I got to run my third MH test the other day and ran into a problem...
1st series is a land walk up tripple with a live flyer as the first bird down followed by a second on the left and a third up the middle as the go bird. line for marks is from a dike next to a pond but all marks are land marks.
they call guns up and as I come out of last blind they ask my number and then tell me to go back into holding blind because they notice the have a live duck on the line. I go back into holding blind. They attempt to catch the duck and it jumps into the pond and hides up under the bank (it was a wounded bird) I say cool the duck is hiding let me run and then we can get the duck for you on way out, judge says OK so I come out of holding blind again, judge says "wait go back" and calls over gunner who sluices the bird about 7 yards from me and dog. my dog marks the bird thru the holding blind. Judge tells me to not let my dog look at bird and come on up and run test. I walk out and my dog marks the live flyer/walp up and then turns and looks at the duck in the pond (about 6-8 yars away) and does not see the 2nd bird go down, but does see the 3rd bird go down. I pick up the go bird and then the flyer and have to handle on the 2nd bird and judge tells me to "just do what you have to do to pick it up" . Then I pick up the duck they sluiced before we started the test.
Would it have been better if I had not sent my dog after they released me and just asked them if they wanted me to go back 3? Would it have been ok to pick up the bird that wasn't part of the test 2nd so I might have had a better chance of the bird he did not see? Should I have just stepped out of the blind and sent my dog for the extra bird and picked that up and then let them figure out what to do? Should I have said something about them sluicing the bird like wait till I get back out of the holding blinds before you sluice it?
How could I have handled the situation better without offending the judges??