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Friday, September 27, 2013

DAY SEVEN – Test Four – Flight A – Roy's Pond – Bob May and Duwayne Bickle (Dewey)

"Roy's Pond" is a land/water triple with a blind. This test contains a flyer which is shot first. The handler faces across a pond and looks up on the side of a hill. The flyer comes out of a well-brushed blind and is thrown angled back to the left. The bird lands high up on the side of the hill. The next bird down is the middle bird. The gunner is to the left of the line close to the water. The duck is thrown over high dense weeds out into the pond. The third bird is the left land bird. This bird station is left and behind the line, throwing right into a mowed area over a small hill. After the three ducks are retrieved, the dog is sent on a blind to the far right corner of the pond. This duck is planted just out of the water behind some tree roots.

The second day at "Roy's Pond" for Flight A has much of the same work as yesterday. The challenge on the test continues to be the flyer. The word from the gallery is that 10 of the first 12 dogs had to be handled. From the line, if the flyer lands behind the willow tree on the far shore, the dog cannot see where it actually lands. This seems to produce a much larger hunt than the birds that do not land behind the tree. While some dogs have hunted, most of the dogs that we saw later today did not seem to be having as much trouble as those who ran early. The blind has caused no problems during our visits. The consensus among the handlers is that black is still the best color to wear for visibility. When we left, there were still 35 dogs to run this test.

Jack Morris describes the test…

#156 Chuck McCall and Seasides Boomerang, MH (Boomer)

#158 Ed Kilbane and Windy K's Just Got To Do It, MH (Nike)

#148 Jack Morris and Rocky Hill's Icey Blue, MH (Icey)  

#162 Tracy Davis and Davis' Main Attraction, MH (Hank)  

#164 Lee Davis and Psalm 24:1, 2 Captain Red Sailors Delight, MH (Dee)


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2013 MNRC Test Descriptions


Three Ponds

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The Burches

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Pearly Gates

Mitchell's Pond

Roy's Pond

Meet Your Judges

2013 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2013 Master National Training Grounds Guide