Gooser has been away from HT now for quite sometime....
Even when I was running them some 5 yrs ago or so,,, I was surprised at AKC hunt tests, that MOST of the Senior marks , the gunners were hidden behind winger hides, There were never any exposed gunners in the field..
The tests I witnessed Many many moons before this,, there WERE gunners exposed in the field, thowing hand thrown dead birds and flyers.
Just 2 gunners and chairs,,
I know I am not loosing my mind, because LONG ago, you needed to train for a retired gun in Senior.
Memory bird Gunner would step out, from lets say a tree row,, throw and shoot a dead bird,, then as the dog was on its way to the other "Go" bird,, (usually the flyer) the Memory bird gunner would step back into the tree row and retire..
Long ago,, were not guns in AKC HUNT TESTS exposed, and NOT behind hides??
If there has been a change,,, WHY??