The point I'm trying to make is this: Just because someone you respect expresses an opinion on a person, a venue, or any other matter, you may be missing an opportunity if you automatically accept it as fact.
Had a great time, but we got skunked. Not a single shot fired in our group. We put another group of guys on "the x" and they got one mallard. We had cold temps and 6 inches of fresh snow that really changed things form Friday night to our hunt Sat AM. Pretty much all open water froze over in the area. My hunch is duck season may be over for this particular spot this year.
It was a great time though.
At a Hunt Test I care less about the test one throws(assuming it is not a wild interpretation of the rules) as much as I do how the person treats the attendees' and respects the wishes of the landowner and volunteers who work to put on the tests. As for Field Trials, I believe the bottom line is consistency in judging and appropriate levels of difficulties for said stake. (with the rulebook close in hand)
And- a slow day of hunting and watching a dog make a single magical retrieve is far more memorable than a simple day with a full limit.
Empire's Honey Ryder-CBR-F-3-18-2013
Crossfire's Empire Builder SHCBR-M- 2-15-2009
GCH Breakwater Salutes USS MADDOX SH-CBR-F-10-27-2006
RIP Rainyvalis Callin' Hawaii 5-0-CBR-F- 2-19-2002 - 09-27-2006
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Field Trials are competitions....not everyone gets a "participation ribbon" and they do "keep score"
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