I had not attended an AKC test in 9-10 years until recently when my daughter handled our dog in a Junior test. She had handled her twice in HRC Started and I was explaining the differences (very few by rule in Started/Junior) and I mentioned that there would be a shot flyer. I was interested to see that as our dog is generally pretty amped up without a shot flyer. I was surprised that there was no shot flyer in Junior, but there were at the Master flight that we watched.
In the past the only AKC tests that I ever attended that didn't include shot flyers were in Tennessee where there were some legal issues (didn't apply for the necessary permit within the allotted timeframe), which was clearly not the case here since they were using them in Master.
Are shot flyers becoming less common in Junior (or in general) in AKC HT? If so, that's a darn shame.