With the discussion going on about a senior test with a blind up the middle let me present you with this scenario. The above quote is from the HT guideline.Page 33 - Whenever a blind is placed prior to a mark going down and it is to be run after the mark is retrieved, the blind shall never be placed in the same area of the fall or near enough to the gun station as to intentionally mislead the dog on its mark. This does not apply, however, to a bird that is thrown while a dog is running on a blind. Such a bird is not a trick, but a diversion bird for the dog on the blind and as such it is judged as a control situation, not as a mark.
Double Mark – First bird throw is flyer
Blind in between the marks, roughly 25 yards from both falls and is hot. (bird planted)
Instructions to handler – after both marks go down, pickup first mark of your choice, then run the blind, then pickup second mark.
Judges actions : if flyer landed too close to blind, no bird was called and sent back 3 dogs.
Would this constitute a violation of the rule stated on page 33?