Looks like good fun, can't wait to run.
I'm curious to see what the LRC comes up with as the proper style for a Lab. Hopefully it reflects moderation rather than the extremes found the field and show worlds, respectively.
WRC HR Lennoxlove's Run with Wolves JH, WCX ("Cheyenne") ... still so fondly remembered
HRCh Struan's Devil's in De Tails SH, WCX ("Lucy")
SR CH Struan's Flight of Fancy JH ("Muse")
Struan's Master of the Hunt JH, WC ("Charlie")
Struan's Just Plain Perfect ("Jane")
Struan's Driving Us Crazy ("Daisy") ... the baby in charge
Spaniel tests have a bird planter out in front of the working dog a few hundred yards planting as the test progresses. He monitors by radio as the marshall narrates the action. If he hears that the dogs are trapping birds (catching them on the ground), he adjusts the way he's planting. If the dog is hunting a long way down the course w/ out finding a bird, he will put them down harder. You usually have to adjust as conditions change so you need to know several different ways to plant a pheasant.
The idea of using a launcher or cage for evaluating a hunting dog ludicrous .
"The bird hunter watches only the dog, and always knows where the dog is, whether or not visible at the moment. The dog’ nose is the bird hunters eye. Many hunters who carry a shotgun in season have never learned to watch the dog, or interpret his reaction to scent."
Aldo Leopold, Round River
I should qualify that. The dead bird walk-up/honor was launched from a winger.
Usually a Gunners-up.