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Club History


Mississippi Headwaters Retriever Club is located 10 miles south of Bemidji, Minnesota on Hwy 71. 

The club was formed in 1965 by sportsmen in the Bemidji area.  In 1998 the club changed its name to the Headwaters Gun Dog Club to respond to sportsmen in the area who wanted to be involved with other hunting breeds. 

In 2002 the club voted to change the name to Headwaters Retriever Club and apply for accreditation from the American Kennel Club.  After holding four successful Plan A events, AKC accredited the club as the Mississippi Headwaters Retriever Club.  With over 195 entries, MHRC hosted its first AKC sanctioned Hunt Test in July, 2003

​Club Objective

  • Provide recreational and social opportunities for the members

  • Encourage Conservation of game by the development and training of retriever gun dogs

  • Promote retriever training for hunting, field trials, and hunt test, encourage and support members that wish to participate in obedience trials and dog shows.

  • Conduct sanctioned hunt test and field trials for the pure bred retriever breeds.

  • Protect and advance the interest of pure bred retrievers and training to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

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  • Upcoming Events
  • April 18 AKC Judges Seminar Cancelled
  • April 19 HRC Judges Seminar Cancelled
  • 2020 MHHRC Informal FT May 2-3 Cancelled

  • 2020 AKC Field Trial July 10-12

  • 2020 AKC Hunt Test July 17-19

  • 2020 HRC Hunt Test August 15-16

  • In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic We will continue to update our website and Facebook page to keep everyone up to date on MHHRC events.


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