The Open started with a triple in sagebrush with two retired. The long bird in the middle went down first thrown left to right from a large patch of sage toward the outside edge. Lots of wide open territory to the right of the fall. Second down was the short retired on the left thrown left to right across a ravine into the edge of a patch of sage on the right-hand slope. The flyer was short and on the right shot uphill right to left. There were lots of hills and gullies and patches of sage on the route to each bird. The wind was blowing quite strongly from behind the line and angled slightly from left to right across the test. Some dogs did very well; others had big hunts for one or more of the birds. There were a few handles and pickups. It appeared the judges called all dogs back that got the birds without help. There were 29 dogs called back of the 40 to start (2 scratches).
The second series was a double land blind with the short blind going under the arc of the left hand mark but from the opposite direction. The line to the short blind went almost directly at the flyer crates with two blind planters sitting there in white. The line to the longer blind went to the right of the short blind just past the flyer crates on the left and through a slot in the sage. In general, the short blind proved to be more difficult than the long blind.
Callbacks to the 3rd series tomorrow morning at 8:00 (21 dogs):
1, 3, 9, 11,13,15,16,19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42
Dog #25 starts.