While several have touched on this I think it has still been underplayed. The amount of volunteer hours needed to put on a hunt test is tremendous. Even with a well oiled machine there is lots of planning months in advance and then last minute headaches that add to the pleasure. Judges sometimes cancel at the last minute, bird supplier doesn't have the quality of burds you expected, no one has a key to the club equipment trailer, etc.
My personal favorite thathappened to me was with a NAHRA club I was test chair for. We having this on state land in southern Ohio. We didn't realize it was the same weekend as a pointer trial. We both had permits from the state. The pointer people were trying to tell me we had to go somewhere else, this was Friday afternoon the day before the test. Fortunately, it was a big area and we had a rather small test. The pointer folks were kind enough to let me know they had told all the local landowners that the retriever people would be the ones responsible for any crop damage. I looked at the guy and said our dogs are never out of sight?! As it turned out we only had one pointer interfere with a dog, it came running through the test and grab a duck. We were able to grab it and hold it until the owner came looking for it.