Yes, when we set up an upland training day it is just like an upland hunt test....... other than the use of e-collars, check cords, etc. Being that it is a training day any training device of your choice can be used. When it comes time to run an actual test, no collars or other training devices can be used (other than whistles). Each dog gets two live birds, therefore, it is $24/run/dog. As far as joining the club, coming out to one training day would be fine anything more than that I'd say you would have to join. Membership fee's do pay for our club insurance, training grounds, etc.