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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DAY FOUR – Test Two – Flight D – Duck Blind – Bill Largent and Laurice Williams

"Duck Blind" is a land/water triple using all ducks. The order for this test is the left bird is thrown to the right on land. Then the middle bird thrown to the right, landing on the edge of the water. Finally, a flyer to the right of the line is shot to the left with a sluice. The blind is just to the left of the middle gun station.

We found the biggest change in all of the tests today at the "Duck Blind." The wind is strong and directly into the dog's face. The middle bird that caused major problems yesterday, is being given away by the wind. The wind is keeping this bird from hitting the water. Instead, it is in heavy cover. Dogs are beaching very early and out of sight until they return with the bird. The short left bird is a little more difficult since the length of the throw has been diminished by the wind. The flyer has been all over. It has even landed on a dry bank in extremely heavy cover due to the swirling gusts. There have been two or three dogs break. The gallery thinks judgement of the blind work will play a larger part in their success today.

Lyle Steinman describes the test…

"Fetch me my sweater, please!"

#125 Chris Jobman and Leitner Farms Land Shark, MH (Jaws)

#127 Colby Williams and Morgan's Hard Time Player, MH (Player)


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