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  1. Re-posting one of my favorite RTF posts...10...

    Re-posting one of my favorite RTF posts...10 pages on handling tips.
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    Judging Cast and Whistle Refusals

    What is your philosophy on judging cast and whistle refusals?
    Are they judged with equal weight,
    for example
    A) Poor Initial Line (a type if cast refusal)
    B) Whistle refusal before entering...
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    penalty for intensive lining

    According to the rule book:
    29. In marking tests, a dog whose handler gives him a line in the direction of the fall, provided that such lining is accomplished briskly and precisely, should not by...
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    Thanks for the compliment Dennis. Best wishes....

    Thanks for the compliment Dennis.

    Best wishes.

    Dave
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    I run hunt tests, yet found this DVD fascinating...

    I run hunt tests, yet found this DVD fascinating with excellent explanations.

    For example:

    Why the JP triple is great for young dogs and a good setup immediately after running a field trial....
  6. I wrap mallards in newspaper and can usually get...

    I wrap mallards in newspaper and can usually get 4 smallish mallards
    or 3 big mallards in a beer 12-bottle cardboard box.
    Each cardboard box is 11" X 8" X 8 "

    I like that system because the...
  7. Any tips regarding time management?

    Any tips regarding time management?
  8. So are conspicuous holding blinds out in sparse...

    So are conspicuous holding blinds out in sparse cover not allowed by the rulebook in the Q?

    There was an excellent article in Retriever News Judges Corner (Jan 2018)
    where the judges discuss...
  9. I am not a judge, but hunt test chair. Probably...

    I am not a judge, but hunt test chair.
    Probably a bit different in Alaska (Fairbanks Club)
    Judges meet at the grounds on Thursday for setup.
    Outside judges have flown thousands of miles,
    and any...
  10. " in no event shall gunners or throwers be...

    " in no event shall gunners or throwers be instructed to lay down on the ground in layout blinds or like configurations for hiding purposes."
    Does this mean retiring via laying down in a Ghillie...
  11. Conspicuous Holding Blinds Out in the Field

    Several years ago we had a Q up here in Alaska where the 2 judges where outside judges.
    First series was a triple with 2-retired marks.

    Both retired behind conspicuous holding blinds out in a...
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    This forum is invisible to most users (at least...

    This forum is invisible to most users (at least in Windows-10, chrome browser:)
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    Marking and ignoring scent?

    Master Hunter land triple. Marks are all ducks.
    5 mph Wind left to right.
    Flyer shot into the wind as #1 Mark. (75 yards from line)
    #2 longer middle mark dead bird thrown thrown with the wind ...
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    81290 Perhaps yesterday's decline from...

    81290
    Perhaps yesterday's decline from exponential growth was due to social distancing effect.
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    Thanks for all the replies! I walk up on late...

    Thanks for all the replies!
    I walk up on late season wild roosters quite frequently in northern Idaho/eastern Washington
    ...I hunt with a partner who is working up a draw with his lab,
    while I...
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    Walking on walkups

    Over the years we have had 2 different outside judges stress the need for the handler to walk on a walkup.
    I could find nothing in the rulebook about this.

    The judges did not want to see a...
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    ISO House Rental Winter 2020-2021

    In search of House Rental for next winter (we live in Alaska),
    looking to winter in eastern Virginia, or northern Idaho, or western Montana.

    Retired couple with 2 labs, ideally renting for 3 to...
  18. Why if the handler is not violating any rules in...

    Why if the handler is not violating any rules in the rulebook?
  19. So based on the rule book, this should not be a...

    So based on the rule book, this should not be a problem since the handler was released by the judge to pick up the marks.

    Based on the rule book, the handler can not touch the dog and must be...
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    Advanced Marking: Bridge Bird Marks?

    Pat Burns has a check list of advanced marking skills:

    What is a "Bridge Bird"? I guess it is a water mark with re-entries? Thanks.

    Pat Burns Advanced Marking Skills Checkist ...
  21. The higest deductable HSA plan in Alaska depends...

    The higest deductable HSA plan in Alaska depends on taxable income.

    A substantial cost difference depending on a taxable income threshold.

    It is over $29,000 per year for a couple of 2 if...
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    Holding Blind Routine

    Holding blind routine by pro trainer Gary Abbott:
    https://vimeo.com/352373883

    I also like pro trainer Dave Rorem's DVD where he has an entire chapter "Holding Blind Dynamics"
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    I also have been feeding my labs dry kibble for...

    I also have been feeding my labs dry kibble for 30+ years.

    I think it helps keep their teeth tarter free.
    They have access to water 24/7.
  24. Cues, Nagging, Begging and Canine Communication

    I like this blog post (link) about commands, cues, nagging, begging, and canine communication.
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    Group training has several advantages that are...

    Group training has several advantages that are difficult to duplicate training alone with one dog:

    1) Running last in group training, pup learns about drag-back scent.

    2) More realistic...
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