The Bird Dog Monument & Field Trial Mural
A life-size bronze statue of an English Pointer sculpted by Robert Wehle was unveiled in Union Springs, Alabama, on February 21,1996. It pays tribute to Bullock County’s unexcelled upland hunting bird dogs and the Bullock County residents elected as members of the Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tennessee.
Located at the intersection of Prairie Street and Hardaway Avenue, the statue is situated atop an 8-foot-tall granite pillar. The names of the twelve Bullock County men inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame are engraved on the south side of the monument. Donors’ names, including memorials by family members, are engraved on the north side of the monument.
The larger than life Field Trial mural on the north side of the building located at 140 N. Prairie Street was dedicated on February 9, 2017.
It was commissioned by the Tourism Council of Bullock County with donations from field trial enthusiasts from all over the United States. This classic field trial scene was painted in downtown Union Springs by renowned muralist Wes Hardin and represents the competitive and social events that highlight Bullock County field trials. (see photo below)
On February 22, 1950, the first National Shooting Dog Championship, an Amateur Free-for-All, was held at Sedgefields Plantation in Bullock County. This 14,000 acre quail hunting preserve was owned and developed by Lewis B. Maytag, a household name in washing machines and other appliances to this day. Sedgefields Plantation is still host to the National Amateur Free-for-All Championship and the National Open Shooting Dog Championship. Several other plantations in Bullock County also host field trials, including championships, from October through March.
The City of Union Springs welcomes many tourists during the annual event. For more info on local field trials click on this LINK. If you would like your own copy of the brochure containing information about the men of Bullock County who are members of the The Field Trial Hall of Fame, located in Grand Junction, Tennessee, click on this LINK. Two people and two dogs are elected each year based on specific criteria. Twelve members of the prestigious Hall of Fame have been residents of Bullock County, representing more honorees than any other area of the country. These members are listed in the brochure along with their year of induction and a brief summation of accomplishments.