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    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
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    Good info Paul, thanks. And having hunted the flint hills, I can attest, it is tough country for dogs.

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    I have also heard that ticks are really thick this year, so be sure you and your dogs have protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul young View Post
    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
    I strongly suggest picking up a product called " Pad Heal " and start using it a few weeks prior to the event. It will aid in keeping the pads pliable yet tough and help a lot in the prevention of split ,dry and injured pads. I use it during training and every day when hunting SD.. Never had a pad issue.


    There is a reason arrow heads were made of flint.
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    Where do you get the pad heal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trinitylabs View Post
    Where do you get the pad heal?
    I buy it at Fleet Farm, but it should be available at most Tractor Supply stores, Runnings or try FF on line.

    http://www.fleetfarm.com/search/?q=pad+heal
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    Paul,

    Thanks for the information regarding conditions...
    it is invaluable for those of us who have not been to the area...

    Nancy
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    Thanks Paul. Very useful, specifically the part about flint.

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