with your training you may want to purchase bird launchers, E-collars, bumpers, decoys etc. 


Conservation Access Pass

In Delaware, it is required to display a Conservation Access Pass on your car when parking at Delaware Wildlife Areas. However, when the chapter reserves the dog training area, a Conservation Access Pass is not required. For training days, we appreciate donations to cover the cost of the reservation.

To obtain your pass, please visit:

Scheduling Information

  • Check the calendar on the homepage for updates to the testing and training schedule and locations.

  • Join Delmarva NAVHDA to be informed of schedule changes (via email), additions, and how to request birds for training days.

  • We recommend checking our facebook page or calling our Training Director, Ivan Mast (302-542-1173) for last minute updates prior to traveling to training events from out of town. 


2021 Tentative Dates

March 14th Alan Visintainer Herring Run Farm

April 11th   Petersburg C and R Center

May 2nd Petersburg C and R Center

June 6th Beagle Club/Petersburg

July 11th   Beagle Club/Petersburg

August 8th Beagle Club/Petersburg                    

September 12th  Beagle Club /Petersburg

October 10th  Beagle Club/Petersburg

November 7th  Beagle Club/Petersburg Training and Annual meeting.

December 5th  Beagle Club/Petersburg