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    I would suggest running hunt tests before...

    I would suggest running hunt tests before venturing into field trials.
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    The only thing I don't like to train in is cotton...

    The only thing I don't like to train in is cotton stubble. Those stalks are wicked and can hurt a dog.
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    Here's a damn good looking female. Conformation...

    Here's a damn good looking female. Conformation Champion, Hunting Retriever Champion, Master Hunter
  4. Is Benson running the HRC Grand this Fall?

    Is Benson running the HRC Grand this Fall?
  5. Why not look into an American Water Spaniel if...

    Why not look into an American Water Spaniel if you want to upland hunt and run hunt tests (you didn't say if you wanted to run Upland ht's or Retriever ht's). But an AWS can do all of what you want ...
  6. Benson won first place in a Derby this weekend.

    Benson won first place in a Derby this weekend.
  7. As a HRC judge, who often sets up down the shore...

    As a HRC judge, who often sets up down the shore blinds, I have to agree. If it's a water blind, the dog should be wet. If the handler sends the dog too fat, I mark "PIL" on my sheet and count it as...
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    There is also the mid South Boykin Spaniel...

    There is also the mid South Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club that is near Birmingham. Don't let the name fool you as there are some serious trainers in that club and several Grand dogs. They usually...
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    Don't forget about H. Cooper Black Recreational...

    Don't forget about H. Cooper Black Recreational Area in Patrick, SC. The Master National was held there last year.
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    Congratulations. Those are all good trainers that...

    Congratulations. Those are all good trainers that you've been working with.
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    Try feeding him Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream...

    Try feeding him Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream formula.
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    If you're training for HRC, then use primer loads...

    If you're training for HRC, then use primer loads since that's what they use at the line. If training for AKC, all the shots come from the field so the noise shouldn't be a problem. Doing the...
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    All of those constitute handling.

    All of those constitute handling.
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    We put wings in our whelping boxes when pups...

    We put wings in our whelping boxes when pups start carrying stuff around. Introduction to clipped wing birds starts at about 5-6 weeks. We raise American Water Spaniels.
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    Stephen Durrance passed 10 out of 12! Amazing.

    Stephen Durrance passed 10 out of 12! Amazing.
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    I'd look at an AWS. If you're in Maine, try to...

    I'd look at an AWS. If you're in Maine, try to get in touch with John Enman.
  17. All of the HRC Finished tests have marks and...

    All of the HRC Finished tests have marks and blinds combined. Blinds are usually inside the marks.
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    Once in a while, you will see a flyer in HRC, but...

    Once in a while, you will see a flyer in HRC, but not often. I was asked, once, by a hunt committee if I minded including a flyer in a test I was to judge. I didn't mind. As far as selecting a bird...
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    You don't have to pass any series to get a...

    You don't have to pass any series to get a plaque. You order that when you sign up.
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    PM'd you about a contact.

    PM'd you about a contact.
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    The ducks at Music City come from South Carolina....

    The ducks at Music City come from South Carolina. I usually transport them for Kim when I'm judging there.
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    Pellham, owned by Butch Herb won the Open class....

    Pellham, owned by Butch Herb won the Open class. Clint Lowdermilk's dog won Intermediate. That's all I remember or heard.
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    Dogs can smell the bumper without any scent...

    Dogs can smell the bumper without any scent applied.
  24. For sure, run 2 Started tests. Get some line time...

    For sure, run 2 Started tests. Get some line time experience for both you and your dog.
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    I always thought tug of war would lead to...

    I always thought tug of war would lead to stickiness. I don't do it. JMO.
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