I just wanted to pass along some information that I think will be useful to those who are going this year.
I have had the pleasure of judging an event at Flint Oak a few years ago. Here are some things you may find of interest;
1. Do not expect the terrain to be flat, it is, in fact, quite hilly with many cover changes and lots of bushy growth. It should be quite easy for the judges to hide bird stations completely using natural cover.
2. Flint Oak has all types of water available, and lot's of it; big water, flooded timber and potholes. There was no technical water at the time I was there.
3. Access should be excellent. there are many well maintained roads throughout the preserve.
4. Cell phone signals may be weak to non-existent on the Preserve, at least they were when I was there, but that was several years ago.
5. THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!
The preserve is within the flint hills region. There is A LOT of flint on the surface, which is quite abrasive to dog's feet. It is in your best interest to toughen your dog's pads prior to your arrival. There is too much flint for the judges to set their land
and land/water combination tests where there isn't any.
I hope you find this useful. Good luck!-Paul