So, last Sunday, I was working at our Golden Retriever clubs annual WC/WCX. It was, as always, at my "other" grounds 10 minutes away from my grounds at our home and my wife is always the chairman. So, one of the things I always do is gun the flyers. I typically don't miss, but the bird for the test dog (a flatcoat), hooked immediately and came back on us. The other gunner and I were rushed and it was only 5 feet away. We both missed. It's standing there 10 feet from us totally unscathed. The handler sent his dog, the dog, who actually has a couple of Master passes, ran to within a few feet of the bird, slammed on the brakes, stood there for a minute, then ran back to the handler. We caught the bird, stopped using the winger and changed the angle of the throw to prevent the same problem and got the job done. Later in the morning, I said something to the owner/handler about the dog blinking. He said that any judge that knew what he was doing would have called that a no-bird because it was totally live and standing there staring his dog down. This guy is fairly new to the game. I disagreed with him and said I've had that same thing happen in hunt tests including in a Senior test and a no bird is never called. The difference is that the dogs I was running tackled the duck. Call it a no-bird because it's so close to us, maybe, but not because it's live. What say you? Is that a no-bird or not?