Restricted is a very tough double with a short retired and a very long blind. all birds are hen pheasants and all require dogs to swim. cover is that nasty rose bush stuff. lots of tough terrain, a quad road runs through it, lots of nasty rose thorns--very difficult. we are on a rain delay now. 14 dogs have run and 4 of those 14 have run the blind. Others have either picked up, or handled so much that the judges didn't allow them to run the blind.
Of the 14 that have run, I show (unofficially) #21, 23, 26, 30 got to run the blind. #35 will be our first dog to run when we start up again. If things don't improve weather wise, we may not get done with this series today.
Early on we had wind which helped with scenting. Then, we had no wind and dogs couldn't find the short retired--even the ones that had the guts to get across the pond for it couldn't come up with it and hunted and hunted and hunted. Even with handling, some had to have bird boy help to find that pheasant.