"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
"Then is it only NAHRA that that gets stuffy about wearing white?"
Chapter 3 section 15.
Attire. In keeping with the aim of simulated hunting conditions and situations, handlers, Judges, workers and other test participants shall be attired in dark or customary hunting attire that adequately reflect a waterfowling or upland hunting environment.
Maybe that is why a judge told me in our 1st AKC Jr HT that I could not run wearing the California Camo I regularly wear hunting in CA and TX as shown in my avatar.
Last edited by jacduck; 06-30-2013 at 10:12 AM.
John Cottenham aka jacduck
"Duck hunter's minds are like concrete. All mixed up and permanently set."
It was a fake snow goose hunt,,,so the judges left a white coat on the last holding blind, but in general or most of the time white is shunned,,,,,, you are correct.Then is it only NAHRA that that gets stuffy about wearing white?
You can't know what you don't understand
I am so, so sorry Mary Lynn and anyone else I confused.
All levels may use a choke chain up to and in the final holding blind. Exiting the last holding blind the junior dogs may wear a flat buckle collar and traditional leash. Senior and master dogs must be nekkid.
*why, Paul, why? It only leads to grief!*
willing slave to the whims of
Kerrybrooks Magical Atticus MH
Coastalight Kiowa Ravenhawk MH
No, this isn't a judge bashing thread. I really thought they were good marks and it being the 2nd bird of a triple and a live flyer, I wouldn't expect many dogs to have trouble on that mark. But I know anything can happen on any given mark and I may have to handle, I want to give my dog the best chance to handle cleanly to the mark. For the first time I came across a situation here I was pretty sure my dog would have trouble seeing me if I had to handle. My camo shirt was definitely not going to work!
I did on a previous senior test roll up my sleeves past my shoulders (I have a farmers tan so my upper arms are pretty white) and I felt that made me visible enough, but I do not think that would have helped enough in this case. Someone did suggest holding your hat in your casting arm and wearing all solid color and to have both a dark and a light solid shirt with long sleeves and maybe a pair each of tan gloves and black gloves. I should also probably get a handlers hat(with the white inside) and maybe a wide brimmed hat in case the judges don't allow a handlers hat.
I also learned it is a very good idea to get to a test way early and help carry stuff out to the stations. When you do this you can get a very good look back at line and what the dog is going to see if you have to handle, also doesn't hurt to be on the judges good side at a test ha ha.
Thank you everyone!
Last edited by Kelly Greenwood; 07-01-2013 at 02:20 PM.
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