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Last edited by Big Chief; 06-19-2019 at 12:37 AM.
I'm doing my part - my wife bought me a finished dog a few years back for hunting. That guy is still with us and started a bit of an addiction. I now have five Chocolates at home and we run HRC as a family. Titled two of them as started - technically three, but one was the finished dog and we didn't train him - and working on two more.
My pup is two and we should get our first two seasoned passes in August. My wife's dog is a sister to that one and should be ready for started at the same time. My 15 year old son and 13 year old daughter handle the other two dogs.
Not sure about field trials or anything past HRCH titles for now. One step at a time, as we are fairly new to all this. But, my kids absolutely love it and the help offered to them at tests and our club has been outstanding!
"This month, Bernhardt announced a proposal to open 1.4 million more acres to hunting and fishing at 74 national wildlife refuges and 15 national fish hatcheries. After a public comment period, he hopes to have the land open in time for the September dove season."
It would sure help in New York if some of this land could be opened for retriever training and testing. We are losing many because they have no where to train.
Not only are people dropping out here in the midwest, it seems the entries, in both hunt tests and trials are falling. There have been a number of derbies not drawing enough entries to hold an event. The latest, Norther Flights in Minnesota, 7 derby entries and 22 qual dogs. Can a club continue to hold trials with numbers like that? Not long ago master hunt tests were filling up in minutes and now are not filling up at all.
In VA, we just had a double Q, one with 39 entries and the other with 40. Most of the ones I have seen recently have had about 30 dogs.
MH tests are filling in about 90 seconds, with people on the waiting list. I think the MH test numbers could be attributable to the Master National being held only a few hous from VA this year, however. Perhaps when the qualifying period ends, we may see a different number of dogs for the MH tests.