Mike Collson

Past President

27509 NE 16th Ave. Ridgfield, WA 98642

Like so many in in the Hunt Test game I began while trying to get a better hunting partner. My goal was to get a better retriever and I can honestly say mission accomplished. The greatest side benefit has been the friendships we’ve made along the way. My wife Dee and I live in Ridgefield, WA with three Labradors. We have two grown married sons and we have two precious grandchildren and love to spend as much time as possible with them.

I absolutely love our sport and have been lucky enough to be President of the Oregon Hunting Retriever Club in Portland OR. I am always humbled and amazed at the quality of the people who participate in our game and especially our club. Our sport is at a critical juncture at this time with unprecedented growth in entries and demand. We face a crimp on quality land and water access and coupled with an aging volunteer work force it has made our events that we all love so much tougher to execute.

Those that know me know I have a can do approach to every endeavor I take on and the Hunt Test game is no exception. As a community we all need to come together to become part of the solution or we will end up as part of the problem. Please don’t miss any opportunities to volunteer at the Master National and at your weekend club tests.

Our sport while enriched by our dogs, has always been about the people. We have a lot of outstanding people in our sport and I look forward to meeting more in Tri Cities this fall. The Master National is part of the journey and not the destination, enjoy every second of it!

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