Why Join

The Missouri Uplands Family?

We are a passionate group of men and women with decades of experience spread across the versatile breeds backed by the greatest testing system in North America.

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$35 / yr

  • If you're a new member, you are welcome to pay using PayPal, but please fill out the form below!


$35 / yr


  • Russell G. Runge
  • 1122 Dogwood Dr
  • Mexico, MO 65265


Throughout the training season our chapter hosts training days at a variety of locations across Illinois and Missouri. Find upcoming events on our Facebook page.

Where hard work pays off

Chapter Tests

Each year, In the Spring and Fall we host a two day test for the Natural Ability, Utility Prep, and Utility levels.


Each year members participate in our annual meeting, fun hunt, seminars, and at least one charity hunting event.

If you are interested in registering for our upcoming seminar, please complete the form below.

Meet Our

Chapter Officers

The people behind the scenes who volunteer their time and effort towards making the chapter a greater experience.

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Fred Rice

I have been a member of NAVHDA and the MO Uplands Chapter since 1995, and a charter member of this chapter. My breed of choice is the GSP. I have ran dogs in 56 NA, 2 UPT, 32 UT, and 2 IT tests. My most notable dog is VC Jacob vd Westwind MH.

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Vice President

Tim Materkowski

I’ve been running NAVHDA since 2018 and a member of MoUplands since 2019. Currently, both my GSPs will be running in the 2021 invitational. Ike (right) has AKC Advanced Master Hunter title. Future plans are to get Demi (left) her AKC Master Hunter title finished this spring and move toward Advanced. Both dogs currently run in NSTRA, where I sit on the Board for the Illinois Region. I am a certified IDNR Wingshooting & Hunters Wingshooting instructor and a youth coordinator for local Quail Forever chapter.

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Steve Remspecher

Joined Navhda and Mo Uplands in 1999. My breed of choice is the Deutsch Kurzhaar and I test my dogs in the Navhda and Nadkc ( German ) testing systems. During this time period I ran 6 dogs through NA, 4 through UT and 2 through to the Invitational. I have owned GSP's starting in 1974 and have produced two Deutsch Kurzhaar litters. I love to upland and waterfowl hunt.

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Test Secretary

Lee Abbott

I joined the MO Uplands chapter and NAVHDA in 2019. This past summer, Pearl and I ran her NA test, earning a prize 1. My wife and I were recently blessed with our second GSP, Chief, who came into our lives at 18 months old, and we couldn't be happier with his loving demeanor.

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Russell Runge

I've been a member of NAVHDA and Mo Uplands since 1999. I currently have a GSP and a GWP and have run 4 dogs through NA and 2 through UT. Looking forward to testing my new Sundance puppy Hans in the spring test.

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Public Communications

Christy Langston

I joined NAVHDA in 2019 looking for breed knowledge and training advice. I found just that. I currently own two German Shorthairs, Annie and Raven, and they make every day a new adventure. Annie has earned her NA 112 Prize 1, and Raven is training towards her UT test.

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Brandon Whitfield

I joined NAVHDA in 2017 after listening to the Hunting Dog Podcast. My favorite breed is the GSP. My favorite dog was Macintosh - He was an all liver GSP I grew up with, and my dads best bird dog. I now have a little boy of my own and he is being raised with an all liver GSP - VC Too Much Jager.

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Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Matthews

I joined the MO Uplands NAVHDA Chapter in 2020, in an attempt to learn how to turn our first GSP into a hunting companion for my husband. My husband, Jim, and our daughter, Lexi, live in St. Louis with our GSP, Scout. After each training day, I found myself excited to continue working with Scout on everything we learned & eagerly anticipating the next one! The training days & NA test have prepared us to now be enjoying our first hunting season together.

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