the whole thread about live birds or freshly killed birds got me to thinking..
obviously I am not an animal hugger (taxidermist, regards)
Are live birds (fliers) reall, absolutely, 100% essential to proving our retrievers 'have what it takes'?
could the option of live fliers be made available to clubs, so that - in places like Alaska - our clubs could actually, maybe, not go deeper into the hole due to high bird costs?
no getting nasty allowed...honest and well thought opinions wanted.