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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DAY FIVE – Test Three – Flight B – Pearly Gates – Ed Arnett and Laura Judd

"Pearly Gates" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks. It is shot around the horn left to right. Decoys are situated to the right of the line at the end of the levee bank. Handlers walk up the levee to the line. Each station has been instructed to blow three calls of their duck calls and then shoot and throw. The left bird is thrown to the right onto land. The middle bird has a flat throw to the left with a splash. The right hand bird is thrown left angle back. The blind is across the pond over a long point, reentering the water through some brush and into a back pond. The bird is up on the bank and there is no diversion shot.

Handlers are picking up the birds in reverse order: right, middle and left. We saw a handle on both the left and right hand marks. It is taking between ten and thirteen minutes to run this test. 107 dogs were called back to this third series. Yesterday afternoon, two test dogs and seven contestants ran. Today, eleven dogs have run in the first two hours.

#48 Gary Kavan and Bur Oak's Where's Mattie, MH (Mattie)

#42 Dan Heard and Downtown's Bad Boy Boudreaux, MH (Bouudreaux)

Gabe Withrow and Splitrock's Turkey Buster, MH (Gabriel)

The "carrot dollar" for the first contestant to line the kehole blind! 

#50 Matt Griffiths and Mallard's End What's It All About Alfie, MH (Alfie)


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