Good comments Brad. It's not as if HT's are run by commercial conglomerates but rather by a local club handful of volunteers that bust their arses a few times of year to provide an event for people to run in. And proceeds from all that effort support helping and enabling all kinds of people to better their dog work - often for an annual due of about 30 bucks.
Handlers or clubs looking for entitlement should probably take a hike.
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So Gunz why the attitude? The reality of it is what the clubs ARE doing not what we wish they would do.At least they're not using pigeons much any more. The dogs can get their flyers in training to keep the attitude up.If you think hunt tests are rough try field trials. Yes they get flyers but you have to make it through the first series to get more.
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I would like to look it up on entry express if you do not mind. Will you share please? If you look mine up I will have a few fails here and there.
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Certain clubs have to order/buy ALL of the birds ahead of time and the bird steward/seller will not take any back. Our club has to buy birds this way.
At the location of our test, it is often very windy, so often the judges prefer not to shoot a bird on the water, because they want to have a certain 'test' for the dogs and wind and safety issues (judge's decision) cause the lack of a shot flyer.
So the club is stuck with an extra 50 ducks already paid for and the hassle of trying to sell them at the end of the test IF (and that's a BIG IF) there is a pro willing to buy most of them.
So, this year we had our J/S judges to let us know which of them could easily shoot a flyer on both of their tests, and that pair of judges did that.
At a test the weekend before, that club was nixing any 2nd flyers, so I thought we were offering a fair compromise (to our budget and the participants) with 3 out of 4 possible flyers, at least.
Remember that often at least 1/2 of the Master dogs never get their 2nd flyer for the weekend, and don't pay much more at all.