When will this stop ?
When will this stop ?
By "this" I guess you mean movement? Some movement will always exist. Such as gunners sitting down, or opening their guns.
Movement of a few feet to retire will probably always be around to some extent.
What kind of movement are you referring to specifically? Sounds like something you didn't like this weekend.
Angie is right, training for it is the best. There are several drills where the gunner moves from one gun station to another in a stickman pattern while the dog is enroute.
From the current FT rulebook, Standard Procedure, Chapter 8:
I don't quite know where to start here....8. On marked retrieves, a dog should be able to see
each bird in the air and as it falls, and the Guns should be
so stationed as to be conspicuous to and easily identified
by the dog. No Dry Guns should be stationed in the field
and visible to the dog while a marking test is run, or while
the marking portion of a combination mark / blind test is
run. Guns may be requested to shoot twice at every bird.
After birds have been shot, all Guns shall remain quiet
and only move their positions in accordance with specific
instructions by Judges. Judges may instruct Guns and
their associated bird thrower to retire from the sight of
the dog or dogs on line provided that such instructions
should provide all reasonable assurance that the movement
of the Guns and thrower will not distract the running
dog from viewing the marks thrown and to be
thrown as part of the test, or divert the running dog from
proceeding to the first bird for which the dog is sent.
Retired Guns and throwers should be concealed by a
blind with adequate natural camouflage or by adequate
natural cover as close as possible to the place from
which the mark was thrown or shot and so located as to
minimize the development of a trail that will lead the
running dog away from the area of the fall. In no circumstances
should the judges have the guns move to
another position to mislead dogs in their marking. No
blinds should be placed in the field in a marking test
except in accordance with the provisions set forth in
this paragraph or for the purpose of protecting the running
dogs from injury by unseen hazards.
The above pretty much gives all the guidance anyone who ever sits in the chair would need with regard to movement of gunners/throwers BEFORE THE DOG IS SENT. It shouldn't happen. The Standard Procedure gives guidance on how it is to be avoided.
That said, Angie's right. Somehow, the above passage still doesn't keep it from EVER happening.
Now, from the other side of the coin....when else are the gunners supposed to move? When the dog is released to retrieve, the gunners should move THEN to either sit down where instructed or retire to where instructed. If they're moving any other time, there are mechanical issues that need to be addressed by the judges or the stake marshal.
That's all I've got with no more specific situational info to work with.
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When the last bird down has gunners literally running to a holding blind, drawing the attention of every running dog to the extent they follow the kids to the blind therefore detracting from their marking, actually causing a pop on one dog vs going directly to the mark, I question this.
I guess as a judge myself I wonder why I work so hard to do the right thing when so many competitors out there just dont care. Maybe I take this too seriously, maybe I should lighten up?
I have to agree totally and a particular test last fall immediately comes to mind. Some things will never change. You can only bring it to every ones attention and hope some one will listen.
I’m also surprised at how many tests I’m seeing that the judges can’t see the hunts. How can you judge a dog’s hunt that you can’t see?
I am sure you can train for it but we are dealing with prey animals here, movement causes them to follow either with their eyes or their feet.
Always try to set a good example I say, but you can't help stupid from happening.
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I do understand your point. And I don't think it's the competitors that don't care. They do. Why else would there be marking drills for the competitor to address this very problem?
Gunners walking, running, wiggling back to the holding blind happens every weekend. No one likes it. We can just be prepared the best we can for it...
I would like to hear some feedback on a related question.
How would you judge the pop that occurred?
The dog was sent for the go-bird and the kids began moving to the blind. The dog saw them and ran after them as did 12 other dogs that ran the test. As they ducked into the blind he was on their tail. The pop was a quick stop at the holding blind. The dog did not sit, just a quick stop for maybe 30 seconds looking back to the handler with a puzzled look then without any direction from the handler the dog resumed his quest for the bird. He had a couple of circles behind the blind then went in front to the bird.
How would you judge this?