The Alamo Open had some rough stretches in it, but finally offered a real challenge to the dogs. The first setup for the opening series, a double, was scrapped after none of the first eight dogs could dig out the long, retired bird. The second setup was a fairly open triple in a flat field of winter weeds. The short right hand bird and the long bird up the middle were retired. The retired gunners laid down and covered themselves with camo burlap and both reported being run over by dogs. Several of the dogs missed seeing the middle bird in their desire to get the flyer.
The second series was a 125 yard, keyhole blind with the starting line on top of an embankment. The dogs were expected to go to the left of the first small brush pile and to the right of the second brush pile about 10-yard behind the first. Flyer crates and a white coat were about 30 yards to the right about midway out. There was 4 changes of cover to the blind which was placed in sunflower stubble. The blind was in the same stubble where the dogs had difficulty in the first setup of the opening series.
The first setup of the third series water blind was scrapped because neither of the test dogs could hear because of the wind and running water. The second setup was a 250-yard down the shore blind with the shore on the right and a strong crosswind from the left. Handlers had a very small opening over a partially submerge tree limb about 15 yards in front of the bird which was placed on the water's edge. Many handler/dog teams didn't hit it and the suction of the bank, wind and tree was too much as the dogs got out early and eliminated themselves.
I gave up the marshal duties and missed the final series today out of fear of being a victim of justifiable homicide. It's our 46th wedding annivesary.