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02/16/2015: Striking Dogs Hot Topic!

Several months ago, I had an interesting discussion with Bill McFarland and a few others surrounding a topic that is not only controversial, but that is also being scored inconsistently. It’s not a matter of blatant incorrect scoring, but rather some judges are not clearly aware of the proper way to score certain strike call situations.

01/19/2015: Accurate Direction. “Nice!”

The term “accurate direction” was mentioned in previous Performance Pack Running Rules on no more than two separate occasions. I find that rather interesting considering that it is a fundamental part of what judges should be looking for when it comes to scoring dogs in the field.

12/15/2014: 2015 Performance Pack Format Changes

This month’s article is strictly dedicated towards any changes that are coming up in the Performance Pack format. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2015. Master of Hounds Certification Judge Requirement The rules committee passed a new policy where only Licensed Certification Judges may serve as a Master of Hounds at a UKC Licensed Performance Pack Event. This is pretty straight...

11/04/2014: Q & A

Dead Track and Non-Hunting Dog on Clock Q: Dogs A, B and C are declared struck. The track breaks down. After the track breaks down, Dog D, who is not declared struck, comes back to the cast. The clock is put on Dog D for not hunting. Meanwhile, the dogs struck in on track do not progress that track in the allotted three minutes, and the track is called dead by the judge. At this point, Dog D is...

10/13/2014: Refresher Course

A portion of this month’s column features a refresher course on the most recent changes implemented on January 1, 2014.

09/29/2014: Q & A

Recovery Points for Only Dog Struck in on Track Q: Dogs A is struck and is running a rabbit by himself. Dogs B, C and D are not struck in nor do they hark in because they cannot hear Dog A running on the opposite hillside. The wind is blowing away from Dog A, which makes it harder for the other three dogs to hear him. The cast positioned itself on top of the hill so they could hear Dog A and also...

08/12/2014: UKC Master of Hounds Apprenticeship Policy Change

The Hunt Director format was implemented several years ago where clubs could choose that option opposed to using a Master of Hounds for their UKC Licensed Hunting Beagle Hunts. The few differences between a Hunt Director and a Master of Hounds are such that the individual serving as Hunt Director: • Is not required to be a licensed Master of Hounds. • May enter a dog they own in the event, if...

07/09/2014: Bench Show Judge and Master of Hounds Apprenticeship Information

The purpose of the apprenticeship program is not to learn the hunt rules or the Beagle breed standard. The individual should already be experienced and well versed in that department. Rather, it is to learn the proper procedures of conducting a hunt or show, fill out Event Reports properly, how to conduct a licensed event properly, proper procedures to draw casts, and things of that nature...

06/04/2014: Number One Unwritten Rule

We find that a lot of times hunters get their education on rules via clubhouse chatter or their hunting buddies. That’s all good and dandy provided the information is accurate. Unfortunately, sometimes it is not. For whatever reason a lot of hunters do not take the time to read the rulebook.

05/08/2014: IMPORTANT - MUST READ!

IMPORTANT - MUST READ! Split Track Rules. Split tracks and the new rules implemented this year for them continue to be the hot topic of discussion. Everyone agrees the new rules work fantastic … if you don’t have any split tracks! However, when you get in areas where there’s an abundance of rabbits, you might be in for a frustrating “catch dogs, catch dogs, catch dogs” kind of hunt. When...

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