ANOTHER OPINION RE PROPOSAL TO OUTLAW LAYOUT/HIDDEN BLINDS IN MARKING TESTS:
In place guns/thrower retirement; layout blinds in a natural depression behind a natural bland obstacle, i.e., downed tree, cover or a rise in terrain greatly indentifies GOOD MARKING DOGS.
First, I commend Tim West for standing up and rejecting this flawed proposal.
Second, as Tim states "as judges we have a duty to exercise common sense".
Third, a known basic fundemental in training today is to utilize a standing brushed
blind as a "TOOL" in training dogs to LINE to scent.
Therefore, it is a charade to believe that a brushed blind now affords any reasonable kind of invisibility in multiple marking tests. It is a common occurrence today to see dogs "lined" to the "brushed blind" and observe such a line, then a "hunt" to scent.
This proposal is another example of administrative interferance/injustice.
Clubs should NOT approve this proposal.
W. D. Connor