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Delighted to learn Bob Crab and Windy had a nice first and second series. Bob is among the nicest people I have met...in or out if the sport.

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In looking at the blog pics from the first test, it appears that there was at least one decoy (mallard drake?), in the field. Was I seeing things?

May sound like a stupid question, but in the second series if a handler opted to select out the retired gun first, at what point would the guns retire?

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In looking at the blog pics from the first test, it appears that there was at least one decoy (mallard drake?), in the field. Was I seeing things?

May sound like a stupid question, but in the second series if a handler opted to select out the retired gun first, at what point would the guns retire?

Thanks
From the test description: "...The handler has been instructed to watch the birds go down, then the dog turns to the right and runs the blind first while the flyer gunners stand out and the second bird retires." In other words, the gunner is already retired (while the blind is being run), before the dog picks up either mark.
 

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In looking at the blog pics from the first test, it appears that there was at least one decoy (mallard drake?), in the field. Was I seeing things?

May sound like a stupid question, but in the second series if a handler opted to select out the retired gun first, at what point would the guns retire?

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No you are correct. There were decoys in the field in the 1st & 2nd series.

I'm guessing the description was a little off and the retired guns were really instructed to retire when the dog leaves the line for the 1st bird (no matter which one), and not just when the dog was sent for the flier. The person that wrote the test description just assumed everyone would send for the flier first. ;-)
 

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From the test description: "...The handler has been instructed to watch the birds go down, then the dog turns to the right and runs the blind first while the flyer gunners stand out and the second bird retires." In other words, the gunner is already retired (while the blind is being run), before the dog picks up either mark.
I was referring to the second test.
 

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I'm guessing the description was a little off and the retired guns were really instructed to retire when the dog leaves the line for the 1st bird (no matter which one), and not just when the dog was sent for the flier. The person that wrote the test description just assumed everyone would send for the flier first. ;-)
Re-read Bruce's post. Watch the marks, run the blind (2nd series), then pick up marks.
 
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