Thanks Paul,I score the diversion bird seperately. I would not go so far as to say recovery of the diversion bird is pass/fail, but darned close to it.
the diversion birds i have used in this manner stick out like a sore thumb anyways. never had a dog struggle to recover one.
I don't like this test on the land blinds. The fast dogs are at too much risk of quickly getting themselves in a hole that the handler can't dig out of. it's a great test on the water. It's especially useful when the water you have to work with lacks character.-Paul
I posed this as a "hypothetical" situation. I set this situation up in a training session on a land blind. "WE" did an excellent job on the blind, the diversion bird pick up wasn't pretty but I wouldn't have warranted it a Fail. It just got me thinking as to how Judges might score it.