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FYI Camo crying towels are also required at the line.
Anyone know if the Policy prohibiting a dog from Honoring in the "down" position was addressed at the meeting?-Paul
there's no good reason to fatten up a retriever.
And, I agree with you - these HRC rules are a joke. If you're going to judge the dog work, then judge the dog work and not whether the dog can see a camo wearing handler, sometimes in very low light conditions.
I'm hunted waterfowl and big game on most continents. And I've taken the majority of my big game with archery gear and waterfowl while not wearing camo but by standing motionless behind brush, etc. The idea that camo is required to simulate a "real hunting experience" is simply inaccurate and are the views of those who have bought the camouflage manufacturer's marketing spin hook, line and sinker - that you can't be successful as a hunter without wearing the latest, most expensive camouflage head to toe.
If the number of dogs running HRC tests goes down in the next 12 months, they'll change the policy. HRC is experiencing alot of growth. Alot of new handlers that participate in other dog games. I don't want to see it turn into blue jeans and black shirts.
I don't really care about it. I've worn camo to HRC tests since I first started, one of the things I like about it. I'm sure AKC tests started out with handlers NOT wearing black shirts, now you see alot of handlers where them.
I laugh when people say "I don't wear camo when I'm hunting", I bet they don't care if their dog slips a few whistles or runs the bank! As long as they get the bird!
I really haven't had much of a problem with wearing camo and handling a dog at hunt-test distances. Unless it was early morning light or the sun was going down. That said I bought this color a few months ago, and my dogs have had a really hard time seeing it. Lost a dog in a master test, who was completely clean because she couldn't see me, but could see the judges in their lighter greenish camo. Must has something to do with colors dogs can and can't see, but this obviously isn't close enough to flat-black. Won't be wearing it to handle a dog again. canvas.jpg
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"Hunting is a skill to be learned; early or late it still needs to be learned"
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HR Banshi (problem child #3) - HR Trap (male-chocolate he's "special")
Some of you who know me know that I umpire girls/women's fast pitch softball. I have done so for three different organizations. Each has a little different twist on umpire mechanics. Where to position yourself on certain calls, which umpire has what responsibilities on certain plays, etc.... Each has their own reason for how they do it. I have my preference and bias as to which I think is best. The players and coaches don't care how I do it they just want the correct call, but I always REPSPECT the rules of the organization I am working for and do it their way on game day.
Wear you your camo. Your dog doesn't care. He's just picking up ducks. The organization your "working" for that weekend does care.