Contestants at this years Natioanl Amateur recived a video copy of the first ever Natinal Amateur....55th anniversary. What a treat!!!!!!
So many first impresions. Call backs very generious; many more blinds than we do today; on land blind the blind planter walked to a pre detrmined area then THREW the bird a good distance to were the dog was to make the retrieve; lines to the blind were in general very poor by todays standards; handler would get dog to the area of the blind then let them hunt; many schakled birds; handlers shooting shot guns; walk ups with a line of gunners; diving shakled ducks; age of handlers much like today; work much less precise than today; dogs looked blockier than I am used to seeing now; more goldens and female handlers; very different manner used to send dogs...thrusting the hand/arm/body forward on the send; handlers allowed to touch dogs ( I believe); much greater emphasis on steadiness on line with shot birds and gunners just feet away;gunners remained standing...often moving around while dog making the retrieve; cars driving on roads not very distant from the working dog; and much more.
To top it off I saw King Buck,Bing Grunwald,Major IV,Mrs Murnane,Guy Burnett and Roger Reopelle.
This is a must see for all interested in our collective roots.